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Susser Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

- Same-store merchandise sales up 4.0%

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Susser Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SUSS) today reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2014.  Results detailed below include the results of Susser Petroleum Partners LP (NYSE: SUSP) unless otherwise noted.

Same-store merchandise sales increased 4.0 percent in the second quarter of 2014, which included the Easter holiday, versus growth of 2.2 percent in the second quarter of 2013.  Last year Easter fell in the first quarter.  Average retail gallons sold per store increased 2.0 percent, excluding the results of the recently acquired Sac-N-Pac™ stores, compared with growth of 5.5 percent a year earlier.  Including the Sac-N-Pac™ stores, average retail gallons per store declined 0.4 percent, due to Sac-N-Pac's smaller average store size and lower fuel volumes. Retail net merchandise margin was 33.8 percent, versus 34.3 percent in the second quarter of 2013.

Retail fuel margin before credit card expense averaged 18.7 cents per gallon, versus 18.2 cents last year.  That compares to an average second quarter retail fuel margin of 22.0 cents per gallon over the previous five years, calculated as if the 3-cent-per-gallon mark-up charged by Susser Petroleum Partners had been in place for the entire period.

Net income attributable to Susser Holdings was $12.3 million, or $0.56 per diluted share for the second quarter, versus a reported net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013.  2014 results include the impact of $3.1 million of pre-tax charges related to the proposed merger with a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. ("ETP"), and 2013 included the impact of a $26.2 million debt refinancing charge. Excluding these charges, adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $14.3 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to $12.5 million, or $0.59 per diluted share in 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $50.0 million, or $53.1 million excluding the ETP merger charges that are included in reported general and administrative expense, compared to $50.5 million a year ago. Consolidated gross profit totaled $192.7 million, a 14.7 percent increase versus last year, due to merchandise and fuel sales growth.

Second quarter consolidated revenues were $1.9 billion, up 19.7 percent from the second quarter of 2013.  This increase reflects a 15.8 percent increase in merchandise sales, a 15.0 percent increase in retail fuel sales and a 30.5 percent increase in wholesale fuel sales to third parties.

"As expected, same-store merchandise sales growth was strong, in part due to the contribution of the Easter holiday sales activity in the second quarter," said Sam L. Susser, Susser Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.   "Sales from our propriety Laredo Taco Company® restaurant concept continue to be a strong driver of same-store performance.

"Average retail gallons per store performance was softer in the quarter after two years of very strong growth.  This was due in part to short-term fuel shortages in certain markets caused by refinery shutdowns and transportation capacity issues that have since improved.  Rising fuel costs and additional competitor site openings also impacted fuel volumes and profitability.

"We have a record 17 new Stripes® stores under construction that should be open by year-end, and we are on track to complete our previously announced merger with Dallas-based ETP in the third quarter of this year. We are off to a very strong start in July, giving us excellent momentum as we prepare to merge with ETP." Susser said.

New Convenience Store and Wholesale Business Update

Susser Holdings opened five new large-format Stripes® convenience stores and acquired two existing stores during the second quarter.  As of June 29, the Company operated 636 convenience stores, of which 408 included a restaurant, primarily Laredo Taco Company®.  Year-to-date, the Company has opened 11 new-build stores and acquired 49 existing stores, including 47 Sac-N-Pac™ locations.  Four of these stores opened since the end of the second quarter, and 17 new Stripes® stores are currently under construction.

In the wholesale segment, 11 new contracted sites were added in the second quarter and three sites were discontinued for a total of 624 contracted branded sites as of June 29. Year-to-date, the company has added 38 sites and discontinued five, including the 19 dealer sites acquired in connection with the Sac-N-Pac acquisition. Susser expects to add a total of 50 to 65 new wholesale branded dealers and consignment sites for the full year.

Susser Holdings consolidated capital spending was $67.9 million for the second quarter, including $36.7 million at SUSP.  We completed sale leaseback transactions with SUSP for six new Stripes locations in the second quarter for a total cost of $31.0 million, and have completed three additional sale leasebacks to date during the third quarter, bringing the year-to-date total to 16 sites for a total of $70.7 million.

Susser Petroleum Partners Declares First IDR Payment

Effective with the second quarter distribution by Susser Petroleum Partners of $0.5197 per unit, Susser Holdings - which owns SUSP's general partner, 50.2 percent of SUSP units and all of its incentive distribution rights (IDRs) - will receive its first IDR payment of approximately $64,000 at the end of August, in addition to its share of distribution to common and subordinated units for the second quarter.

