IoT Partner Programs Making the Move Toward Renewable Energy Verticals


In the recent analysis ranking 665 companies on their IoT service capabilities and partner programs, global technology intelligence firm ABI Research finds that not only parents of partner programs are continuing their long history of partnering with system integrators, OEMs, and professional services providers to enable full-scale end-to-end IoT solutions, but also are now branching out into renewable energy verticals.

The new edition of the report overviews 665 companies, of which 223 suppliers are serving the utility market across the IoT value chain.  “Of those companies, 61% are serving the energy and utility market powered by renewable energy sources, such as, but not limited to, wind, solar, hydro, thermal, and nuclear power generation,” says Kateryna Dubrova, IoT Markets Research Analyst at ABI Research. The vendors present in the renewable energy and utility domain show that 108 out of 223 vendors have a high level of technology maturity. Over 57% of those are providing hardware enabled IoT solutions and services. The IoT sensitization and device connectivity services traditionally have the highest maturity and have a well-established partnership with Dell, Intel, PTC ThingWorx, and Oracle.

There is a clear shift in the role of IoT in renewable energy production and distribution transmission. Both are poised to bring value to existing infrastructure to provide value-added components. “ABI Research also observed an increasing number of partnerships with IoT companies targeting renewable energy monitoring, alerting, data processing, and analytics service segments,” Dubrova adds.

Therefore, in 2022, there will be an increasing number of IoT edge-cloud and big data suppliers partnering with the partner program parents, such as AWS, Cisco, SAP, IBM, and Microsoft, in the renewable energy and utility sector. Dubrova explains, “This indicates a departure from the traditional hardware-based offering to the emergence of value-added high margin data-enabled services in the IoT ecosystem.”

Ultimately, partnership programs continue to be a strategic priority for some dominant brands serving the IoT market. “Fundamentally, these programs allow enterprises to benefit from end-to-end solutions with greater ecosystem interoperability and enable technology vendors to penetrate new markets and verticals,” Dubrova concludes.

These findings are from ABI Research’s SI/VAR and Partner Program IoT Ecosystem market data report. This report is part of the company’s IoT Markets research service, including research, data, and analyst insights. Market Data spreadsheets are composed of in-depth data, market share analysis, and highly segmented, service-specific forecasts to provide detailed insight where opportunities lie.




Online event service provider VOOTPRINT LIMITED (“VOOTPRINT”) proudly launches VOOTPRINT TECHNOLOGY SUITE to support global B2B event industry in accelerating digitalisation. Comprised of SaaS Virtual Event Builder, “Expo GENie” data analytics console and GlobalExpo-Net (GEN) B2B event portal, each VOOTPRINT solution caters different needs and addresses various pain points in digital transformation of B2B events. VOOTPRINT TECHNOLOGY SUITE is the full package that unlocks comprehensive event intelligence like never before.

With increasing popularity of virtual events and rapid growth of metaverse, hybrid exhibition (virtuality + reality) is now a new normal – a view supported by 73% of global exhibition industry stakeholders interviewed in a recent study of MICE outlook by The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The pioneering VOOTPRINT TECHNOLOGY SUITE adopts a BUILD-HOST-ANALYSE (BHA) model, blending the competencies of SaaS Virtual Event Builder (BUILD), GlobalExpo-Net (HOST) and “Expo GENie” (ANALYSE) into a customisable solution. VOOTPRINT TECHNOLOGY SUITE truly caters for individual needs of virtual event organisers, solving stakeholders’ pain points such as inexperience in building online events, lack of technical and in-house support, incompetencies in data integration and analytics. The BHA ecosystem facilitates event organisers to design data-driven, sustainable event strategies and solutions for materialising digital transformation.

Powered by a proprietary SaaS solution, VOOTPRINT TECHNOLOGY SUITE is a one-of-a-kind virtual event creator with unparalleled flexibility. Organisers can customise their events from a dozen of exhibition features and modules. Powered by Artificial Intelligence, the Business Matching feature requires no additional technical knowledge to set up. With just 10 minutes, you can effortlessly build a virtual event that supports 3D scenes and enables metaverse connection! Compatible to majority of live streaming and online conferencing solutions, the highly adaptive VOOTPRINT TECHNOLOGY SUITE also supports game and reward functions for enhancing user interaction and engagement. Through “Expo GENie”, event organisers will be able to access big data of their B2B events and receive automated, real-time data analytics to make better decisions and optimise event experience. Based on individual user’s profile, event interests and preferences, event participants can receive regular B2B industry updates and personalised suggestions from the one-stop GlobalExpo-Net event information portal.

