JinkoSolar opens new regional Singapore office


Chinese-based solar energy equipment company JinkoSolar has opened a customer service operation in Singapore at its new regional headquarters.

The Singapore office will manage customer service, sales, logistics, financing and project development for the country. JinkoSolar said with the opening of its Singapore office, it now has nine sales and marketing offices located on four continents.

"Singapore boasts an established logistics infrastructure, mature financing system and a skilled talent base - which facilitates cost-effective and efficient operations for companies like ours," said JinkoSolar chairman David Li. "We look forward to continuing support for our existing customers and growing to meet the needs of a robust customer base throughout the region."

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Australian BPO services and offshore contact centre operator Acquire has finalised the acquisition of Philippine-based BPO Shore Solutions.

The acquisition by the Melbourne-based Acquire, which operates contact centres primarily in the Philippine capital Manila, expands the company's workforce to around 7,000 worldwide, including 2,000 employed by Shore. Shore, established in 2005 as a consultancy for companies looking to offshore their operations, offers contact centre, BPO, IT and professional services to clients globally, including Australia.

Acquire, also established in 2005, provides contact centre and BPO services for a wide range of industries including telecommunications, banking and financial services, insurance, media, education and retail. Acquire CEO Scott Stavretis told iTWire that the Shore purchase brings in services, particularly back-office functions, that complement Acquire's primarily contact centre business operating through its six Manila contact centres.

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US-based outsourcer Allied Global has completed a move and expansion of its office in Metro Manila, more than tripling its capacity.

The new office can accommodate 270 workstations, capable of accommodating over 400 team members. "Based on the excellent results our existing clients have received, and the overwhelming interest from new prospects, this move was vital and enables us to realise growth in our offshore capabilities," said Allied Global's Jason Henning.

"While it is just 21 months after first opening our doors, the success and quality results driven by our local team members has expedited us to Phase 2 of our long term growth plan." Allied opened its primary office in Manila in January 2013 starting with 75 operational seats.

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Agent for Big Data supports both Cloudera and Hortonworks; addresses challenges of auditing and protecting sensitive data in Big Data repositories

SYDNEY, Aust., November 19, 2014 – Imperva Inc. (NYSE: IMPV), pioneering the third pillar of enterprise security with a new layer of protection designed specifically for physical and virtual data centers, today announced SecureSphere version 11 and, with it, a new real-time agent-based solution designed to keep high-value data assets in Big Data deployments safe, yet accessible. The SecureSphere Agent for Big Data supports two of the world's most popular Hadoop distributions, Cloudera and Hortonworks. This release delivers on the company's commitment to introduce real-time agent-based technology for Big Data audit and protection.

"With version 11, we're giving our customers a way to protect the very large and complex data sets that live in Big Data environments," said Mark Kraynak, Chief Product Officer of Imperva.

"Protecting data, in all its permutations, is at the heart of what we do, and SecureSphere Agent for Big Data will enable our customers to protect against costly non-compliance fines and data breaches as they leverage their Big Data deployments to build business value."

According to Gartner, "CISOs must now protect data that is expanding in volume, variety and velocity, as market competition is forcing business units to adopt new cloud and big data services and applications. Big data environments enable data to be transposed between structured, unstructured and semistructured formats, enabling data to flow between them, and through applications and analytics. The concept of data silos and the application of data security governance, based upon the structure of stored data, are broken. This will expose uncoordinated data security policies and management, and is a recipe for security chaos."

SecureSphere Agent for Big Data is a key step in the Imperva journey toward delivering on its vision of protecting data in all repositories, fixing what's broken about today's data silos and reducing security chaos along the way. Working in conjunction with the SecureSphere Database Activity Monitor (DAM), the new Big Data solution offers the broadest coverage in the industry with protection for applications as well as data across structured, unstructured, semi-structured, and cloud repositories.

The SecureSphere DAM solution provides unique scalability and efficiency, and low total cost of ownership. As part of that approach, SecureSphere Agent for Big Data has been architected to scale for the volume, velocity and variety inherent in Big Data environments. That is in sharp contrast to solutions that offer Big Data agents designed to address the scaling requirements of traditional RDBMS environments.

When it comes to meeting security and compliance requirements for protecting data, coverage is critical. Today, the majority of organizations do not have sufficient data protection for their Big Data deployments, leaving them at risk for compliance-related penalties and data breaches. With SecureSphere Agent for Big Data, customers can efficiently demonstrate Big Data compliance through automated processes, audit analysis, customizable reports and a unique efficient approach to monitor Big Data activities.

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