Girl Scouts of the USA Moves Commerce to the Cloud With NetSuite
World's Largest Organization for Girls Replaces On-Premise Applications with NetSuite SuiteCommerce to Drive Ecommerce Sales and Eliminate Inefficiency
SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NetSuite SuiteWorld 2012 -- NetSuite Inc., (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced that Girl Scouts of the USA, the largest organization for girls in the world, is launching a new nationwide Ecommerce website expected to drive large gains in merchandise sales and brand awareness atop NetSuite SuiteCommerce, a new commerce-aware platform that provides a central system to manage all transactions with consumers and other businesses regardless of the touchpoint used, from websites to smartphones, tablets, social media and point of sale.
Girl Scouts, founded in 1912 and headquartered in New York City with 2.3 million girl members, 900,000 adult volunteers and nearly 59 million alumnae, selected NetSuite to replace their current ERP, warehouse management and Ecommerce software. The new NetSuite-based solution will be made available to 65 Girl Scout councils who currently maintain on-line shops with the objective of reducing council costs while enhancing the customer experience and increasing brand awareness. Additionally, about 47 councils without an Ecommerce storefront will have one for the first time when the NetSuite-based system is fully implemented. With about 2,500 merchandise SKUs, from uniforms and program resources to collectibles and badges, Girl Scouts has made NetSuite Ecommerce central to its strategy to grow its online business while delivering a cohesive Web experience for all customers.
NetSuite's SuiteCommerce platform is at the heart of NetSuite Commerce as a Service (CaaS), and enables businesses to manage interactions with other businesses and directly with consumers via a cloud platform that delivers an enhanced customer experience, through any touchpoint, directly on the core NetSuite ERP/CRM business management application. This technology transcends the limitations and complexity of first-generation Ecommerce systems to deliver new efficiencies for merchants and a superior experience for customers.
The new Girl Scouts solution will provide a unified Ecommerce and brand presence under a single domain name, http://www.girlscoutshop.com, with unique customized pages for each of the 112 Girl Scout councils. "We see a huge opportunity to both enhance business at the council level and reduce expenses. The more retail business the councils do, the more wholesale business we do at the national level," said Barry Horowitz, Vice President and General Manager, Girl Scouts Merchandise. "It's a win-win."
After a rigorous evaluation process, Girl Scouts selected NetSuite over competing solutions because of its full integration across Ecommerce, inventory, warehousing, order management, marketing and analytics, providing Girl Scouts with a central solution for complete order management. As a cloud system, NetSuite enables Girl Scouts to avoid high capital costs for hardware and software and ongoing maintenance expenses, while having scalability on demand as the business grows.
"The biggest draw of NetSuite is that it's fully integrated, from the storefront to the back office -- we were definitely in the market for an all-encompassing solution," Horowitz said. "We can eliminate the unproductive manual work of gathering and reporting on data across disconnected systems and take advantage of one centralized and uniform data set and targeted marketing and promotions on a national level."
Another appeal of NetSuite SuiteCommerce is the power and flexibility of the platform, which allows the design and implementation of its new Ecommerce site to be in three flavors -- B2C, B2B (for merchandise sales from headquarters to councils and other wholesale customers) and mobile. A new transaction-capable mobile app takes advantage of NetSuite's native support for smartphones and tablets to enable on-the-go browsing and purchasing. Leveraging the powerful customization capabilities, the new site will detect a visitor's IP address and direct them to the customized council pages in their geographic area.
About NetSuite SuiteCommerce
NetSuite SuiteCommerce is at the heart of NetSuite Commerce as a Service (CaaS), which enables businesses to manage their interactions with consumers via a cloud platform and delivers any desired customer experience, on any current or future device, directly on the core NetSuite ERP/CRM business management application. For more information about NetSuite SuiteCommerce, please visit http://www.NetSuite.com/suitecommerce.
About Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the largest organization for girls in the world. Its mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the United States Congress on March 16, 1950. Girl Scouts has 112 chartered councils nationwide that provide direct services to girls and the volunteers who work with them, and to the communities they serve.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to expectations, plans, and prospects including expectations relating to the implementation of the NetSuite SuiteCommerce platform as the new ecommerce solution for the Girls Scouts of the USA. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of both companies' management teams as of the date of this release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include, without limitation, that the partnership is less successful than currently anticipated, delays encountered during implementation including the expected product release date, unexpected disruptions of service that could occur at a NetSuite data center which could negatively impact their operations and revenues, and material defects or errors in the software or undetected computer viruses that could arise and impact operations. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and NetSuite disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
At-Home Chefs Compete to be Crowned Nation's Best Veggie Cook
Allens' Third Annual Feast Your Veggies On This Promotes Eat All Your Veggies Day
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Allens, Inc., one of the largest privately held vegetable companies in the nation, announces its third annual nationwide recipe contest, Feast Your Veggies On This. The contest is calling for recipe submissions beginning May 15th through June 17th in celebration of Eat All Your Veggies Day, and the top winners will be announced on June 25th. Allens is bringing Feast Your Veggies On This back in a continued effort to promote healthy eating habits, and to honor 2012's new wave of the nation's best veggie cooks.
