BlackRock, National Association of Pension Funds, Univest Company, Pension Fund ING, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, JP Morgan Asset Management, Mercer, Finisterre Capital, Generali Investments Europe, Natixis, RobecoSAM, AP4BlackRock – Simon Pardoe has been appointed head of DC Proposition to develop bundled and investment-only UK workplace defined contribution services for employers and their employees. He joins from Legal & General, where he was most recently responsible for workplace savings strategy, proposition and market development.National Association of Pension Funds – Graham Vidler has been appointed head of external affairs. He joins from the National Employment Savings Trust, where he was director of communications and engagement. Before then, he worked on pensions from a variety of perspectives as a researcher at the House of Commons, policy adviser for the Association of British Insurers, head of policy at Which? and head of marketing at Norwich Union Life.Univest Company – Loek Sibbing has announced that he is to step down as chairman of the €20bn asset manager for the 80 pension funds of multinational company Unilever, on 1 June. He said he would now take on “new challenges” and that he wanted to share his experience and expertise with other companies. He said it was too early to make further announcements about the next step of his career. Pension Fund ING – The €18.5bn pension fund of banc-assurer ING has appointed Rients Prins as chairman as of 1 March. He succeeds Peter de Bruijne, who had been at the helm for five years. De Bruijne is to take on a new job outside ING. Prins has been a board member of the pension fund since 2012.BNP Paribas Investment Partners – Colin Graham has been appointed CIO and head of TAA & Research in the Multi-Asset Solutions team. He joins from BlackRock (formerly Merrill Lynch Investment Managers), where he was co‐head of the Global Multi‐Asset Strategies team. Before then, he worked as an actuarial consultant at Mercer.JP Morgan Asset Management – Stéphane Casagrande has been appointed head of institutional clients for Switzerland. He joins from BNP Paribas Investment Partners in Switzerland, where he was head of institutional sales and consultant relations. He has also held positions at ECOFIN Investment Consulting and Credit Suisse Asset Management.Mercer – Mark Rowlands has been appointed to lead sales and marketing for Mercer’s defined contribution and savings business. He joins from Partnership Assurance, where he was head of corporate partners. Prior to that, he spent seven years at AXA Corporate, where he held a number of different roles, including head of business development and head of consultant relationships and corporate partnerships.Finisterre Capital – The emerging market specialist has appointed David Burnside as a partner and head of business development. Prior to joining Finisterre, Burnside was at BlueBay Asset Management from July 2010, where he was a partner and head of alternatives. Before then, he spent seven years as head of European institutional marketing for Financial Risk Management.Generali Investments Europe – Hervé Gay has been appointed to the European Credit Research team as senior credit analyst. Before joining GIE, he was a senior sell-side fixed income credit analyst and deputy head of credit research at Société Générale in Paris.Natixis – Eric Le Brusq has been appointed global head of equity derivatives sales. He joins from LBDD Finance, a financial advisory specialist for institutional investors, where he was chief executive.RobecoSAM – Lucas van Berkestijn and Cécile Churet have been appointed as sustainability investing client specialists. These newly created positions will serve as a link between RobecoSAM’s research and product development activities and institutional clients.AP4 – Susan Linkvist has been appointed COO at the Swedish national buffer fund. She replaces Agneta Wilhelmson Karemar, who retires on 1 May but is on leave until then.
