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PAREXEL International Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2014 Results

BOSTON, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --           

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results (compared to Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2013)

  • 10.2% growth in consolidated service revenue to $510.6 million
  • GAAP operating margin of 11.5%; adjusted operating margin of 11.2% (up 260 basis points)
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.70 grew 34.6%; adjusted earnings per share of $0.65 grew 30.0%
  • Net new business wins of $592.5 million; net book-to-bill ratio of 1.16; backlog at $5.0 billion

Fiscal Year 2014 Results (compared to Fiscal Year 2013)

  • 11.8% growth in consolidated service revenue to $1.94 billion
  • GAAP and adjusted operating margin of 10.3% (adjusted operating margin up 230 basis points)
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.25 grew 39.8%; adjusted earnings per share of $2.17 grew 28.4%
  • Net new business wins of $2.21 billion; net book-to-bill ratio of 1.14; backlog up 8.6%
  • Operating cash flow of $287.2 million

PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and Fiscal Year 2014, which ended on June 30, 2014. 

In commenting on the results of the quarter and Fiscal Year, Mr. Josef H. von Rickenbach, PAREXEL's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The fourth quarter's financial results capped a strong fiscal year for PAREXEL.  For the full year, we again drove record service revenue which increased by almost 12% from the prior year, with all business segments contributing to the positive results.  In the quarter, 10.4% of the previous quarter's backlog converted to revenue.  On a quarterly average basis for the year, backlog conversion was 10.2%.  We also exceeded our profitability improvement targets, increasing adjusted operating margin to 11.2% in the quarter and to 10.3% for the full fiscal year, which were records on both fronts.  The successful execution of operational efficiency programs, an improved labor mix, and further leverage of low cost countries drove notable gross margin improvement in the Clinical Research Services and PAREXEL Informatics businesses, leading to solid operating margin expansion during the Fiscal Year.  I would like to recognize and thank our 15,600 employees who delivered high levels of customer service and enabled us to meet our financial goals and commitments.  We achieved these results while concurrently making strategic investments to help meet our longer term goals, and returning cash to shareholders through a $150 million stock buyback program." 

Mr. von Rickenbach continued, "The market for our services remains attractive, and we are proud to continue to be one of the world's leading biopharmaceutical services companies. We moved into the new fiscal year with positive momentum, supported by a strong backlog and market position, and a healthy business development pipeline.  Our priorities for Fiscal Year 2015 include further building upon our leadership position in the industry, delivering high quality service to our clients, and continuing to foster a high performance culture focused on innovation.  At the same time we expect to achieve solid revenue growth accompanied by continued improvement in operating profitability and increased earnings per share.  We are also actively working on the implementation of a revised long-term tax strategy aimed at enhancing shareholder value.  We expect to achieve our Fiscal Year 2015 objectives while also making investments in our businesses in an effort to continuously improve the products and services that we offer to our clients, thereby positioning us for sustained growth."

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results

For the three months ended June 30, 2014 PAREXEL's consolidated service revenue increased by 10.2% to $510.6 million compared with $463.1 million in the prior year period.   The positive impact from foreign currency exchange rate movements on revenue in the quarter was $4.0 million.  The recent acquisition of the HERON Group contributed approximately $3.8 million to revenue in the quarter, and revenue from HERON in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 contributed $2.2 million. On a constant currency, same store basis, revenue growth was 9.1% year-over-year.  Operating income as reported under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) totaled $58.8 million, or 11.5% of service revenue, in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, as compared with $38.3 million, or 8.3% of service revenue, in the comparable quarter of the prior year.  GAAP net income for the quarter totaled $40.1 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $30.0 million, or $0.52 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.  GAAP diluted earnings per share grew 34.6% year-over-year.

The financial results of the June quarter in the current and prior year period each included items outside of the Company's normal operations, as detailed in the financial charts within this press release.  The numbers in this paragraph are adjusted and exclude the impact of these items.  Operating income in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 was $57.2 million, or 11.2% of service revenue.  Operating income in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 was $39.7 million, or 8.6% of service revenue.  Net income was $37.5 million, or $0.65 per diluted share in the quarter ended June 30, 2014, and was $29.0 million, or $0.50 per diluted share in the quarter ended June 30, 2013.  Earnings per share grew 30.0% year-over-year.

