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EXIN BCS SIAM® Foundation Certification receives itSMF UK endorsement

itSMF UK has formally endorsed the new EXIN BCS SIAM® Foundation Certification. The qualification scheme, announced at the ITSM16 Conference last November and jointly managed by examination institutes EXIN, BCS and service management start-up Scopism, provides a new opportunity for professional development in a burgeoning area of service management.

SIAM is a methodology for managing multiple service providers and integrating them seamlessly to provide high quality, innovative services. This is an increasingly popular approach to service delivery but one that demands a new skill-set from commissioning organisations, service integrators, retained IT staff and service suppliers.

exin logoThe new Foundation Certification allows candidates to attend an accredited training course or prepare for certification via self-study, followed by a 60-minute exam. It’s supported by an extensive Body of Knowledge, the work of the recently formed SIAM Foundation Architect Group, which can be downloaded for free from www.scopism.com/free-downloads or purchased as a hard-copy publication from Van Haren Publishing.

It will be followed by a higher-level certification, SIAM Professional, available later in 2017.

The programme is relevant for people working for commissioning organisations, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and retained IT organisations alike. It is a useful option to consider to build a level of understanding before embarking on a SIAM or similar multi-sourcing project.

According to the itSMF UK assessors, the SIAM Foundation “is a refreshingly practical approach for a service management training and certification programme. The body of knowledge content is well structured, well written and contains a host of practical guidance, clearly based on real-life experiences.

SIAM is an emerging area and the content is clearly original – not in terms of radically new ideas, but in the way it provides a pragmatic perspective on multi-sourcing that is not available in such detail elsewhere. The approach for developing the material reflects the output – based on a collaborative project using a cross section of 18 experienced SIAM practitioners.”

Suzanne Galletly, Head of Portfolio & Program Management at EXIN, said “We are delighted to receive this endorsement for the SIAM® Certification programme, which we believe will play a very significant role in the development of service management professionals in the months ahead, as multiple supplier models become increasingly the norm. The formal endorsement of itSMF UK as a professional body is confirmation that the programme hits the right mark in terms of quality and market relevance, and helps to further establish the programme as the de facto standard in SIAM® training and certification.”

Dave Kelsey, Global Product Partner Manager at BCS, said “We are pleased itSMF UK has officially endorsed the SIAM® certificate. We believe, with this backing, we can promote the benefits to individuals and organisations of the value that training and certification in this area can have. As more and more organisations continue their SIAM transformation projects the skills required of those involved need to evolve and this programme meets those needs in a practical way, using the knowledge and experience of a very focused architect development team. We look forward to seeing the value this will bring to organisations and individuals in the coming months.”

Claire Agutter, director at Scopism, said “The project to create the SIAM Foundation Body of Knowledge brought together SIAM practitioners from around the world.  The combined experience of companies including Atos, Kinetic IT TCS, Sopra Steria, Syniad IT, ITSM Value and ISG has helped us to deliver something that will be of value to anyone involved in a SIAM transformation.  We’re delighted to receive the itSMF UK endorsement for the scheme.”​

For further information about the endorsement, please contact:

Mark Lillycrop, itSMF UK, 0118 918 6500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pöyry and Betulium sign co-operation agreement to unlock full value chain benefits for clients in bio-based businesses

Pöyry and Betulium have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation that will enable both companies to serve their clients better in bio-based businesses. Pöyry and Betulium share common objectives in bioindustry: together they have the know-how and experience which can be used especially in the field of nanocellulose for composites, plastics and similar materials as well as for wood-based nanocellulose and material testing in both the forest and chemical industries.

2014 07 29 092805 poyry logoBetulium Oy is a Finnish clean-tech company established in 2013. Betulium provides renewable, biodegradable, and high-performance water-based cellulose materials to replace or supplement synthetic organic polymers in a vast number of industrial applications. Betulium runs a pilot plant producing material on an industrial scale in Espoo, Finland. Nanocellulose can be used in the manufacture of paper, feeds, foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Pöyry has a proven track record in process engineering excellence in the chemicals and biorefining sectors and knows the complex bioindustry value chain, megatrends, drivers and business partners. Pöyry's highly-skilled experts can help clients to identify value added opportunities and commercialise bioproducts with engineering solutions that maximise profitability, sustainability and health, safety and environmental (HSE) aspects.

"Our services in bio-based solutions cover the whole project life cycle from identifying opportunities through market studies and developing the business idea to the design and start-up of industrial scale production plants. This co-operation initiative will benefit both parties but especially our clients who can make use of the whole value chain advantages reached from one source, enabling smoother and more efficient R&D operations," says Nicholas Oksanen, Executive Vice President of Pöyry's Industry Business Group.

Did you know? Pöyry has been delivering bioindustry solutions for 60 years.
http://www.poyry.com/services/smart-solutions/bioindustry

About Poyry

Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company that delivers smart solutions across power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water. Pöyry's net sales in 2016 were EUR 530 million. The company's shares are quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki (POY1V). Approximately, Poyry has 5500 experts. 40 countries. 130 offices.

www.poyry.com

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Computerworld Names International Paper to 2017 List of 100 Best Places to Work in IT

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Computerworld have just announced that International Paper has been recognized as a 2017 Best Places to Work in IT, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation. Organizations will be included in coverage in Computerworld along with results from the 24th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey.

IP ranked 26th, on Computerworld's 2017 list for IT professionals in the large company category. The company's 1,400 IT team members deliver technology solutions for business advantage and support services to the company's 55,000 global team members, using information resources across 645 locations, speaking 13 languages and doing business in 44 currencies. 

