MicroStrategy® Wins a 2018 Industry Excellence Award

MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, today announced that Dresner Advisory Services has honored MicroStrategy with a 2018 Technology Leader for Business Intelligence award for its strong position in the 2018 Wisdom of Crowds® Business Intelligence (BI) report.

The Dresner Advisory Services Industry Excellence Awards go to brands that were ranked as leaders in two user-rating models included in the Wisdom of Crowds series of global Dresner research reports. The reports are based on data collected from a large base of end users in the BI and analytics industry and provide a broad and detailed assessment of each market, including current product usage, key buying drivers, technology priorities, and future intentions, as well as performance ratings of all relevant vendors.

“We congratulate MicroStrategy for receiving top marks from its customer base,” said Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services. “The unique value of our research is in its end user perspective of the market, both in adoption trends and intentions, and the ability to provide an unfiltered assessment of industry suppliers.”

The MicroStrategy platform provides the capabilities organizations need to build and deploy modern analytics and mobility applications that transform and accelerate business decisions. By putting answers in everyone’s hands, regardless of enterprise role, function, or skill level, the MicroStrategy platform helps organizations become a more Intelligent Enterprise™.

“The recognition from industry leader Dresner Advisory Services marks another milestone in our mission of making every enterprise a more Intelligent Enterprise,” said Michael J. Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy Incorporated. “With our award-winning enterprise analytics and mobility platform, organizations around the world can get the answers they need, delivered where they need them, to make effective decisions for competitive advantage, driving their digital transformation initiatives and planning today for tomorrow’s challenges.”

This award is the latest in a line of increasing industry recognition for MicroStrategy, which was top ranked in the 2018 Wisdom of Crowds Location Intelligence Market Study and received a Dresner Advisory Services 2017 Technology Innovation Award for embedded BI and big data analytics. Start a free trial of MicroStrategy Desktop™ today.

About Dresner Advisory Services

Dresner Advisory Services was formed by Howard Dresner, an independent analyst, author, lecturer, and business adviser. Dresner Advisory Services, LLC focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership for Business Intelligence (BI), information management, performance management and related areas.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated

MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a worldwide leader in enterprise analytics and mobility software. A pioneer in the BI and analytics space, MicroStrategy delivers innovative software that empowers people to make better decisions and transform the way they do business. We provide our enterprise customers with world-class software and expert services so they can deploy unique intelligence applications. To learn more, visit MicroStrategy online, and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy Desktop, and Intelligent Enterprise are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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ChangeScout scoops Bronze at Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards

Deloitte’s ChangeScout, a change management solution that accelerates and simplifies complex change programs in real time, has won a coveted Brandon Hall Group bronze award for excellence in the “Best Advance in the Unique HR or Workforce Management” category.

Organisations are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of today’s digital disruptions, while simultaneously facing pressure to deliver quicker, more seamless change transformation. ChangeScout combines cutting-edge technology, onsite access to experts, and Deloitte’s unique change methodology to transform the way change is delivered.

ChangeScout enables organisations to drive successful transformations by covering the key aspects of change management, including methodology, technology, expertise and insights, enabling organisations to innovate and grow to get the most value out of major change investments.

“We developed ChangeScout to provide structure when companies are implementing new programs and making crucial changes to their business,” said Mike Bentley, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “As social enterprises, organisations increasingly need to become more adaptive to the external forces impacting their business and workforce, increasing the need for specific tools to manage the process. We are thrilled the Brandon Hall Group recognised the value and potential of ChangeScout.”

This is the second consecutive year Deloitte has been recognised by the Brandon Hall Group for its Human Capital products. In 2017, Deloitte’s ConnectMe received Gold recognition in the Best Advance in Emerging Workforce Management Technology.

“We were blown away,” said Mike Cooke, chief executive officer of Brandon Hall Group. “Our research was confirmed by the entrants’ responsiveness to the needs of employers who seek to align technology to the goals of their businesses. Every Technology Award entry embodied a win-win proposition for employers and employees.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

About Deloitte

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 5,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace to make an impact that matters — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them.

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Australian Law Awards winner spills on success

It’s been a huge 12 months for Paul Catchlove, a former chief operations officer of the Go Australia Group who was balancing his work with full-time study at the Queensland University of Technology up until December 2017, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours/First Class).