Second Quarter Financial and Operating Highlights

Merchandise - Merchandise sales were $318.2 million, a 15.8 percent increase from a year ago.  Approximately $11.0 million of the increase came from stores that have been open a year or longer, the remaining increase came from 75 stores that were opened or acquired during the last four quarters.  Same-store merchandise sales rose 4.0 percent, versus 2.2 percent in the second quarter of last year. Sales from food service, beer and packaged drinks were the primary drivers of merchandise sales growth.

Net merchandise margin as a percentage of sales was 33.8 percent, versus 34.3 percent a year earlier.    Merchandise gross profit increased 14.4 percent year-over-year to $107.7 million.  Gross profit growth was led by an $11.5 million contribution from new stores and a $1.1 million same-store increase from food service.

Retail Fuel - Retail fuel volumes grew 11.8 percent from a year ago to 263.9 million gallons.  Average gallons sold per store were approximately 32,400 gallons per week, a decline of 0.4 percent.  Excluding the impact from the recently acquired Sac-N-Pac stores, retail fuel sales increased 2.0 percent year-over-year.  Retail fuel revenues increased 15.0 percent from a year ago to $926.7 million as a result of increased gallons sold as well as a 2.9 percent - or 10-cent-per-gallon - increase in the average selling price of fuel.

Retail fuel gross margin averaged 18.7 cents per gallon, versus 18.2 cents per gallon a year ago.  After deducting credit card expense, net fuel margin was 12.8 cents per gallon, versus 12.7 cents in the prior-year period.  Retail fuel gross profit increased 15.1 percent year-over-year to $49.5 million as a result of the higher volumes sold and higher profit margin per gallon.

Wholesale Fuel - Susser's wholesale segment includes all of SUSP's operations along with the consignment sales and transportation businesses that were not contributed to SUSP in the IPO in September 2012.  Wholesale fuel volumes sold to third parties - which includes all gallons except those distributed to Susser's retail stores - were up 27.5 percent from a year ago to 199.1 million gallons. Wholesale fuel revenues increased 30.5 percent to $614.7 million versus a year ago.  This increase reflects the impact of higher volumes sold as well as a 2.3 percent - or 7-cent-per-gallon - increase in the selling price of fuel compared with the second quarter of last year.

Wholesale fuel gross margin from third parties was 6.5 cents per gallon, up from 6.4 cents a year earlier.  Wholesale fuel gross profit, including sales to Stripes and Sac-N-Pac stores, increased 21.2 percent year-over-year to $20.7 million.  This increase was mainly the result of increased gallons sold, including the impact of the Gainesville Fuel acquisition completed in September 2013, and a 0.4 percent increase in third-party margin per gallon.

(1)

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure of performance that has limitations and should not be considered as a substitute for net income. Please refer to the discussion and tables under "Key Operating Metrics" later in this news release for a discussion of our use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR, and a reconciliation to net income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation for the periods presented.

Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Susser's management team will hold a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT) to discuss second quarter 2014 results for both Susser Holdings Corporation and Susser Petroleum Partners LP. To participate in the call, dial 719-457-2689 10 minutes early and ask for the Susser conference call. The call will also be accessible live and for later replay via webcast in the Investor Relations section of Susser Holdings' web site at www.susser.com and Susser Petroleum Partners' web site at www.susserpetroleumpartners.com under Events and Presentations.  A telephone replay will be available through August 15 by calling 719-457-0820 and using the access code 5051315#.

