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Accenture Ranked #1 in Google Artificial Intelligence Services, According to HFS Research

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been ranked number one in the HFS
Research Top Ten Report for Google AI Services 2019
, which assessed
and rated the Google artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities of
service providers across execution, innovation and client feedback
criteria.

The report highlights the Accenture
Google Cloud Business Group
as a key differentiator, demonstrating
that AI is a key strategic priority as well as a “powerful springboard
from which to drive a cohesive AI strategy and manage client demands for
Google technologies.”

“Accenture committed and invested in its relationship with Google early
on, which shows they have skin in the game in terms of making Google’s
technology relevant to enterprise clients,” said Reetika Fleming,
research director, HFS Research. “Accenture’s strong ability to scale in
the enterprise will help organizations realize the full potential of
Google AI.”

Of the 14 providers assessed, Accenture ranked number one across the
following categories: scale, delivery of value, focus on business
outcomes and process transformation, and enterprise client feedback.
Specific Accenture strengths highlighted in the report include:

  • Accenture Google Cloud Business Group. In 2018, Accenture and
    Google deepened their longstanding alliance and established a joint
    Accenture Google Cloud Business Group, a central hub that unifies the
    strengths and resources of both alliance partners to coordinate joint
    AI innovation, with a focus on optimizing AI offerings for a cloud
    environment.
  • Accenture and Google’s joint mission to solve for scalability in AI
    deployments.
    Accenture and Google are committed to democratize and
    scale for their clients, having a “starting small but thinking big”
    philosophy. Accenture and Google also place strong emphasis on the
    solutions they co-develop being “highly industry relevant.” This
    specificity helps ensure the solutions are scalable by adapting them
    to each sector.
  • Reshaping Google technologies for B2B use cases. Accenture is
    adept at leveraging Google’s technical strengths around AI, data, and
    analytics in the consumer/retail domain and using its own client
    domain knowledge and consulting pedigree to help make these
    capabilities suited to enterprise, B2B environments. Accenture’s
    clients are further supported in their adoption of Google technologies
    by Accenture’s Intelligent Enterprises and Applied Intelligence
    framework.

“Accenture continues to invest in the skills and capabilities to help
our enterprise clients apply new technologies that accelerate innovation
to help achieve business outcomes. Our strong Google AI capabilities are
a great example of this commitment,” said Brian Mckillips, managing
director, Accenture Google Cloud Business Group. “Being ranked as the
number one Google AI services provider demonstrates our ability to help
our clients across industries embrace and scale Google AI
technologies. It’s a tremendous recognition of our deep technology and
industry experience.”

Dr. Athina Kanioura, chief analytics officer and global lead for Accenture
Applied Intelligence
, added, ”Accenture’s industry and data science
knowledge, and Google Cloud’s AI and ML capabilities make for a
compelling combination. We’re already using it to help power a number of
outcome-driven enterprise solutions— from multi-channel customer
interactions and improved data management, to hyper-personalization in
marketing, sales and services.”

Accenture has more than 2,600 Google Cloud practitioners and has
delivered more than 21,000 cloud transformations in nearly every
industry. The company has been innovating in cloud and AI technology for
more than a decade and holds more than 650 granted patents and pending
applications across its global AI portfolio, and more than 300 granted
patents and pending applications across its global cloud portfolio.

For more information on the Accenture Google Cloud Business Group, visit https://www.accenture.com/us-en/service-accenture-google-business-group.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a
broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital,
technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and
specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business
functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network —
Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help
clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their
stakeholders. With 477,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world
works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Contacts

Hannah Unkefer
Accenture
+1 206 839 2172
hannah.m.unkefer@accenture.com

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John Warren Sells Stake in Lima One Capital

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GREENVILLE, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–John Warren, founder and chairman of Greenville-based Lima One Capital, has sold his majority ownership stake in the company to current minority partners. Warren founded Lima One in 2011 and has grown the company to more than 300 full and part-time employees around the country.

Under Warren’s leadership at Lima One, the company doubled in growth for four straight years and grew its headquarters in Greenville to more than 160 full-time employees.

“It has been a true honor to lead Lima One Capital. This company is filled with incredible men and women who work hard every day to serve our customers. While it is bittersweet to leave the company, I am proud of everything we have accomplished from right here in Greenville. Lima One has a very bright future ahead of it,” Warren said.

Lima One Capital’s headquarters and leadership team will remain in Greenville. All current jobs located in Greenville will remain in the city.

“Lima One has been a critical part of Greenville’s success over the past ten years. When leaders like John choose to build their headquarters right here in Greenville, it shows other business leaders the benefits of locating their companies in the Upstate,” said Knox White, mayor of Greenville.

Lima One’s CEO Jeff Tennyson, who joined the company in 2018 when Warren ran for governor of South Carolina, said, “While we will miss John day-to-day and the meaningful impact he has had on Lima One’s success, our management team remains fully in place, and we’re well positioned to continue our growth and success. The FixNFlip and rental investor markets continue to expand, and with our innovative products, strong customer experience and great people here in Greenville, Lima One has a terrific future ahead as a national lender.”

In 2014, Lima One was recognized as the Fastest Growing Company in South Carolina and was named as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina in 2016. Lima One has raised billions of dollars from institutional investors and is on pace to originate $1.25 billion in 2019.

