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Albemarle reports fourth quarter and full year 2012 results

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Fourth quarter 2012 highlights:

  • Quarterly earnings of $105.2 million excluding special items, or $1.17 per share.
  • Net sales of $688 million and EBITDA margin of 23 percent for the quarter, excluding special items.
  • Full year earnings of $436.2 million excluding special items, or $4.85 per share.

Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,


In thousands, except per share amounts

2012


2011


2012


2011















Net sales

$

687,596


$

707,390


$

2,745,420


$

2,869,005















Segment income

$

150,600


$

165,473


$

661,156


$

712,033















Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

$

37,726


$

45,548


$

311,536


$

392,114















Diluted earnings per share

$

0.42


$

0.51


$

3.47


$

4.28















Special items per share













  Non-operating pension and OPEB adjustments (a)


0.60



0.63



0.46



0.59


  Restructuring and other special items, net (b)


0.15



--



0.92



--















Diluted earnings per share excluding special items (d)

$

1.17


$

1.13


$

4.85


$

4.88





See accompanying notes and reconciliations to the condensed consolidated financial information.



 

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) reported fourth quarter 2012 earnings of $37.7 million, or $0.42 per share, compared to fourth quarter 2011 earnings of $45.5 million, or $0.51 per share.  Excluding special items, fourth quarter 2012 earnings were $105.2 million, or $1.17 per share, compared to $101.9 million, or $1.13 per share, for 2011.  The Company reported net sales of $687.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to net sales of $707.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 with lower metals surcharges in the Catalysts segment more than offsetting total company volume growth. 

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Earnings for the full year 2012 were $311.5 million, or $3.47 per share, compared to $392.1 million, or $4.28 per share, for 2011.  Excluding special items, earnings for 2012 were $436.2 million, or $4.85 per share, compared to $446.3 million, or $4.88 per share, for 2011.  Net sales for 2012 were $2.7 billion compared to $2.9 billion for 2011 with the majority of the reduction caused by lower metals surcharges in the Catalysts segment. 

As previously announced, in the fourth quarter of 2012 the Company adopted mark-to-market (MTM) accounting relating to its global pension and other postretirement benefit (OPEB) plans.  All historical consolidated financial information presented herein has been retrospectively adjusted to reflect this change in accounting method.  The MTM actuarial loss for 2012, recorded in Corporate and other expense, amounted to $75.8 million ($48.3 million after income taxes, or $0.54 per share) reflecting a lower assumed discount rate partially offset by 2012 pension asset performance. 

Commenting on results, Luke Kissam, CEO, stated, "2012 was a difficult year from a macroeconomic standpoint, but we are pleased with the earnings power that we demonstrated in the face of a weak global economy, the negative impact of raw material pricing related to certain metals and lower demand than originally anticipated in many of the markets served by our products, resulting in lower operating rates at many of our production units.  At the same time, we were able to exit the phosphorus business, freeze our pension obligations and further strengthen our balance sheet while also investing sufficient capital to permit future growth across our business portfolio."

Quarterly Segment Results

Catalysts generated net sales of $294.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 2 percent increase over net sales in the fourth quarter of 2011, due mainly to favorable impacts from higher hydroprocessing and performance catalyst volumes, partially offset by lower metals surcharges in refinery catalysts and foreign currency.  Catalysts segment income was $78.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, down 6 percent from fourth quarter 2011 results of $84.2 million due primarily to unfavorable impacts from metals cost volatility versus the fourth quarter of 2011, partially offset by favorable sales volumes and higher equity income. 

Polymer Solutions reported net sales of $200.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 4 percent decrease over net sales in the fourth quarter of 2011, due to the year-over-year effects of our phosphorus flame retardants business exit in the second quarter of 2012.  Higher sales volumes in our core products were offset by unfavorable pricing, mix and foreign currency impacts.  Segment income for Polymer Solutions was $36.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 3 percent decline from $37.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by unfavorable pricing, higher variable input costs including fixed cost absorption and unfavorable foreign currency impacts, partly offset by favorable sales volumes and favorable impacts from our exit of the phosphorus flame retardants business.

