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SolarWinds to Showcase Unified Monitoring and Management Portfolio at GITEX Technology Week 2018

SolarWinds Orion Platform helps provide full visibility into overall performance of complex environments for technology professionals

CORK, Ireland, Oct. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced its participation at GITEX Technology Week, October 14-18, 2018, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company, who is ranked #1 in network management software*, will exhibit the latest updates to its SolarWinds® Orion® Platform and its end-to-end hybrid IT management portfolio, which help today’s technology professionals monitor, troubleshoot, and improve hybrid IT performance.

According to the 2018 SolarWinds IT Trends Report: The Intersection of Hype and Performance, technology professionals are prioritizing investments in hybrid IT and cloud computing more than any other technology, with 94 percent of respondents surveyed saying that hybrid IT and cloud are one of the top five most important technologies to their organizations’ IT strategy today.

“Today’s technology professionals are managing increasingly complex and distributed environments, which in turn, requires a solution that provides end-to-end visibility into overall performance,” said Ludovic Neveu, group vice president, sales, SolarWinds, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). “We believe that investing in a centralized, standardized, integrated IT monitoring and management platform is vital amid today’s multi-faceted IT infrastructures. The SolarWinds Orion Platform is designed to meet those challenges and aims to help technology professionals see the bigger picture by quickly identifying performance issues and correlations between all the layers—from application to spindle—of the technology stack.”

Visit SolarWinds at Booth A8-20

SolarWinds Head Geek Sascha Giese, along with other technical experts, will demonstrate the latest updates and enhancements to the SolarWinds Orion unified IT monitoring and management platform, including:

  • Network Performance Monitor (NPM): The latest version of NPM (12.3) provides network monitoring capabilities and detailed visibility for multi-vendor environments, including Network Insight for Cisco Nexus®, including detailed visibility into virtual port channels (vPCs).
  • Log Manager for Orion (LM): Designed to provide visibility into the performance and availability of your IT infrastructure with real-time log collection, analysis, and visualization, Log Manager for Orion fully integrates with the Orion Platform.
  • Server & Application Monitor (SAM): Named a 2018 Gartner® Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Application Performance Monitoring Suites, SAM helps provide end-to-end visibility, as well as server and application performance monitoring, using agent-based and agentless technologies across multiple data centers, remote locations, and the cloud.
  • Server Configuration Manager (SCM): New to the SolarWinds portfolio, SCM offers visibility into configuration changes on Windows® servers and applications, while also correlating performance issues to authorized or unauthorized changes to files, binaries, configuration files, the Windows Registry, and hardware configurations.
  • Database Performance Analyzer (DPA): The latest enhancements to version 12.0 are designed to help data professionals quickly pinpoint the root cause of slow queries and easily optimize indexing to help ensure the availability and speed of business-critical applications.


About the SolarWinds Orion Platform
The Orion Platform is a modular and scalable, unified monitoring architecture. It allows IT departments to add modules as their needs grow, providing visibility into all elements of critical services, while consolidating metrics and data into one view. While modules are sold as individual products, they run on a unified platform, with a single web-based dashboard, centralized management and access control, unified alerting and reporting, and consolidated metrics and data—which enables context-rich dashboards that centralize data from multiple parts of the stack into an application-centric view.

For more information on SolarWinds IT management products, including downloadable, free 30-day evaluations, visit the SolarWinds website or call +353 21 500 2900.

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*Source: IDC® defined Network Management Software functional market by revenue, IDC Semiannual Software Tracker, 2H 2017

About Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice
Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds is a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT infrastructure management software. Our products give organizations worldwide, regardless of type, size or IT infrastructure complexity, the power to monitor and manage the performance of their IT environments, whether on-premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid models. We continuously engage with all types of technology professionals—IT operations professionals, DevOps professionals, and managed service providers (MSPs)—to understand the challenges they face maintaining high-performing and highly available IT infrastructures. The insights we gain from engaging with them, in places like our THWACK online community, allow us to build products that solve well-understood IT management challenges in ways that technology professionals want them solved. This focus on the user and commitment to excellence in end-to-end hybrid IT performance management has established SolarWinds as a worldwide leader in network management software and MSP solutions. Learn more today at www.solarwinds.com.