Allens Feast Your Veggies On This continues to focus on health benefits, calling for recipe entries in the following categories: Gluten Free, Low Sodium and Kosher. Additionally, the Gluten Free category comes with added excitement, asking consumers to utilize Allens and Wholly Guacamole ® gluten free guacamole or salsas in recipes. Wholly Guacamole is sponsoring the Gluten Free category with Allens as both are passionate brands that love to help consumers find new, healthy, flavorful solutions to mealtime challenges.
"We love the gluten free message that Allens is supporting through this recipe contest," says Tracey Altman, Vice President of Marketing for Wholly Guacamole. "This creates a mealtime challenge for thousands of families and both products can be part of the solution!"
New and returning contestants can show Allens just how fun and creative they get in the kitchen with their most innovative, flavorful and visually appealing creations! The first place winner will win a one-year supply of Allens vegetables and one year supply of Wholly Guacamole. Second place will win a six-month supply of Allens vegetables and third place will win a three-month supply.
"There's nothing better to our family than swapping recipes," shares Rick Allen, President of Allens, Inc. "After all of these generations, we still love to hear how people are using vegetables. Sharing food in any way is as Southern as it gets."
To enter the contest, individuals can fill out an entry form on Allens.com or at the Feast Your Veggies On This tab at Facebook.com/AllensVeggies. For more contest information, visit Allens.com.
About Allens, Inc.
Allens Inc. a national leader in canned and frozen vegetables since 1926, is family-owned and operated in Siloam Springs, AR. Every Allens vegetable is proudly grown and packed in North America. Allens vegetables are sold nationally and internationally with 11 manufacturing plants throughout the U.S. in Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, New York and Wisconsin.
About Wholly Guacamole
Wholly Guacamole is America's number one refrigerated guacamole. Available nationwide, Wholly Guacamole is an all-natural, no additives or preservatives, gluten-free product in the produce section. Fresherized Foods, owner of the brands Wholly Guacamole, and Wholly Salsa, is the the largest manufacturer of pre-prepared, fresh guacamole for both retail and foodservice in the country. For more information, visit http://www.eatwholly.com.
Jeremiah Weed® Partners With ZZ Top, Giving Fans a Sneak Peek at the Legendary Rock Trio's First Single in Nine Years
The Multi-Faceted Creative Campaign Kicks-Off This Week and Includes an Exclusive Music Video, Social Media, and Local Market Activations Supporting the Band's Recently Announced Gang of Outlaws Tour
WEED, Ky., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ZZ Top fans won't have to wait for the band's long-awaited new album release to hear the Texas trio's first new single in nine years. Jeremiah Weed Premium Flavored Malt Beverages and the multi-platinum legendary rock band ZZ Top have partnered for a unique creative campaign, which launched this week and includes a short music video featuring the band's first new track in nearly a decade, "I Got To Get Paid," produced by Rick Rubin. The video, which can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/jeremiahweed, is the only place fans can hear this yet-to-be-released song.
"Southern roots and a rock 'n roll persona are just some of the common attributes that ZZ Top and the Jeremiah Weed brand share, making this partnership a no-brainer," said Heather Boyd, of Jeremiah Weed. "Jeremiah Weed is looking forward to rocking responsibly with ZZ Top throughout the summer and beyond."
"We had fun making the 'I Got To Get Paid' video and have determined while playing inside a walk-in cooler that we share quite a few fans in common with Jeremiah Weed," said Billy F. Gibbons, ZZ Top's iconic front man and certified guitar god. "If you're of age, why not pick up some cans of Jeremiah Weed and check out the video on the Jeremiah Weed YouTube channel? It's gonna be a good time."
Jeremiah Weed and ZZ Top, who is nearing completion on its first studio album since 2003, saw a unique opportunity to join forces to co-promote the product and the track. The campaign leverages the vibrant social media communities of both ZZ Top and Jeremiah Weed to generate fan awareness and will reward engaged fans of legal drinking age with gear giveaways on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites throughout the summer. Additionally, Jeremiah Weed will launch a grassroots campaign in support of ZZ Top's Gang of Outlaws Tour this summer through local market activations.
Sure to be one of this season's hottest packages, the tour brings three leaders of their respective genres together for six weeks of performances this May and June. Joining the legendary ZZ Top are 3 Doors Down and, on most of the dates, Gretchen Wilson. The tour will kick-off May 25 in Manchester, NH.
The campaign was created by CAA Marketing, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), in partnership ZZ Top and Diageo, the industry leader in social responsibility advocacy and owners of Jeremiah Weed.
Jeremiah Weed reminds you to rock, and drink, responsibly.
ABOUT JEREMIAH WEED
Jeremiah Weed Blended Bourbon Whiskey is a 90 proof bourbon whiskey brought to the public by Mr. Jeremiah Weed, the original Southern gentleman. Born of a long Southern and Kentucky distilling tradition, Jeremiah Weed utilizes only the highest quality ingredients for a taste we think you'll find second to none. You can learn more about Jeremiah Weed Blended Bourbon Whiskey, Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea, Jeremiah Weed Cherry Mash Flavored Blended Bourbon Whiskey, Jeremiah Weed Country Peach Sweet Tea, Jeremiah Weed Bourbon Liqueur and "The Legend" Mr. Jeremiah Weed himself at http://www.jeremiahweed.com or http://www.facebook.com/jeremiahweed. Mr. Weed reminds you to please drink responsibly.
Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business and industry leader in promoting responsible drinking, with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines. Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com.
Celebrating life, every day, everywhere, responsibly.
