March 13, 2019

Empyrean Launches Empyrean PilotSM, the Enhanced Recommendation Engine for Holistic Benefits Packaging and Smarter Choice Outcomes for Employees

Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., the Hi-Touch Benefits Administration company, today announced a major new release of its benefits recommendation engine. The new release, called Empyrean Pilot℠, leverages over a decade of decision-making data and analytics to guide employees to make smarter and more confident benefit choices – going beyond medical, dental, and vision coverage to also include voluntary options such as critical illness, hospital indemnity, and accident insurance. With Empyrean Pilot’s enhanced decision making capabilities, benefits leaders can provide employees with a more personalized enrollment process that supports employees’ total health and wellness, delivers improved outcomes, and strengthens benefits satisfaction and engagement.

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March 8, 2019

A-LIGN grows by developing its team and retaining 94 percent of its 2,000 clients

Why Scott is a big deal: Scott Price is a risk advisory pro with nearly 20 years of experience. A-LIGN is a cybersecurity firm that helps clients navigate the scope and complexity of specific security compliance needs. A-LIGN does assessments, audits and cyber risk advisory and testing for companies ranging from small to medium-sized businesses to large enterprises. Scott has completed nearly 4,000 SAS 70/SOC audits in his career, one that began at Arthur Andersen where he quickly became a manager within the technology risk consulting practice. Following the Enron scandal and the demise of Arthur Andersen, Scott co-founded SAS 70 Solutions in Tampa. It was a first for a CPA firm to specialize in performing SAS 70/SSAE 16 audits. After successfully growing SAS 70 Solutions, in 2009, Scott started A-LIGN to offer cost-effective compliance to clients across the globe. He became CEO in 2017. In the top role, he focuses on firm strategy, client delivery and business development.

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March 6, 2019

GigaSpaces Announces InsightEdge Data Lake Accelerator, AnalyticsXtreme, for Faster, Smarter, Real-Time Analytics

GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, a leading in-memory real-time analytics platform for instant insights to action, announced AnalyticsXtreme, accelerating access to data lakes and data warehouses by up to 100X and simplifying development and deployment of applications for faster time to market on-premise and in the cloud. AnalyticsXtreme accelerates applications, in which real-time analytics, machine learning and deep learning are used for real time insights such as predictive maintenance, live risk analysis, fraud detection, location based advertising, dynamic pricing and more. AnalyticsXtreme powers interactive queries and machine learning models to run simultaneously on both real-time mutable streaming data and on historical data that is stored on data lakes based on Hadoop, Amazon S3 or Azure Blob Storage, as well as data warehouses, such as Snowflake, without requiring a separate data load procedure or data duplication. Moving from on premise to the cloud, or changing technology stacks for example from Cloudera to Amazon S3 is seamless to machine learning applications; increasing flexibility while reducing development and maintenance costs. This level of integration is achieved automatically without requiring any changes in the data structures or logic in the machine learning apps; solving the complexities of big data architectures such as Lambda.

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March 6, 2019

LiveIntent Announces New Onboarding Service

LiveIntent, the people-based marketing platform powered by the email address, today announced that, beginning in April 2019, they will bring to market a new onboarding service. This onboarding service responds to demands from Publishers and Advertisers and their Agency partners seeking to thrive in a digital ecosystem increasingly defined by privacy, consumer choice, and the dominance of a few industry monoliths. The new LiveIntent service focuses on the changing needs that have become paramount for Brands and Publishers: flexible pricing, customized segments, and better control over their own first-party data, which has been used to power the ecosystem with only limited benefits flowing back to the Brands and Publishers that create the value. The new service pays special attention to Publisher struggles against the Triopoly, giving them the ability to onboard advertiser segments directly to their first-party identifiers. LiveIntent's onboarding service will follow a pay as you go model – with no upfront costs – making the service simple to use.

