WowWee® Wins Coveted Toy of the Year Award for Fingerlings™

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WowWee® Wins Coveted Toy of the Year Award for Fingerlings™

Holiday Season’s Most Popular Trend is Recognized for its Success and Innovation with Double Awards Including Toy of the Year and Collectible Toy of the Year

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – WowWee, a leading manufacturer of innovative consumer robotic, toys and entertainment products, received the prestigious Toy of the Year (TOTY) award for its highly sought-after interactive Fingerlings™ friends. The Toy Association’s Annual Toy Of The Year Awards Gala took place on Friday, February 16, 2018, in New York City at the newly renovated Ziegfeld theatre. Fingerlings was also awarded the Collectible of the Year award earlier in the evening.

2018 Toy and Collectible of the Year multiple award-winner Fingerlings(R) by WowWee.

“Coming off such a successful holiday season, we’re incredibly honored to receive these two exciting awards for Fingerlings,” said Richard Yanofsky, President and co-founder of WowWee. “The perfect combination of creative technology and affordable pricing has allowed Fingerlings to flourish. We are proud to offer toys that enrich the experience of interactive collectibility for everyone!”

Fingerlings are motion, sound, and touch enabled robot pets that wrap around your finger and come to life with over 40 sounds and animations. Designed for children ages 5+, each sweet and silly Fingerling comes in many colors and creatures including the original Monkeys, the hilariously slower Sloths, and the whimsically magical Unicorns. The perfect companion to collect, Fingerlings’ key focus is bringing friendship and interaction at your fingertips.

WowWee was also recognized for its innovative creative construction kit Magnaflex™, which was named a finalist in the Creative TOTY category.

The Toy of the Year Awards, also known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, is the premier toy awards program that recognizes companies and products for their outstanding performance from the previous year. Winners are chosen through a combination of votes from retailers, journalists, consumers, and members of the Toy Association.

WowWee will be showcasing the newest members of the ever-growing Fingerlings family, as well as the much anticipated licensing and entertainment expansion at the New York Toy Fair.

To learn more about the Fingerlings™ visit: https://www.fingerlings.com/.

ABOUT WOWWEE
WowWee is a 30 year global innovator and industry leader in developing, marketing, and distributing hi-tech consumer robotic, toy, and entertainment products. Since its launch in 1998, WowWee has revolutionized the way consumers interact with robotics – fusing technology and imagination to deliver award-winning toys and gadgets such as Robosapien™ and MiP™, the Toy Association’s Innovative Toy of the Year (TOTY) in 2015. WowWee’s most recent innovation, Fingerlings™ – the first-ever line of animatronic collectible toys – instantly skyrocketed in popularity and topped retail best-selling lists around the world. A full range of new product lines and a robust licensing and entertainment program is planned for 2018 and beyond. With offices in Montreal, San Diego and Hong Kong, WowWee continues to innovate across the toy and entertainment categories. Please visit http://www.wowwee.com/.

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RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report Uncovers Cloud Adoption Trends

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RightScale® Inc., a demonstrated leader in enterprise universal cloud management, today announced the results of the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Survey. In its seventh year, the RightScale State of the Cloud Survey includes 997 technology professionals at large and small enterprises across a broad cross-section of industries.

The survey results are available in the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report, which can be downloaded at www.rightscale.com/2018-cloud-report.

“The RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Survey showed that enterprise cloud spending will grow rapidly over the next year, and yet 35 percent of cloud spend is wasted. As a result, optimizing clouds costs is the top initiative for cloud users in 2018,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. “Multi-cloud continues to be the preferred strategy for enterprises, with companies reporting that they use nearly five different clouds on average. With this multi-cloud approach, Azure is now nipping at AWS’ heels and, in fact, is in a dead heat with AWS among enterprises that are just beginning their cloud adoption.”

Key highlights from the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report include:

  • Average enterprise cloud spending increases: For enterprises (companies with more than 1,000 employees), 26 percent say they spend more than $6 million a year in the public cloud. Another 26 percent say they spend between $1.2 million and $6 million a year.
  • Enterprises plan to grow public cloud spend: 20 percent of enterprises (companies with more than 1,000 employees) plan to more than double public cloud spend. An additional 17 percent plan to increase cloud spend 50 to 100 percent. Overall, 71 percent of enterprises will grow public cloud spend more than 20 percent.
  • Optimizing cloud costs is top initiative: Optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative again for the second year in a row for all cloud users (58 percent), which is an increase over 2017 (53 percent).
  • Cloud users leverage multiple clouds: Respondents are already running applications in 3.1 clouds and experimenting with 1.7 more for a total of 4.8 clouds used.
  • Enterprises create cloud “centers of excellence” to focus on cloud governance: 57 percent of enterprises already have a central cloud team or center of excellence with another 24 percent planning one. These central teams are focusing on planning which applications to move to cloud (69 percent), optimizing costs (64 percent), and setting cloud policies (60 percent).
  • Cloud architects are on the rise: We see a continued increase in cloud architects (and a slight decline in the number of IT architects). In 2018, 61 percent of architects say they are cloud architects, an increase from 56 percent in 2017. The percentage of architects identifying as IT architects has decreased to 31 percent in 2018 from 35 percent in 2017.
  • Top cloud challenges in 2018 are security and spend: Security is a challenge for 77 percent of respondents, with 29 percent seeing it as a significant challenge. Managing cloud spend is a challenge for 76 percent of respondents, while a smaller 21 percent see it as a significant challenge. Security is the largest issue among cloud beginners, while cost becomes a bigger challenge for intermediate and advanced users.
  • Public cloud adoption is up: Adoption of public cloud grew for all cloud providers. Across all users, AWS increased adoption from 57 percent in 2017 to 64 percent in 2018; Azure increased from 34 to 45 percent; Google Cloud increased from 15 to 18 percent; IBM Cloud increased from 8 to 10 percent; VMware Cloud on AWS came right out of the gate strongly with 8 percent adoption; Oracle Cloud increased from 3 to 6 percent; and Alibaba Cloud showed 2 percent adoption in its first year being included in the survey.
  • Azure closes ground on AWS, especially in the enterprise: Among enterprises, Azure grew enterprise adoption strongly to 58 percent, gaining ground on AWS at 68 percent. Among enterprises just beginning their cloud journey, Azure is used by 49 percent while AWS is at 47 percent. Azure also saw strong growth in the footprint of virtual machines used by its customers: 44 percent of Azure users have more than 50 VMs (up from 32 percent in 2017), while 59 percent of AWS users have more than 50 VMs (up from 51 percent in 2017).
  • Extended public cloud services grow (IoT, machine learning, container-as-a-service, and more): We look at the percentages of companies using extended cloud services such as relational database-as-a-service (DBaaS) (44 percent), container-as-a-service (19 percent), NoSQL DBaaS (28 percent), machine learning (12 percent), IoT Services (6 percent), and many more. The fastest-growing cloud services year over year are serverless (up 75 percent), container-as-a-service (up 36 percent), and SQL DBaaS (up 26 percent).
  • Private cloud adoption grows across the board: Overall, VMware vSphere continues to lead with 50 percent adoption, up significantly from last year (42 percent). OpenStack (24 percent), VMware vCloud Director (24 percent), Microsoft System Center (23 percent), and bare metal (22 percent) were all neck and neck.
  • Docker, Kubernetes, and cloud container services all grow: Overall Docker adoption increased to 49 percent from 35 percent last year (a growth rate of 40 percent). Kubernetes grew even faster, almost doubling to reach 27 percent adoption. AWS’ container service reached 44 percent adoption (a growth rate of 26 percent from 2017), while Azure’s reached 20 percent and Google’s reached 14 percent.
  • Ansible is shaking up configuration tools: Among all respondents, Ansible grew the fastest and is now tied with and Chef at 36 percent adoption each, followed by Puppet at 34 percent adoption and Terraform at 20 percent. Among enterprises, however, Chef (48 percent) and Puppet (47 percent) are in a virtual tie, while Ansible leads among smaller organizations.

The RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report can be downloaded at www.rightscale.com/2018-cloud-report.

Survey Methodology

RightScale conducted its annual State of the Cloud Survey in January 2018. The survey questioned technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of cloud computing. The 997 respondents range from technical executives to managers and practitioners and represent organizations of varying sizes across many industries. Their answers provide a comprehensive perspective on the state of the cloud today. The margin of error is 3.08 percent.

About RightScale

RightScale enables leading enterprises to accelerate delivery of cloud-based applications that engage customers and drive top-line revenue while optimizing cloud usage to reduce risk and costs. RightScale Optima is a collaborative cloud cost management and optimization solution that enables organizations to take automated action to reduce cloud spend across the enterprise. The RightScale Cloud Management Platform is a comprehensive solution that enables IT organizations to deliver instant access to a portfolio of public, private, and hybrid cloud services across business units and development teams while maintaining enterprise control. RightScale was named the top solution in Modern Infrastructure’s 2017 Private/Hybrid Cloud Management category, a “100 Best Places to Work in 2015” by Outside Magazine and was listed in “The Best Enterprise Cloud Computing Startups to Work For in 2015” by Forbes.

Contact:
Bret Clement
pr@rightscale.com

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Sensata Technologies to Present at Barclays Industrial Select Conference

HENGELO, The Netherlands, Feb. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST) today announced that Paul Vasington, Executive Vice President and CFO, will present at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference to be held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Wednesday, February 21st  at 11:30 a.m. ET.

A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at: http://investors.sensata.com.

About Sensata Technologies

Sensata Technologies is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions with operations and business centers in 12 countries. Sensata’s products improve safety, efficiency and comfort for millions of people every day in automotive, appliance, aircraft, industrial, military, heavy vehicle, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, data, telecommunications, recreational vehicle, and marine applications. For more information, please visit Sensata’s website at www.sensata.com.

Investor Contact:

Joshua Young
Vice President, Investor Relations
+1 (508) 236-2196
Joshua.Young@sensata.com

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