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A New King In Content: Examiner.com Launches Content Marketing Solution OnTopic
Content solution delivers consumer-based media, elevating online presence for brands and publishers
DENVER, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Examiner.com, the leading online publisher featuring expertise from more than 85,000 contributors, has launched OnTopic, a comprehensive service that provides topic and location specific content at scale for publishers, agencies and brand marketers.
By leveraging Examiner.com's pool of vetted subject-matter experts, OnTopic provides a turn-key solution for clients seeking authentic and relevant content to elevate brand visibility, awareness and increase user engagement online. OnTopic individually matches each content request with a qualified contributor that has proven experience in the clients' vertical to deliver consumer-based media across a variety of categories and locations.
"Our storytellers are the difference," said Ashish Kapur, COO of Examiner.com. "OnTopic contributors are the best of the talented and proven base of writers already on Examiner.com. These people are not just freelancers--they're knowledgeable authorities in their respective areas. Many are recognized as thought leaders within their communities, and this connection to the topic and location translates to compelling and desirable content."
Among its current clients, OnTopic is already providing content for CBS Local Digital Media--a network of websites and mobile applications--with entertainment and lifestyle pieces being published on CBS's locally targeted properties in more than 24 major markets nationwide. OnTopic also delivers local expertise with original how-to articles and expert interviews to Care.com, an online resource offering home & lifestyle tips and helps families connect with quality local caregivers for children, petsadults and seniors.
"Audiences online have become highly fragmented and consumers are increasingly seeking content that addresses personal interests and local perspectives," said Kapur. "Companies are looking for ways to create personal relationships through relevant information. OnTopic and the vast network behind it is a cost-effective way to meet this need for today's content-driven web."
More information can be found examiner.com/OnTopic
Examiner.com is an enterprise-quality publishing and community platform where independent, self-motivated contributors write on topics that matter to them and then share that content at scale for audiences around the world. A leading content provider with more than 19 million unique monthly visitors, Examiner.com offers high-quality, relevant content from more than 85,000 contributors. The Examiner.com team and review board curate a rich content library of 3 million articles, with 2,300 original pieces of content added daily. Examiner.com is a division of the Clarity Digital Group, LLC, wholly owned by The Anschutz Company, one of the largest sports and entertainment companies in the world.
HOD HASHARON, Israel, May 15, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALLT), a leading provider of service optimization
and revenue generation solutions for fixed and mobile data networks worldwide, today
announced that it has closed the previously announced purchase agreement for Ortiva
Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALLT) is a leading provider of intelligent data
traffic optimization and monetization solutions for fixed and mobile broadband operators
and large enterprises worldwide. Allot's scalable, carrier-grade solutions provide the
visibility, topology awareness, security, application control and subscriber management
that are vital to managing fixed and mobile data, enhancing user experience, containing
operating costs, and enabling service providers to generate revenues from their broadband
networks. Allot's rich portfolio of solutions leverages dynamic actionable recognition
technology (DART) to transform broadband pipes into smart networks that can rapidly and
efficiently deploy value added Internet services. For more information, please visit http://www.allot.com.
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Cengage Learning and Foliotek Partner to Deliver an Online Portfolio Solution to Higher Education Instructors and Students
Partnership will allow for bundling of the Foliotek portfolio solution for Cengage Learning customers at a discount
STAMFORD, Conn. and COLUMBIA, Mo., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Foliotek, an electronic portfolio management system developer, to deliver an online portfolio solution to higher education customers.
The new partnership will provide users of Cengage Learning products access to a bundled Foliotek portfolio solution for use with class materials in their courses. Through the agreement, Instructors will receive automatic access to moderator and community creation capabilities with simplified enrollment. With the bundled solutions, instructors can package Foliotek e-portfolio resources with their Cengage Learning course materials for streamlined and secure access to documents, and students can organize files in an easy to manage online repository. In addition, faculty will be able to easily create and moderate portfolio-based "Communities," free of charge, and bundle passkeys for students to enroll in those communities at a discounted rate.
"Our partnership with Foliotek further demonstrates our commitment to improving the customer experience, and as a result, faculty and students will have easy access to leading portfolio solutions," said Curtiss Barnes, Vice President, Corporate Development, Cengage Learning. "In working together, we can deliver a full solution of quality course materials and portfolio management systems for our customers."
"We are pleased to team up with Cengage Learning as a MindShare Alliance Partner and look forward to working together to make portfolio solutions more accessible to higher education customers," said Chris Miller, President, Foliotek. "Our partnership will enable us to provide a greatly improved teaching and learning experience for higher education instructors and students."
This relationship between Cengage Learning and Foliotek brings anticipated benefits to students and instructors across a range of disciplines:
-- Today's career-minded Criminal Justice student now has the ability to
create a personalized, online repository of his/her work. This online
portfolio enables students to showcase their work product - writing
assignments, case analyses, completed forms, etc. - for prospective
employers in the most tangible way.
-- Education students can upload lesson plans, activities, links to video
of their student teaching, and more to gather peer-to-peer and
instructor feedback, or create a professional showcase of their work to
show to prospective employers.
-- For students in College Success or Career Planning courses, Foliotek
provides the ability to create a personalized, online repository of work
demonstrating their progress in class or marketable skills for the job
search process. The Foliotek system also enables collaboration between
instructors and students, as well as peer-to-peer, allowing for feedback
and support to help students with their ongoing development.
