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IBM to Acquire Apptio Inc., Providing Actionable Financial and Operational Insights Across Enterprise IT

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$4.6 billion acquisition to advance IBM’s existing resource optimization, observability and application management offerings, maximize value for clients and drive significant synergies across several IBM growth areas

ARMONK, N.Y., June 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Vista Equity Partners to purchase Apptio Inc., a leader in financial and operational IT management and optimization (FinOps) software, for $4.6 billion. The acquisition of Apptio will accelerate the advancement of IBM’s IT automation capabilities and enable enterprise leaders to deliver enhanced business value across technology investments.

Organizations are digitally transforming their businesses faster than ever, causing IT environments to expand across public and private clouds, with multiple service providers. To manage this dramatic increase in complexity, clients are turning to Apptio’s solutions for integrated and simplified visibility into technology spend across hybrid and multi-cloud environments, labor and associated resources. Apptio, together with IBM’s IT automation software and it’s watsonx AI platform, will help businesses around the world manage and optimize enterprise IT spend and derive tangible financial value and operational improvement.

Apptio is an established, growing and profitable technology business management and FinOps leader, with over 1,500 clients, serving more than half of the Fortune 100. Industry recognized, Apptio partners and integrates with leading companies such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Oracle and SAP, consistent with IBM’s commitment to an open partner ecosystem.

Apptio empowers enterprise leaders to manage technology spend and direct investments to high-value cloud innovation and digital transformation. The company has three core offerings, all delivered as software as a service (SaaS) – ApptioOne, Apptio Cloudability, and Apptio Targetprocess:

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  • ApptioOne: Hybrid cloud spend management and optimization capabilities to analyze, optimize and plan IT spend and value. ApptioOne is used to establish repeatable and accurate planning and financial management processes, delivering actionable insights around cost and utilization, while benchmarking against industry peers for continuous optimization.
     
  • Apptio Cloudability: Public cloud spend management visibility and optimization capabilities, connecting multi-cloud and SaaS infrastructure with cloud financial management best practices to maximize the value of clients’ cloud strategy.
     
  • Apptio Targetprocess: Agile investment planning capabilities to align development resources to business outcomes, plan and track value delivery for projects or products.

“Technology is changing business at a rate and pace we’ve never seen before. To capitalize on these changes, it is essential to optimize investments which drive better business value, and Apptio does just that,” said Arvind Krishna, CEO and chairman, IBM. “Apptio’s offerings combined with IBM’s IT automation software and watsonx AI platform, gives clients the most comprehensive approach to optimize and manage all of their technology investments.”

Apptio and the performance optimization and observability capabilities of IBM’s IT automation software like Turbonomic, Instana and AIOps, will give clients a 360-degree technology business management platform, providing a “virtual command center” for spend management and optimization stretching across their entire technology landscape. In addition, Apptio will bring to IBM $450 billion of anonymized IT spend data, unlocking new insights for clients and partners.

The acquisition of Apptio is a continuation of IBM’s deep focus and investment in hybrid cloud and AI and is expected to drive significant synergies across several key growth areas for IBM, including automation, Red Hat, IBM’s broader AI portfolio, and IBM Consulting, as well as strong partnership with other leading systems integrators like Accenture, KPMG, Deloitte and EY. IBM will also deliver new innovation by augmenting watsonx with Apptio’s anonymized FinOps data. Additionally, Apptio is expected to benefit from IBM’s long-established scale and reach, working with clients and partners across more than 175 countries.

“Our customers are evolving to a complex digital-first, hybrid world where technology investments are distributed and decentralized but all innovation must be aligned with clear business outcomes,” explained Sunny Gupta, Apptio co-founder and CEO. “We are so excited to be joining IBM and combining our industry leading offerings with IBM’s global presence and strong portfolio across AIOps, automation and hybrid cloud offerings.”

“We are committed to building resilient enterprise software companies, which has proven to be highly attractive to strategic and financial buyers, as well as public markets,” said Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. “Our investment philosophy, value creation strategy, and industry expertise, enables us to identify and partner with companies that have the potential for long-term success. Apptio has transformed how leading organizations optimize their IT spend and performance for better outcomes. We are proud of these shared accomplishments and look forward to seeing Apptio further evolve with IBM.”

Apptio will be acquired with available cash on hand. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the latter half of 2023.

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About IBM

IBM is a leading provider of global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting expertise. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Thousands of government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and consulting deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service. Visit www.ibm.com for more information. 

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Tim Davidson, 914-844-7847
[email protected]

Sarah Meron, 347-891-1770
sarah.meron@ibm.com

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KuCoin Introduces Omnibus Account Structure to Enhance Liquidity for Brokerage Partners

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — July 23, 2024 – KuCoin, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to its Broker Program, designed to cater to liquidity-seeking partners. This upgraded program enables participants to leverage KuCoin’s superior liquidity and diverse asset offerings across both Spot and Futures markets. With this enhancement, participants can now benefit from KuCoin’s top-tier liquidity, high-revenue shares, unlimited sub-accounts, and independent deposit addresses, allowing for functional flexibility and maintaining their own client management powers.

“Our new brokerage infrastructure is suitable for multiple types of institutional partners, such as crypto exchanges, execution terminals, layer 2 aggregators, OTCs, and traditional financial service providers venturing into crypto,” said Anton Starchenko, Director of Institution Business Development of KuCoin. 

“This upgrade demonstrates our commitment to providing our partners with the tools they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving crypto market.”

