Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Elizabeth White, Adine Deford, the Editor, Michael Krems, Xenia von Wedel

News Feed Item

SEB Closes QLogitek Acquisition

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- Smart Employee Benefits Inc. ("SEB") (TSX VENTURE:SEB), is a technology company providing software, solutions and services specializing in "managing group benefit solutions and healthcare claims processing environments, managing human resource processes and requirements and automating business processes" for corporate, government and non-profit clients. SEB is pleased to announce it has received final approval from the TSX Venture Exchange and has closed the acquisition of Logitek Technology Ltd. ("QLogitek").

Mr. Latiq Qureshi, the principal of QLogitek, has joined the board of directions of SEB. Mr. Qureshi is the founder of QLogitek. He has been operating his own businesses since 1976. Mr. Qureshi has extensive global business and technology experience throughout Africa, the Far East, the Middle East, Europe and North America since 1969. He has extensive global business relationships and his companies have achieved many prestigious awards for technology innovation. Mr. Qureshi, personally, was also recognized by the Government of Canada with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his commitment, perseverance and support for community leadership.

PURCHASE TERMS:

SEB issued, in satisfaction of the $2,009,452 purchase price, 6,698,173 SEB shares ("Shares") and 1,000,000 Share Purchase Warrants ("Warrants"). SEB and the Seller of QLogitek, Logitek Data Sciences Ltd., agreed to a contractual escrow arrangement pursuant to which one million Shares would be released on the closing and the balance over a period of 30 months in various amounts at 6 month intervals. The Warrants have a term of 42 months and an escalating exercise price every 12 months of $0.45, $0.55 and $0.65 during the first three years of the term and at $0.75 for the last six months of the term. The Warrants contain performance vesting conditions during their term equating to cumulative revenue and EBITDA targets of $15.0 million and $3.0 million, respectively. As part of the transaction and in order to retire $651,858 of debt owing by QLogitek, SEB issued a five year convertible note in the amount of $651,858 with an annualized interest rate of 3% and an escalating conversion price of $0.45, $0.55, $0.65, $0.70 and $0.75 from years one through five.

ABOUT QLOGITEK:

QLogitek is a leading B2B-EDI supply chain integration solutions provider. B2B complexities surrounding planning, buying, making, paying, moving, and selling are conveniently managed through the company's suite of 10 products and services. This suite connects enterprises with their trading partners to enable an array of supply chain processes such as EDI exchange for supplier order fulfillment, inbound management for distribution centre optimization, repair-order tracking, scan-based trading, product lifecycle management and claims management. The company offers an innovative cloud computing service delivery model as well as a traditional on-premise model.

20,000 trading partner organizations including manufacturers, shippers, and distributors are mobilized by QLogitek across 170 countries for leading North American retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) enterprises. These enterprises include LCBO, Hudsons Bay Company, Best Buy, LG Electronics and Rogers Communications, to mention a few. QLogitek's 24x7 operations allow approximately 80,000 business users globally to conduct over 3.7 billion transactions annually.

Based in Toronto (Canada), the company has been a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner since its inception in 1999. It was the first Canadian partner to be designated a Microsoft Supply Chain Management (SCM) "Go-To" Partner and, in 2001, was the sole recipient of Microsoft's .NET award for being the first company to deliver Microsoft's vision of 'technology-as-a-service' to a business community. Since then it has gone on to receive national and international awards and accolades. In 2011, QLogitek was 1 of 3 global finalists in the Application Integration category in the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards. In this same year, it won Microsoft Canada's IMPACT Award for being Canada's top application integration solutions provider. Most recently, in 2012, QLogitek was recognized by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) as having delivered Canada's top technology solution. QLogitek's customer LCBO deployed its cloud-based Inbound Management System (IMS) for scheduling to warehouses and its Suppler Order Management System (SOMS) for purchase order automation to win this prestigious award.

QLogitek will be operated as a subsidiary of SEB while maintaining it's current brand and software/service/solutions offerings. QLogitek's supply chain solutions and systems integration expertise will significantly enhance SEB's health claims processing solutions capability to its clients. For more information, please visit www.qlogitek.com.

ABOUT SEB:

SEB is a technology company providing software, solutions and services specializing in "managing group benefit solutions and healthcare claims processing environments, managing Human Resource processes and requirements and automating business processes" for corporate, government and non-profit clients. Health Claims Processing is a $56.0 billion industry, of which over $33.0 billion is employee group benefit plans and over $23.0 billion of other healthcare benefit claims (e.g.: workers compensation claims, travel benefits, various federal and provincial government programs, dental associations, drug associations, etc.). In the employee group benefits industry, SEB operates a licensed Third Party Administrator ("TPA") and Insurance Broker utilizing its software platform to provide "totally hosted PCI compliant supply chain solutions" for managing the complete group benefits business processes between insurers, clients, brokers, consultants, technology service providers and healthcare service providers. In healthcare claims processing, SEB also operates as a systems integrator utilizing its technology platform together with other technologies to provide customized solutions for highly specialized environments (e.g.: travel claims, etc). The technology and expertise deployed in this area also allows SEB to provide other related supply chain, systems integration and human resource solutions and services to the same clients. For more information, please visit www.seb-inc.ca.