“It is hard to overstate the positive impact Lima One has had on Greenville and the Upstate. Over the past ten years, Lima One has brought high-quality, high-paying jobs to the city and improved our entire city’s quality of life,” said John Uprichard, founder and CEO of Find Great People, an executive search firm and staffing company based in Greenville. “Lima One and John Warren have been great for our city and our region.”

For the opportunity to interview John Warren, contact Jeff Dezen at jeffd@jdpr.com or phone 864.233.3776, ext. 11.

About John Warren

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, John Warren is a successful entrepreneur, businessman, and community leader. Warren is the founder and former chairman and CEO of Lima One Capital, a specialty mortgage finance company that is one of the largest lenders for residential real estate investors and homebuilders in the country. Prior to founding Lima One, Warren served in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer and deployed twice. Warren and his wife Courtney live with their three children in Greenville. Full biography attached.

About Lima One

Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Lima One Capital is a specialty mortgage finance company, founded by Marines, that specializes in providing customized real estate loans to real estate investors across the nation. Lima One’s core loan products are Rental30, a 30-year, fixed-rate, fully-amortizing loan for purchasing or refinancing residential rental properties; FixNFlip, a 13-month bridge loan for investors who are buying, renovating, and selling properties; and a Multifamily bridge program for the purchase or refinance of 5+ unit multifamily properties. For more information, visit limaone.com or contact Robert Neely, Director of Marketing, at 864-248-6066.

JOHN WARREN BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, John Warren is a successful entrepreneur, businessman, and community leader. Warren is the founder and former chairman and CEO of Lima One Capital, a specialty mortgage finance company that is one of the largest lenders for residential real estate investors and homebuilders in the country. Lima One has been recognized as the Fastest Growing Company, one of the Best Places to Work, and the Most Ethical Company in South Carolina. While at Lima One, Warren was also a principal in the largest bulk sale of single-family homes in the country, selling over 1,400 rental properties in Atlanta to Blackstone Group LP (BX) for more than $100M.

Prior to founding Lima One, John served four years on active duty as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. In March of 2006, he deployed with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines to Ramadi, Iraq where he spent seven months conducting combat operations against insurgent forces. While deployed, he was decorated for “valor” and “heroic achievement” as he “led a counter attack against insurgents attacking Observation Post Virginia.” In total, he led over 300 combat missions and left the Marine Corps with the rank of captain. He speaks regularly on foreign policy, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

In 2018, Warren ran for governor of South Carolina, reaching the runoff in the Republican primary. He ran a positive, solutions-oriented campaign that focused on limited government, reforming broken government systems, and empowering taxpayers.

Warren graduated from Washington and Lee University and later earned a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Warren’s civic involvement includes active membership in Young President’s Organization (YPO). He lives in Greenville with his wife Courtney and three children and is a member of Downtown Presbyterian Church.

Contacts

Jeff Dezen
jeffd@jdpr.com
864.233.3776, ext. 11

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AM Best’s Zurich Market Briefing to Focus on State of Global Reinsurance Industry

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best will host a Reinsurance Market Briefing on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, at the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CEST).

The event will provide a platform for leading AM Best rating analysts to discuss the global reinsurance sector, as well as offer opinions on the drivers of future rating movements among reinsurers. The analysts also will explore the top issues primary companies in Switzerland and across Europe are facing that could have an impact on the reinsurance market. Nick Charteris-Black, managing director, market development – EMEA, Carlos Wong-Fupuy, senior director, and Catherine Thomas, senior director, analytics, will offer their insights at the event. Question and answer sessions are planned, and lunch will be provided. The briefing also will serve as a networking opportunity for attendees.

For more information, and to register for the complimentary event, please visit http://www.ambest.com/events/rmbzurich2019/index.html.

AM Best publishes ratings on thousands of insurers and reinsurers in more than 90 countries worldwide. More information about Best’s Credit Ratings and the rating process can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings. AM Best also recently published its special report on the global reinsurance sector. To access a copy of this special report, please visit: http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=289149.

AM Best is a trusted source of insurance market insight and data, and the only global credit rating agency with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Best’s Credit Ratings are a recognized indicator of insurer financial strength and creditworthiness. Visit www.ambest.com for more information.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. and/or its affiliates.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Contacts

Edem Kuenyehia
Director, Market Development
& Communications
+44 20 7397 0280
edem.kuenyehia@ambest.com

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Federman & Sherwood Announces Filing of Securities Class Action Lawsuit Against ViewRay, Inc.

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OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ClassAction–Federman & Sherwood announces that on September 13, 2019, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against ViewRay, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRAY). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a series of material or false misrepresentations to the market which had the effect of artificially inflating the market price during the Class Period, which is March 15, 2019 through August 8, 2019.

To learn how to participate in this action, please visit https://www.federmanlaw.com/blog/federman-sherwood-announces-the-filing-of-a-securities-class-action-lawsuit-against-viewray-inc/

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all ViewRay, Inc. shareholders who purchased common stock during the Class Period and are therefore a member of the Class as described above. You may move the Court no later than Tuesday, November 12, 2019 to serve as a lead plaintiff for the entire Class. However, in order to do so, you must meet certain legal requirements pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

If you wish to discuss this action, obtain further information and participate in this or any other securities litigation, or should you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice or preservation of your rights, please contact:

Robin Hester

FEDERMAN & SHERWOOD

10205 North Pennsylvania Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Email to: rkh@federmanlaw.com
Or, visit the firm’s website at www.federmanlaw.com

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Robin Hester

rkh@federmanlaw.com

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