The SolarWinds, SolarWinds & Design, Orion, and THWACK trademarks are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC or its affiliates, are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries.  All other SolarWinds trademarks, service marks, and logos may be common law marks or are registered or pending registration.  All other trademarks mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and are trademarks of (and may be registered trademarks) of their respective companies.

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Cross Ocean Partners Closes its First US Special Situations Fund at $605 Million; Total Capital Commitments Across the Strategy Grow to $885 Million

GREENWICH, Conn., Oct. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cross Ocean Partners, a global asset management firm, announced the successful final closing of Cross Ocean USSS Fund I (A), its US Special Situations (“USSS”) credit fund, on June 29, 2018.  The fund closed with total aggregate committed capital of c. $605 million, which brings aggregate capital commitments across the firm’s USSS strategy to c. $885 million.

Commitments to the strategy came from a global investor base, represented by investors from North America, the Middle East and Australia, including public and private pension plans, insurance companies, family offices and a sovereign wealth fund, amongst others.  The USSS strategy focuses on investments in stressed and distressed corporate debt, primarily senior and asset backed instruments that offer more downside protection.  As of June 30, 2018, Cross Ocean USSS Fund I (A) has drawn c. 39% of its committed capital.

 “We are delighted with the success of our first time fund in the US,” said Graham Goldsmith, Chief Executive Officer and co-Chief Investment Officer of Cross Ocean Partners.  “The firm is very pleased and grateful to have the support of existing Cross Ocean limited partners and develop relationships with new ones.  Our deployment rate has been steady, and we believe we have a strong pipeline of opportunities ahead.”

About Cross Ocean Partners:

Cross Ocean Partners is a global asset management firm focused on credit investments in a broad range of asset classes, including corporate loans and bonds, hard assets, commercial real estate, liquidations and structured credit. As of October 1, 2018, the Firm has 47 employees globally, with offices located in Greenwich, Connecticut; London, United Kingdom; and Dublin, Ireland.  Cross Ocean Partners advises assets of $3.2 billion globally across its affiliated asset management entities, and its funds and accounts have raised approximately $4.4 billion of aggregate committed capital to date. The firm also has European and Aviation Special Situations strategies.

For further details and inquiries, please contact:

Investor Relations
Carina Murphy
Tel (USA): + 1 203 340 7850

Cross Ocean Partners Closes its First Aviation Fund at $438 Million

GREENWICH, Conn., Oct. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cross Ocean Partners, a global asset management firm, announced the successful final closing of Cross Ocean Aviation Fund I on August 20, 2018, with total aggregate committed capital of c. $438 million.

The Aviation Fund attracted a diverse investor base which includes private pension plans, insurance companies, endowments, charitable foundations and family offices, amongst others. The Aviation Fund focuses on investments in late life commercial aircraft and engines, globally with an emphasis on North America and Europe. As of September 30, 2018, the Aviation Fund has drawn c. 22% of its committed capital, and it has funded a series of acquisitions of commercial aircraft and engines.

“We are delighted with the success of the fundraise for our first aviation fund,” said Graham Goldsmith, Chief Executive Officer and co-Chief Investment Officer of Cross Ocean Partners. “The firm is very pleased and grateful to have the support of existing Cross Ocean limited partners and develop relationships with new ones as it continues to broaden its investor base. Finally, the team is excited is about the opportunity set in the late life aviation market.”

About Cross Ocean Partners:

Cross Ocean Partners is a global asset management firm focused on credit investments in a broad range of asset classes, including corporate loans and bonds, hard assets, commercial real estate, liquidations and structured credit. As of October 1, 2018, the Firm has 47 employees globally, with offices located in Greenwich, Connecticut; London, United Kingdom; and Dublin, Ireland. Cross Ocean Partners advises assets of $3.2 billion globally across its affiliated asset management entities, and its funds and accounts have raised approximately $4.4 billion of aggregate committed capital to date. The firm also has European and US Special Situations strategies. Cross Ocean Aviation Management Limited is the Investment Manager for the fund.