Dr. Jacky Ting, Chief Digital Officer of VOOTPRINT, said, “We integrate Big Data, Al and SaaS into VOOTPRINT TECHNOLOGY SUITE for creating holistic virtual event experience, providing cutting-edge marketing technology support, and offering a seamless access to metaverse.”

Since its launch, VOOTPRINT TECHNOLOGY SUITE has been well received by notable B2B event organisers such as Cyberport, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, as well as renowned exhibitions in Mainland China, West Kowloon Cultural District and Prudential Hong Kong, all benefitted from this robust tool to reinforce their digital marketing effectiveness. VOOTPRINT now sets its sights on developing new features for embracing the immense market opportunities of Web3 and metaverse.


Cashew Nutshell Liquid Market worth $564 million by 2027 – Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™


According to the new market research report Cashew Nutshell Liquid Market by product (PF Resins, Epoxy Resins, Epoxy Curing Agents, Surfactants, Polyols), application (Adhesive, Coating, Foam, Laminate, Personal Care), Region (Asia PacificNorth AmericaEurope) – Global Forecast to 2027“, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the CNSL market size is estimated to be USD 393 million in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 564 million by 2027, at a CAGR of 7.5% between 2022 and 2027. Increasing demand from the chemical and petrochemical industries, the rising demand for natural resources for various applications are significantly driving the market globally.

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Epoxy curing agents segment accounted for the largest share of the cashew nutshell liquid market in 2021.

Epoxy curing agents are required in different chemistries in a broad range of applications. Coating manufacturers use epoxy curing agents in several areas such as industrial, marine, protective coatings, transportation, and flooring applications. Adhesives manufacturers uses solutions for structural, building and construction, automotive and electronic systems. Low viscosity, solvent free epoxy curing agents are used in composite applications as well. The faster curing time of epoxy primers reduces downtime and increases productivity. CNSL-based epoxy curing agents provide great protection. Other CNSL-based epoxy curing agents provide excellent corrosion protection.

Coatings is projected to be the largest segment of cashew nutshell liquid market during the forecast period.

CNSL is cured and polymerized to provide resins that act as high-quality coating materials. These resins are utilized for anti-corrosive protective coatings. The most crucial application is in marine vessels and finishing boat coatings. These CNSL-based coatings are used in chemical factories to protect the machinery and equipment from corrosion and deterioration.

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Europe is the largest cashew nutshell liquid market in the forecast period

The CNSL market in Europe is segmented into GermanyFrance, the UK, Italythe Netherlands, and Rest of Europe. The chemical industry is a significant part of the region’s economy. The growth is driven by investments made in this region by global chemical companies. Though the steady European economic recovery is expected to drive the market, the adoption of several strict regulations against the use of petroleum-based products is likely to challenge the market growth in the region.

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China Mobile Hong Kong Launches Enterprise Service “iSolutions”


The market demand for smart solutions has surged in recent years, as 5G technology and its commercial applications mature, more companies are investing in smart technology to explore untapped business opportunities and maximize operational efficiency. In view of this, China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) announces the launch of “iSolutions”, a one-stop infrastructure-based solution providing customized smart solutions backed by 5G technology support. iSolutions covers six major industry sectors and is applicable to companies from SMEs to cross-border corporations. The initiative is part of the group’s mission to strengthen its corporate client business and market competitiveness as a smart solutions provider. Leveraging CMHK’s unparalleled 5G network advantages and technology resources, iSolutions aims to create cross-industry synergies in making technology applications more accessible, thereby fostering the smart city development of Hong Kong, and uplift the economic prospects and quality of life in the city.

All-round 5G technology and smart solutions applicable to six major industry sectors

iSolutions integrates an array of IoT and ICT technologies including cloud, data centers, big data, AI, etc. Coupling with CMHK’s 5G network covering the GBA, iSolutions offers professional consultation and customized smart solutions to companies from SMEs to cross-border corporations, based on their individual needs, or related to the pain points of their related industry.

iSolutions‘ services are currently applicable to six major industry sectors, including logistics and utility, real estate, IT, education and health, smart city, finance, as well as business and professional service. Application examples include:

Logistics and Utility: Utilizing smart fleet and vehicle-road coordination system to automate logistics processes, empowerd by 5G network, it can be used to control the temperature of food, chemicals, and medications in real-time through a remote platform, enabling companies to seize new business opportunities with enhanced management, as well as cost and operational efficiency.