Foliotek is a member of the Cengage Learning MindShare Alliance Partner program. For more information about Foliotek, please visit http://www.foliotek.com. For more information about Cengage Learning, please visit http://www.cengage.com or http://www.cengage.com/mindshare.
About Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company's products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company's unique position within both the library and academic markets, Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Cengage Learning's brands include Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Stamford, CT. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit http://www.cengage.com.
We believe each person is created with a unique set of abilities and passions, but many never fully understand or develop these gifts. If discovered, this insight leads to significant personal growth and perceptive career decisions. Foliotek Presentation allows students to demonstrate their progress to peers and mentors as they become self-aware of their own strengths. They are prepared to live life with greater focus and meaning. We are committed to supporting students and educators in the professional development/education process. Our software products and services have been designed to assist educators in creating authentic learning environments, where students are intrinsically motivated to grow personally and professionally. Foliotek's product line includes: Foliotek Assessment, Foliotek Presentation, and Foliotek Institutional Portfolios. Foliotek is headquartered in Columbia, MO. For additional information please visit http://www.foliotek.com.
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Friends + Concerts + Rewards: Your Summer Just Got More Social!
LIVE NATION CONCERT CALENDAR FACEBOOK® APP RELEASED
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) has released the Live Nation Concert Calendar Facebook® app -- the most robust personalized concert calendar app for fans. The Concert Calendar combines official concert listings, gaming features, music related badges, a point system, leaderboard and a loyalty/rewards platform. Fans are able to earn real-world rewards like Concert Cash® which can be used towards thousands of Live Nation items, from concert tickets to band T-shirts to signed merchandise and more.
"Enjoying a concert is one of the most social activities and we think discovering and planning for them should be too," said Jackie Wilgar, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Live Nation Entertainment. "The Concert Calendar takes advantage of the innovation in social technology to help make fans aware of what shows are happening, enable them to discover what their friends are doing, make plans and share their favorite shows all within Facebook."
Fans are able to make plans directly with friends around shows of interest through Facebook by clicking on a show to RSVP, buy tickets, invite friends, or visit Ticketmaster to see where your friends are sitting. Fans will earn music related badges and points for activity within the calendar including daily visits, trivia, recruiting friends to shows and more.
Show recommendations are based on users' Facebook "Likes," "RSVPs," actions fans take inside the calendar, affinity artists, plus artists they're listening to on Spotify and other services through Facebook's listening API (application programming interface). Official listings are pulled from all music and comedy shows ticketed through Ticketmaster and partner sites. The more you use the app, the more it learns to personalize your calendar according to your activity. Fans are also able to add shows and events through an easy to use "add your event" button directly within the app's easy-to-use interface.
About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world's top five ecommerce sites, with almost 27 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Front Line is the world's top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit http://www.livenation.com/investors.
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MIAMI, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Times are hard. Prices for food, gas and fun keep rising, yet our incomes can't keep up. A new website, Living on the Cheap, says you don't have to count squares of toilet paper or sacrifice cappuccinos to make ends meet.
Run by 22 veteran consumer journalists, Living on the Cheap is packed with practical advice on everything from using coupons for healthy food to saving money on car repairs. Its savvy reporting helps you navigate the many restaurant and retail loyalty programs or decide whether a bargain cruise is really a bargain.
Here are five tips for stretching your dollar:
1. The most valuable card in your wallet is your library card. Libraries offer workshops, entertainment, story hours and even help finding a job, all for free. Many libraries also distribute free passes to local museums and attractions.
2. Sign up for email alerts from your favorite restaurants and stores or "like" them on Facebook. You'll get advance notice of sales as well as coupons, freebies and special offers.
3. Track down the clearance section at your grocery store. You'll find slightly damaged and discontinued items at a significant discount. Use coupons with these for extra savings.
4. Check out websites like gofobo.com for free passes to movie previews. Join cinema loyalty programs to earn free tickets. Some theaters host weekly half-price days. This summer, many theaters will offer free or $1 kids' movies.
5. Like sports but hate high ticket prices? Sign up for emails from ticket sellers. Many send out deals and two-for-one offers. Check local newspapers and websites for package deals (such as tickets, food and drinks). Try college sports for great action at bargain prices.
Living on the Cheap is written by savvy frugalistas who know a deal when they see one. Its contributors write for MSN Money, The Miami Herald, CBS News, AARP The Magazine, New York Magazine, Consumer Reports Money Adviser, O Magazine, The Boston Globe, Bankrate.com and more, plus have written dozens of books.
The contributing editors also publish local On the Cheap websites in 29 U.S. cities.
"These days, we're bombarded with money-saving tips and 'deals' that aren't really deals at all," says Teresa Mears, co-founder and editor-in-chief. "Our mission is to bring readers the tips that really save them time and money."
Updated TV Show Discovery App Enables Android Users to Follow Friends and See Their Favorite Shows and Guilty Pleasures
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Peel, the company dedicated to revolutionizing the way you watch TV, today launched an enhanced version of the popular Peel app for Android. With millions of recommended shows viewed, Peel is excited to bring its personalized discovery and social TV experience to the Android platform. Users can find and follow friends, see what their friends are watching, view Favorite Programs and Guilty Pleasures, get great TV recommendations and comment on posts - all within the free Peel app for Android devices available at the Google Play Store.