For further details and inquiries, please contact:

Investor Relations
Carina Murphy
Tel (USA): + 1 203 340 7850

‫بنك دبي التجاري يختار Glint لتعزيز التركيز على مشاركة الموظفين

التزمت شركة إماراتية رائدة في الخدمات المالية بثقافة تتمحور حول الأفراد

دبي، دولة الأمارات العربية المتحدة، 1 أكتوبر 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)  — أعلنت اليوم Glint، منصة نجاح الأشخاص التي تساعد المؤسسات القيادية على زيادة مشاركة الموظفين وتطوير الأفراد وتحسين نتائج العمل، عن أن بنك دبي التجاري، وهو بنك رائد في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، وقع اختياره على Glint لتيسير وتعظيم استراتيجية مشاركة الموظفين.

سوف تساعد منصة Glint بنك دبي التجاري على زيادة مشاركة الموظفين من خلال الاستبيانات المتكررة لدراسة التوجهات إلى جانب استبيانات دورة حياة الموظفين واستبيانات فعالية المدراء وفعالية الفرق والتي لن يستغرق استكمالها سوى دقائق. سوف تقوم لوحات Glint التفاعلية تلقائياً بتحليل بيانات الموظفين وتوصيل النتائج والتوصيات والإجراءات المقترحة لحظياً.

وفي معرض تعليقه على هذه المناسبة، قال Gareth Powell، رئيس الموارد البشرية لبنك دبي التجاري “يشهد قطاع الخدمات المالية تغيرات متلاحقة ويتجه إلى تبني التقنيات الرقمية بشكل متزايد في عروض المنتجات والخدمات. ومن أجل الاستجابة لهذه المطالب المتغيرة، يجب إشراك الموظفين بشكل تام وحثهم على الالتزام بتحقيق هدف إيجاد بيئة عالية الأداء”. وأضاف “تمثل منصة Glint لنجاح الأشخاص أفضل تقنية لتجهيز المؤسسات من أجل فهم تجارب الموظفين واتخاذ الإجراءات الصائبة لتحسين المشاركة والأداء. فما يمتلكونه من تقنية وخبرة سوف يمنحنا أساساً هاماً لدعم موظفينا من أجل تحقيق أهداف البنك الطموحة حتى عام 2020”.

كما قال Scott Sinatra، نائب رئيس Glint لمنطقة أوروبا والشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا “يلتزم بنك دبي التجاري بتعزيز ثقافة الأداء المرتفع ويرى أن تنفيذ عملية إشراك الموظفين النشطاء يمثل ركيزة لدعم هذا الجهد”. وأضاف “يُدرك القادة في بنك دبي التجاري أن الأمر يستغرق أكثر من قياس توجهات الموظفين لرؤية تغير ملموس – إذ يلزم إعداد المدراء والقادة لاتخاذ إجراءات وتوجيه المحادثات من أجل تحسين تجربة الموظفين. ومن خلال أدوات التحليل التنبؤي والاستخبارات السردية وخطط التنفيذ الموصى بها والتي تناسب الاحتياجات الشخصية للمدراء، فإن تقنية Glint المبتكرة AI-for-HRTM سوف تساعد بنك دبي التجاري على خلق بيئة يحب فيها الأشخاص وظائفهم”.

نبذة عن بنك دبي التجاري:

تأسس بنك دبي التجاري عام 1969 وهو مسجل كشركة مساهمة عامة. والبنك مدرج في سوق دبي المالي ومملوك بالكامل لمواطنين إماراتيين، بينما تمتلك مؤسسة دبي للاستثمارات الحكومية 20% من رأس مال البنك. وقد نجح البنك على مدار السنين في بناء مؤسسة مصرفية حديثة وتقدمية تحظى بهيكل مالي قوي وإدارة قوية، إلى جانب قاعدة عملاء ومراسلين تتسم بالولاء والازدياد المضطرد. وقد أصبح بنك دبي التجاري اليوم واحداً من البنوك الرائدة في الإمارات العربية المتحدة فضلاً عن أنه يقدّم لعملائه مجموعة متكاملة من المنتجات والخدمات المصرفية لتلبية احتياجات الأفراد والشركات على حد سواء.