Real Estate: Providing smart property management solutions for property companies, shopping malls, and hotels, which enable smart buildings, toilets, and carparks. These help to maximize visitor experiences and business opportunities with increased foot traffic.

IT, Education and Health: Enabling more remote features through the 5G network, one being the “Dr. HK” medical app jointly developed by CMHK and the largest digital healthcare platform in Hong Kong, Heals. Dr. HK has a medical network with multiple local clinics, and provides users with one-stop medical services, including online doctor consultations and delivery of medication in under 4 hours.

For education, iSolutions offers smart campus, AI learning platforms, and IT labs for schools, using VR to foster a creative teaching and learning environment, without the limitations of space and tools, thereby promoting the cultivation of future STEM talent.

Smart City: Aiding government departments and community organizations to enhance operational efficiency via 5G technology, thereby building a digitalized Hong Kong. For instance, 5G robots were dispatched to the Sham Shui Po community and quarantine centers to help with anti-epidemic pack distribution and disinfection, easing manpower pressures and risks of virus transmission during the pandemic.

Finance: Developing and managing the architecture of leased lines, multi-cloud service, private cloud, and cloud connections for banks, securities firms, and asset management companies; providing enterprises with comprehensive and secured cloud networks via 5G slicing technology.

Business and Professional Services: Conducting technical testing, data reconciliation and analysis for companies ranging from the retail industry to professional services such as legal counsel and accounting. Examples include using AI and big data to help retail brands uplift customers’ shopping experience and provide insights into consumer habits, for better marketing and business strategies.

Achieving cross-industry synergies with extensive smart solutions experience and resources

Backed by CMHK’s extensive experience in smart solutions development and advanced technology resources, iSolutions not only provides one-stop customized solutions for companies of different sizes and industries, but also aims to become a platform for resource sharing, allowing companies to exchange technology, or even cross-industry collaborations, thereby achieving a 5G synergy across industries. As more companies join the ranks of smart business, future applications are full of possibilities. CMHK will continue to work with enterprise clients to introduce more innovative solutions, and strive to promote the development of Hong Kong as a smart city.”

Welcome offers available on online medical consultation app “Dr. HK”

As one of the first projects under iSolutions, welcome offers are now available on the online medical consultation app “Dr. HK”. From 3 May, the first 500 users who seek video doctor consultations will receive full fee waivers, including the consultation, medication, and delivery. In addition, the first 500 users who install the app and complete the registration will receive a complimentary anti-epidemic pack, which includes three rapid test kits and five types of general medicine, effective for soothing fever, common cold, and nasal allergy-related symptoms.

Timed for the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (17 May), CMHK will also be gifting corporate clients with movie tickets for the “The Battle at Lake Changjin II” VIP screening, as a thank you for their on-going trust and support.


Coupa Ready to Open Record-Setting Inspire


At its annual customer community conference for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP), a worldwide leader in Business Spend Management (BSM), will welcome a record-setting audience of companies and business leaders from across the region – reflective of the growing imperative facing companies to maximize the value of every dollar they spend to navigate dynamic global market pressures.

Business leaders across key segments – supply chain, procurement, finance, and IT – will come together in Berlin for Coupa Inspire to collaborate on removing major obstacles to growth and success, including areas like supply chain, sustainability and climate change, and resilience. Uniting these voices helps businesses break down silos and demonstrates the mentality that ‘none of us is as smart as all of us.’

Participants will gain insights in innovation, leadership, and strategy directly from executives from top global brands, including AstraZeneca, BMW, B/S/H, Deutsche Post DHL Group, IKEA, Maersk, Nestle, Puma, Swiss Re, and Zurich Insurance.

In total, Coupa has managed more than $3.3 trillion USD in cumulative global business spend for more than 2,500 customers. The company’s long been considered a trailblazer in Business Spend Management, with the most recent recognition as a leader coming from independent analyst group Forrester Research.

Forrester in March placed Coupa as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Supplier Value Management Platforms, Q1 2022, noting Coupa’s continuing innovation and customer obsession. The report states: “We expect [Coupa] to continue delivering more domain-specific innovation than its rivals do.”