Fine Chemistry net sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $193.4 million, a 7 percent decrease versus net sales in the fourth quarter of 2011, due mainly to unfavorable pricing, lower volumes (mainly due to the timing of custom services contracts) and unfavorable foreign currency impacts.  Segment income for Fine Chemistry was $35.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, down 19 percent from fourth quarter 2011 results of $43.8 million, due to unfavorable pricing, higher variable input costs including fixed cost absorption and impacts from higher income attributable to noncontrolling interests, partly offset by favorable sales mix. 

Corporate and Other

Corporate and other expense was $98.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.  The decrease from the comparable period in 2011 was due primarily to lower personnel-related costs associated with performance-based incentive compensation levels and lower costs from non-operating pension and OPEB items which included a fourth quarter MTM actuarial loss of $86.0 million in 2012 and $92.3 million in 2011. 

Interest and financing expenses were $7.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $9.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, with this decrease due primarily to increases in interest capitalized on higher average construction project balances outstanding and lower variable-rate borrowings year-over-year.

Our fourth quarter and full year 2012 effective income tax rates were (45.6) percent and 22.0 percent, respectively.  The fourth quarter rate was impacted primarily by the MTM actuarial loss.  Excluding special items (see notes to the condensed consolidated financial information), our fourth quarter and full year 2012 effective income tax rates were 18.3 percent and 24.5 percent, respectively.  Our effective tax rate continues to be influenced by the level and geographic mix of income and benefits from a favorable mix of income in lower tax jurisdictions. 

Cash Flow

Our cash flow from operations was approximately $489 million for the full year 2012, and we had $478 million in cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2012.  During 2012, cash on hand and cash provided by operations funded capital expenditures for plant, machinery and equipment of approximately $281 million (which includes approximately $78.0 million in capital expenditures associated with our Jordanian joint venture), long-term debt repayments of $63.8 million, dividends to shareholders of $69.1 million, repurchases of $63.6 million of our common stock, advances to joint ventures of $25.0 million and pension and OPEB contributions of $21.6 million.

Earnings Call

The Company's performance for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2012 will be discussed on a conference call at 9:00 AM Eastern Standard time on January 23, 2013.  The call can be accessed by dialing 800-638-4930 (International Dial In # 617-614-3944), and entering conference ID 29909204.  The Company's earnings presentation and supporting material can be accessed through Albemarle's website under Investors at www.albemarle.com.

About Albemarle

Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, packaging, construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services.  Albemarle is committed to global sustainability and is advancing its eco-practices and solutions in its three business segments, Polymer Solutions, Catalysts and Fine Chemistry, and employs more than 4,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 100 countries.  Albemarle regularly posts information to www.albemarle.com, including notification of events, news, financial performance, investor presentations and webcasts, Regulation G reconciliations, SEC filings and other information regarding the Company, its businesses and markets served. 

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the information presented in this press release and the conference call and discussions that follow, including, without limitation, statements with respect to product development, changes in productivity, market trends, price, volume and mix changes, expected growth and earnings, input costs, surcharges, tax rates, stock repurchases, dividends, economic trends, outlook and all other information relating to matters that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ from expectations include, without limitation: changes in economic and business conditions; changes in financial and operating performance of our major customers and industries and markets served by us; the timing of orders received from customers; the gain or loss of significant customers; competition from other manufacturers; changes in the demand for our products; limitations or prohibitions on the manufacture and sale of our products; availability of raw materials; changes in the cost of raw materials and energy and in our ability to pass through increases; acquisitions and divestitures, and changes in performance of acquired companies; fluctuations in foreign currencies; changes in laws and government regulation impacting our operations or our products; the occurrence of claims or litigation; the occurrence of natural disasters; the inability to maintain current levels of product or premises liability insurance or the denial of such coverage; political unrest, including terrorism or hostilities; political instability affecting our manufacturing operations or joint ventures; changes in accounting standards; the inability to achieve results from our global manufacturing cost reduction initiatives as well as our ongoing continuous improvement and rationalization programs; changes in the jurisdictional mix of our earnings; changes in monetary policies or inflation or interest rates, which may impact our ability to raise capital or increase our cost of funds, the performance of our pension fund investments and our pension expense and funding obligations; volatility and substantial uncertainties in the debt and equity markets; technology or intellectual property infringement and other innovation risks; decisions we may make in the future; and the other factors detailed from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC, including those described under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our 2012 Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. 


Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)


Three Months Ended



Year Ended



December 31,



December 31,



2012



2011



2012



2011


Net sales

$

687,596



$

707,390



$

2,745,420



$

2,869,005


Cost of goods sold


495,619




500,580




1,835,425




1,914,058


Gross profit


191,977




206,810




909,995




954,947


Selling, general and administrative expenses (c)


124,084




137,026




313,227




360,070


Research and development expenses


19,128




18,987




78,919




77,083


Restructuring and other charges, net (b)


16,982




--




111,685




--


Operating profit


31,783




50,797




406,164




517,794


Interest and financing expenses


(7,666)




(8,998)




(32,800)




(37,574)


Other (expenses) income, net


(335)




(177)




1,229




357


Income before income taxes and equity in net
















   income of unconsolidated investments


23,782




41,622




374,593




480,577


Income tax (benefit) expense (b)


(10,849)




(1,791)




82,533




104,134


Income before equity in net income of
















   unconsolidated investments


34,631




43,413




292,060




376,443


Equity in net income of unconsolidated
















   investments (net of tax)


8,834




6,636




38,067




43,754


Net income


43,465




50,049




330,127




420,197


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


(5,739)




(4,501)




(18,591)




(28,083)


Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

$

37,726



$

45,548



$

311,536



$

392,114


















Basic earnings per share

$

0.42



$

0.51



$

3.49



$

4.33


Diluted earnings per share

$

0.42



$

0.51



$

3.47



$

4.28


Weighted-average common shares outstanding –
















   basic


89,018




88,805




89,189




90,522


Weighted-average common shares outstanding –
















   diluted


89,660




89,819




89,884




91,522


















See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial information.

 


Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands) (Unaudited)



December 31,



December 31,



2012



2011


ASSETS








Cash and cash equivalents

$

477,696



$

469,416


Other current assets


929,617




886,204










Total current assets


1,407,313




1,355,620










Property, plant and equipment


2,867,083




2,619,428


Less accumulated depreciation

   and amortization


1,570,512




1,489,948


Net property, plant and equipment


1,296,571




1,129,480










Other assets and intangibles


733,407




718,724


Total assets

$

3,437,291



$

3,203,824










LIABILITIES AND EQUITY








Current portion of long-term debt

$

12,700



$

14,416


Other current liabilities


372,309




386,762










Total current liabilities


385,009




401,178










Long-term debt


686,588




749,257


Other noncurrent liabilities


370,318




296,659


Deferred income taxes


63,368




77,903


Albemarle Corporation shareholders' equity


1,833,598




1,591,277


Noncontrolling interests


98,410




87,550


Total liabilities & equity

$

3,437,291



$

3,203,824



See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial information.