Susser Holdings Corporation is a third-generation family led business based in Corpus Christi, Texas that operates approximately 640 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under the Stripes® and Sac-N-Pac™ banners. Restaurant service is available in approximately 410 of its stores, primarily under the proprietary Laredo Taco Company® brand. Susser Holdings also is majority owner and owns the general partner of Susser Petroleum Partners LP, which distributes approximately 1.7 billion gallons of motor fuel annually to Stripes® stores, independently operated consignment locations, convenience stores and retail fuel outlets operated by independent operators and other commercial customers in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" which may describe Susser's objectives, expected results of operations, targets, plans, strategies, costs, anticipated capital expenditures, potential acquisitions, new store openings and/or new dealer locations, management's expectations, beliefs or goals regarding the proposed merger with ETP and SUSS and the expected timing of the merger.  These statements are based on current plans, expectations and projections and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to vary materially, including but not limited to: competitive pressures from convenience stores, gasoline stations, other non-traditional retailers located in our markets and other wholesale fuel distributors; dangers inherent in storing and transporting motor fuel; pending or future consumer or other litigation or adverse publicity concerning food quality, food safety or other health concerns related to our restaurant facilities; inability to build or acquire and successfully integrate new stores; volatility in crude oil and wholesale petroleum costs; increasing consumer preferences for alternative motor fuels, or improvements in fuel efficiency;  general economic, financial and political conditions; our dependence on our subsidiaries for cash flow generation, including SUSP, and our exposure to the business risks of SUSP by virtue of our controlling ownership interest; operational limitations imposed by our contractual arrangements with SUSP; our ability to comply with federal and state regulations including those related to alcohol, tobacco and environmental matters; wholesale cost increases of tobacco products or future legislation or campaigns to discourage smoking; costs associated with employee healthcare requirements; compliance with, or changes in, tax laws-including those impacting the tax treatment of SUSP; dependence on two principal suppliers for merchandise; dependence on suppliers for credit terms; seasonality; dependence on senior management and the ability to attract qualified employees; acts of war and terrorism; dependence on our information technology systems; severe weather; severe or unfavorable weather conditions; cross-border risks associated with the concentration of our stores in markets bordering Mexico; impairment of goodwill or indefinite lived assets; and Susser and ETP's ability to consummate the proposed merger; including the ability to obtain requisite shareholder approvals or to satisfy other conditions precedent to the consummation of the merger.

For a full discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, refer to the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly filings.  These forward-looking statements are based on and include our estimates as of the date hereof. Subsequent events and market developments could cause our estimates to change. While we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if new information becomes available, except as may be required by applicable law.

Financial statements follow

Susser Holdings Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

Unaudited






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,
 2013


June 29,
 2014


June 30,
 2013


June 29,
 2014


(dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Revenues:











Merchandise sales

$

274,727



$

318,186



$

522,205



$

594,561

Motor fuel sales

1,276,929



1,541,342



2,514,502



2,907,919

Other income

13,853



15,146



27,229



29,809

Total revenues

1,565,509



1,874,674



3,063,936



3,532,289

Cost of sales:











Merchandise

180,596



210,494



346,241



393,057

Motor fuel

1,216,042



1,470,359



2,400,752



2,784,697

Other

861



1,114



1,895



2,385

Total cost of sales

1,397,499



1,681,967



2,748,888



3,180,139

Gross profit

168,010



192,707



315,048



352,150

Operating expenses:











Personnel

50,655



63,332



101,622



121,598

General and administrative

11,263



18,375



25,310



35,832

Other operating

44,656



52,649



84,703



98,742

Rent

12,164



11,747



23,904



23,573

Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charge

679



898



1,127



1,871

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

15,144



18,338



29,326



35,379

Total operating expenses

134,561



165,339



265,992



316,995

Income from operations

33,449



27,368



49,056



35,155

Other income (expense):











Interest expense, net

(32,667)



(3,621)



(42,772)



(6,793)

Other miscellaneous

(161)





(239)



Total other expense, net

(32,828)



(3,621)



(43,011)



(6,793)

Income before income taxes

621



23,747



6,045



28,362

Income tax expense

(47)



(6,641)



(1,595)



(8,030)

Net income and comprehensive income

574



17,106



4,450



20,332

Less: Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest

4,834



4,781



8,942



9,830

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation

$

(4,260)



$

12,325



$

(4,492)



$

10,502

Net income (loss) per share attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation:











Basic

$

(0.20)



$

0.57



$

(0.21)



$

0.49

Diluted

$

(0.20)



$

0.56



$

(0.21)



$

0.48

Weighted average shares outstanding:











Basic

21,138,278



21,521,198



21,103,250



21,435,979

Diluted

21,138,278



21,892,850



21,103,250



21,913,534

 

Susser Holdings Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheets






December 29,
 2013


June 29,
 2014





Unaudited


(in thousands, except share amounts)

Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$

22,461



$

26,767

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $480 at December 29, 2013 and $654 at June 29, 2014