“Business spend management is moving from a back-office conversation to the front of CEO and CFO digital transformation plans. These companies trust Coupa to help them break old bonds and become more profitable and purposeful through their business spend,” explained Rob Bernshteyn, Coupa’s chairman and CEO.

“In every key area – from sustainability to supply chain, procurement to risk management – Coupa delivers the intelligence, innovation, and expertise these companies rely on to succeed,” Bernshteyn added.

The partnership with Coupa will be highlighted by companies speaking at Inspire, including B/S/H.

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B/S/H, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and digital services leader headquartered in Germany, selected Coupa to increase speed, transparency, and efficiency in its procurement processes and thus, to build more synergies across its business, as well as create successful, lasting, and resilient relationships with suppliers.

“The value from Coupa goes beyond just savings. Coupa provides the transparency on spend globally we need but also allows us to broaden our strategic view and focus on more complex challenges like sustainability, a foundational pillar for our company that’s critical for our success,” said Katrin Bogel, senior vice president, head of purchasing indirect categories at B/S/H.

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Experienced executives Neil Ryland and Maggie Buggie join Normative to accelerate enterprise value chain carbon reduction


Maggie Buggie and Neil Ryland have joined Normative to accelerate enterprise value chain carbon reduction and management.

Buggie joins as COO after holding senior executive roles at SAP, Capgemini and Fujitsu and is on the Board of Spirent Communications. Ryland joins as CCO with executive experience from Peakon (acq. Workday) and Huddle. Buggie and Ryland join an existing executive team who have held leadership positions at Spotify, Tink, and Podio (acq. Citrix).

“At Normative, we have the credibility, product depth and experience to help customers understand their path to net zero and deliver sustainability outcomes. I am excited to create a new market standard and help fulfill our mission to expose the sustainability impact of all economic activities on the planet” says Maggie Buggie.

The new executives join as Normative rapidly expands to engage enterprise value chains in carbon reduction. Over 90% [CDP] of the average company’s emissions occur in the value chain, and reducing value chain carbon emissions has been the target of recently proposed EU and US legislation.

“I am very excited and proud to be joining the Normative team on its mission to help every company understand the impact of their business activity on our planet. This market is one that is driven not only by compliance, but by consumer demand. The existing technologies in place are not meeting the demands of today, yet alone tomorrow, and Normative’s world-class offering is perfectly placed to address this,” says Neil Ryland.

The Normative carbon accounting engine enables companies to measure their full carbon footprint – including the indirect emissions from their value chains – and identify hotspots.

Normative’s investors include 2150, ETF, byFounders, Horizon Ventures, Luminar Ventures, Future Five and Time Ventures. Normative is the official software provider for the UN-backed SME Climate Hub, and has received support from a Fellowship and grant.


UpKeep Writes the Book on Asset Operations Management


UpKeep, a leader in modernizing and revolutionizing the asset management space, announces the publication of a groundbreaking book, Asset Operations: The Future of Maintenance, Reliability, and Operations.

Written by UpKeep CEO and Founder, Ryan ChanAsset Operations introduces and explores the new concept of Asset Operations Management—an operating principle that drives the kinds of technology required to bring in a new generational workforce, as well as ensure continuity of business knowledge and intelligence (IDC Manufacturing Talent Management Survey – February 2022).

According to the IDC 2021 SaaSPath Survey, almost 50% of organizations are still using spreadsheets to manage some or all of their enterprise assets. This form of asset management often leads to siloed data in organizations. Then, siloed data causes information gaps between teams, which turns into rework. The UpKeep 2021 State of Maintenance Report found that 20% of work done in the field is due to rework—that is, work redone when the original work was performed incorrectly.

Furthermore, it’s estimated that only 25% of a frontline technician’s day is spent on productive work. In a time where asset-intensive industries are dealing with a massive labor shortage, the drive toward a digital and holistic workforce becomes more necessary than ever.

Asset Operations Management is an approach validated by UpKeep’s numerous customer success stories and by top industry thought leaders—both of which are featured prominently in the book’s text.

Additionally, the book aligns with recent IDC research[1] that states, “For AOM applications to be effective, the teams responsible for asset maintenance, equipment reliability, and revenue-generating operations must be aligned on a set of common objectives.” Asset Operations includes a detailed common set of pillars that organizations must unite on to achieve Asset Operations Management excellence.

“Over 3,000 customers have helped us arrive at this place, where the most effective way to run your maintenance and reliability programs is to take a unified approach. We’re excited to continue this journey together with our customers and partners,” said Chan.