للحصول على معلومات إضافية، يرجى الاتصال بالسيد Sandeep Poduval Shivram، رئيس التسويق في بنك دبي التجاري على الرقم 2121899-04 أو التواصل عن طريق البريد الإلكتروني sandeep.poduval@cbd.ae

نبذة عن شركة Glint, Inc.

Glint هي شبكة النجاح للأفراد التي تستفيد من بيانات الأشخاص اللحظية لمساعدة المؤسسات العالمية على زيادة مشاركة الموظفين وتطوير مهارات الأفراد وتحسين النتائج. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أن هناك علامات تجارية رائدة مثل United وIntuit وSky تستفيد من مزيج Glint الفريد الذي يجمع بين التصميم البديهي والتحليلات المتطورة والاستخبارات التوجيهية لمساعدة الموظفين على أن يصبحوا أكثر سعادة ونجاحاً في العمل. لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى زيارة الموقع الإلكتروني www.glintinc.com

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Commercial Bank of Dubai Selects Glint to Drive Focus on Employee Engagement

Leading UAE Financial Services Firm Committed to a People-Centric Culture

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Glint, the people success platform that helps leading organizations increase employee engagement, develop their people, and improve business results, today announced that Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD), a leading bank in the United Arab Emirates, has chosen Glint to deliver improved agility to its employee engagement strategy.

Glint’s platform will help CBD increase employee engagement through frequent pulse surveys, as well as employee lifecycle, manager and team effectiveness surveys that will take employees just minutes to complete. Glint’s interactive dashboards will automatically analyze employee data and deliver results, recommendations, and suggested actions in real time.

“The financial services industry is rapidly changing and becoming more digital in its product and service offerings. In order to respond to these changing demands our employees must be fully engaged and committed to our goal of creating a high performance culture,” said Gareth Powell, Chief Human Resources Officer, Commercial Bank of Dubai. “Glint’s people success platform represents the very best technology to equip our organization to understand the employee experience and take the right actions to improve engagement and performance. Their technology and expertise will give us an important foundation for supporting our employees to deliver on the bank’s ambitious goals through to 2020.”

“Commercial Bank of Dubai is committed to fostering a high-performance culture and sees the implementation of an agile employee engagement process as essential to support this effort,” said Scott Sinatra, Vice President, EMEA at Glint. “The leaders at CBD recognize that it takes more than measuring employee sentiment to see sustainable change — managers and leaders need to be prepared to take action and lead conversations to improve the employee experience. With predictive analytics, narrative intelligence and personalized recommended action plans for managers, Glint’s innovative AI-for-HRTM technology will help CBD create an environment where their people love their jobs.”

About Commercial Bank of Dubai:

Commercial Bank of Dubai was established in 1969 and is registered as a Public Shareholding Company (PSC). The Bank is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is fully owned by UAE Nationals, including 20% by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD). Over the years, Commercial Bank of Dubai has built itself into a progressive and modern Banking institution, endowed with a strong financial structure and strong management, as well as a loyal and ever increasing customer and correspondent base. Today CBD is one of the leading banks in the United Arab Emirates and offers its customers a full range of retail and commercial banking products and services.

For additional information, contact Mr. Sandeep Poduval Shivram, Head of Marketing, Commercial Bank of Dubai on 04 – 2121899 or email sandeep.poduval@cbd.ae

About Glint, Inc.

Glint is the people success platform that leverages real-time people data to help global organizations increase employee engagement, develop their people, and improve results. Leading brands like United, Intuit, and Sky leverage Glint’s unique combination of intuitive design, sophisticated analytics, and actionable intelligence to help employees be happier and more successful at work. For more information, please visit www.glintinc.com.

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Strong Regional Growth in Demand for Graduate Management Education

Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe Regions See Gains; Strong Economy and Political Turmoil Continue to Impact U.S. Numbers

RESTON, Va., Oct. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Overall, demand for graduate management education is stable in 2018 compared with 2017 according to findings of the annual Application Trends Survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council. Applications to business school programs in the Asia-Pacific, European, and Canadian markets are up over 2017 while programs in the United States report a drop in volume. 577b04a2-ef19-4c7b-8ceb-f5e46f11b012

Across graduate business school program types—including MBA, business master’s, and PhD programs—most programs in Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe received more applications than last year. Growth in the Canadian and European regions derive largely from increases in international applications, while domestic growth is fueling increases in Asia-Pacific.