139,146



163,437

Inventories, net

126,521



166,739

Other current assets

7,704



8,271

Total current assets

295,832



365,214

Property and equipment, net

736,860



897,523

Other assets:





Marketable securities

25,952



Goodwill

254,285



255,273

Intangible assets, net

41,984



44,912

Other noncurrent assets

19,692



22,214

Total assets

$

1,374,605



$

1,585,136

Liabilities and shareholders' equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable

$

189,587



$

222,739

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

64,571



69,286

Current maturities of long-term debt

535



540

Total current liabilities

254,693



292,565

Revolving lines of credit

345,460



529,860

Long-term debt

29,874



3,986

Deferred tax liability, long-term portion

77,119



72,620

Other noncurrent liabilities

41,949



40,847

Total liabilities

749,095



939,878

Commitments and contingencies:





Shareholders' equity:





Susser Holdings Corporation shareholders' equity:





Common stock, $.01 par value; 125,000,000 shares authorized; 21,634,618 issued and 21,439,944 outstanding at December 29, 2013; 21,702,922 issued and 21,678,700 outstanding as of June 29, 2014

214



216

Additional paid-in capital

285,376



292,164

Treasury stock, common shares, at cost; 194,674 as of December 29, 2013; 24,222 as of June 29, 2014

(5,378)



(1,955)

Retained earnings

135,255



145,758

Total Susser Holdings Corporation shareholders' equity

415,467



436,183

Noncontrolling interest

210,043



209,075

Total shareholders' equity

625,510



645,258

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,374,605



$

1,585,136

 

Key Operating Metrics


The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, information concerning key measures we rely on to gauge our operating performance:

 


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,
 2013


June 29,
 2014


June 30,
 2013


June 29,
 2014


(dollars and gallons in thousands, except motor fuel pricing and gross profit per gallon)

Revenue:











Merchandise sales

$

274,727



$

318,186



$

522,205



$

594,561

Motor fuel—retail

805,850



926,686



1,588,829



1,749,610

Motor fuel—wholesale to third parties (3)

471,079



614,656



925,673



1,158,309

Other

13,853



15,146



27,229



29,809

Total revenue (3)

$

1,565,509



$

1,874,674



$

3,063,936



$

3,532,289

Gross profit:











Merchandise

$

94,131



$

107,692



$

175,964



$

201,504

Motor fuel—retail

42,987



49,475



79,998



82,019

Motor fuel—wholesale to third parties (2)

10,066



12,886



18,723



24,211

Motor fuel—wholesale to Stripes (2)

7,015



7,819



13,523



15,164

Other, including intercompany eliminations

13,811



14,835



26,840



29,252

Total gross profit

$

168,010



$

192,707



$

315,048



$

352,150

Adjusted EBITDA (4):











Retail

$

37,752



$

39,975



$

59,636



$

57,423

Wholesale

15,380



18,199



27,698



34,942

Other

(2,601)



(8,164)



(5,007)



(13,349)

Total Adjusted EBITDA

$

50,531



$

50,010



$

82,327



$

79,016

Retail merchandise margin

34.3%



33.8%



33.7%



33.9%

Merchandise same-store sales growth (1)

2.2%



4.0%



3.2%



3.0%

Average per retail store per week:











Merchandise sales

$

37.5



$

38.8



$

35.8



$

36.8

Motor fuel gallons sold

32.5



32.4



31.8



32.0

Motor fuel gallons sold:











Retail

236,075



263,904



459,552



514,174

Wholesale - third party

156,165



199,105



302,817



385,202

Average retail price of motor fuel per gallon

$

3.41



$

3.51



$

3.46



$

3.40

Motor fuel gross profit cents per gallon:











Retail

18.2¢



18.7¢



17.4¢



16.0¢

Wholesale - third party (2)

6.4¢



6.5¢



6.2¢



6.3¢

Retail credit card expense cents per gallon

5.5¢



5.9¢



5.5¢



5.7¢














(1)

We include a store in the same store sales base in its thirteenth full month of our operation.

(2)

The wholesale margin from third parties excludes sales and gross profit to the retail segment. 

(3)

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company revised its presentation of fuel taxes on motor fuel sales at its consignment locations to present such fuel taxes gross in motor fuel sales.  Prior years' motor fuel sales have been adjusted to reflect this revision.