Companies are currently in an intelligence revolution. IDC’s Top 10 Asset Management Trends 2022 said an important trait of digitally mature organizations is sharing data, insights, and actions across the organization. With Asset Operations, modern maintenance, reliability, and operations teams now have a blueprint for moving successfully into the future.

Ryan Chan is CEO and Founder at UpKeep. He is a Chemical Engineer from University of California, Berkeley and was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Manufacturing in 2018. Chan started UpKeep out of passion and frustration by the lack of mobility in today’s maintenance management software. UpKeep has now been deployed to over 3,000 businesses and is a leader in mobile-first Asset Operations Management software.

All proceeds from this book are donated to fund educational opportunities for members of UpKeep’s The Maintenance Community to help up-level members’ careers and their industries as a whole.


Zimmer Biomet Announces Appointment of New Chief Accounting Officer


Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH), a global medical technology leader, today announced the appointment of Paul Stellato as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.  Prior to joining Zimmer Biomet, Mr. Stellato served as Vice President, Finance, Global Business Services at Xylem Inc.

“With more than two decades of experience and a demonstrated track record of success in all areas of financial services, Paul will be a great addition to our leadership team in his new role,” said Suky Upadhyay, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zimmer Biomet.  “His experience and expertise in key finance areas including controllership, FP&A, investor relations and internal audit will be extremely valuable as we continue to drive our business forward.”

Prior to his most recent role at Xylem Inc., Mr. Stellato served as the company’s Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and as Vice President Finance, Financial Planning and Analysis. Previously, he spent eight years at ITT Corporation, where he held various roles of increasing responsibility in the finance organization, including General Auditor and Manager, Investor Relations. Mr. Stellato spent the early part of his career in public accounting with both Andersen and Ernst & Young. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Villanova University and an MBA in finance from NYU Stern School of Business.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant.


QIMA Joins the United Nations Global Compact Initiative


QIMA, a leading provider of quality control and supply chain compliance solutions is pleased to announce their participation in the United Nations Global Compact initiative — a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices.

With this announcement, QIMA is proud to join thousands of other companies globally committed to taking responsible business action to create the world people want.

“At QIMA, our mission is to help our clients make products consumers can trust. A large part of that pertains to assessing the social and environmental footprint of consumer goods and food that end up on retail shelves; hence, it is only natural that we also commit to improving our own internal sustainability practices and live by the principles we help our clients enforce,” shares Sebastien Breteau, QIMA founder and CEO. “By communicating our commitment and best practices through UN Global compact’s principles, we are imposing on ourselves to be a positive contributor for a more sustainable global trade environment.”

The UN Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks.


Guidehouse Insights Estimates Commercial Digital Building Connectivity Market Will Grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of Over 9% Through 2031


A new report from Guidehouse Insights analyzes IT-based digital technologies, such as internet protocol (IP)-based BMS and sensor networks, that manage intelligent or smart buildings. Market estimates are broken down by region and segment, and extend through 2031.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), buildings account for half of electricity demand worldwide, and intelligent building design is important for energy reduction. Amidst the global effort for a sustainable climate, digital technology has taken a central role in designing sustainable buildings. According to a new report from Guidehouse Insights, the commercial digital building connectivity market is anticipated to grow to $16.4 billion in 2031 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.3%.

“Digitally enabled intelligent buildings can technologically support the comfort and safety of occupants,” says Young Hoon Kim, senior research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. “These intelligent buildings can also contribute to energy savings by leveraging digital technology, as many occupied buildings consume high amounts energy.”

Digital technologies, such as cloud computing and wireless connection, optimize building management systems’ (BMSs’) operation and connectivity while ensuring energy efficiency and occupant comfort in intelligent buildings. Emerging technologies, such as AI and wireless connection, have further driven the technological innovation of intelligent buildings. AI is beginning to converge with BMS, and innovative technology improves wireless networks’ reliability and scalability, according to the report.

The report, Digital Building Connectivity, analyzes IT-based digital technologies, such as IP-based BMS and sensor networks, that manage intelligent or smart buildings. The estimates are broken down by region and segment as follows: cloud BMS, non-cloud BMS, HVAC control components, HVAC control sensors, lighting control components, lighting control sensors, wired sensors, and wireless sensors. Estimates extend through 2031. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Guidehouse Insights website.