By joining the KuCoin brokerage service, brokers gain access to one main broker account with unlimited sub-accounts. Each sub-account features an exclusive deposit address, serving as a wallet to separate funds and trades. Additionally, each sub-account undergoes independent risk checks. These ongoing risk and compliance measures bolster KuCoin’s commitment to protecting partner interests. Broker accounts are subject to separate fee structures, while the broker receives a combined commission based on the cumulative volume across all accounts.

As a leading platform in the cryptocurrency industry, KuCoin is dedicated to providing top-notch security and reliability. The platform employs state-of-the-art security measures, including advanced encryption protocols, multi-factor authentication, and real-time monitoring systems to ensure the safety of users’ assets. KuCoin’s unwavering focus on security and innovation has solidified its reputation as a trusted and forward-thinking exchange in the global crypto market.

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For more information about the KuCoin Broker Program and the new omnibus account structure, please visit KuCoin’s official website.

About KuCoin

Launched in September 2017, KuCoin is a leading cryptocurrency exchange with its operational headquarters in Seychelles. As a user-oriented platform with a focus on inclusiveness and community engagement. It offers over 900 digital assets across Spot trading, Margin trading, P2P Fiat trading, Futures trading, and Staking to its 34 million users in more than 200 countries and regions. KuCoin ranks as one of the top 6 crypto exchanges. KuCoin was acclaimed as “One of the Best Crypto Apps & Exchanges of June 2024” by Forbes Advisor and has been included as one of the top 50 companies in the “2024 Hurun Global Unicorn List”. Learn more at https://www.kucoin.com/ .

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Bybit Launches Block Merchant Program, Offering Up to 3,000 USDT in Rewards

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DUBAI, UAE, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, the world’s second-largest web3 platform by trading volume, announced the launch of its Block Merchant program, designed to empower users to maximize their earnings while buying or selling cryptocurrencies. Through this exciting initiative, Bybit aims to recognize and reward the valuable contributions of its P2P users.

By becoming a Bybit Block Merchant, users can unlock a range of exclusive benefits, including:

  • Lucrative USDT Merchant Rewards: Earn substantial rewards for buying or selling crypto.
  • Enhanced Visibility: Enjoy a prominent position on the platform with a special diamond label and higher priority than Bybit Verified Advertisers.
  • Increased Transaction Limits: Process larger transaction volumes with a single order limit raised to 200,000 USDT.
  • Priority Ad Ranking: Achieve top-tier visibility among advertisers under similar conditions.
  • Swift Appeal Resolution: Benefit from expedited customer service support for any issues.

Bybit is committed to providing its users with exceptional trading experiences and opportunities to thrive in the dynamic cryptocurrency market. The Block Merchant program reflects our commitment, offering users a chance to boost their income while contributing to the growth of the Bybit P2P ecosystem.

#Bybit / #TheCryptoArk

About Bybit

Bybit is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, serving over 33 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit provides a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

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Hata obtains full approval from the Securities Commission of Malaysia Launches 30% revenue sharing model on its USD crypto exchange

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  • Hata obtains full approval from the Securities Commission of Malaysia and launched its exchange
  • Support USD onramp and offramp
  • Rolled out affiliate programme, sharing 30% of its trading fee with users who refer others to trade on its Exchange
  • Zero trading fee across major pairs and opportunity to earn crypto airdrop

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Hata has officially secured full approval from the Securities Commission of Malaysia to launch its exchange. Having obtained full approval from the Labuan Financial Services Authority (a mid-shore jurisdiction in Malaysia) in June 2023, Hata is now the first and only dual-licensed exchange by both onshore and mid-shore regulators in Malaysia.

Filling the gap in Asia with USD onramp and offramp 

Hata operates a US Dollar cryptocurrency exchange, allowing users globally to deposit, trade and withdraw funds in US Dollars. Hata users can also swap US Dollars with USDT for free.

With the foreign exchange market in Asia Pacific recorded at $396 trillion annually[1], Hata aims to serve the large US Dollar foreign exchange market by providing traders and institutions a licensed platform to convert US Dollars into stablecoins to facilitate cross border payments and access cryptocurrency in the region.

“Institutions and high net worth individuals still rely heavily on US Dollars to settle cross border transactions in Asia. With institutional adoption into cryptocurrency on the rise, coupled with weakening local currencies in the region against US Dollar, we foresee users moving their monies into USD pegged stablecoins to conduct transactions.” says David Low, Chief Executive Officer of Hata.

Hata currently supports trading of more than 40 cryptocurrency pairs on its platform that are paired with USDT and US Dollar, with the goal of supporting more crypto products in the near future.

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30% Revenue Share on its Exchange

Hata (www.hata.io) has introduced an affiliate program. Any users who sign up on Hata can refer their family and friends to earn a reward. Hata provides a revenue share of 30% from the trading fees it earns to the affiliates who refer their network to trade on Hata’s exchange.

“This affiliate programme is designed to let users globally capitalise on their network to earn rewards. We hope that this provides an economic opportunity for our users to earn a side income with minimal effort,” says Darien Ng, Chief Revenue Officer of Hata.

Zero trading fees and free airdrop

To further incentivise early users, Hata has also rolled out zero fees for its major crypto pairs, including USD/USDT pair.

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Users who sign up from now until 31 October 2024 and trade on the exchange will be added to a waitlist. Users in the waitlist will have an opportunity to earn free airdrops in the near future.

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