The Peel app eliminates the need for complicated TV listings and brings you closer to the shows you love. Peel makes it easy to discover your next favorite show with customized programming recommendations, and connect with a like-minded TV community in an elegant and intuitive application. In addition to the new Social TV features, Peel has added two new sections for users to input their favorite shows and favorite channels. Once a user has selected a favorite show or channel, they can easily see what is on TV from their customized menus. Touch one of the thumbnails and the app displays a brief description of the episode or movie that is playing.
"We worked closely with our Android community to develop a compelling social TV experience while further enhancing app speed and reliability," said Greg Lindley, chief experience officer for Peel. "We have seen incredible reception this year with Android users enjoying the Peel app on the Samsung Galaxy Tab line. With this launch, Peel is combining the best of social curation with its world class recommendation engine to deliver the complete TV discovery and social sharing experience."
The Peel app for Android enables users to sign up within the app or create an account with their Facebook login. When users log into Peel's new Social TV experience, they will see an activity feed of recommendations from people they follow as well as responses to recommendations. Users can share why a show is worth watching (or not) as well as their thoughts on news, sports and movies. When users list a new Favorite Program or Guilty Pleasure, activity is posted to their feed. Users can see when they have a new follower, enabling them to share Guilty Pleasures, Favorite Programs, Recommendations, Last 5 Shows Watched and Most Watched Shows.
The Peel app is free and available for Android users on the 2.0 operating system or higher. To download Peel visit the Google Play Store.
Peel is also available for iPhone® and iPod touch® and can be downloaded from the iTunes® App Store.
Peel was founded on a passion for redefining the home entertainment experience. As the recognized leader in personalized TV discovery with millions of recommended shows viewed, the groundbreaking Peel app combines intuitive program discovery, seamless remote control and engaging social sharing. For more information or to download the iOS or Android app, visit Peel.com.
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Introducing the Fashionable Baby-G BGA131 Collection and Video
DOVER, N.J., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Black and white are base color palettes in every woman's wardrobe, which is why the new Baby-G introductions are must-have accessories. The fashion-forward, always-functional brand brings a playful surprise to a classic accessory. The BGA-131 mirrors both sides of an individual's personality; Black on Black or White on White are appreciated for the more serious side of you, but neon colors show your inner playful side! Pick your shade of black or white styled with a dial that has 3D numbers that transform into a "glow anywhere" illuminated neon face - all at the push of a button.
In stores now, the pop-art inspired watches make keeping track of time fun! The one-of-a-kind watches aren't only stylish, they pop with features such as shock resistance, 100M water resistance, UV-LED "Neon, Illuminator" light, world time in 29 time zones/27 cities, five daily alarms, 1/100th second stopwatch, countdown timer and a full-auto calendar.
The 3D timepieces also play a pivotal role in the latest video from Baby-G titled, "C'etait un Rendez-vous," that follows a girl who curiously takes the roads less traveled through the Parisian streets. In this short film, Baby-G teams up again with one-time collaborator and designer Leah McSweeney of the Leah McSweeney brand and owner of Married to the MOB. The video showcases a girl with the excitement for life and her 3D Baby-G to light the way. Check out the film and light up life in style: http://youtu.be/YfXKj0YW6TI
-- Matte black resin band and case
-- Matte black POP Up 3D dial
-- UV-LED "Neon illuminator" light
-- Ring-shaped hour hand and minute hand with die-cut heart
-- Gloss White resin band and case
-- White POP Up 3D dial
-- UV-LED "Neon illuminator" light
-- Ring-shaped hour hand and Minute hand with die-cut heart
"Baby-G's latest watch introduction has been styled to match the lifestyle of young women today," said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman & CEO of Casio America. "These classic black and white watches are artistic and playful - just like our Baby-G customer!"
The watches are available at Tourneau, select Macy's stores and fashion boutiques with a MSRP of $99.00. Please visit http://www.baby-g.com for more information.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipments solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information visit our website at http://www.casiousa.com.
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Internet Broadcasting Adds New HTML5 Ad Products To Give Clients More Options For Rich Mobile Advertising
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet Broadcasting (IB), the leading provider of digital publishing technology and services including one of the largest digital advertising agencies, today announced the immediate availability of a new group of mobile advertising products created in HTML5, the emerging standard for interactive media on smartphones and tablets.
The HTML5 programming format brings a rich, "Flash-like" experience to mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad, and devices running the Google Android operating system with which Flash files are incompatible.
IB's new HTML5 ad products are powered by Celtra, a leading provider of rich-media digital advertising technology.
"We're giving clients new and exciting ways to engage prospective customers with visually appealing, mobile-optimized campaigns and creative executions," said Reed Varner, vice president of Internet Broadcasting's Digital Agency. The new ad products enable users to click-to-call, swipe, erase, watch video, complete puzzles, link to websites and enter text. IB advertising clients can create unified multi-platform campaigns that can be delivered simultaneously to consumers on both traditional desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices.
The new HTML5 ad products include:
-- Medium Rectangles
-- Animated banners
-- Expanding Rich-Media
-- In-Ad Video
-- Lead-generation forms
-- Image galleries
"The emergence of the HTML5 format is enabling an entirely new and exciting class of digital-advertising products," Varner added. "Now, we can help our advertisers reach customers in more effective ways -- whether it be on their desktop, tablet or smartphone. By surrounding the Celtra technology with our total solution of creative development, execution, trafficking and campaign management, we can provide IB clients an entirely new suite of ad products that extend the reach and impact of their advertisers' digital campaigns."
