Groupon | June 15, 2022
Groupon, the trusted marketplace where consumers go to buy services and experiences that make life more interesting and deliver boundless value, is taking steps to simplify the company’s technology platform and lean more into automation. Ultimately, Groupon believes these changes will allow it to accelerate its pace of product development and support better customer and merchant experiences.
“We have amazing talent within our Product and Engineering organization, and I believe that we can do a better job leveraging our significant tech assets to create value for all of our stakeholders,” said Sachin Devand, CTO, Groupon. “Currently, our platform is too big and too complex, and this is prohibiting us from moving as quickly as I think we can to launch new products and features. So, I’ve empowered the entire tech organization to challenge our long-held thought process of creating a new service for every nuance and fundamentally rethink how we structure our platform––only building and supporting what’s mission critical to drive Groupon’s business forward.”
Devand, who was appointed to the CTO role in May after serving as a consultant since February, is working with the Product and Engineering organization to improve its operating processes and streamline Groupon's tech platform. Some of the team’s big 2022 initiatives include:
Embracing Agility - Reorienting the product engineering organization to be more customer centric. Product roadmaps will better align with providing specific customer solutions, more quickly. To that end, the entire team is embracing Agile software development methods, doing rapid delivery of features versus traditional methods that can take years. In addition, the team uses OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) to prioritize these features every 90 days.
Migrating to the Cloud - To date, Groupon has moved nearly 75% of its data center capabilities to the cloud. Groupon is already gaining operational benefits from the move to the cloud, including better monitoring, observability, elasticity and ease of deploying infrastructure. Once the migration is complete, the cloud will enable Groupon to scale infrastructure up and down as the needs of the business change, which should provide even more flexibility and cost savings. The cloud also enables Groupon to use cloud-native services that can unlock additional automation opportunities throughout the company’s marketplace.
Re-architecting Services - The company is re-architecting its services, taking stock of which services are required and which ones can be combined or eliminated. At the start of the year, there were about 700 services operating behind the company’s global marketplace platform, which is too complicated and big for Groupon’s needs. As the move to the cloud continues, Groupon intends to move to a domain-driven design model which will allow for a more nimble architecture with significantly fewer services.
Leaning into Automation - Groupon is automating processes throughout the entire business to create efficiencies and improve productivity. For example, the company is scaling its self-service automation features to enable more merchants to join the Groupon marketplace without human touch. At the end of the first quarter, 65% of new campaigns in North America were created using Groupon’s merchant self-service tool that enables businesses to create and edit campaigns. From a customer perspective, Groupon is doing more to automate insights from search data to create a feedback loop with the company’s sales teams to ensure that its marketplace has the right inventory in the right places.
When this work is completed, these actions should significantly reduce the size of Groupon’s tech platform and allow it to accelerate its pace of product development focused on building a larger and more differentiated inventory base and launching products to support better customer and merchant experiences.
Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is a trusted local marketplace where consumers go to buy services and experiences that make life more interesting and deliver boundless value.
Zebra Technologies | June 30, 2022
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the front line of business with solutions and partners that deliver a performance edge, today announced a new, vertical market specialization for government and education technology providers in North America. The Public Sector Specialization Program, developed as a strategic component of Zebra’s PartnerConnect program, will support federal, state and local government, as well as K-12, colleges and universities.
Zebra’s Public Sector Specialization Program recognizes partner expertise and investment in government and education technology solutions. Qualified program members will have access to unique business-building benefits including growth incentives, go-to-market support, pre-qualified leads, marketing funding, increased channel account management and planning as well as a customizable logo recognizing their expertise in the industry.
“Zebra’s PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program reflects our continued commitment to help our partners differentiate themselves while also helping governments and educational institutions meet their digital transformation needs,” said Bill Cate, Vice President of Marketing and Channels, Zebra Technologies.
“Zebra’s PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program reflects our continued commitment to help our partners differentiate themselves while also helping governments and educational institutions meet their digital transformation needs,” said Bill Cate, Vice President of Marketing and Channels, Zebra Technologies. “By uniting Zebra’s innovative solutions with resellers’ expertise, local presence and unique capabilities, we can help public sector entities untangle complex technology needs to achieve new levels of productivity, accuracy, and speed that benefits their staff and constituents.”