EXECUTIVE COMMENTS:

John McKimm, President/CEO/CIO of SEB commented, "QLogitek is an established company providing world-class supply chain software, solutions and services to a number of Canada's leading companies who sell products and services to consumers (both individual and corporate) globally. SEB views 'health claims processing' as a supply chain environment. The QLogitek supply chain software solutions and PCI level one compliant hosting environment, combined with SEB's leading rules based, fully integrated adjudication software platform will give SEB the capability to provide health claims processing clients with highly customized, fully integrated - administration, billing, adjudication, claims paying, reporting - technology environments which are very unique in the health claims processing industry. The QLogitek acquisition enhances SEB's ability to offer efficient and highly cost effective functionality, features, and comprehensive services to this industry that are not readily available in the Canadian marketplace today. Mr. Qureshi is a technology visionary and has built and deployed many innovative technology solutions for leading global companies and organizations. Mr. Qureshi's experiences will add significantly to the Board of SEB, particularly in the areas of technology vision, practical business processes and thought leadership. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Qureshi to the Board of Directors of SEB."

Latiq Qureshi, Pres/CEO, QLogitek, commented, "Mr. McKimm and I have been business associates for many years. We are very excited about the SEB vision and see numerous applications for QLogitek technology solutions in healthcare. QLogitek is a well established solutions provider offering supply chain expertise and software. The 'health claims processing' industry is a massive industry. QLogitek expertise and software solutions, combined with the leading SEB technology solutions (in adjudication and administration) and expertise is a powerful combination in an industry where critical and core functionality still operates on 25 year old mainframe environments. Additionally, SEB management will bring opportunities and business relationships to enlarge QLogitek's core supply chain software and systems integration business. The fit between QLogitek and SEB creates opportunities for both companies to further QLogitek supply chain solutions into new marketplaces, particularly in healthcare. QLogitek and SEB have been co-located for a number of months. We are collaboratively engaged in joint technology development and a number of joint client initiatives, including synergistic acquisitions. There are many additional synergies that both companies will enjoy as we move forward together in providing software, solutions and services to our clients."

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release is intended for information purposes only. Statements made in this press release may contain "forward looking" information about the company's future business prospects. These statements - while expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis - are subject to risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth or implied by such forward looking statements. Investors should consult a professional advisor before making any investment decision.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal an...
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, 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. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infrastructure as a service.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lee Williams, a producer of the first smartphones and tablets, will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ETwater. He will explain how M2M controllers work through wirelessly connected remote controls; and specifically delve into a retrofit option that reverse-engineers control codes of existing conventional controller systems so they don't have to be replaced and are instantly converted to become smart, connected devices.
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
The 3rd International WebRTC Summit, to be held Nov. 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Topics include all aspects of improving IT delivery by eliminating waste through automated business models leveraging cloud technologies. WebRTC Summit is co-located with 15th International Cloud Expo, 6th International Big Data Expo, 3rd International DevOps Summit and 2nd Internet of @ThingsExpo. WebRTC (Web-based Real-Time Communication) is an open source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera that aims to enable bro...
SYS-CON Events announced today the Containers & Microservices Bootcamp, being held November 3-4, 2015, in conjunction with 17th Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, and @DevOpsSummit at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This is your chance to get started with the latest technology in the industry. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Containers and Microservices Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, a Microsoft Regional Director, will include presentations as well as hands-on demos and comprehensive walkthroughs.
The Internet of Things is in the early stages of mainstream deployment but it promises to unlock value and rapidly transform how organizations manage, operationalize, and monetize their assets. IoT is a complex structure of hardware, sensors, applications, analytics and devices that need to be able to communicate geographically and across all functions. Once the data is collected from numerous endpoints, the challenge then becomes converting it into actionable insight.
Contrary to mainstream media attention, the multiple possibilities of how consumer IoT will transform our everyday lives aren’t the only angle of this headline-gaining trend. There’s a huge opportunity for “industrial IoT” and “Smart Cities” to impact the world in the same capacity – especially during critical situations. For example, a community water dam that needs to release water can leverage embedded critical communications logic to alert the appropriate individuals, on the right device, as soon as they are needed to take action.
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azur...
Akana has announced the availability of the new Akana Healthcare Solution. The API-driven solution helps healthcare organizations accelerate their transition to being secure, digitally interoperable businesses. It leverages the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard to enable broader business use of medical data. Akana developed the Healthcare Solution in response to healthcare businesses that want to increase electronic, multi-device access to health records while reducing operating costs and complying with government regulations.
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Expo" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies leverage disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevOps to advance innovation and increase agility. Specializing in designing, imple...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Through WebRTC, audio and video communications are being embedded more easily than ever into applications, helping carriers, enterprises and independent software vendors deliver greater functionality to their end users. With today’s business world increasingly focused on outcomes, users’ growing calls for ease of use, and businesses craving smarter, tighter integration, what’s the next step in delivering a richer, more immersive experience? That richer, more fully integrated experience comes about through a Communications Platform as a Service which allows for messaging, screen sharing, video...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IceWarp will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IceWarp, the leader of cloud and on-premise messaging, delivers secured email, chat, documents, conferencing and collaboration to today's mobile workforce, all in one unified interface
With the proliferation of connected devices underpinning new Internet of Things systems, Brandon Schulz, Director of Luxoft IoT – Retail, will be looking at the transformation of the retail customer experience in brick and mortar stores in his session at @ThingsExpo. Questions he will address include: Will beacons drop to the wayside like QR codes, or be a proximity-based profit driver? How will the customer experience change in stores of all types when everything can be instrumented and analyzed? As an area of investment, how might a retail company move towards an innovation methodolo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Consumer IoT applications provide data about the user that just doesn’t exist in traditional PC or mobile web applications. This rich data, or “context,” enables the highly personalized consumer experiences that characterize many consumer IoT apps. This same data is also providing brands with unprecedented insight into how their connected products are being used, while, at the same time, powering highly targeted engagement and marketing opportunities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nathan Treloar, President and COO of Bebaio, will explore examples of brands transforming their businesses by t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most innovative computing, consumer,...