The new Internet Broadcasting HTML5 ad products are available immediately. Pricing information is available upon request.
About Internet Broadcasting
Aiming to transform how broadcast media leaders engage and interact with their audiences, Internet Broadcasting offers scalable publishing solutions that power digital growth and strengthen consumer relationships. Internet Broadcasting solutions include an innovative SaaS-based web publishing platform, original and syndicated content, and the IB Digital Agency, one of the largest digital advertising agencies. Internet Broadcasting has had a long-term focus on serving local television companies. Leading media companies such as Hearst Television, E.W. Scripps, CNN, The Washington Post Company's Post-Newsweek Stations group and Turner Broadcasting are clients. Founded in 1996, Internet Broadcasting is headquartered in St. Paul. For more information, visit http://www.ibsys.com.
About Celtra Inc.
Celtra offers the most flexible and easy-to-use platform that enables scalable, rich media mobile advertising across native apps and the mobile web on the most popular device platforms. The company's AdCreator lets advertisers easily create, distribute and measure rich media mobile display advertising. Leading brands including Adidas, Paramount Pictures, Pepsi, Starbucks, Sprint, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wrigley and Volvo have utilized Celtra's ads. For more information, follow-us at http://www.celtra.com or @CeltraMobile on Twitter. Celtra is headquartered in Cambridge (MA), with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, London (UK), and Ljubljana (SI).
Rounds Launches Intelligent Matching System for Users to Hang Out with Second Degree Friends and Meet New People
With Data from More Than 250 Million Sessions, Company Launches Intelligent Social Matching Algorithm and Leads the Hangout Space
TEL AVIV, Israel, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rounds, the world's only "communitainment" platform, combining video chat and social apps into one fun real-time consumer experience, announced today the launch of a social matching algorithm, which allows Rounds' five million users to connect with their friends of friends and hang out with people they are most likely to find interesting.
Users can now call any friends of friends who are online in the platform and engage in Rounds interactive chat sessions, which combines secure video chats with games and the ability to dynamically share content together. Using the platform's intelligent "Meet New People" feature, users are also encouraged to pair up with new people for a meaningful chat discussion. The advanced system helps users by suggesting conversation topics and tips based on their mutual likes, interests and social graph.
Rounds is the web's leading lab for meeting people with similar interests and currently hosts more than one million sessions a day, monitored in real-time, ensuring all interactions are conducted appropriately. Rounds enforces a zero tolerance policy and for that purpose it partnered with Face.com, which helps the company identify users with age discrepancies or those who misbehave. Since its launch, the company has also banned more than 65,000 users indefinitely from the system.
The advanced matching algorithm that Rounds has developed, explores the users' likes, history, social graph, location, and demographics to find the most suitable and engaging users for live hangouts. Using the platform's data from over 250 million sessions, Rounds identifies and categorizes users the moment they register and continues to tweak and customize their account, based on their activity on the platform and other users' feedback and thus creating a social hangout DNA. This allows Rounds to offer a tailored experience for its users, resulting in a significant competitive advantage for the platform among existing players and new enterers, such as Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning's Airtime.
"Rounds is much more than just a chat platform, it's a real time social network that encourages relationship building and lifelong connections," said Rounds CEO and co-founder Dany Fishel. "With our new social matching algorithm, we are allowing our users to easily broaden their social circles and actually meet new people that we know will be of interest to them, as opposed to just randomly friending someone that Facebook recommends. This is a very powerful feature that sets us apart from any competitor and will allow us to continue our explosive user base growth."
Rounds is the only "communitainment" platform in the world, combining video chat (communication) and social apps (entertainment) into one fun real-time consumer experience available across operating systems and devices. Rounds users enjoy the closest experience to actually hanging out in the real world. The company has raised a total of $5.5 million in funding from industry leading investors, including Rhodium, Verizon Ventures, DFJ's Tim Draper, and other professional angels. The Rounds Video Chat Facebook Application can be added at http://apps.facebook.com/chatrounds. For more information, visit http://www.rounds.com or contact Natasha Shine-Zirkel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stefanini (http://www.stefanini.com/en) - a global provider of onshore and nearshore IT consulting, integration and development, and outsourcing services, today announced that it has expanded its Application Services portfolio by adding SAP Application Management Services (AMS+).
Stefanini is promoting its SAP solutions at the SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference, May 14-16, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
Application Management Services provide comprehensive support for customers' SAP deployments. Stefanini AMS+ Services include:
-- SAP Application Help Desk - levels 1, 2, 3
-- Application monitoring and performance management
-- Ongoing SAP maintenance services
The new support services complement Stefanini's existing SAP offerings. The SAP service portfolio includes support for launches, optimizations, enhancements and performance tuning for existing deployments. SAP consulting includes current assessments and business process improvement recommendations leveraging the company's RUN SAP certification.
"Since 1987, we have been providing offshore, onshore and nearshore IT services, specializing in application development outsourcing," said Antonio Moreira, CEO, Stefanini North America. "With our new AMS+ services, we are able to offer our SAP clients a broader portfolio of support services, which leverage our extensive experience developing, implementing and supporting SAP deployments."