Zebra’s public sector solutions empower front-line personnel by enhancing communications, streamlining workflows and providing situational awareness to improve critical decision making and gain a performance edge. Agencies deploying school and facility security, warehouse management, eCitation, healthcare and inspections and maintenance solutions can leverage Zebra’s complete product portfolio and partner ecosystem to enhance operational efficiency, reducing time-consuming and error-prone administrative tasks. Zebra’s solutions adhere to the highest security standards while providing manageability and longevity, freeing resources for public service and enabling convenient and precise control of end user experiences.
Zebra’s new North American PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program will support government and education technology providers serving federal, state and local government, as well as K-12, colleges and universities.
Qualified program members will have access to business-building benefits such as go-to-market support, pre-qualified leads, marketing funding, and growth incentives.
The PartnerConnect program makes it easier for partners to work with Zebra and differentiate themselves while rewarding them for their commitment, competency and performance.
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Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) empowers organizations to thrive in the on-demand economy by making every front-line worker and asset at the edge visible, connected and fully optimized. With an ecosystem of more than 10,000 partners across more than 100 countries, Zebra serves customers of all sizes – including 94% of the Fortune 100 – with an award-winning portfolio of hardware, software, services and solutions that digitize and automate workflows. Supply chains are more dynamic, customers and patients are better served, and workers are more engaged when they utilize Zebra innovations that help them sense, analyze and act in real time. Zebra recently expanded its industrial automation portfolio with its Fetch Robotics acquisition and increased its machine vision and AI software capabilities with the acquisitions of Adaptive Vision, antuit.ai and Matrox Imaging. Zebra is #25 on Newsweek’s inaugural list of America’s Most Loved Workplaces and #79 on Forbes’ list of America’s 500 Best Midsize Employers. Learn more at www.zebra.com or sign up for news alerts. Follow Zebra’s Your Edge blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and check out our Story Hub: Zebra Perspectives.
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Scality | July 05, 2022
Scality channel executives announced today that they've bolstered the company's partner program with new training enablement, incentives, additional support and renewed focus. These additions will position partners for accelerated growth as market trends indicate increased demand for multi-cloud and hybrid data flow strategies.
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To better support partners, Scality is rolling out an updated partner program that includes new sales and product enablement paths, deal protection and a partner portal. The program is structured to support growth so that new partners, coming in as a Scality Select Partner, have everything they need to start to build their practice and pipeline with Scality. Resources such as co-brandable campaign kits, market development funds and joint business planning are available right out of the gate. As the partnership grows, additional benefits such as higher margin protection, rebates and incentives will be made available, and partners will have the opportunity to be promoted to a Scality Elite or Global Elite Partner. Partners also will be able to earn competency badges to highlight their areas of expertise and differentiate themselves within the ecosystem.
This new program, coupled with the introduction of Scality ARTESCA last year, sets Scality partners up to offer true scalability to their customers and manage their data everywhere. ARTESCA uniquely combines lightweight, cloud-native object storage design with true enterprise-grade capabilities, providing a solution for both small footprints at the edge and scalability for the data center. Starting from 50TB and up, partners can now land more customers with Scality, and grow with the needs of their customers' business.
To reward partners for identifying and closing new deals in this segmentation, Scality has launched a new ARTESCA challenge program that offers incentives and includes the potential to win a trip to Mauritius. More information about this program is available here.
Melissa Lyons, senior director of channels for Americas, Scality, said: "There has never been a better time to partner with Scality. As we are seeing more and more customers repatriating some cloud-based workloads back on-premises, our partners are in a great position to help them rotate to a hybrid strategy that can optimize their object storage and reduce costs.
Melissa Lyons, senior director of channels for Americas, Scality, said: "There has never been a better time to partner with Scality. As we are seeing more and more customers repatriating some cloud-based workloads back on-premises, our partners are in a great position to help them rotate to a hybrid strategy that can optimize their object storage and reduce costs. This, combined with the expanded market opportunity ARTESCA brings to the table and a partner program structure that makes it easier for partners to work with us, will undoubtedly lead to incremental revenue opportunities for our partners."
