NEWS GRAB: latest from Next Digital, Actian, SugarCRM, and WatchGuard Technologies

NEWS GRAB: latest from Next Digital, Actian, SugarCRM, and WatchGuard Technologies

News in appointments, partnerships, and achievements

Next Digital brings McVey back to the Australian market

Digital strategies provider, Next Digital has appointed Ashley McVey as senior digital strategist.

McVey, who is based in Melbourne, will be focusing on ecommerce, alongside digital strategy and insights. He will be responsible for understanding client business objectives, and applying those objectives in the digital world.

“The position will involve a close understanding of our clients’ business and maturity in the digital space, and their digital, business, and marketing objectives to make sure they see results,” McVey said.

He believes that this will be a key challenge within the position.

Before joining Next Digital, McVey spent six years in London building his digital marketing experience, particularly in e-commerce.

“I have always kept an eye on the Australian market, as well as its key players,” he said. “I was always interested in coming back here and going to a company that had an attractive roster of bluechip clients.”

“McVey will bring with him an excellent understanding of digital marketing channels from the highly competitive UK market, and will add significant capability to our ecommerce offering,” Next Digital client service and marketing general manager, Stephen Lord, said.

Actian joins Rackspace partner program to offer Vectorwise Cloud

Cloud development platform provider, Actian Corporation, has joined the Rackspace Hosting partner program to bring the analytical performance of Vectorwise to the Cloud.

The new solution, called Vectorwise Cloud, will use Rackspace Cloud infrastructure to enable companies to take action on their big data by eliminating the needs for in-house infrastructure.

As a family of solutions, which includes options ranging from 100GB to 10TB data sets, Vectorwise Cloud combine Rackspace’s on-demand infrastructure with the performance of Vectorwise.

“It’s not enough for organisations to be able to store their data,” Rackspace vice-president of enterprise strategy, Andy Schroepfer, said. “They also need to be able to make sense of it, and Vectorwise Cloud can provide them with a combination of affordability and performance in the Cloud.”

Since its June 2010 launch, Vectorwise has achieved performance increases in deployments of 70 times that of existing databases by utilising latent processing power in modern hardware.

“Vectorwise already addresses the market’s need for powerful and affordable solutions for getting insight from data, and combining it with Rackspace’s flexibility and Fanatical Support, businesses have a solution that can help meet their needs,” Actian Vectorwise general manager, Fred Gallagher, said.

SugarCRM’s $US33m financing round to fund expansion into the enterprise

Customer relationship management (CRM) company, SugarCRM, completed a $US33 million equity and debt financing round.

The investment was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and included participation from new investors Silicon Valley Bank and Gold Hill Capital. All existing SugarCRM investors also participated.

SugarCRM will use the funds to advance its goals to expand within the enterprise market and pursue strategic business opportunities.

The company reported a successful 2011 which encompassed a record fourth quarter. Its billings growth increased by 28 per cent over the previous quarter, and year-over-year billings growth hit 92 per cent. A 67 per cent top-line billings growth drove the positive cash flow.

Additionally, SugarCRM’s APAC contingent reported 124 per cent billings growth.

In 2012, SugarCRM is focusing on the growth opportunities presented by what it refers to as a “yet to be penetrated” CRM market which will grow to $US18 billion, according to co-founder and CTO, Clint Oram.

WatchGuard becomes Gartner ‘leader’ for UTM

Business security solutions vendor, WatchGuard Technologies has joined the ‘leaders’ quadrant of Gartner’s 2012 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (UTM).

“The leaders quadrant contains vendors at the forefront of marking and selling UTM products that are built for midsize business requirements,” according to the report.

“The requirements necessary for leadership include a wide range of models to cover midsize business use cases, support for multiple features, and a management and reporting capability that’s designed for ease of use.”

WatchGuard’s XTM arsenal of appliances is a set of performance-driven security solutions. With 19 models in the range, it provides networking features with a suite of management tools for SMBs.

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