|By Marketwired .||
|November 20, 2012 04:18 PM EST||
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 20, 2012) - An elegant gala held at Sofitel LA on November 8th to celebrate the winners was also devoted to charity: actor Chad Michael Murray helped launch the magazine's annual auction to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York. Host and emcee Publisher Linda Vaughan was stranded in Lisbon during Hurricane Sandy, and had great difficulties getting to LA. She was able to keep in constant contact, however, thanks to mobile phones -- possibly the fastest way to travel the world. She made the event with mere moments to spare.
Nowadays, not only do we depend on mobile phones to keep in touch, but we rely on them to deliver everything from flight updates to office memos to bedtime stories for the kids. PT readers voted AT&T the Best Mobile Phone Coverage in the World.
"Our customers use wireless technology to enhance their everyday lives," said Bill Hague, Executive Vice President of International, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, "and we help them stay connected to their world when traveling abroad."
"Road warriors expect and deserve a comfortable, efficient travel experience that not every airport can deliver," maintained Kim Day, Aviation Manager for Denver International Airport, voted Best Airport in North America. "We know what business travelers want and need while on the road and we will work to deliver an experience that will delight even the weariest."
These savvy travelers, who spend quality time with many modes of transport, awarded two transportation specialists for exceeding their customers' expectations: The Boeing Company's 777 was voted Best Aircraft Type, and Sixt earned Best Rental Car Company in the World.
Known for maintaining affordable prices while offering the largest BMW and Mercedes-Benz fleet in the world, Sixt has recently arrived in the United States; Julian Cotignola, Marketing, the Americas and Asia, promised that although "the U.S. is a challenging market, we are here to make a difference."
Personal attention clearly resonates with PT readers, who voted InterContinental Hotels the Best Hotel Chain in North America for high quality, outstanding facilities and understated service delivered by well-trained staffs and best-in-class concierges.
"What makes us truly different," said Debbie Grant, Director of Brand Management, "is the genuine interest we show in our guests. InterContinental team members go out of their way to deliver an authentic and enriching experience."
The iconic Sheraton Latin America, voted Best Hotel Chain in Latin America, is the first international hotel chain in many of the region's key cities.
"We focus on innovation and evolution," said Trip Barrett, Starwood's Vice President, Brand Management, Latin America, "without forgetting that travel is about people, memories and connections."
Multicultural Hawai'i, where East meets West, is an ideal spot for international gatherings, and the mission of the Hawai'i Convention Center, voted Best Convention Center/City, is "to continue to promote Hawai'i as a global destination," said SMG General Manager Joe Davis, "by providing our world-renowned service with the spirit of aloha."
If local knowhow is important for every company that operates across international borders, it's crucial for DHL, voted Best International Courier Service, for getting packages to their destinations in more than 220 countries and territories.
For Christine Nashick, Vice President of Marketing, DHL Express U.S., "this recognition speaks volumes about our steadfast commitment to delivering best-in-class international shipping services."
After a successful journey, it's time to think about the next trip, and PT readers gave high points to American Express Membership Rewards, voting it the Best Credit Card Rewards Program.
"Cardmember loyalty is built on trust and value," said Claire Bennett, Executive Vice President, Loyalty & Membership Benefits. "For world travelers, this means knowing that we have their back, at home or on the road, and that they can use the points they earn to go where they need to go, when they need to be there."
In addition to applauding the award winners, the Sofitel event launched PT's annual auction to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York, a charity that aids critically ill children and their families. In the past, companies have typically donated items such as hotel stays, airline tickets, luggage and electronic devices. This year's donations will be up for bidding on PT's website beginning January 15th.
Adam Rodriguez of Premier Traveler made an impassioned request for generosity from the travel industry: "I urge you to be liberal with your donations for our upcoming auction. RMH-NY performs an amazing service, and your donations will help provide comfort, a safe haven and a ray of hope to hundreds of brave children and their families. This is your opportunity to give something back to those in dire need. I challenge you to help us make this our biggest fundraising effort ever."
Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2012/11/20/11G002952/IMG_7757-1259925506404.jpeg
Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2012/11/20/11G002952/IMG_7702-494193959885.jpeg
Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2012/11/20/11G002952/IMG_7684-1045007235303.jpeg
Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2012/11/20/11G002952/IMG_7496-521066039752.jpeg
Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2012/11/20/11G002952/IMG_7721-551513731198.jpeg
Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2012/11/20/11G002952/IMG_7686-170366489087.jpeg
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving this change including privacy controls, data transparency and integration of real time context with p...
Nov. 29, 2015 06:00 PM EST Reads: 440
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data shows "less than 10 percent of IoT developers are making enough to support a reasonably sized team....
Nov. 29, 2015 02:00 PM EST Reads: 485
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
Nov. 29, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 354
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, demonstrated examples of com...
Nov. 29, 2015 12:45 PM EST Reads: 421
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningful and actionable insights. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Paul Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at...
Nov. 29, 2015 12:30 PM EST Reads: 427
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Nov. 29, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 528
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
Nov. 29, 2015 11:45 AM EST Reads: 328
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and technology requirements that will drive the Internet of Things from hype to reality.
Nov. 29, 2015 09:45 AM EST Reads: 453
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessions, I wanted to share some of my observations on emerging trends. As cyber security serves as a fou...
Nov. 29, 2015 09:15 AM EST Reads: 346
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
Nov. 29, 2015 08:45 AM EST Reads: 226
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now all corporate assets – people, objects, and spaces – can share information about themselves and thei...
Nov. 29, 2015 08:00 AM EST Reads: 277
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Yet a closer inspection at the data reveals less than half of these cloud projects involve production...
Nov. 29, 2015 07:00 AM EST Reads: 499
Continuous processes around the development and deployment of applications are both impacted by -- and a benefit to -- the Internet of Things trend. To help better understand the relationship between DevOps and a plethora of new end-devices and data please welcome Gary Gruver, consultant, author and a former IT executive who has led many large-scale IT transformation projects, and John Jeremiah, Technology Evangelist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), on Twitter at @j_jeremiah. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.
Nov. 29, 2015 06:45 AM EST Reads: 743
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true change and transformation possible.
Nov. 29, 2015 06:00 AM EST Reads: 558
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Nov. 29, 2015 06:00 AM EST Reads: 377
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem" in this scenario: microservice A (releases daily) depends on a couple of additions to backend B (re...
Nov. 29, 2015 05:00 AM EST Reads: 461
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Nov. 29, 2015 04:30 AM EST Reads: 487
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at Built.io, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application delivery by allowing increasingly popular Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (mBaaS) platforms to quickly crea...
Nov. 29, 2015 04:00 AM EST Reads: 378
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Day 2 Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, wil...
Nov. 29, 2015 03:00 AM EST Reads: 598
PubNub has announced the release of BLOCKS, a set of customizable microservices that give developers a simple way to add code and deploy features for realtime apps.PubNub BLOCKS executes business logic directly on the data streaming through PubNub’s network without splitting it off to an intermediary server controlled by the customer. This revolutionary approach streamlines app development, reduces endpoint-to-endpoint latency, and allows apps to better leverage the enormous scalability of PubNub’s Data Stream Network.
Nov. 29, 2015 03:00 AM EST Reads: 340