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Brink's To Report Venezuela Results at SICAD II Exchange Rate

RICHMOND, Va., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) announced today that it will no longer use Venezuela's official exchange rate of 6.3 bolivars per U.S. dollar and has adopted the government's SICAD II floating rate of approximately 50 bolivars per U.S. dollar, which took effect on March 24.  

As a result of the devaluation, Brink's expects to incur a first-quarter remeasurement charge related to the write down of substantially all of its bolivar-denominated net monetary assets.  At December 31, 2013, bolivar-denominated net monetary assets totaled $120 million.

Tom Schievelbein, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said: "Brink's has been operating in Venezuela for more than 40 years, through numerous economic cycles.  We remain committed to this business, which is extremely well-managed by our local team and has demonstrated strong operational and financial performance."          

For comparative purposes, Brink's provided hypothetical 2013 quarterly and full-year non-GAAP results, adjusted to reflect the devaluation (pages 4-7).  Applying the current SICAD II rate, the $447 million of 2013 revenue from Venezuela operations would have declined 88% to approximately $56 million, which is consistent with the company's disclosure in its 2013 annual report on Form 10-K that a substantial devaluation could reduce revenue by $400 million.  In 2013, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations would have been $1.55 per share, a decrease of $.82 from reported earnings of $2.37 per share ($1.47 on a GAAP basis), which is consistent with previous disclosure that Venezuela operations represented a significant component of the company's operating profit.  Brink's also indicated in previous disclosures that a devaluation would put at risk the company's bolivar-denominated cash and cash equivalents, which totaled $94 million on December 31, 2013.  Applying the current SICAD II rate, these assets would have been valued at $12 million as of December 31, 2013.    

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Brink's is scheduled to report its first-quarter 2014 earnings on April 24.  First-quarter GAAP and non-GAAP earnings will include results from Venezuela for January 1 through March 23 at the official rate (6.3), with the balance of March results reported at the SICAD II rate (approximately 50).  For comparative purposes, the company also will provide first-quarter results with Venezuela results translated at the SICAD II rate for the entire period and additional information, including an update to its full-year guidance.     

Brink's had been reporting its Venezuela results at the official exchange rate (6.3) but, as disclosed in its 2013 annual report on Form 10-K, was unable to convert bolivars at this rate.  In 2013, the Venezuelan government introduced a new exchange rate mechanism, known as SICAD, which enables some companies to convert currency for certain transactions at a rate of approximately 11 bolivars per U.S. dollar.  On March 24, the newly created SICAD II exchange mechanism became available and is the only rate at which Brink's has been able to successfully exchange its bolivars for U.S. dollars.  Since Brink's is eligible and has been able to obtain U.S. dollars at the SICAD II rate (approximately 50), and is not eligible to apply for exchange at the official rate (6.3), and does not expect to be able to access the SICAD rate (11), it is adopting the SICAD II rate for reporting Venezuela results. 

Non-GAAP and Adjusted Non-GAAP Results
Non-GAAP and Adjusted Non-GAAP results described in this press release are financial measures that are not required by or presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").  The purpose of the Non-GAAP results is to report financial information without certain income and expense items and adjust the quarterly Non-GAAP tax rates so that the Non-GAAP tax rate in each of the quarters is equal to the full-year non-GAAP tax rate.  The full year Non-GAAP tax rate in both years excludes certain pretax and tax income and expense amounts.  The purpose of Adjusted Non-GAAP results is to report historical Non-GAAP financial information assuming that our Venezuelan operations had been remeasured using a rate of 50 bolivars to the U.S. dollar.

The Non-GAAP and Adjusted Non-GAAP information provides information to assist comparability and estimates of future performance.  Brink's believes these measures are helpful in assessing operations and estimating future results and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance.  In addition, Brink's believes the measures will help investors assess the ongoing operations.  Non-GAAP and Adjusted Non-GAAP results should not be considered as an alternative to revenue, income or earnings per share amounts determined in accordance with GAAP and should be read in conjunction with their GAAP counterparts.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains both historical and forward-looking information. Words such as "anticipates," "assumes," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "believes," "potential," "may," "should" and similar expressions may identify forward-looking information. Forward-looking information in this release includes, but is not limited to an expected first quarter charge related to a devaluation in Venezuela and future access to exchange mechanisms in Venezuela. Forward-looking information in this document is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and contingencies, which are difficult to predict or quantify, and which could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those that are anticipated.

These risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, include, but are not limited to:

  • risks customarily associated with operating in foreign countries including changing labor and economic conditions, currency devaluations, safety and security issues, political instability, restrictions on repatriation of earnings and capital, nationalization, expropriation and other forms of restrictive government actions,
  • the strength of the U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies and foreign currency exchange rates,
  • the stability of the Venezuelan economy, changes in Venezuelan policy regarding foreign-owned businesses,
  • changes in currency restrictions and in foreign exchange rates,
  • fluctuations in value of the Venezuelan bolivar,
  • changes in estimates and assumptions underlying our critical accounting policies, and
  • the promulgation and adoption of new accounting standards and interpretations, new government regulations and interpretations of existing regulations.

This list of risks, uncertainties and contingencies is not intended to be exhaustive. Additional factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found under "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2013, and in our other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking information included in this document is representative only as of the date of this document and The Brink's Company undertakes no obligation to update any information contained in this document.

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The Brink's Company and subsidiaries
GAAP and Non-GAAP Results as Previously Reported (Unaudited)
(In millions, except for per share amounts)






2013



1Q


2Q


3Q


4Q


Full Year

















GAAP Basis

Revenues:












Latin America

$

412.9


413.6


423.8


470.4


1,720.7


EMEA


277.8


293.4


301.2


305.9


1,178.3


North America


223.2


226.3


222.5


226.4


898.4


Asia Pacific


36.6


36.6


34.9


36.7


144.8



Revenues

$

950.5


969.9


982.4


1,039.4


3,942.2














Operating profit:












Latin America

$

23.4


24.4


42.8


59.3


149.9


EMEA


8.6


18.7


32.1


22.1


81.5


North America


(2.0)


6.3


0.2


0.2


4.7


Asia Pacific


4.3


5.0


4.8


2.6


16.7



Segment operating profit


34.3


54.4


79.9


84.2


252.8


Non-segment


(17.0)


(21.6)


(20.7)


(21.8)


(81.1)



Operating profit

$

17.3


32.8


59.2


62.4


171.7














Amounts attributable to Brink's:











Income from continuing operations

$

2.9


13.2


29.8


26.0


71.9

Diluted EPS – continuing operations


0.06


0.27


0.61


0.53


1.47

















Non-GAAP Basis

Revenues:












Latin America

$

412.9


413.6


423.8


470.4


1,720.7


EMEA


277.8


293.4


301.2


305.9


1,178.3


North America


223.2


226.3


222.5


226.4


898.4


Asia Pacific


36.6


36.6


34.9


36.7


144.8



Revenues

$

950.5


969.9


982.4


1,039.4


3,942.2














Operating profit:












Latin America

$

37.1


24.9


43.6


62.4


168.0


EMEA


8.6


18.7


32.1


22.1


81.5


North America


0.9


9.2


3.1


3.1


16.3


Asia Pacific


4.3


5.0


4.8


3.5


17.6



Segment operating profit


50.9


57.8


83.6


91.1


283.4


Non-segment


(7.6)


(11.4)


(11.3)


(12.3)


(42.6)



Operating profit

$

43.3


46.4


72.3


78.8


240.8














Amounts attributable to Brink's:











Income from continuing operations

$

18.7


22.8


35.4


39.0


115.9

Diluted EPS – continuing operations


0.38


0.47


0.72


0.79


2.37


Amounts may not add due to rounding.  Non-GAAP results are reconciled to applicable GAAP results on pages 5-7.


The Brink's Company and subsidiaries
Non-GAAP Results Adjusted for Venezuelan Results at 50 Bolivars per U.S. Dollar (Unaudited)
(In millions, except for per share amounts)






2013



1Q


2Q


3Q


4Q


Full Year

















Non-GAAP Results Adjusted for Venezuelan Results at 50 Bolivars per U.S. Dollar

Revenues:












Latin America

$

328.4


329.7


323.7


347.4


1,329.2


EMEA


277.8


293.4


301.2


305.9


1,178.3


North America


223.2


226.3


222.5


226.4


898.4


Asia Pacific


36.6


36.6


34.9


36.7


144.8



Revenues

$

866.0


886.0


882.3


916.4


3,550.7














Operating profit:












