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Euronet Worldwide Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Euronet Worldwide, Inc. ("Euronet" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: EEFT), a leading electronic payments provider, reports fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results.

Euronet reports the following consolidated results for the full year 2012 compared with the same period of 2011:

  • Revenues of $1,267.6 million, a 9% increase from $1,161.3 million (15% increase on a constant currency(1) basis).
  • Operating income of $58.0 million, a 27% decrease from $79.1 million (28% decrease on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted operating income(2) of $86.7 million, a 10% increase from $79.0 million (17% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted EBITDA(3) of $162.8 million, an 8% increase from $150.2 million (15% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Net earnings attributable to Euronet of $20.5 million or $0.40 diluted earnings per share, a 44% decrease from $36.9 million or $0.71 diluted earnings per share.
  • Adjusted cash earnings per share(4) of $1.57, a 6% increase from $1.48, including a one-time tax charge of three cents per share related to the repurchase of the Company's convertible bonds.
  • Transactions of 2,300 million, a 13% increase from 2,031 million.

Euronet reports the following consolidated results for the fourth quarter 2012 compared with the same period of 2011:

  • Revenues of $351.2 million, a 10% increase from $319.4 million (12% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Operating loss of $1.9 million, a 108% decrease from operating income of $23.0 million (127% decrease on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted operating income of $26.8 million, a 17% increase from $23.0 million (18% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $45.8 million, a 10% increase from $41.7 million (11% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Net loss attributable to Euronet of $13.0 million or $0.26 diluted loss per share, compared with net income of $10.9 million or $0.21 diluted earnings per share.
  • Adjusted cash earnings per share of $0.44, a 4% decrease from $0.46. Adjusted cash earnings per share would have been $0.47, a 2% increase, if not for a one-time tax charge of three cents per share related to the repurchase of the Company's convertible bonds.
  • Transactions of 604 million, a 10% increase from 550 million.

See the reconciliation of non-GAAP items in the attached financial schedules.

"I am pleased we delivered record annual adjusted cash earnings per share," stated Michael J. Brown, Euronet's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This earnings growth was the result of our continued focus on new products and markets together with effective execution across most of our business."

"Our EFT and Money Transfer Segments finished the year with strong 55% and 67% fourth quarter constant currency operating income growth, respectively," continued Mr. Brown. "And, while we still face challenges in some of our epay markets, we are starting to see benefits from the non-mobile content and value added services we introduced during the year. We look forward to the second quarter 2013 when we expect epay to stabilize."

In the fourth quarter 2012, the Company completed its annual goodwill impairment testing and recorded a non-cash goodwill and acquired intangible asset impairment charge of $28.7 million related to the Company's epay Brazil business. While the Company continues to introduce additional electronic payment products into the Brazilian market, the financial contribution of these products has not replaced the loss of earnings resulting from the continued impact of changes in distribution strategies of certain mobile operators in Brazil.

Segment and Other Results

The EFT Processing Segment reports the following results for the full year 2012 compared with the same period of 2011:

  • Revenues of $237.9 million, a 19% increase from $199.3 million (32% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Operating income of $44.4 million, a 34% increase from $33.2 million (46% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted operating income of $44.4 million, a 35% increase from $32.9 million (47% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $69.7 million, a 29% increase from $54.0 million (41% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Transactions of 1,156 million, a 23% increase from 943 million.
  • Operated 17,600 ATMs as of December 31, 2012, a 24% increase from 14,224 ATMs as of December 31, 2011.

The EFT Processing Segment reports the following results for the fourth quarter 2012 compared with the same period of 2011:

  • Revenues of $64.8 million, a 19% increase from $54.3 million (22% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Operating income of $13.6 million, a 53% increase from $8.9 million (55% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $20.2 million, a 38% increase from $14.6 million (40% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Transactions of 297 million, a 16% increase from 257 million.

Revenue, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA expansion in the fourth quarter and full year 2012 is largely attributable to a 24% increase in ATMs under management, growth of value added services and increased demand for software products.

Transaction growth of 23% for the full year and 16% for the fourth quarter was driven by ATM expansion in India, Poland and Romania, together with further development of the European cross-border acquiring business. Revenue growth outpaced transaction growth due to a shift towards higher priced transactions. ATM growth was largely attributable to brown label ATM deployments in India and the cash4you acquisition in Poland completed late in the fourth quarter 2011. The deployment of brown label ATMs in India contributed to fourth quarter earnings growth, but negatively impacted full year results due to the ramp-up of transactions on these new ATMs.