On a segment basis, service revenue for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 was $385.6 million in Clinical Research Services (CRS), $55.2 million in PAREXEL Consulting (PC), and $69.8 million in PAREXEL Informatics (PI).

Fiscal Year 2014 Results

On a GAAP basis for the full fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, consolidated service revenue was $1.939 billion versus $1.734 billion in the prior year, a year-over-year increase of 11.8%.  Excluding the positive impact from foreign currency exchange rate movements of approximately $5.3 million in Fiscal Year 2014, and approximately $31.8 million of revenue from the LIQUENT and HERON acquisitions, and $2.6 million of revenue in Fiscal Year 2013 from acquisitions, revenue growth was 9.8% year-over-year.  For Fiscal Year 2014, GAAP operating income was $199.5 million, or 10.3% of consolidated service revenue, compared with GAAP Fiscal Year 2013 operating income of $136.1 million, or 7.8% of consolidated service revenue.  GAAP operating income increased 46.6% year-over-year.  Net income on a GAAP basis for Fiscal Year 2014 was $129.1 million, or $2.25 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $96.0 million, or $1.61 per diluted share, in Fiscal Year 2013.  On a GAAP basis, net income in the current year increased by 34.5%, and earnings per diluted share increased by 39.8% year-over-year. 

The numbers in this paragraph are adjusted and exclude the impact of items outside of the Company's normal operations for Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2013, as detailed in the attached financial tables in both periods.  Operating income was $200.1 million, or 10.3% of consolidated service revenue in Fiscal Year 2014, compared with operating income of $138.9 million, or 8.0% of consolidated service revenue, in Fiscal Year 2013.  On this basis, operating income in Fiscal Year 2014 increased 44.0% year-over-year.  Net income in Fiscal Year 2014 was $124.8 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, compared with net income of $100.5 million, or $1.69 per diluted share, in Fiscal Year 2013.  Net income in the current fiscal year increased by 24.2% and earnings per diluted share increased by 28.4% year-over-year. 

On a segment basis, service revenue for Fiscal Year 2014 was $1.455 billion in CRS, $216.2 million in PC, and $267.9 million in PAREXEL Informatics, Inc.

New Business and Backlog

Backlog at the end of June 2014 was $5.0 billion, an increase of 8.6% year-over-year.  The reported backlog included gross new business wins in the fourth quarter of $736.3 million, cancellations of $143.8 million, and a negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates of $1.2 million. The net book-to-bill ratio was 1.16 in the quarter. 

Share Repurchase Program

On June 16, 2014, the Company announced a $150 million Accelerated Share Repurchase program.  During June, the Company used $150 million of cash on hand and borrowings under its credit facility, and received an initial allotment of approximately 2.3 million shares.  The Company expects to receive additional shares once the program is completed, which is expected to be prior to the end of this calendar year.  The repurchase resulted in a positive impact on earnings per share of less than $0.01 in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 and in Fiscal Year 2014.  The repurchased shares were cancelled and returned to the status of authorized and unissued shares.

Forward-looking Guidance

The Company issued forward-looking guidance for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 (ending September 30, 2014) and increased the lower end of its prior revenue and EPS guidance for Fiscal Year 2015 as detailed in the chart below.  The guidance takes into account a number of factors, including recent foreign currency exchange rates, tax rates, and the Company's updated overall outlook.

The Company's guidance is:


Guidance Issued 8/06/14

Guidance Issued 6/24/14

Q1 FY 2015 Revenue

$497 - $503 million

N/A

Q1 FY 2015 GAAP EPS

$0.55 - $0.59

N/A


FY 2015 Revenue

$2.130 - $2.150 billion

$2.120 - $2.150 billion

FY 2015 GAAP EPS

$2.57 - $2.75

$2.51 - $2.75

 

Additional Information

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, the Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures.  The Company believes that presenting the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this press release assists investors and others in gaining a better understanding of its core operating results and future prospects, especially when comparing such results to previous periods or forecasted guidance, because such measures exclude items that are outside of the Company's normal operations and/or, in certain cases, are difficult to forecast accurately for future periods.  Management uses non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to the measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, as the basis for measuring the Company's core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods and to the performance of its competitors for the same reasons stated above.  Such measures are also used by management in its financial and operating decision-making.  Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for the Company's results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP.