(4)

Excluding the ETP Merger-related charges, Adjusted EBITDA was $53.1 million and $82.1 million for the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, respectively.  This increase in reported EBITDA would be reflected in the "Other" line above. 


Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures


We define EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation before net interest expense, income taxes, net income attributable to noncontrolling interest and depreciation, amortization and accretion.  Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts  EBITDA by excluding non-cash stock-based compensation expense and certain other operating expenses that are reflected in our net income that we do not believe are indicative of our ongoing core operations, such as significant non-recurring transaction expenses and  the gain or loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges.  Adjusted EBITDAR adds back rent to Adjusted EBITDA. In addition, those expenses that we have excluded from our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR are also excluded in measuring our covenants under our revolving credit facility and indenture governing our debt agreements and indentures.  EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR are not presented in accordance with GAAP.


We believe EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because:


  • securities analysts and other interested parties use such calculations as a measure of financial performance and debt service capabilities;
  • they facilitate management's ability to measure the operating performance of our business on a consistent basis by excluding the impact of items not directly resulting from our retail convenience stores and wholesale motor fuel distribution operations;
  • they are used by our management for internal planning purposes, including aspects of our consolidated operating budget, capital expenditures, as well as for segment and individual site operating targets; and
  • they are used by our Board and management for determining certain management compensation targets and thresholds.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR are not recognized terms under GAAP and do not purport to be alternatives to net income (loss) as measures of operating performance. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations include:


  • they do not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • they do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital;
  • they do not reflect significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our existing revolving credit facilities or existing notes;
  • they do not reflect payments made or future requirements for income taxes;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following tables present a reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR:



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,
 2013


June 29,
 2014


June 30,
 2013


June 29,
 2014


(in thousands)

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation

$

(4,260)



$

12,325



$

(4,492)



$

10,502

Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest

4,834



4,781



8,942



9,830

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

15,144



18,338



29,326



35,379

Interest expense, net

32,667



3,621



42,772



6,793

Income tax expense

47



6,641



1,595



8,030

EBITDA

48,432



45,706



78,143



70,534

Non-cash stock based compensation

1,259



3,406



2,818



6,611

Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charge

679



898



1,127



1,871

Other miscellaneous expense

161





239



Adjusted EBITDA

50,531



50,010



82,327



79,016

Rent

12,164



11,747



23,904



23,573

Adjusted EBITDAR

$

62,695



$

61,757



$

106,231



$

102,589

 

Supplementary Information - Impact of Unusual Items

(in thousands, except per share amounts)


Three Months Ended


June 30, 2013


June 29, 2014


Adjusted EBITDA


Net Income
Attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation


Diluted EPS


Adjusted EBITDA


Net Income
Attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation


Diluted EPS

As Reported

$

50,531



$

(4,260)



$

(0.20)



$

50,010



$

12,325



$

0.56


May 2013 refinancing



16,744



0.79








ETP merger expenses







3,114



2,024



0.10


As Adjusted

$

50,531



$

12,484



$

0.59



$

53,124



$

14,349



$

0.66





















Six Months Ended


June 30, 2013


June 29, 2014


Adjusted EBITDA


Net Income
Attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation


Diluted EPS


Adjusted EBITDA


Net Income
Attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation


Diluted EPS

As Reported

$

82,327



$

(4,492)



$

(0.21)



$

79,016



$

10,502



$

0.48


May 2013 refinancing



16,744



0.79








ETP merger expenses







3,114



2,024



0.09


As Adjusted

$

82,327



$

12,252



$

0.58



$

82,130



$

12,526



$

0.57


 

 

SOURCE Susser Holdings Corporation

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Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
The need for greater agility and scalability necessitated the digital transformation in the form of following equation: monolithic to microservices to serverless architecture (FaaS). To keep up with the cut-throat competition, the organisations need to update their technology stack to make software development their differentiating factor. Thus microservices architecture emerged as a potential method to provide development teams with greater flexibility and other advantages, such as the abili...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud host...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the b...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
The cloud era has reached the stage where it is no longer a question of whether a company should migrate, but when. Enterprises have embraced the outsourcing of where their various applications are stored and who manages them, saving significant investment along the way. Plus, the cloud has become a defining competitive edge. Companies that fail to successfully adapt risk failure. The media, of course, continues to extol the virtues of the cloud, including how easy it is to get there. Migrating...
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. 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, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...