The winner of the Rising Star of the Year award and the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award at the recent Australian Law Awards, Mr Catchlove only graduated from the College of Law in April of this year but his early career success is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the legal profession.

The Rising Star of the Year Award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has recently commenced their legal career, while the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award does not accept nominations, instead being awarded to the highest-scoring lawyer across the individual categories of the Australian Law Awards.

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Talking to Lawyers Weekly, Mr Catchlove said he is overwhelmed by his success across both award categories, noting “no one ever wins an award like this on their own.”

Reflecting on the last year, the 2018 Rising Star said it is “encouraging of the work that I have done to date, but even more so of the amazing people I have around me who have enabled me to do what I do.”

Acknowledging the high calibre of nominees on the night, Mr Catchlove said “to have been part of a group of such talented finalists (who are representative of an exceptionally talented profession) and have been chosen from among them is exceptionally humbling.”

Since commencing in Gadens’ corporate advisory group, Mr Catchlove has worked on a number of complex corporate transactions, including the restructure of a multimillion-dollar charitable foundation. He also works agreements between government and infrastructure providers, provides client advice on IPOs and capital raisings, and makes appearances in the Federal Court and Queensland’s Supreme Court.

Understating his talents, the lawyer says he has been “fortunate to receive such positive feedback from the clients for whom I have worked”.

“Ultimately the practice of the law is a business and so performing well for your clients is incredibly important,” he said.

As well as his corporate knack, Mr Catchlove uses his legal skills for Gadens’ pro bono work and in his position as a sessional academic at the Queensland University of Technology, where he is a tutor across corporate law and ethics.

He also founded the first Australian chapter of Legal Hackers, a global movement for lawyers and policymakers to combine with technologists, designers and academics to explore and develop creative solutions to issues at the intersection of law and technology.

Mr Catchlove sees the onset of technology in the legal industry as “much needed” for the improvement of efficiency and productivity and a continuing trend for the next twelve months. He also considers growth “in the application of legal design principles and legal project management” as a way to add significant value for clients.

Confessing to being “a little nerdy”, Mr Catchlove sees law “as a vocation, a calling.” He offers up that he tries to learn as much as he can about as many things as he can, and is “always reading or attending seminars to grow and develop.”

“I want to add value for the firm that I work for and the clients for whom I serve. As much as I can, I want my clients to see me as their trusted advisor,” he continued.

This development also comes in the form of mentoring, with Mr Catchlove telling Lawyers Weekly he has “three key mentors.”

“Two of which are law firm partners and one is a leader in business.”

Mr Catchlove explained that these mentors are people who each provide him with “invaluable”, “honest” and “much needed feedback and advice.”

With their guidance, and a continued yearning to learn, Mr Catchlove hopes to “continue down the same path” he is now on. He hopes to be able to provide “the highest levels of legal advice, advocacy and assistance” to his clients.

To other young lawyers, he has the following advice: “Work hard and apply yourself to your craft, develop your soft skills, grow your networks and find yourself a good mentor or even a few.”


Transatlantic M&A Team of the Year: Niederer Kraft Frey

Finalists: Allen & Overy; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Morgan Lewis & Bockius; Noerr (highly commended); Shearman & Sterling; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Sullivan & Cromwell.

Niederer Kraft Frey received the M&A team of the year prize for large deals, in recognition of its role in Johnson & Johnson’s acquisition of European biotech company Actelion.

The challenges of the deal were twofold: it can take years for new drugs to be developed, and trials are not always successful (therefore potential buyers rarely attach much value to early stage drug pipelines), while acquisitive big pharma firms tend not to be very good at advancing drug discovery and early stage clinical trials at the companies they end up buying. Niederer therefore advised Actelion on a novel transaction structure that would bridge the valuation gap while maintaining its drug discovery and clinical pipeline potential. In short, let the sale go ahead at the value Johnson & Johnson placed on Actelion’s marketed products and then spin off the drug development business into a newly listed company (ensuring Actelion’s shareholders could participate in any upside to successful clinical trials that would otherwise have been lost in the merger).

“Big pharma deals are usually difficult to lawyer, and this one especially so. The firm devised really clever and elegant workarounds that have the potential to be adapted to future pharma transactions,” a judge said.


Aurecon excels at 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon walked away with two coveted accolades at this year’s Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards.