Latin America

$

17.6


14.8


21.7


39.1


93.2


EMEA


8.6


18.7


32.1


22.1


81.5


North America


0.9


9.2


3.1


3.1


16.3


Asia Pacific


4.3


5.0


4.8


3.5


17.6



Segment operating profit


31.4


47.7


61.7


67.8


208.6


Non-segment


(7.6)


(11.4)


(11.3)


(12.3)


(42.6)



Operating profit

$

23.8


36.3


50.4


55.5


166.0














Amounts attributable to Brink's:











Income from continuing operations

$

9.2


16.1


22.8


27.8


75.9

Diluted EPS – continuing operations


0.19


0.33


0.46


0.57


1.55


Amounts may not add due to rounding.  Non-GAAP Results Adjusted for Venezuelan Results at 50 bolivars per U.S. dollar are reconciled to applicable GAAP results on pages 5 – 7.


The Brink's Company and subsidiaries
Non-GAAP and Adjusted Non-GAAP(g) Results Reconciled to GAAP (Unaudited)
(In millions, except for per share amounts)




GAAP
Basis


Gains and
Losses on
Acquisitions
and
Dispositions

(a)


Net Monetary
Asset Re-
measurement
Losses in
Venezuela

(b)


Employee
Benefit
Settlement
Losses

 (c)


U.S.
Retirement
Plans

(d)


Adjust
Income
Tax Rate

(e)


Non-
GAAP
Basis


Adjust
Venezuela
to 50
Bolivars to the U.S.
Dollar

(f)


Adjusted
Non-
GAAP
Basis

(g)

























First Quarter 2013

Revenues:




















Latin America

$

412.9


-


-


-


-


-


412.9


(84.5)


328.4


EMEA


277.8


-


-


-


-


-


277.8


-


277.8


North America


223.2


-


-


-


-


-


223.2


-


223.2


Asia Pacific


36.6


-


-


-


-


-


36.6


-


36.6



Revenues

$

950.5


-


-


-


-


-


950.5


(84.5)


866.0






















Operating profit:




















Latin America

$

23.4


-


13.4


0.3


-


-


37.1


(19.5)


17.6


EMEA


8.6


-


-


-


-


-


8.6


-


8.6


North America


(2.0)


-


-


-


2.9


-


0.9


-


0.9


Asia Pacific


4.3


-


-


-


-


-


4.3


-


4.3



Segment operating profit


34.3


-


13.4


0.3


2.9


-


50.9


(19.5)


31.4


Non-segment


(17.0)


(1.1)


-


-


10.5


-


(7.6)


-


(7.6)



Operating profit

$

17.3


(1.1)


13.4


0.3


13.4


-


43.3


(19.5)


23.8






















Amounts attributable to Brink's:



















Income from continuing operations

$

2.9


(1.1)


8.4


0.2


8.2


0.1


18.7


(9.5)


9.2

Diluted EPS – continuing operations


0.06


(0.02)


0.17


-


0.17


-


0.38


(0.19)


0.19










Second Quarter 2013

Revenues:




















Latin America

$

413.6


-


-


-


-


-


413.6


(83.9)


329.7


EMEA


293.4


-


-


-


-


-


293.4


-


293.4


North America


226.3


-


-


-


-


-


226.3


-


226.3


Asia Pacific


36.6


-


-


-


-


-


36.6


-


36.6



Revenues

$

969.9


-


-


-


-


-


969.9


(83.9)


886.0






















Operating profit:




















Latin America

$

24.4


-


-


0.5


-


-


24.9


(10.1)


14.8


EMEA


18.7


-


-


-


-


-


18.7


-


18.7


North America


6.3


-


-


-


2.9


-


9.2


-


9.2


Asia Pacific


5.0


-


-


-


-


-


5.0


-


5.0



Segment operating profit


54.4


-


-


0.5


2.9


-


57.8


(10.1)


47.7


Non-segment


(21.6)


-


-


-


10.2


-


(11.4)


-


(11.4)



Operating profit

$

32.8


-


-


0.5


13.1


-


46.4


(10.1)


36.3






















Amounts attributable to Brink's:



















Income from continuing operations

$

13.2


-


-


0.4


7.7


1.5


22.8


(6.7)


16.1

Diluted EPS – continuing operations


0.27


-


-


0.01


0.16


0.03


0.47


(0.14)


0.33


See page 7 for notes.