The epay Segment reports the following results for the full year 2012 compared with the same period for 2011:

  • Revenues of $714.2 million, a 5% increase from $677.1 million (10% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Operating income of $19.6 million, a 65% decrease from $56.8 million (76% decrease on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted operating income of $48.3 million, a 15% decrease from $57.0 million (14% decrease on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $68.1 million, a 10% decrease from $75.5 million (7% decrease on a constant currency basis).
  • Transactions of 1,113 million, a 5% increase from 1,064 million.
  • Point of sale ("POS") terminals of approximately 680,000 as of December 31, 2012, an 11% increase from approximately 615,000 as of December 31, 2011.
  • Retailer locations of approximately 339,000 as of December 31, 2012, an 16% increase from approximately 293,000 as of December 31, 2011.

The epay Segment reports the following results for the fourth quarter 2012 compared with the same period of 2011:

  • Revenues of $199.5 million, a 4% increase from $191.2 million (6% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Operating loss of $13.8 million compared with operating income of $16.9 million.
  • Adjusted operating income of $14.9 million, a 12% decrease from $16.9 million (11% decrease on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $19.4 million, a 12% decrease from $22.1 million (11% decrease on a constant currency basis).
  • Transactions of 298 million, a 4% increase from 286 million.

Full year revenue growth versus the prior year was largely due to the September 2011 acquisition of cadooz. Revenue increases in the fourth quarter 2012 compared with the prior year were from continued demand for non-mobile products in Germany and prepaid mobile sales in the U.S. Adjusted operating income and Adjusted EBITDA declines for both the full year and fourth quarter were primarily focused in Brazil, Spain and Australia, partially offset by increases in Germany and the U.S.

Transaction growth of 5% and 4% for the full year and fourth quarter 2012, respectively, was driven by volume increases in the U.S., Germany, India and France. These volume increases were partially offset by declines in Spain, Australia and Brazil.

The Money Transfer Segment reports the following results for the full year 2012 compared with the same period for 2011:

  • Revenues of $316.1 million, an 11% increase from $285.3 million (15% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Operating income of $24.6 million, a 44% increase from $17.1 million (50% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $43.4 million, a 16% increase from $37.5 million (20% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Total transactions of 30.7 million, a 25% increase from 24.5 million.
  • Network locations of approximately 177,000 as of December 31, 2012, a 21% increase from approximately 146,000 as of December 31, 2011.

The Money Transfer Segment reports the following results for the fourth quarter 2012 compared with the same period of 2011:

  • Revenues of $87.2 million, an 18% increase from $74.0 million (19% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Operating income of $7.4 million, a 64% increase from $4.5 million (67% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $12.2 million, a 30% increase from $9.4 million (31% increase on a constant currency basis).
  • Total transactions of 8.6 million, a 28% increase from 6.7 million.

Revenue, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA expansion was driven by total transaction growth of 25% and 28% for the full year and fourth quarter, respectively. The strong growth resulted from Ria's continued focus on network expansion, which increased 21% over the prior year, together with additional transactions generated within existing markets.

For the full year, the number of money transfers increased 15%, including 18% from the U.S. and 10% from markets outside of the U.S. For the fourth quarter, money transfers increased 20%, including 26% from the U.S. and 13% from non-U.S. markets. Transfers from the U.S. to Mexico grew 19% and 28% for the full year and fourth quarter, respectively, with the fourth quarter representing the strongest quarterly growth in 2012. Non-money transfers increased 83% and 63% for the full year and fourth quarter, respectively.

Corporate and Other reports $30.6 million of expense for 2012 compared with $28.0 million for 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 Corporate expense was $9.1 million compared with $7.3 million for the fourth quarter 2011. The increase in Corporate expense is primarily attributable to long and short-term incentive compensation expense related to improved Company results.

Balance Sheet and Financial Position

Unrestricted cash on hand was $191.2 million as of December 31, 2012, compared to $191.8 million as of September 30, 2012. Total indebtedness was $301.3 million as of December 31, 2012, compared to $261.6 million as of September 30, 2012. Total debt increased as a result of borrowings to fund the repurchase of shares from DST Systems, Inc. and the acquisition of ezi-pay in New Zealand, partly offset by repayments of debt made using cash flows generated from operations.

Guidance

The Company currently expects adjusted cash earnings per share for the first quarter 2013 to be approximately $0.37, assuming foreign currency exchange rates remain stable through the end of the quarter.