The magazine lists some of the movies and television series filmed in Simi Valley, including “Poltergeist,” “Men in Black,” “Gunsmoke” and “Little House on the Prairie.” And for people who want to see some of the more remote areas, there is an article on hiking in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains. “We’re very proud of it,” said Leigh Nixon, chamber president, who said the magazine was produced by Journal Communications Inc. and paid for through advertising revenues, some of which are coming back as extra income for the chamber. She said Images has been produced for other communities, but the Simi Valley edition is the first in California. There were 7,500 copies printed initially, which will be distributed free at local hotels, the Reagan Library, the Simi Valley Town Center and other locations. People can also see a version of the magazine online at www.imagessimivalley.com. SIMI VALLEY – With the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum luring visitors from across the nation, local Chamber of Commerce officials saw the need a few years ago to help tourists find their way around Simi Valley. And this week, those efforts were culminated with the release of the city’s first tourism magazine – “Images of Simi Valley, California” – featuring a photo of the Reagan Library’s Air Force One Pavilion on the cover. “There are more than 800 hotel rooms in Simi Valley that are full much of the time,” said Colleen Janssen, vice chairwoman for tourism and marketing on the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce board. “We realized that we are a vacation hub that is safe and friendly and offers access to many of the attractions in Southern California.” The magazine includes articles on the library; plays, concerts and other cultural events tourists can attend locally; a piece about Grandma Tressa Prisbrey’s Bottle Village; and an article about the Cajun Creole Music Festival on May 26-27, billed as the biggest Cajun festival west of the Mississippi. “People at the hotels told us that their guests were asking where to go and what to do, so we wanted to provide a guide for our visitors,” Nixon said. “The hotels have been waiting for this magazine to come out.” Janssen said that although the chamber wants to bring more tourists to Simi Valley, the tourists are already here. “We are trying to help show them things to do,” she said, noting that many people from out of town might not realize that the area includes the Brandeis-Bardin campus of American Jewish University, Strathearn Historical Park and highly rated golf courses. The chamber is distributing the magazine along with a list of events and activities for tourists in Simi Valley monthly. The activities include this month’s Blues Festival, the Cajun Festival, the Simi Valley Street Fair Expo and the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard. The list also includes activities outside of town that are close enough for Simi Valley tourists to enjoy, including whale watching off the Ventura County coast and the Antelope Valley poppy fields. Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller, who wrote a welcome note to visitors in the magazine, said Simi Valley has a colorful past, a safe environment and a variety of attractions visitors can enjoy. “I think the magazine will do much to help promote the image of the city and provide valuable information,” Miller said when the publication was released Wednesday. Randy Green, chairman of the Cajun Festival for the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, said the image of the Air Force One Pavilion was perfect for the cover. “The magazine is great,” he said. “It’s got everything from shopping to dining to history to the arts. Hopefully it’s going to draw people to live here in the community.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Permissions are also now organized into groups, so that users can make an informed decision without needing to understand technical jargon,” Hogben and Smith wrote. “By allowing your users to make a decision, they may decide not to grant a permission or to revoke a previously-granted permission.”Other best practices for permissions included using only the permissions necessary for the app to work, paying attention to permissions required by libraries, being transparent, and making system access explicit.Another way Google aims to protect user data in Android Marshmallow is by turning off access to unnecessary data and providing Instance IDs. Instance IDs provide a unique ID per instance and can provide better security within apps, according to Google.Other best practices for unique identifiers included avoiding using hardware identifiers, using only an Advertising ID for user profiling or ads use cases, using an Instance ID or a privately stored GUID whenever possible, and using APIs that are appropriate to your use-case to minimize privacy risk.“User trust depends largely on what users see and how they feel,” wrote Hogben and Smith. “Mishandling permissions and identifiers increases the risk of unwanted/unintended tracking, and can result in users feeling that your app doesn’t actually care about the user.” Google wants to make sure developers are looking after their users’ data in their Android 6.0 Marshmallow apps. The company has provided some key best practices it believes developers should aim for when building their apps and keeping user trust in mind.“Marshmallow introduced several changes that were designed to help your app look after user data,” wrote Giles Hogben, Google privacy team member, and Joanna Smith, developer advocate, in a blog post. “The goal was to make it easier for developers to do the right thing. So as Android 6.0, Marshmallow, gains traction, we challenge you to do just that.”(Related: Android++ has been open-sourced)The latest release of Android changed permissions from install-time to runtime. This change gave developers the ability to request access to a user’s sensitive information and explain how it will be used. Google suggested developers be thoughtful when handling API call requests that have been denied, and to build a solution that allows users to still use the app if they deny the apps request.
Also with MobileTogether 2.1, there are new controls to allow developers to add visual elements to their UIs, new actions, and new XPath functions, properties and operators.Amazon adds functionality to Alexa Skills Kit for developersToday Amazon introduced the Smart Home Skill API for the Alexa Skills Kit, which enables developers to add capabilities to Alexa. Developers can now teach Alexa how to control their cloud-controlled lighting and thermostat devices so customers can give Alexa commands like, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights.”With this API, there is no need to build a voice interaction model to handle customer requests. This work is done when the Smart Home API is used. Developers can create skills that connect the devices directly to the lighting and thermostat capabilities so that customers can control their lights, switches, smartplugs or thermostats.Amazon first introduced the Smart Home Skill API as a beta called the Alexa Lighting API in August 2015. As part of the beta program, the company worked with other companies such as Ecobee, Nest, Samsung SmartThings, Sensi and Wink to gather developer feedback while extending Alexa’s smarthome capabilities to work with its devices. Altova announced this morning new pricing and functionality for MobileTogether 2.1, a framework for building and deploying native mobile apps.Version 2.1 introduced more than 20 features based on developer feedback, from functionality for building tables, to error-handling actions, and also flexible options for UI design.With MobileTogether 2.1, the app development environment is free of charge, so it can be rolled out to an unlimited number of developers in a company. Besides the new pricing, the enhancements to tables in MobileTogether 21 include scrollable tables and the ability to align nested tables. These enhancements will help developers for building tables of any size, said the company.“Support for scrollable tables provides flexibility for table creation in MobileTogether,” wrote Erin Cavanaugh, marketing director for Altova, on the company’s blog. “Now, to ensure easy display on devices of all sizes, developers can set the maximum visible size of a table, or set it to fit the rest of the screen, with horizontal or vertical scrolling enabled to view the rest.”