Regionally, strong growth in application volume across all program types was offset by declines in the United States.  Programs in Asia-Pacific had an 8.9% increase, Canada realized 7.7% growth, and Europe had a 3.2% increase in application demand across all program types.

The United States experienced a nearly 7% decline, including a 1.8% decline in domestic application volume and a 10.5% drop in international volume across all program types.

“Demand for graduate management education is stable year over year,” said Sangeet Chowfla, GMAC president and CEO.  “However, there are significant regional variations. Non-U.S. programs continue to thrive, highlighting the continued emergence of enhanced educational and professional opportunities outside the United States.”

“Several factors can help explain the lag in U.S. business school demand,” Chowfla continued.  “A low unemployment rate means young professionals have an increased opportunity cost of leaving their jobs in pursuit of an advanced degree.  Combined with a disruptive American political environment and the emergence over the past decade of tremendous educational and professional opportunities abroad, one can begin to understand in part why demand in the United States has dropped from previously record-high application volumes at some schools.”

Student Mobility Remains a Key Determinant

The ability to attract top international talent continues to be a critical determinant to programs’ overall application volumes. This year, 65 percent of Canadian programs and 63 percent of European programs report an increase in international applications over 2017. The majority of applications received by Canadian and European programs this year are from international applicants.

Most programs in the United States report declining demand as non-U.S. students continue to identify attractive educational and professional opportunities elsewhere. Application volumes from domestic candidates are also soft this year for U.S. programs, with only 4 in 10 reporting growth in domestic application volume.

“Access is a critical issue facing higher education,” said Bill Boulding, dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School and chairperson of the GMAC board of directors. “Economic indicators in the U.S. are strong, but if we are to maintain such growth and productivity we need to make it possible for people from all different regions and backgrounds to study and work in the location they desire. If that doesn’t happen, we limit not only the possibility of an individual, but also continued economic prosperity in the U.S. and growth around the world.”

MBA and Business Master’s Programs

Full-time, two-year MBA programs are still the most in-demand program type. Overall, MBA and business master’s programs report a similar volume of applications in 2018 compared with last year.

The majority of European Master in Management and Master of Finance programs report growth in demand.  A bright spot for U.S. programs are Master of Data Analytics programs, most of which report application volume growth this year. Counter to the overall trend, more US Master of Data Analytics programs report international application growth than domestic application growth in 2018.

Additional Key Findings

  • GMAC conducted its 19th annual Application Trends Survey from early June to mid-July 2018.
  • The survey findings are based on responses from 1,087 graduate business programs at 363 universities worldwide.
  • Participating programs are located in 44 countries, including 43 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Participating programs, which include MBA, business master’s, and doctoral-level programs, received a combined total of 466,112 applications during the 2018 application cycle.
  • Nine in 10 participating programs report that the applicants this year are similarly or more academically qualified than candidates last year.

About GMAC
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a non-profit association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, we are committed to creating solutions for business schools and candidates to better discover, evaluate and connect with each other. We work on behalf of the schools and the graduate management education community, as well as guide candidates on their journey to higher education, to ensure that no talent goes undiscovered.

GMAC provides world-class research, professional development opportunities and assessments for the industry, designed to advance the art and science of admissions. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is the most widely used graduate business school assessment, recognized by more than 7,000 programs worldwide. Other GMAC assessments include the NMAT by GMAC™ (NMAT®) exam, for entrance into graduate management programs in India, South Africa, and the Philippines, and the Executive Assessment (EA), specifically designed for Executive programs around the world.

Our flagship portal for graduate management education resources and information, www.mba.com, receives 14 million visits a year and features the School Search matching tool and Graduate Management Admission Search Service® (GMASS®) database, matching candidates and business schools.

GMAC is a global organization with offices in Hong Kong, China, Gurugram, India, Singapore, London, United Kingdom and the United States. To learn more about our work, please visit www.gmac.com.

Media contact:

Geoffrey Basye, Director of Media Relations, GMAC
+1 (703) 668-9799 or gbasye@gmac.com

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