These solutions from Stefanini will focus on customers that are looking to improve performance and increase return on their SAP investment.
Stefanini is a global IT services company with over 16,000 employees across 71 offices in 28 countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Since 1987, Stefanini has been providing offshore, onshore and nearshore IT services, including application development and outsourcing services, IT infrastructure outsourcing (help desk support and desktop services), systems integration, consulting and strategic staffing to Fortune 1000 enterprises around the world.
With a base of over 500 active clients, including more than 300 multinationals, Stefanini maintains a strong presence in industries such as financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, chemical, services, technology, public sector, and utilities. Clients benefit from Stefanini's financial stability, sustained year-over-year growth, and zero net debt. The corporate global headquarters is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil with European headquarters in Brussels and North American headquarters in metropolitan Detroit.
MobileBits Announces Pringo Media For iPhone And Android
Pringo media offers a turnkey live & on demand video solution for business
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MobileBits Holdings Corp., (OTCBB: MBIT), a leading provider of enterprise-class social and digital experience solutions, today announced the availability of Pringo Media(TM), a complete Mobile Video Asset Management platform (mVAMP). The Pringo Media solution will allow enterprises to manage and deliver any video content to Apple iPhone and Google Android smartphones, in addition to BlackBerry.
Pringo Media has several key features to effectively handle the challenges of delivering video to any mobile device. Among the features is a proprietary Universal Wrapper(TM) technology designed to ingest video content once and deliver to any device. In addition, Pringo Media offers Dovetailing(TM) capabilities, which is the most efficient form of adaptive streaming, helping to reduce buffering and increase the quality of the end user experience.
"We chose Pringo Media to deliver our content to any device. The platform helps manage our ability to deliver high quality experiences for our users today, as well as in the future," said Greg Burton CEO of UB Sports.
Pringo Media alleviates the escalating costs and complexities of delivering high quality video to multiple devices by enabling any enterprise to now manage and deliver both live and on-demand video at 30% to 45% lower bandwidth consumption with the highest rich media delivery quality.
eMarketer estimates that by 2016, more than 110 million Americans--or one-third of the total US population--will watch video content on a mobile phone at least once per month.
For more information or demonstration of how Pringo Media can help your business deliver streaming video to your mobile audience, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MobileBits Holdings Corp. is a global technology company that strengthens relationships between businesses and their audience by enabling exceptional digital experiences. Our family of Pringo(TM) products delivers highly integrated social, rich media, loyalty and mobile marketing solutions to any device, which, in turn, drives engagement and loyalty to maximize revenue.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. By their nature, forward-looking statements and forecasts involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the near future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from forecasted results. These risks and uncertainties include our ability to: attract end users; attract advertisers; our ability to successfully implement our current long-term growth strategy; as well as product demand, market competition, fluctuations in advertising payouts, delays in website & application development, technical issues beyond our control, reliance on the various platforms that we build applications on, and risks inherent in our operations. For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our public filings with the SEC are available from commercial document retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
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MobileBits Holdings Corp.
CONTACT: Brian Ehrlich, MobileBits, +1-941-225-6103, brian.ehrlich [at] mobilebits.com
Corporate Visions Launches New Power Tools for Demand Generation
By Using a Proven Visual Storytelling Approach, B2B Marketers and Salespeople Can Now Create More Engaging Demand Generation Content
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Corporate Visions, Inc., the leading sales and marketing messaging company, today announced the launch of Power Tools(TM) for Demand Generation, a new set of integrated demand generation campaign assets that leverages the power of visual storytelling. With this new offering, techniques used to train salespeople to be more effective communicators can now be used in emails, video modules, downloadable story documents and first-call conversation coaching prompters - providing business-to-business (B2B) marketers and salespeople with consistent, high-impact messaging tools for their various demand generation needs.
"Brain science research proves that people respond better to emotional, visual and spoken-word messaging, yet most B2B demand generation still relies heavily on volumes of written content like whitepapers," said Tim Riesterer, chief strategy and marketing officer for Corporate Visions. "With Power Tools for Demand Generation, we have simply taken the best of our proven sales conversation techniques and packaged them into fast, provocative, recorded modules and inside sales call scripts that can be applied in the demand generation setting."
Corporate Visions' new Power Tools for Demand Generation are created to address the top three business objectives and the top nine corresponding challenges (three challenges for each objective) that are putting those objectives at risk. Each challenge forms the basis of one of the integrated campaigns, containing an email or blog content piece designed to push the prospect to the video component. The video then follows a sequence that Corporate Visions refers to as a Point of View, which shows prospects why their current status quo is unsafe and creates urgency, and then paints a contrasting vision of a better alternative to demonstrate value.
At the end of the brief two-minute video, the prospect can register to download a visual recap of the video in a takeaway that helps tell the story to his or her company. A corresponding first-call conversation starter script is also provided to the inside sales person or representative who follows up with the lead, ensuring more consistent messaging hand-offs between marketing-generated leads and sales qualification efforts.
"This approach attacks the top three problems plaguing demand generation programs today," Riesterer said. "It is distinctive and sets your company apart from all the other campaigns; it gets prospects to admit their specific challenge instead of just collecting cool offers from calls-to-action; and it bridges the gap between marketing and sales with a more consistent messaging hand-off to improve lead conversion into the pipeline."