A conference call to discuss PAREXEL's Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 earnings, business, and financial outlook will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 7, 2014 and will be broadcast live over the internet via webcast.  The webcast may be accessed in the "IR Calendar" portion of the main page of the Investors section of the Company's website at www.PAREXEL.com.   Users should follow the instructions provided to assure that the necessary audio applications are downloaded and installed.  A replay of this webcast will be archived on the website approximately two hours after the call and will continue to be accessible for approximately one year following the live event.  To participate via telephone, dial +1 (408) 940-3886 and ask to join the PAREXEL International Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 earnings conference call.

A presentation of Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 results, as well as certain trended financial information, may be found in the Investors section of the Company's website under the "Financial Information" section, in a report titled "Additional Financials". 

About PAREXEL International

PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, consulting, medical communications, and technology solutions and services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. PAREXEL Informatics, Inc. provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL operates in 79 locations in 51 countries around the world, and has approximately 15,560 employees.  For more information about PAREXEL International visit www.PAREXEL.com.

PAREXEL, PAREXEL Informatics, Perceptive, Perceptive MyTrials, and "Your Journey.  Our Mission." are trademarks or registered trademarks of PAREXEL International Corporation or its affiliates.

This release contains "forward-looking" statements regarding future results and events, including, without limitation, statements regarding expected financial results, future growth and customer demand.   For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements.  Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "appears," "estimates," "projects," "will," "would," "could," "should,"  "targets," and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements in this release involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  The Company's actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements contained in this release.  Important factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, risks associated with: actual operating performance; actual expense savings and other operating improvements resulting from recent and anticipated restructurings; the loss, modification, or delay of contracts which would, among other things, adversely impact the Company's recognition of revenue included in backlog; the Company's dependence on certain industries and clients; the Company's ability to win new business, manage growth and costs, and attract and retain employees; the Company's ability to complete additional acquisitions, and to integrate newly acquired businesses including the recent acquisitions of LIQUENT, Inc. and HERON Group Ltd., Inc., or enter into new lines of business; the impact on the Company's business of government regulation of the drug,  medical device and biotechnology industry; consolidation within the pharmaceutical industry and competition within the biopharmaceutical services industry; the potential for significant liability to clients and third parties; the potential adverse impact of health care reform; and the effects of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and other international economic, political, and other risks.   Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the section entitled "Risk Factors" of the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 2, 2014, which "Risk Factors" discussion is incorporated by reference in this press release.  The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the future.  These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

 

PAREXEL International Corporation

 Consolidated Condensed Statement of Operations

(Unaudited)














Three Months Ended


Years Ended

(in thousands, except per share data)


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013











Service revenue



$            510,595


$            463,128


$         1,939,360


$         1,734,442

Reimbursement revenue



74,529


63,730


326,982


261,524

Total revenue



585,124


526,858


2,266,342


1,995,966











Costs and expenses:










Direct costs



328,328


314,890


1,279,178


1,207,536

Reimbursable out-of-pocket expenses


74,529


63,730


326,982


261,524

Selling, general and administrative


102,758


88,831


379,800


318,806

Depreciation



17,528


17,157


66,376


63,187

Amortization



3,569


3,981


14,952


9,999

Restructuring benefit



(370)


(59)


(444)


(1,209)

Total costs and expenses



526,342


488,530


2,066,844


1,859,843











Income from operations



58,782


38,328


199,498


136,123











Other expense, net



(2,601)


397


(11,637)


(2,973)











Income before income taxes



56,181


38,725


187,861


133,150











Provision for income taxes



16,109


8,684


58,767


37,178

Effective tax rate



28.7%


22.4%


31.3%


27.9%











Net income



$               40,072


$               30,041


$            129,094


$               95,972











Earnings per common share:










Basic



$0.71


$0.53


$2.28


$1.64

Diluted



$0.70


$0.52


$2.25


$1.61











Shares used in computing earnings per common share:








Basic



56,534


56,719


56,504


58,388

Diluted



57,450


57,822


57,477


59,447





















Balance Sheet Information



Preliminary










June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013





Billed accounts receivable, net



$            497,108


$             457,155





Unbilled accounts receivable, net



225,514


248,219





Deferred revenue



(466,964)


(408,336)





Net receivables



$             255,658


$            297,038















Cash and marketable securities



$             283,812


$            274,164





Working capital



$             350,900


$            403,229





Total assets



$          1,834,000


$         1,779,624





Short-term borrowings



$               12,501


$              20,399





Long-term debt



$             337,500


$            427,500





Stockholders' equity



$             577,681


$            538,946















 

PAREXEL International Corporation

  Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Certain Line Items

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

(in thousands, except per share data)

June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013




GAAP

Measure


Adjustments


Non-GAAP

Measure


GAAP

Measure


Adjustments


Non-GAAP

Measure















Selling, general and administrative 

$         102,758


$         1,190

(a)

$      103,948


$        88,831


$         (1,424)

(d)

$        87,407















Restructuring benefit

$               (370)


$            370

(b)

$                 -


$              (59)


$                59

(b)

$                 -















Income from operations

$           58,782


$       (1,560)


$        57,222


$        38,328


$          1,365


$        39,693















Other expense, net

$            (2,601)


$                -


$         (2,601)


$              397


$                 -


$              397















Income before income taxes

$           56,181


$       (1,560)


$        54,621


$        38,725


$          1,365


$        40,090















Provision for income taxes

$           16,109


$         1,022

(c)

$        17,131


$          8,684


$          2,365

(e)  

$        11,049















Net income

$           40,072


$       (2,582)


$        37,490


$        30,041


$         (1,000)


$        29,041















Diluted earnings per common share

$                0.70


$          (0.05)


$             0.65


$             0.52


$           (0.02)


$             0.50















Effective tax rate

28.7%




31.4%


22.4%




27.6%





























(a) Adjustments for legal settlements and acquisition and integration related charges, including the revaluation of HERON earn-out contingent consideration liability

(b) Decrease in facility-related charges associated with restructuring plans

(c) Tax effect on non-GAAP adjustments, and a $1.3 million adjustment due to reserve release

(d) Adjustment for legal settlements and acquisition and integration related charges

(e) Tax effect on non-GAAP adjustments and a $2.1 million adjustment due to state valuation allowance release















 

PAREXEL International Corporation

  Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Certain Line Items

(Unaudited)


















Year Ended


Year Ended

(in thousands, except per share data)

June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013




GAAP

Measure


Adjustments


Non-GAAP

Measure


GAAP

Measure


Adjustments


Non-GAAP

Measure















Selling, general and administrative 

$   379,800


$       (1,046)

(a)

$      378,754


$      318,806


$         (4,027)

(e)

$      314,779















Restructuring benefit

$         (444)


$            444

(b)

$                 -


$         (1,209)


$          1,209

(b)

$                 -















Income from operations

$   199,498


$            602


$      200,100


$      136,123


$          2,818


$      138,941















Other expense, net

$    (11,637)


$           (196)

(c)

$      (11,833)


$         (2,973)


$            (302)

(f)

$         (3,275)















Income before income taxes

$   187,861


$            406


$      188,267


$      133,150


$          2,516


$      135,666















Provision for income taxes

$     58,767


$         4,707

(d)

$        63,474


$        37,178


$         (2,001)

(g)  

$        35,177















Net income

$   129,094


$       (4,301)


$      124,793


$        95,972


$          4,517


$      100,489















Diluted earnings per common share

$          2.25


$          (0.08)


$             2.17


$             1.61


$             0.08


$             1.69















Effective tax rate

31.3%




33.7%


27.9%




25.9%





























(a) Adjustments for legal settlements and acquisition and integration related charges, including the revaluation of HERON earn-out contingent consideration liability

(b) Decrease in facility-related charges associated with restructuring plans

(c) Recovery from final bankruptcy settlement on previously impaired investment

(d) Tax effect on non-GAAP adjustments, and a $4.3 million adjustment due to reserve release

(e) Adjustment for legal settlements and acquisition and integration related charges

(f) Adjustment includes $0.4 million gain on facility sale previously impaired and $0.1 million in accelerated amortization of deferred financing fees related to credit facility modification