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The Brink's Company and subsidiaries
Non-GAAP and Adjusted Non-GAAP(g) Results Reconciled to GAAP (Unaudited)
(In millions, except for per share amounts)




GAAP
Basis


Gains and
Losses on
Acquisitions
and
Dispositions

(a)


Net Monetary
Asset Re-
measurement
Losses in
Venezuela

(b)


Employee
Benefit
Settlement
Losses

 (c)


U.S.
Retirement
Plans

(d)


Adjust
Income
Tax
Rate

(e)


Non-
GAAP
Basis


Adjust
Venezuela
to 50
Bolivars to
the U.S.
Dollar

(f)


Adjusted
Non-
GAAP
Basis

(g)



























Third Quarter 2013


Revenues:





















Latin America

$

423.8


-


-


-


-


-


423.8


(100.1)


323.7



EMEA


301.2


-


-


-


-


-


301.2


-


301.2



North America


222.5


-


-


-


-


-


222.5


-


222.5



Asia Pacific


34.9


-


-


-


-


-


34.9


-


34.9




Revenues

$

982.4


-


-


-


-


-


982.4


(100.1)


882.3
























Operating profit:





















Latin America

$

42.8


-


-


0.8


-


-


43.6


(21.9)


21.7



EMEA


32.1


-


-


-


-


-


32.1


-


32.1



North America


0.2


-


-


-


2.9


-


3.1


-


3.1



Asia Pacific


4.8


-


-


-


-


-


4.8


-


4.8




Segment operating profit


79.9


-


-


0.8


2.9


-


83.6


(21.9)


61.7



Non-segment


(20.7)


(0.9)


-


-


10.3


-


(11.3)


-


(11.3)




Operating profit

$

59.2


(0.9)


-


0.8


13.2


-


72.3


(21.9)


50.4
























Amounts attributable to Brink's:




















Income from continuing operations

$

29.8


(0.9)


-


0.6


7.7


(1.8)


35.4


(12.6)


22.8


Diluted EPS – continuing operations


0.61


(0.02)


-


0.01


0.16


(0.04)


0.72


(0.26)


0.46

















































Fourth Quarter 2013


Revenues:





















Latin America

$

470.4


-


-


-


-


-


470.4


(123.0)


347.4



EMEA


305.9


-


-


-


-


-


305.9


-


305.9



North America


226.4


-


-


-


-


-


226.4


-


226.4



Asia Pacific


36.7


-


-


-


-


-


36.7


-


36.7




Revenues

$

1,039.4


-


-


-


-


-


1,039.4


(123.0)


916.4
























Operating profit:





















Latin America

$

59.3


2.2


-


0.9


-


-


62.4


(23.3)


39.1



EMEA


22.1


-


-


-


-


-


22.1


-


22.1



North America


0.2


-


-


-


2.9


-


3.1


-


3.1



Asia Pacific


2.6


0.9


-


-


-


-


3.5


-


3.5




Segment operating profit


84.2


3.1


-


0.9


2.9


-


91.1


(23.3)


67.8



Non-segment


(21.8)


(0.8)


-


-


10.3


-


(12.3)


-


(12.3)




Operating profit

$

62.4


2.3


-


0.9


13.2


-


78.8


(23.3)


55.5
























Amounts attributable to Brink's:




















Income from continuing operations

$

26.0


4.0


-


0.6


8.2


0.2


39.0


(11.2)


27.8


Diluted EPS – continuing operations


0.53


0.08


-


0.01


0.17


-


0.79


(0.23)


0.57



See page 7 for notes.

The Brink's Company and subsidiaries
Non-GAAP and Adjusted Non-GAAP(g) Results Reconciled to GAAP (Unaudited)
(In millions, except for per share amounts)




GAAP
Basis


Gains and
Losses on
Acquisitions
and
Dispositions

(a)


Net Monetary
Asset Re-
measurement
Losses in
Venezuela

(b)


Employee
Benefit
Settlement
Losses

(c)


U.S.
Retirement
Plans

(d)


Adjust
Income
Tax
Rate

(e)


Non-
GAAP
Basis


Adjust
Venezuela
to 50
Bolivars to
the U.S.
Dollar

(f)


Adjusted
Non-
GAAP
Basis

(g)

























Full Year 2013

Revenues:




















Latin America

$

1,720.7


-


-


-


-


-


1,720.7


(391.5)