 

Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries
Selected Consolidated Cash Flow Data
(In Thousands) (Unaudited)


Year Ended



December 31,



2012


2011


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

$

469,416


 

$

529,650


Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

$

477,696


$

469,416









Sources of cash and cash equivalents:














  Net income

$

330,127


$

420,197









  Proceeds from borrowings


--



9,415









  Proceeds from exercise of stock options


21,148



2,230









Uses of cash and cash equivalents:














  Capital expenditures


(280,873)



(190,574)









  Repurchases of common stock


(63,575)



(178,132)









  Repayments of long-term debt


(63,811)



(109,591)









  Dividends paid to shareholders


(69,113)



(57,759)









  Pension and postretirement contributions


(21,610)



(59,773)









  Investments in equity and other corporate investments


--



(10,868)









  Long-term advances to joint ventures


(24,959)



--









Non-cash and other items:














  Depreciation and amortization


99,020



96,753









  Restructuring and other charges (b)


111,685



--









  Pension and postretirement expense


77,442



97,207









  Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments


(38,067)



(43,754)









See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial information.

 

Albemarle Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Summary of Segment Results
(In Thousands) (Unaudited)


Three Months Ended



Year Ended



December 31,



December 31,



2012



2011



2012



2011


Net sales:
















Polymer Solutions

$

200,093



$

209,318



$

892,232



$

1,001,922


Catalysts


294,081




289,524




1,067,948




1,116,863


Fine Chemistry


193,422




208,548




785,240




750,220


Total net sales

$

687,596



$

707,390



$

2,745,420



$

2,869,005


















Segment operating profit:
















Polymer Solutions

$

35,778



$

36,860



$

198,426



$

243,396


Catalysts


71,440




78,750




260,544




290,065


Fine Chemistry


40,287




47,670




182,690




162,726


Total segment operating profit


147,505




163,280




641,660




696,187


















Equity in net income of unconsolidated investments:
















Polymer Solutions


1,459




1,200




6,416




7,696


Catalysts


7,375




5,463




31,651




36,259


Fine Chemistry


--




--




--




--


Corporate & other


--




(27)




--




(201)


Total equity in net income of unconsolidated investments


8,834




6,636




38,067




43,754


















Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests:
















Polymer Solutions


(966)




(603)




(2,221)




(9,803)


Catalysts


--




--




--




--


Fine Chemistry


(4,773)




(3,867)




(16,350)




(18,306)


Corporate & other


--




(31)




(20)




26


Total net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


(5,739




(4,501)




(18,591)




(28,083)


















Segment income:
















Polymer Solutions


36,271




37,457




202,621




241,289


Catalysts


78,815




84,213




292,195




326,324


Fine Chemistry


35,514




43,803




166,340




144,420


Total segment income


150,600




165,473




661,156




712,033


Corporate & other (a)


(98,740)




(112,541)




(123,831)




(178,568)


Restructuring and other charges, net (b)


(16,982)




--




(111,685)




--


Interest and financing expenses


(7,666)




(8,998)




(32,800)




(37,574)


Other (expenses) income, net


(335)




(177)




1,229




357


Income tax benefit (expense) (b)


10,849




1,791




(82,533)




(104,134)


Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

$

37,726



$

45,548



$

311,536



$

392,114








See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial information.






 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Information

(a)  Non-operating pension and OPEB items, consisting of MTM actuarial gains/losses as well as interest costs and expected return on assets, are included in Corporate & other as follows:

  • For the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, net charges amounting to $84.2 million ($53.6 million after income taxes, or $0.60 per share) and $89.1 million ($56.3 million after income taxes, or $0.63 per share), respectively.  The MTM actuarial loss was $86.0 million ($54.8 million after income taxes, or $0.61 per share) and $92.3 million ($58.4 million after income taxes, or $0.65 per share) for the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. 
  • For the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, net charges amounting to $65.3 million ($41.7 million after income taxes, or $0.46 per share) and $85.8 million ($54.2 million after income taxes, or $0.59 per share), respectively.  The MTM actuarial loss was $75.8 million ($48.3 million after income taxes, or $0.54 per share) and $98.6 million ($62.3 million after income taxes, or $0.68 per share) for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. 