(g) Tax effect on non-GAAP adjustments; a tax expense for one-time adjustments to deferred tax assets, a net $2.7 million expense due to changes in interest, penalties and a valuation allowance in a foreign jurisdiction, and a $2.6 million adjustment due to state valuation allowance release






 

PAREXEL International Corporation

Segment Information

(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

(in thousands)


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013






Clinical Research Services (CRS)





Service revenue 


$                         385,604


$                         343,435

% of total service revenue


75.5%


74.2%

Gross profit


$                         124,198


$                           96,385

Gross margin % of service revenue


32.2%


28.1%






PAREXEL Consulting Services (PC)





Service revenue


$                           55,235


$                           54,288

% of total service revenue


10.8%


11.7%

Gross profit


$                           25,458


$                           21,897

Gross margin % of service revenue


46.1%


40.3%











PAREXEL Informatics (PI)





Service revenue


$                           69,756


$                           65,405

% of total service revenue


13.7%


14.1%

Gross profit


$                           32,611


$                           29,956

Gross margin % of service revenue


46.8%


45.8%






Total service revenue


$                         510,595


$                         463,128

Total gross profit


$                         182,267


$                         148,238

Gross margin % of service revenue


35.7%


32.0%






Revenue by Geography 





The Americas


$                         260,503


$                          228,364

Europe, Middle East & Africa


184,832


173,885

Asia/Pacific


65,260


60,879

Total service revenue


$                         510,595


$                         463,128











Quarterly Supplemental Financial Data





Service revenue


$                         510,595


$                         463,128

Reimbursement revenue


74,529


63,730

Investigator fees


133,206


122,027

Gross revenue


$                         718,330


$                         648,885






Days sales outstanding


32


42






Capital expenditures


$                           22,855


$                           30,988






 

PAREXEL International Corporation

Segment Information

(Unaudited)








Year Ended


Year Ended

(in thousands)


June 30, 2014


June 30, 2013






Clinical Research Services (CRS)





Service revenue 


$                 1,455,279


$                1,303,569

% of total service revenue


75.0%


75.2%

Gross profit


$                    445,210


$                   347,056

Gross margin % of service revenue


30.6%


26.6%






PAREXEL Consulting Services (PC)





Service revenue


$                    216,184


$                   202,524

% of total service revenue


11.1%


11.7%

Gross profit


$                      91,498


$                     81,570

Gross margin % of service revenue


42.3%


40.3%






PAREXEL Informatics (PI)





Service revenue


$                    267,897


$                   228,349

% of total service revenue


13.9%


13.1%

Gross profit


$                    123,474


$                     98,280

Gross margin % of service revenue


46.1%


43.0%






Total service revenue


$                 1,939,360


$                1,734,442

Total gross profit


$                    660,182


$                   526,906

Gross margin % of service revenue


34.0%


30.4%






Revenue by Geography 





The Americas


$                    970,894


$                   866,998

Europe, Middle East & Africa


709,137


624,010

Asia/Pacific


259,329


243,434

Total service revenue


$                 1,939,360


$                1,734,442






 

CONTACTS:

Ingo Bank, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Jill Baker, Corporate Vice President of Investor Relations


+1-781-434-4118

 

SOURCE PAREXEL International Corporation

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Both SaaS vendors and SaaS buyers are going “all-in” to hyperscale IaaS platforms such as AWS, which is disrupting the SaaS value proposition. Why should the enterprise SaaS consumer pay for the SaaS service if their data is resident in adjacent AWS S3 buckets? If both SaaS sellers and buyers are using the same cloud tools, automation and pay-per-transaction model offered by IaaS platforms, then why not host the “shrink-wrapped” software in the customers’ cloud? Further, serverless computing, cl...
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.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organi...
"MobiDev is a Ukraine-based software development company. We do mobile development, and we're specialists in that. But we do full stack software development for entrepreneurs, for emerging companies, and for enterprise ventures," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
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.
"We focus on composable infrastructure. Composable infrastructure has been named by companies like Gartner as the evolution of the IT infrastructure where everything is now driven by software," explained Bruno Andrade, CEO and Founder of HTBase, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark...
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...
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...
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...