The Sol Plaatje University Library and Student Resources Centre was the winner in the category ‘Projects with a value between R50 million and R250 million’, and Aurecon civil engineer, Shamiso Kumbirai, won the Young Engineer of the Year Award.

“2018 marks the fourth year in a row that Aurecon has won or received a commendation in the Young Engineer of the Year Award category, which is a testament to the talent our company attracts and their ability to excel within the engineering sector,” says Ferdi Nell, Aurecon Managing Director, Africa.

The prestigious awards function was held on 15 August at Vodaworld, Midrand, and aims to celebrate “innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism in engineering”. The prominent event is one of the highlights in the consulting engineering industry, with companies showcasing their most complex and innovative projects.

About the Sol Plaatje University Library and Student Resources Centre

Situated in Kimberley, the traditional diamond capital of Africa, the building’s spectacular three-dimensional concrete envelope mimics the faceted surface of a diamond. The entire envelope of the Sol Plaatje University Library and Student Resources Building is supported by slender eccentric steel columns to create the impression of a floating, hollowed-out diamond.

The striking, origami-like roof is both attention-grabbing and yet perfectly blended with the surrounding buildings. This bold and original project pushes the boundaries of architectural and engineering design, requiring high expectations of the concrete to perform not only as a structural element but also as an aesthetic material.

In addition, it was awarded an Innovation in Concrete Fulton Award for ‘Buildings Greater than 3-storeys’, as well as a Commendation in the ‘Architectural Concrete’ category at this prestigious biennial event, which recognises excellence and innovation in the use of concrete.

“I would like to thank our client, the Sol Plaatje University, for giving the architect the brief of designing something that has never been seen in South Africa. It is a testament to what can be achieved when design-led thinkers and visionaries are combined in a single project team,” said Nicholas Bester, Aurecon Structural Engineer.

About Shamiso Kumbirai, winner of the CESA Young Engineer of the Year Award

Kumbirai is a 29-year-old civil engineer at Aurecon’s Tshwane Office. She specialises in water engineering and has worked on projects in South Africa, Uganda, Swaziland and Rwanda involving hydropower schemes, pipelines and irrigation works.

She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town and has recently completed her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.

She was selected to represent the voice of the Southern African youth at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018, and she is a member of the first class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa – a programme for young leaders from across Africa.

As part of her prize from CESA, Kumbirai will be attending the FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers) International Infrastructure Conference in Berlin in September. This year’s conference theme is Mobility and Smart Infrastructure, and thought leaders from across the globe will examine how these changes and the increased digital interconnectivity will impact the future of our infrastructure, offices and homes.

“I’m deeply honoured to receive this award. Standing on stage, witnessing a dream actualised was nothing short of an incredible moment. To say this recognition belongs to me alone would be unjust. Thank you to my family, mentors and colleagues who help me grow, innovate and continually force me to think in new, creative ways,” says Kumbirai.

“Aurecon’s track record at the CESA awards demonstrates our commitment to fostering achievement for both our clients and for our people. Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s event.”


Finalists announced for the China Law & Practice Awards

Herbert Smith Freehills, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are among the firms nominated for International Law Firm of the Year at the China Law & Practice Awards.

Vying for the showcase category for indigenous Chinese players are firms that include King & Wood Mallesons, Fangda Partners, JunHe, and Han Kun Law Offices.

China Law & Practice is set to host the awards in association with sister publications The Asian Lawyer, The American Lawyer and Legal Week on Sept. 13 at The St. Regis hotel in Beijing.

The awards recognize top matters inside and outside China, and best-performing law firms and standout partners. The September ceremony will also honour initiatives in pro bono work, technology innovation and an in-house team of the year.

Shortlisted deals feature some of the largest and most high-profile transactions in China. Video streaming site iQiyi’s $2.25 billion Nasdaq listing and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn’s A-share listing are among deals competing for equity securities deal of the year. Alibaba’s acquisitions of Sun Art Retail and meal delivery app are both nominated for the M&A category.

Fangda, JunHe, Han Kun and Tian Yuan are competing for Capital Markets Firm of the Year as well as M&A Firm of the Year in the domestic categories, while Davis Polk & Wardwell and Skadden are vying in both categories for global firms.

Last year’s big winners included JunHe and Clifford Chance, which took home China and International Firm of the Year, respectively; King & Wood Mallesons was named Most Innovative Firm.