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company presents non-GAAP financial measures, such as constant currency financial measures, adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted cash earnings per share. These measures should be used in addition to, and not a substitute for, net income, operating income and earnings per share computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Company's performance and overall results of operations. These non-GAAP measures are also an integral part of the Company's internal reporting and performance assessment for executives and senior management. The non-GAAP measures used by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies. The attached schedules provide a full reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure.

(1) Constant currency measures are computed as if foreign currency exchange rates did not change from the prior period. This information is provided to illustrate the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on the Company's results when compared to the prior period.

(2) Adjusted operating income is defined as operating income excluding goodwill and acquired intangible asset impairment charges, changes in the value of acquisition contingent consideration and non-recurring items that are considered expenses under U.S. GAAP.

(3) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income excluding income tax expense, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation expenses and other non-operating or non-recurring items that are considered expenses under U.S. GAAP.

(4) Adjusted cash earnings per share is defined as diluted U.S. GAAP earnings per share excluding the tax-effected impacts of: a) foreign exchange gains or losses, b) goodwill and acquired intangible asset impairment charges, c) gains or losses from the early retirement of debt, d) share-based compensation, e) acquired intangible asset amortization, f) non-cash interest expense, g) non-cash income tax expense, and h) other non-operating or non-recurring items. Adjusted cash earnings per share includes shares potentially issuable in settlement of convertible bonds or other obligations, if the assumed issuances are dilutive to adjusted cash earnings per share. Adjusted cash earnings per share represents a performance measure and is not intended to represent a liquidity measure.

Conference Call and Slide Presentation

Euronet Worldwide will host an analyst conference call on February 13, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. To listen to the call via telephone, dial 877-303-6313 (USA) or +1-631-813-4734 (non-USA). The conference call will also be available via webcast at http://ir.euronetworldwide.com. Participants should go to the website at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the event to register. A slideshow will be included in the webcast.

A webcast replay will be available beginning approximately one hour after the event at http://ir.euronetworldwide.com and will remain available for one year.

About Euronet Worldwide, Inc.

Euronet Worldwide is an industry leader in processing secure electronic financial transactions. The Company offers payment and transaction processing solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. These services include comprehensive ATM, POS and card outsourcing services, card issuing and merchant acquiring services, software solutions, consumer money transfer and bill payment services, and electronic distribution for prepaid mobile phone time and other prepaid products.

Euronet's global payment network is extensive - including 17,600 ATMs, approximately 67,000 EFT POS terminals and a growing portfolio of outsourced debit and credit card services which are under management in 38 countries; card software solutions; a prepaid processing network of approximately 680,000 POS terminals at approximately 339,000 retailer locations in 30 countries; and a consumer-to-consumer money transfer network of approximately 177,000 locations serving 133 countries. With corporate headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, USA, and 49 worldwide offices, Euronet serves clients in approximately 150 countries. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.euronetworldwide.com.

Statements contained in this news release that concern Euronet's or its management's intentions, expectations, or predictions of future performance, are forward-looking statements. Euronet's actual results may vary materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including: conditions in world financial markets and general economic conditions, including economic conditions in specific countries or regions; technological developments affecting the market for the Company's products and services; the ability of the Company to successfully introduce new products; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the effects of any potential future computer security breaches; the Company's ability to renew existing contracts at profitable rates; changes in fees payable for transactions performed for cards bearing international logos or over switching networks such as card transactions on ATMs; changes in the Company's relationship with, or in fees charged by, the Company's business partners; competition; the outcome of claims and other loss contingencies affecting the Company; and changes in laws and regulations affecting the Company's business, including immigration laws. These risks and other risks are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Copies of these filings may be obtained via the SEC's Edgar website or by contacting the Company or the SEC. Any forward-looking statements made in this release speak only as of the date of this release. Euronet does not intend to update these forward-looking statements and undertakes no duty to any person to provide any such update under any circumstances. The Company regularly posts important information to the investor relations section of its website.

EURONET WORLDWIDE, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited - in millions, except share and per share data)
                 
Year Ended Three Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Revenues $ 1,267.6   $ 1,161.3   $ 351.2   $ 319.4  
 
Operating expenses:
Direct operating costs 812.1 740.7 225.1 203.9
Salaries and benefits 184.2 168.6 49.4 44.4
Selling, general and administrative 120.4 112.5 33.9 32.2
Impairment of goodwill and acquired intangible assets 28.7 28.7
Depreciation and amortization 64.2   60.4   16.0   15.9  
Total operating expenses 1,209.6   1,082.2   353.1   296.4  
Operating income (loss) 58.0   79.1   (1.9 ) 23.0  
 