Data company TIBCO has made several new announcements at TIBCO NOW, its edge conference that is currently underway in Las Vegas. The company has revealed enhancements and changes to current products, as well as announcing new projects.TIBCO adds enhancements to TIBCO Connected Intelligence CloudThe company announced new capabilities for the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud (TCIC). TCIC is a platform that allows teams to “interconnect disparate data, identify operational issues or future opportunities, and turn insights into actions,” the company explainedNew products to the TCIC family include TIBCO Cloud Events, TIBCO Cloud Nimbus, TIBCO Cloud Starters, and TIBCO Cloud AuditSafe, which is in beta.Current products that have been enhanced include TIBCO Cloud Integration with TIBCO Scribe functionality, TIBCO Cloud Mashery and TIBCO Mashery Local, TIBCO Cloud Live Apps, and TIBCO Cloud Spotfire X.“At TIBCO, we believe that innovation is driven by taking a human approach to data, not simply by increased digitalization,” said Matt Quinn, chief operating officer at TIBCO. “Our goal with the expanded TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud is to create an enterprise-scale platform that augments organizations’ intelligence and humanizes digital analysis. We listened to our customers’ needs, focusing on a seamless user experience, faster speed to market, and the ability to interconnect TIBCO offerings to create dynamic business applications.”TIBCO announces A(X) Experience for SpotfireThe company announced the A(X) Experience for TIBCO Spotfire, which will be released this fall. A(X) Experience is an AI-driven analytics solution that combines data exploration with natural language processing, machine learning recommendations, and model-based authoring. According to TIBCO, the solution will enable users to humanize their data and make decisions faster.TIBCO’s goal when designing this solution was to be able to use AI to add to users’ knowledge, magnify their skills, and simplify decision-making. A(X) complements Spotfire by surfacing machine learning guidance and recommendations as users explore, according to the company. When a user types a request, Spotfire will create visualizations and make suggestions based on the results. “Companies around the world have more than enough graphs and charts; what they are searching for is faster insight and better decision-making,” said Brad Hopper, vice president, analytics product strategy at TIBCO. “We started investing in AI-driven recommendations several years ago, and we are very excited that, with the A(X) Experience, we have both simplified the practice and increased the power of exploring data. Business users just getting started can nevertheless make important discoveries, and experienced analysts can get their results even faster. We believe the A(X) Experience will help companies get more return from their investments in people and data.”TIBCO Data Science to make its debut on the AWS MarketplaceThe company also announced that its cloud marketplace for TIBCO Data Science will soon be available exclusively on the AWS Marketplace. TIBCO Data Science enables data scientists to securely collaborate using Big Data and machine learning capabilities.According to the company, TIBCO Data Science removes the need for complex code, enabling citizen data scientists to create code-free workflows for data transformation and machine learning.It also offers integration with Jupyter Notebooks, which allows users to share documents containing code. By enabling users to share data, set project milestones, and manage project resources, the solution facilitates collaboration among data scientists, citizen data scientists, engineers, and business stakeholders.By executing data preparation and machine learning computations directly using AWS resources, TIBCO is able to do away with the need to move data.TIBCO LABS enables customers to participate in the development of new solutionsTIBCO has announced the creation of TIBCO LABS, which will allow customers and partners to participate in the development of solutions for challenging problems. It will also showcase new capabilities and provide an early look at emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI, and machine learning.“The launch of TIBCO LABS marks a new era of innovation at TIBCO,” said Nelson Petracek, global chief technology officer at TIBCO. “With TIBCO LABS, we offer our customers and partners an active voice in cultivating the future of the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud. We’re excited to collaborate with our broad ecosystem to build the next wave of relevant, valuable integration and analytics offerings.”Ideas for the projects come from many different sources, such as TIBCO.next. Initial projects include Project Cloud Conversations, Project Dovetail, TIBCO Cloud My Partner App, and TIBCO Cloud Risk Investigation App. These first few projects can be further explored here.