"I am proud of this team and really happy to see them recognized for helping International Paper become one of the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world," said Bob Wenker, Vice President and Chief Information Officer. "Being listed as one of the Best Places to Work in IT is a great achievement, made possible by a committed group of talented team members. I am extremely proud of them." 

About the Best Places to Work in IT list
The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by IDG's Computerworld. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia.  We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries.  Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion.  For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

About Computerworld
Computerworld from IDG is the leading technology media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.2 million monthly page views (Omniture, January 2016 – March 2016 average) and was recognized in BtoB's 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary IDG. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

SOURCE International Paper

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Yokogawa receives Frost & Sullivan 2017 Global Customer Value Leadership Award in the Industrial Automation Solutions and Services Industry

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has received the Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Leadership Award in the automation solutions and services category. This Award recognises the company’s contributions in building strong relationships with its customers by providing premium solutions that deliver an exceptional return on investment.

Frost Sullivan Award LogoFrost & Sullivan presents Best Practice Awards to companies that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in technology innovation and the strategic development of products and services for regional and global markets. For each of these awards, Frost & Sullivan analysts independently conduct interviews, analyse data, and carry out research in many different fields. For the Global Customer Value Leadership Award, Frost & Sullivan evaluates companies based on several factors that concern the two key aspects of customer impact and business impact.

Muthuraman “Ram” Ramasamy, consulting manager with Frost & Sullivan, delivered the following message when presenting the award: “As the process industry market shifts from request for quote (RFQ) response projects to proactively shaping and creating new market opportunities and demand, Yokogawa is also transforming in order to drive incremental business value to its global customer base. One of the ways that the company has transformed itself is through a series of strategic acquisitions. This includes Industrial Evolution, Inc, a provider of cloud-based services that enable companies to share data from production sites. The company has been a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation since December 2015. KBC Advanced Technologies plc, a technology-based provider of industry-leading software and consulting services that help global companies in the oil and gas upstream and downstream sectors boost operational efficiency and improve profitability. A subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation since April 2016. Soteica Visual Mesa, LLC, who are a leading provider of energy management solutions. Yokogawa Electric Corporation took a 44.3% stake in this company in December 2012, and in October 2016 it became a wholly-owned Yokogawa subsidiary.

These strategic acquisitions help Yokogawa drive differentiated customer value by discovering areas for improvement, automating the manufacturing processes (be it production operations in oil and gas or well performance monitoring), and sustaining these benefits while continuously making improvements.”

Encouraged by this award, Yokogawa will continue striving to provide its customers highly reliable product and service solutions that make comprehensive use of the expertise that the company has built up over many years, as well as that acquired by KBC and other companies in the Yokogawa Group. As stated in our corporate brand slogan of Co-innovating tomorrow®, we will continuously create value with our customers.

About Frost & Sullivan

A global market research and consulting firm that mainly conducts commissioned research and consultation and self-initiated market research and technical analysis. Frost & Sullivan is headquartered in California and the company has more than 40 research and sales offices around the world.

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, the company have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 114 companies spans 59 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.7 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit http://www.yokogawa.com

About Yokogawa Europe B.V.

The European headquarters of Yokogawa were founded in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in 1982. Throughout Europe Yokogawa has its own sales, service and engineering operations. This dedicated network has been extended to Central and East Europe to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation market place. Yokogawa develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany and liquid analysers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands. In addition to this dedicated network of Yokogawa subsidiaries, a select organisation of Test & Measurement (T&M) subsidiaries and distributors is established in certain areas to support the specific customer needs of this continuously developing and specific market of T&M instrumentation.

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Valmet and MJB International in Dubai sign a cooperation agreement for gas turbine automation

Valmet has signed a cooperation agreement for gas turbine automation with MJB International Ltd (MJBI), an independent total gas turbine service provider with main locations in Scotland, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE. According to the agreement, Valmet together with MJBI will develop triple modular redundant (TMR) gas turbine control systems as part of MJBI's gas turbine retrofit capabilities for customers around the world.

"At Valmet, we have developed our capabilities and services in turbine automation systems for several years. The partnership with MJBI will accelerate our market growth in the automation business for gas turbine retrofit projects, as MJBI will include our automation system as part of its complete gas turbine retrofit projects," says Kari S. Heikkilä, Director, Partner Business, Automation, Valmet.

MJBI will use Valmet's gas turbine automation controllers with its own Sentinel C control systems to replace obsolete GE triple modular redundant control systems.

"Most automation hardware suppliers' systems are not capable of achieving triple redundancy. Valmet's and MJBI's control application specialists have now together developed a unique service solution for industrial gas turbine owners and operators," says Douglas Calderhead, Member of MEC of MJBI.

2017 06 07 111944Valmet has signed a cooperation agreement for gas turbine automation with MJB International Ltd (MJBI). Pictured from the left, Johan Musch, Key Account Manager, Valmet; Neil Buckland, Director, Sales & Services, UK, Valmet; Douglas Calderhead, Member of MJBI of MEC; Kari Heikkilä, Director, Partner Business, Valmet; Darren Smith, Sales Manager, UK, Valmet; and Phil Kyle, Head of C&I Engineering, MJBI.

Information about MJB International Ltd

MJB International Ltd is one of the largest independent total service providers to owners and operators of industrial gas turbines worldwide. The company specializes in the frame range of turbines designed by General Electric and its former business and manufacturing associates. The company's facilities are located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Glasgow, Scotland.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.