Other income (expense):
Interest income 4.0 5.7 0.5 1.4
Interest expense (19.5 ) (21.5 ) (3.0 ) (5.8 )
Income from unconsolidated affiliates 0.9 1.9 0.1 0.4
Other gains, net 4.1 1.0
Loss on early retirement of debt (1.9 )
Foreign exchange (loss) gain, net (0.2 ) (1.6 ) 1.1   (2.7 )
Total expense, net (10.7 ) (16.4 ) (1.3 ) (6.7 )
Income (loss) before income taxes 47.3 62.7 (3.2 ) 16.3
 
Income tax expense (27.0 ) (24.7 ) (9.6 ) (5.3 )
 
Net income (loss) 20.3 38.0 (12.8 ) 11.0
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests 0.2   (1.1 ) (0.2 ) (0.1 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Euronet Worldwide, Inc. $ 20.5   $ 36.9   $ (13.0 ) $ 10.9  
 
 
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Euronet
Worldwide, Inc. stockholders - diluted
Earnings (loss) per share $ 0.40   $ 0.71   $ (0.26 ) $ 0.21  
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 51,412,510   51,729,513   50,002,236   51,185,879  
 
EURONET WORLDWIDE, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions)
             
 
As of
December 31, As of
2012 December 31,
(unaudited) 2011
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 191.2 $ 170.7
Restricted cash 81.9 73.3
Inventory - PINs and other 101.2 98.8
Trade accounts receivable, net 370.8 349.5
Other current assets, net 68.1   61.7
 
Total current assets 813.2 754.0
 
Property and equipment, net 115.5 102.9
Goodwill and acquired intangible assets, net 565.2 588.5
Other assets, net 57.6   60.9
 
Total assets $ 1,551.5   $ 1,506.3
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and other current liabilities $ 686.7 $ 601.6
Short-term debt obligations 10.0   172.9
 
Total current liabilities 696.7 774.5
 
Debt obligations, net of current portion 286.7 161.7
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion 4.6 4.2
Deferred income taxes 22.0 26.0
Other long-term liabilities 14.9   13.2
 
Total liabilities 1,024.9 979.6
 
Equity 526.6   526.7
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,551.5   $ 1,506.3
 
EURONET WORLDWIDE, INC.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Operating Income (Expense) to Adjusted Operating Income (Expense)
(unaudited - in millions)
                     
Year ended December 31, 2012
 
EFT Processing     epay     Money Transfer     Corporate Services     Consolidated
 
Net income $ 20.3
 
Add: Income tax expense 27.0
Add: Total other expense, net 10.7  
 
Operating income (expense) $ 44.4 $ 19.6 $ 24.6 $ (30.6 ) 58.0
 
Add: Impairment charges       28.7                   28.7  
 
Adjusted operating income (expense)(1) 44.4 48.3 24.6 (30.6 ) 86.7
 
Add: Depreciation and amortization 25.3 19.7 18.8 0.4 64.2
Add: Share-based compensation       0.1             11.8       11.9  
 
Earnings (expense) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and other non-operating and non-recurring items (Adjusted EBITDA) (1) $ 69.7       $ 68.1       $ 43.4       $ (18.4 )     $ 162.8  
 
 
Year ended December 31, 2011
 
EFT Processing     epay     Money Transfer     Corporate Services     Consolidated
 
Net income $ 38.0
 
Add: Income tax expense 24.7
Add: Total other expense, net 16.4  
 
Operating income (expense) $ 33.2 $ 56.8 $ 17.1 $ (28.0 ) 79.1
 
Adjust: Change in fair value of acquisition contingent consideration (0.3 )     0.2                   (0.1 )
 
Adjusted operating income (expense) 32.9 57.0 17.1 (28.0 ) 79.0
 
Add: Depreciation and amortization 21.1 18.5 20.4 0.4 60.4
Add: Share-based compensation                   10.8       10.8  
 
Earnings (expense) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and other non-operating and non-recurring items (Adjusted EBITDA) (1) $ 54.0       $ 75.5       $ 37.5       $ (16.8 )     $ 150.2  
 

(1) Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income (expense) are non-GAAP measures that should be considered in addition to, and not a substitute for, net income (loss) and operating income (expense) computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

EURONET WORLDWIDE, INC.