(b)  Restructuring and other special items consisted of the following: 

Three months ended December 31, 2012 --

  • A one-time employer contribution to the Company's defined contribution plan of $10.1 million ($6.4 million after income taxes, or $0.07 per share) and a net curtailment gain of $4.5 million ($2.9 million after income taxes, or $0.03 per share), both in connection with various amendments to certain of our U.S. pension and defined contribution plans. 
  • Net charges of $11.4 million ($6.8 million after income taxes, or $0.08 per share) in connection with various restructuring-related activities across the Company including certain planned reductions in force, changes in product sourcing and other items. 
  • Discrete net tax expense items of $3.5 million, or $0.03 per share, relating to tax planning and other tax matters.

Year ended December 31, 2012 --

  • A one-time employer contribution to the Company's defined contribution plan of $10.1 million ($6.4 million after income taxes, or $0.07 per share) and a net curtailment gain of $4.5 million ($2.9 million after income taxes, or $0.03 per share), both in connection with various amendments to certain of our U.S. pension and defined contribution plans. 
  • Net charges amounting to $100.8 million ($76.1 million after income taxes, or $0.85 per share) in connection with our exit of the phosphorus flame retardants business, and other charges amounting to $5.3 million ($4.3 million after income taxes, or $0.04 per share) relating to changes in product sourcing and other items. 
  • Discrete net tax benefit items of $1.0 million, or $0.01 per share, related principally to tax planning and the release of various tax reserves.

(c)  The year ended December 31, 2012 includes a gain of $8.1 million ($5.1 million after tax, or $0.06 per share) resulting from proceeds received in connection with the settlement of litigation (net of related legal fees).  The year ended December 31, 2012 also includes an $8 million charitable contribution ($5.1 million after tax, or $0.06 per share) to the Albemarle Foundation. 

(d)  Totals may not add due to rounding.

Additional Information

It should be noted that Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation ("earnings"), earnings per share and effective income tax rates which exclude special items, as well as presentations of segment operating profit, segment income, EBITDA, EBITDA excluding special items, EBITDA margin and EBITDA margin excluding special items are financial measures that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP.  These measures are presented here to provide additional useful measurements to review our operations, provide transparency to investors and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance.

A description of other non-GAAP financial measures that we use to evaluate our operations and financial performance, and reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP, can be found in the Investors section of our website at www.albemarle.com, under "Non-GAAP Reconciliations" under "Financials."  Also, see attached for a supplemental reconciliation of our segment operating profit and segment income amounts to GAAP Operating profit and GAAP Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, respectively, as well as for a supplemental reconciliation of our GAAP Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation to EBITDA and EBITDA excluding special items.

ALBEMARLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Reconciliation
(In Thousands)
(Unaudited)

Our segment information includes measures we refer to as "segment operating profit," "segment income," "EBITDA" and "EBITDA excluding special items," which are financial measures that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP.  The Company has reported segment operating profit, segment income, EBITDA and EBITDA excluding special items because management believes that these financial measures provide transparency to investors and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance.  Segment operating profit, segment income, EBITDA and EBITDA excluding special items should not be considered as alternatives to operating profit or net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, as determined in accordance with GAAP.

See below for a reconciliation of segment operating profit and segment income, the non-GAAP financial measures, to Operating profit and Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, respectively, the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP.

 


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011















Total segment operating profit

$

147,505


$

163,280


$

641,660


$

696,187


Corporate & other *


(98,740)



(112,483)



(123,811)



(178,393)


Restructuring and other charges, net


(16,982)



--



(111,685)



--


GAAP Operating profit

$

31,783


$

50,797


$

406,164


$

517,794















Total segment income

$

150,600


$

165,473


$

661,156


$

712,033


Corporate & other


(98,740)



(112,541)



(123,831)



(178,568)


Restructuring and other charges, net


(16,982)



--



(111,685)



--


Interest and financing expenses


(7,666)



(8,998)



(32,800)



(37,574)


Other (expenses) income, net


(335)



(177)



1,229



357


Income tax benefit (expense)


10,849



1,791



(82,533)



(104,134)


GAAP Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

$

37,726


$

45,548


$

311,536


$

392,114



* Excludes corporate equity income and noncontrolling interest adjustments of $(58) for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011, and $(20) and $(175) for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

See below for a reconciliation of net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation excluding special items, EBITDA and EBITDA excluding special items, the non-GAAP financial measures, to net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP.  EBITDA is defined as Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation before interest and financing expenses, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA excluding special items is defined as EBITDA before the special items as listed below.