Frederic Saldes, head of alliances and channel for EMEA, Scality, said: "We've seen great success with the land-and-expand approach at Scality. In fact, 85% of customers expand their footprint with us and half of them do it within 12-18 months of the initial purchase. With our 100% channel strategy, partners are in a great position to capitalize on this expansion revenue and leverage our best-in-class support, training and other enablement to help them do so."
Scality® storage propels companies to unify data management no matter where data lives — from edge to core to cloud. Our market-leading file and object storage software protects data on-premises and in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. With RING and ARTESCA, Scality's approach to managing data across the enterprise accelerates business insight for sound decision-making and maximum return on investment. To compete in a data-driven economy, IT leaders and application developers trust Scality to build sustainable, adaptable solutions. Scality is recognized as a leader by Gartner and IDC. Follow us @scality and LinkedIn. Visit www.scality.com, or subscribe to our company blog.
Euronet | June 06, 2022
epay, the digital payments processing business segment of global financial technology solutions and payments provider Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT), today announced additional launches for Renewal, its recurring billing solution. This expansion includes the following channel partners and countries: Harvey Norman in Australia, Altibox Nordics, Cyberport and MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group in Germany, Etisalat UAE, the telecoms pillar of e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group) and Sharaf DG in the UAE, Singtel in Singapore and additional retailers in Mexico. More countries and retailers are already being planned and will be announced when available.
Renewal enables companies and brand partners worldwide to easily convert their digital products to a subscription model and sell them at epay's global network of retailers, telecommunication companies and mobile wallet partners and their more than 760,000 point-of-sale terminals in 63 countries. This generates a forward-looking and sustainable revenue model for brand and retail partners by turning a one-time transaction into 12, 24 or 36 transactions. Retailers also benefit from a single connection with epay to leverage and distribute multiple subscriptions from respected global brands while consumers can now purchase subscription-based digital products from their preferred provider and use them conveniently on a mobile device or PC.
Details of the initial Renewal launch for Microsoft are available at the Euronet Investor Website. To learn more about Renewal, visit https://www.epayrenewal.com/.
"With this expansion for Renewal and our brand partner, Microsoft, we are proving the great potential of our new strategic business area while demonstrating our global sales power and the attractiveness of this digital solution,” said Kevin Caponecchi, Executive VP and CEO, epay, Software and EFT Asia Pacific Division.
"With this expansion for Renewal and our brand partner, Microsoft, we are proving the great potential of our new strategic business area while demonstrating our global sales power and the attractiveness of this digital solution,” said Kevin Caponecchi, Executive VP and CEO, epay, Software and EFT Asia Pacific Division. “For our partners, this contributes to long-term consumer relationships and future-proof revenue models. Based on our innovative technology, our existing relationships with more than a thousand brands and our global merchant network, we will continue to successfully expand Renewal and its recurring billing solution."
Companies and brands interested in learning more about the recent expansion should consult their existing epay contact or James Warden, Director of Brand Management and epay Products, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
epay, a segment of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT), is a leading global provider of payment processing and prepaid solutions that processed 3.12 billion transactions in 2021. The company has built an extensive network of retailer touchpoints with 760,000 point-of-sale terminals in 63 countries that connects brands with consumers all over the world. The company offers a diverse ecosystem of services, products and solutions supporting the distribution of Payment and Branded Payments for more than 1,000 brand partners via Commerce, eCommerce and mCommerce solutions. For more information visit www.epayworldwide.com.
About Euronet Worldwide, Inc.
Euronet Worldwide is an industry leader in processing secure electronic financial transactions. The Company offers payment and transaction processing solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. These services include comprehensive ATM, POS and card outsourcing services, card issuing and merchant acquiring services, software solutions, cash-based and online-initiated consumer-to-consumer and business-to-business money transfer services, and electronic distribution of digital media and prepaid mobile phone time.
Euronet's global payment network is extensive - including 49,521 ATMs, approximately 491,000 EFT POS terminals and a growing portfolio of outsourced debit and credit card services which are under management in 62 countries; card software solutions; a prepaid processing network of approximately 760,000 POS terminals at approximately 335,000 retailer locations in 63 countries; and a global money transfer network of approximately 495,000 locations serving 164 countries. With corporate headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, USA, and 66 worldwide offices, Euronet serves clients in approximately 175 countries. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.euronetworldwide.com.