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March 6, 2019

Enfusion recognized as Chicago tech company on the verge of something big

It can be a challenge to find a company that gives you the opportunity to both test yourself and build something special. Fortunately, you aren’t alone in your search. We’re highlighting nine Chicago companies with growing tech teams that are working on big, impactful projects. Continue below to learn more about what they’re building and who they look for to help them do so. What they do: Enfusion is a leading provider of cloud-based investment management software and outsourced fund services. What they look for: “Enfusion had a record year in 2018,” said Lead Recruiter Alexandra Evangelou. “We added 90 new employees globally, 120 new clients, two new offices and one new product offering. We are excited to continue this amazing growth in 2019. If you are looking for a fintech company that is innovative and fast-paced, where you can make an immediate impact, Enfusion is the place for you.”

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March 5, 2019

Panoramix and Riskalyze Bolster Technology Integration to Create New Efficiencies for Financial Advisors

Panoramix, an innovative advisor technology platform, announced today a new technology integration with industry-leading risk alignment platform Riskalyze. Advisors using both systems can automatically view each client’s Risk Number® and display them on both internal Panoramix advisory reports, as well as client-facing reports. “We share a number of advisor clients with Riskalyze, and this new technology integration will help advisors using both systems to automatically see client Risk Numbers so that they can synchronize their portfolios accordingly,” said Chris Hastings, CEO of Panoramix. Panoramix tightened its existing integration with Riskalyze by adding the iconic Risk Number to both internal advisory and client facing reports, the latter as an optional feature that can be configured when reports are generated.

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March 5, 2019

Tier One Chinese Insurer Successfully Launches Next Generation Core System Based on eBaoCloud InsureMO as Middleware

China Continent Insurance Co., Ltd. (CCIC) recently announced the successful launch of its next-generation Core System developed leveraging eBaoCloud® InsureMO® as middleware. With annual premium income of US$ 6.2 billion in 2018, and ranked number five in China, globally CCIC is likely the first large insurance carrier with all lines of insurance businesses to run its business in a core system based on microservices and cloud native architecture, powered by a commercially available insurance middleware. The new core system took much less time to develop due to the maturity and richness of InsureMO which provides all necessary microservices for all mainstream insurance products for sales and service functions. All internal staff user interfaces and workflows, as well as its powerful Open API platform for massive ecosystem connectivity are developed by calling a comprehensive set of APIs from eBaoCloud InsureMO. This is an entirely new approach for developing core insurance systems which enables insurance innovations to happen faster, cheaper, and more tailored made without reinventing the wheels of basic insurance APIs.

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March 4, 2019

VPay in Dallas Business Journal: Plano payments company looks to consumers – not just businesses – to fuel growth after $76M deal

VPay Inc. is bringing its payment know-how to more markets – and it’s not just for businesses anymore. The Plano company, which handles payment headaches with electronic options, is broadening its reach into the consumer market, said Jeffrey Brown, the company's president, in an interview. The shift comes as the company flourishes. VPay said it had sales growth of 40 percent in 2018 – and Brown expects to be in line with that or exceed that pace this year. The company is expanding its reach after selling a majority stake in a $76 million deal to private-equity firm FTV Capital, which has offices in San Francisco. VPay has grown to more than 160 employees, up from less than 90 two years ago.

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March 4, 2019

Company.com Launches Business Funding Marketplace

Company.com, a leading business and financial services platform for SMBs, is pleased to announce the inclusion of an all-new Business Funding Marketplace onto its rapidly-expanding STAC™ Platform. "Time and time again, we hear from small businesses that access to capital is the biggest obstacle to growth," stated David Kramer, Company.com Chief Operating Officer. "This new offering gives Company.com members access to a marketplace of financial solutions that fit their needs, whether they are starting a new business or expanding an existing one."

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March 1, 2019

ReliaQuest’s Brian Murphy featured in Tampa Bay Business & Wealth’s CEO Connect

Brian Murphy is the CEO and founder of Reliaquest, a global company that is based in Tampa. Reliaquest leverages a discipline called security model management to help security organizations build individualized security models that evolve over time to address their changing needs. By combining existing tools and technologies with Reliaquest’s proprietary technology, people, and process, Reliaquest transforms organizations into their own security platform. Bridgette Bello, the CEO and publisher of Tampa Bay Business & Wealth, interviewed Murphy in front of a live, invitation-only, audience at Workscapes in Tampa. This transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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