 


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011















Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

$

37,726


$

45,548


$

311,536


$

392,114















Add back:













Non-operating pension and OPEB adjustments (net of tax)


53,649



56,331



41,729



54,231


Restructuring and other charges, net (net of tax)


10,333



--



83,923



--


Discrete tax items, net


3,504



--



(986)



--


Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation excluding













  special items

$

105,212


$

101,879


$

436,202


$

446,345




























Net income attributable to Albemarle Corporation

$

37,726


$

45,548


$

311,536


$

392,114















Add back:













Interest and financing expenses


7,666



8,998



32,800



37,574


Income tax (benefit) expense


(10,849)



(1,791)



82,533



104,134


Depreciation and amortization


24,592



24,827



99,020



96,753


EBITDA


59,135



77,582



525,889



630,575


Non-operating pension and OPEB adjustments


84,220



89,083



65,316



85,765


Restructuring and other charges, net


16,982



--



111,685



--


EBITDA excluding special items

$

160,337


$

166,665


$

702,890


$

716,340















Net sales

$

687,596


$

707,390


$

2,745,420


$

2,869,005















EBITDA Margin


8.6%



11.0%



19.2%



22.0%















EBITDA Margin excluding special items


23.3%



23.6%



25.6%



25.0%


 

SOURCE Albemarle Corporation

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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.
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it matters most.
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, C...
SYS-CON Media announced that Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow, has launched a new ad campaign in Cloud Computing Journal. The ad campaign, a webcast titled 'Is Your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy?', focuses on the latest data center networking technologies, including SDN or ACI, and how customers are using SDN and ACI in their organizations to achieve business agility. The Cisco webcast is available on-demand.
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...
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold. Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Pa...
Dale Kim is the Director of Industry Solutions at MapR. His background includes a variety of technical and management roles at information technology companies. While his experience includes work with relational databases, much of his career pertains to non-relational data in the areas of search, content management, and NoSQL, and includes senior roles in technical marketing, sales engineering, and support engineering. Dale holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness, and in-car entertainment and this excitement will bleed into other areas. On the commercial side, m...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CodeFutures, a leading supplier of database performance tools, has been named a “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. CodeFutures is an independent software vendor focused on providing tools that deliver database performance tools that increase productivity during database development and increase database performance and scalability during production.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to evolve the way the world does business; however, understanding how to apply it to your company can be a mystery. Most people struggle with understanding the potential business uses or tend to get caught up in the technology, resulting in solutions that fail to meet even minimum business goals. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO / President / Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., showed what is needed to leverage the IoT to transform your business. He discussed opportunities and challenges ahead for the IoT from a market and technical point of vie...
"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.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
In this Women in Technology Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing at Verizon Enterprise, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO at MetraTech; Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems; Seema Jethani, Director of Product Management at Basho Technologies; Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell Inc.; Anne Hungate, Senior Director of Software Quality at DIRECTV, discussed what path they took to find their spot within the technology industry and how do they see opportunities for other women in their area of expertise.
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.
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
"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.
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are increasing at an unprecedented rate. The threat landscape of today is drastically different than just a few years ago. Attacks are much more organized and sophisticated. They are harder to detect and even harder to anticipate. In the foreseeable future it's going to get a whole lot harder. Everything you know today will change. Keeping up with this changing landscape is already a daunting task. Your organization needs to use the latest tools, methods and expertise to guard against those threats. But will that be enough? In the foreseeable future attacks w...