1,329.2


EMEA


1,178.3


-


-


-


-


-


1,178.3


-


1,178.3


North America


898.4


-


-


-


-


-


898.4


-


898.4


Asia Pacific


144.8


-


-


-


-


-


144.8


-


144.8



Revenues

$

3,942.2


-


-


-


-


-


3,942.2


(391.5)


3,550.7






















Operating profit:




















Latin America

$

149.9


2.2


13.4


2.5


-


-


168.0


(74.8)


93.2


EMEA


81.5


-


-


-


-


-


81.5


-


81.5


North America


4.7


-


-


-


11.6


-


16.3


-


16.3


Asia Pacific


16.7


0.9


-


-


-


-


17.6


-


17.6



Segment operating profit


252.8


3.1


13.4


2.5


11.6


-


283.4


(74.8)


208.6


Non-segment


(81.1)


(2.8)


-


-


41.3


-


(42.6)


-


(42.6)



Operating profit

$

171.7


0.3


13.4


2.5


52.9


-


240.8


(74.8)


166.0






















Amounts attributable to Brink's:



















Income from continuing operations

$

71.9


2.0


8.4


1.8


31.8


-


115.9


(40.0)


75.9

Diluted EPS – continuing operations


1.47


0.04


0.17


0.04


0.65


-


2.37


(0.82)


1.55



(a)   

To eliminate:


  • a $1.1 million adjustment in the first quarter of 2013 to the amount of gain recognized on a 2010 business acquisition in Mexico as a result of a favorable adjustment to the purchase price received in the first quarter of 2013.
  •  $1.7 million of adjustments in the third and fourth quarters of 2013 primarily related to the January 2013 acquisition of Rede Trel in Brazil.
  • $3.1 million in adjustments in the fourth quarter of 2013 related to the increase in a loss contingency assumed in the 2010 Mexico acquisition and the impairment of an intangible asset acquired in the 2009 India acquisition.
  • a $2.6 million tax adjustment related to the Belgium disposition.



(b)   

To eliminate currency exchange losses related to a 16% devaluation of the official exchange rate in Venezuela from 5.3 to 6.3 bolivars to the U.S. dollar in February 2013.

(c)  

To eliminate employee benefit settlement losses in Mexico. 

(d)  

To eliminate expenses related to U.S. retirement plans.

(e)  

To adjust effective income tax rate in the interim period to be equal to the full-year non-GAAP effective income tax rate.  The full-year non-GAAP effective tax rate for 2013 is 33.3%.

(f)  

Effective March 24, 2014, Brink's began remeasuring its Venezuelan operating results using currency exchange rates reported under a newly established currency exchange process in Venezuela (the "SICAD II process").  The rate published for this process averaged 51 for the last 7 days in March 2014 and 50 at March 31, 2014. This adjustment reflects a hypothetical remeasurement of Brink's Venezuela's 2013 revenue and operating results using a rate of 50 bolivars to the U.S. dollar, which approximates the rate observed in the new SICAD II currency exchange process in March 2014.  Losses that would have been recognized in 2013 had Brink's used a rate of 50 bolivars to the U.S. dollar to remeasure its net monetary assets have been excluded from this adjustment and the Adjusted Non-GAAP results.

(g)  

Non-GAAP results adjusted for Venezuelan results at 50 bolivars per U.S. dollar.


Amounts may not add due to rounding.

 

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You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, paneli...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), provided an overview of various initiatives to certify the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldwide re...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, discussed some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and related how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material was delivered interac...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
It is ironic, but perhaps not unexpected, that many organizations who want the benefits of using an Agile approach to deliver software use a waterfall approach to adopting Agile practices: they form plans, they set milestones, and they measure progress by how many teams they have engaged. Old habits die hard, but like most waterfall software projects, most waterfall-style Agile adoption efforts fail to produce the results desired. The problem is that to get the results they want, they have to ch...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Doug Vanderweide, an instructor at Linux Academy, discussed why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers wit...
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, posited that disruption is inevitable for comp...
While DevOps most critically and famously fosters collaboration, communication, and integration through cultural change, culture is more of an output than an input. In order to actively drive cultural evolution, organizations must make substantial organizational and process changes, and adopt new technologies, to encourage a DevOps culture. Moderated by Andi Mann, panelists discussed how to balance these three pillars of DevOps, where to focus attention (and resources), where organizations might...
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...