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Operating Income (Loss) to Adjusted Operating Income (Expense)

(unaudited - in millions)
                     
Three months ended December 31, 2012
 
EFT Processing     epay     Money Transfer     Corporate Services     Consolidated
 
Net loss $ (12.8 )
 
Add: Income tax expense 9.6
Add: Total other expense, net 1.3  
 

Operating income (loss)

$ 13.6 $ (13.8 ) $ 7.4 $ (9.1 ) (1.9 )
 
Add: Impairment charges       28.7                   28.7  
 

Adjusted operating income (expense)

13.6 14.9 7.4 (9.1 ) 26.8

 

Add: Depreciation and amortization 6.6 4.5 4.8 0.1 16.0
Add: Share-based compensation                   3.0       3.0  
 
Earnings (expense) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and other non-operating and non-recurring items (Adjusted EBITDA) (1) $ 20.2       $ 19.4       $ 12.2       $ (6.0 )     $ 45.8  
 
 
Three months ended December 31, 2011
 
EFT Processing     epay     Money Transfer     Corporate Services     Consolidated
 
Net income $ 11.0
 
Add: Income tax expense 5.3
Add: Total other expense, net 6.7  
 
Operating income (expense) $ 8.9 $ 16.9 $ 4.5 $ (7.3 ) 23.0
 
Add: Depreciation and amortization 5.7 5.2 4.9 0.1 15.9
Add: Share-based compensation                   2.8       2.8  
 
Earnings (expense) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and other non-operating and non-recurring items (Adjusted EBITDA) (1) $ 14.6       $ 22.1       $ 9.4       $ (4.4 )     $ 41.7  
 

(1) Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income (expense) are non-GAAP measures that should be considered in addition to, and not a substitute for, net income (loss) and operating income (expense) computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

EURONET WORLDWIDE, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Cash Earnings per Share
(unaudited - in millions, except share and per share data)
                       
Year Ended Three Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Euronet Worldwide, Inc. $ 20.5 $ 36.9 $ (13.0 ) $ 10.9
3.5% convertible debt interest and amortization of issuance costs, net of tax(1) 5.1     0.3   3.5
Earnings (loss) applicable for common shareholders -- cash earnings per share 25.6 36.9 (12.7 ) 14.4
 
Foreign exchange loss (gain), net of tax 0.1 1.4 (1.1 ) 2.7
Intangible asset amortization, net of tax 18.0 17.8 4.2 4.7
Share-based compensation, net of tax 11.0 10.2 2.7 2.6
Impairment of goodwill and acquired intangible assets, net of tax 27.0 27.0
Non-cash 3.5% convertible debt accretion interest, net of tax 6.3 7.6 0.3
Change in fair value of acquisition contingent consideration (0.1 )
Other gains, net (4.4 ) (1.0 )
Loss on early debt retirement, net of tax 1.9
Non-cash GAAP tax expense 3.7   2.6   2.5   1.1
 
Adjusted cash earnings(2) $ 87.3   $ 77.3   $ 22.9   $ 25.5
 
Adjusted cash earnings per share - diluted(2) $ 1.57   $ 1.48   $ 0.44   $ 0.46
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 51,412,510 51,729,513 50,002,236 51,185,879
 
Incremental shares from assumed conversion of stock options and restricted stock 951,782
Effect of assumed conversion of convertible debentures(1) 3,362,774 764,655 4,235,136
Effect of unrecognized share-based compensation on diluted shares outstanding 760,055   596,625   757,544   564,378
Adjusted diluted weighted average shares outstanding 55,535,339   52,326,138   52,476,217   55,985,393
 

(1) As required by U.S. GAAP, the interest cost and amortization of the convertible debt issuance cost are excluded from income for the purpose of calculating diluted earnings per share for any period when the convertible debentures, if converted, would be dilutive to earnings per share. Although the assumed conversion of the convertible debentures was not dilutive to the Company's GAAP earnings for the periods presented, it was dilutive to the Company's adjusted cash earnings per share for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2012 and the three months ended December 31, 2011. Accordingly, the interest cost and amortization of the convertible debt issuance cost are excluded from income and the convertible shares are treated as if all were outstanding for the period.

(2) Adjusted cash earnings and adjusted cash earnings per share are non-GAAP measures that should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

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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...
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...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about the digitization of physical assets including sensors, devices, machines, gateways, and the network. It creates possibilities for significant value creation and new revenue generating business models via data democratization and ubiquitous analytics across IoT networks. The explosion of data in all forms in IoT requires a more robust and broader lens in order to enable smarter timely actions and better outcomes. Business operations become the key driver of IoT applications and projects. Business operations, IT, and data scientists need advanced analytics t...
A producer of the first smartphones and tablets, presenter Lee M. Williams 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. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lee Williams, COO of ETwater, 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.
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
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.
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.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...