The visual storytelling approach used in Power Tools for Demand Generation has been proven by 20 years of sales skills training and was recently highlighted in the best-selling McGraw Hill book, "Conversations That Win The Complex Sale," co-authored by Riesterer and Erik Peterson, senior vice president of strategic consulting services for Corporate Visions.
For more information about Power Tools for Demand Generation, please view this brief video or visit the product webpage.
About Corporate Visions, Inc.
Corporate Visions, Inc. helps global business-to-business companies create more sales opportunities, overcome the status quo, and win more deals by improving the conversations sales representatives have with customers. Companies engage Corporate Visions in three key areas:
-- Developing differentiated messages that concentrate on customer needs;
-- Deploying tools that support critical steps in the buying cycle and that
salespeople will actually use; and
-- Delivering sales skills training that teaches salespeople how to tell
their story in a way that is impactful, engaging and memorable.
Corporate Visions helps clients such as ADP, Dell, Dow Jones, GE and Oracle align marketing and sales with a repeatable methodology for creating unified, sales-ready messages that lead to winning conversations with customers. For more information about Corporate Visions visit http://www.corporatevisions.com or call 775-831-1322 or 800-360-SELL.
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Businesses Control Secure Access to Applications Anytime, Anywhere
ATLANTA, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading IT services and communications provider, today announced the launch of its new EarthLink Business® IT Services Cloud Workspace(TM). Following the April announcement of three EarthLink IT Services packages, Cloud Workspace, a hosted desktop service, is the company's latest virtualization service. This customized environment enables customers to control business applications and data with secure access for employees from anywhere, from any device and via any high-speed Internet or private MPLS connection. Cloud Workspace also helps to significantly reduce operating costs, eliminate capital expenditures, increase employee productivity with easy application access and reduce complex security challenges. With more than 250 applications already available, plus the ability for customers to add their own custom applications, Cloud Workspace functions as a virtual office, wherever employees work.
"With our new Cloud Workspace solution, we've taken the complexity out of application management and end-user accessibility while maximizing business benefits of the cloud," said Mike Fuqua, Vice President of Managed Services Product Management. "As data and applications moved out of the data center and onto local PC-based environments, complexities arose around how to protect the data, assure backups occurred, and provide end-users the flexibility and ability to move application activity between their devices. Cloud Workspace simplifies manageability, increases protection and delivers data and applications securely from the cloud, allowing users the convenience of using any device to access and run applications and data as if local to them, even while moving between devices."
The Cloud Workspace assists in solving many common business challenges, including a myriad of security and compliance issues, plus the need to provide access to corporate resources from smartphones, tablets and other consumer-owned devices. Its primary value lies in helping to significantly reduce operating costs and eliminate capital expenditures; increase employee productivity; and eliminate complex security challenges on EarthLink's fully-managed, centralized IT infrastructure. IT teams can avoid the headache of managing onsite servers and storage. Centralized data storage allows businesses to breathe easier knowing that their data is not resident on local devices and is no longer as vulnerable to device theft or employee turnover.
"Organizations first may be drawn to the economics and flexibility of the cloud, but business-class solutions like Cloud Workspace also give organizations access to some surprising benefits in terms of security and resiliency," says Amy Larsen DeCarlo, Principal Analyst-Security and Data Center Services with Current Analysis. "EarthLink is able to provide the reliable infrastructure as well as the security protections and expertise that most businesses lack and the provider can do so at an attractive price."
Easy to install and use, Cloud Workspace offers many features to enable organizations of any size to have an IT experience previously only available to Fortune 500 companies. The customizable Cloud Workspace supports a mobile and telecommuting workforce, with secure, instant access to files, applications and email from any Internet connection or private MPLS connection; operating in a highly secure infrastructure that is SSAE 16 compliant, with process controls and infrastructure and certified security experts on the job 24x7; and business continuity, featuring fully redundant data storage and routine back-up and disaster recovery protection.
The IT Services product suite is also available for customer management via the myLink(TM) customer portal using a centralized IT Services Center dashboard.
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading IT services, network and communications provider to more than 150,000 businesses and over one million consumers nationwide. EarthLink empowers customers with managed IT services including cloud computing, data centers, virtualization, security, applications and support services, in addition to nationwide data and voice IP services. The company operates an extensive network including 28,800 route fiber miles, 90 metro fiber rings and 4 secure data centers providing ubiquitous IP coverage across more than 90 percent of the country. Founded in 1994, the company's award-winning reputation for both outstanding service and product innovation is supported by an experienced team of professionals focused on best-in-class customer care. For more information, visit EarthLink's website http://www.earthlink.net.
Cloud Workspace(TM) is a trademark of MRK Networks, Inc. d/b/a independenceIT®
Max Sound Corporation To Launch Online Store To Compete For Multi-Billion Dollar Growth Book Market
STORYTIME WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Max Sound Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: MAXD), an innovative audio technology company that is changing how we listen to music, watch movies, play video games, experience television and communicate on our mobile devices announced today that it will soon launch the MAXD Store to bring its breakthrough technology to all things audio. One of the MAXD Store genres of focus will be the audio book market in which MAXD plans to create the best possible scenario for Authors and Publishers. In a strategic alliance with Lissy Peace & Associates, a long time publishing and entertainment veteran, the MAXD Store will develop an extensive catalog with both exclusive and non-exclusive offerings from the world's top authors, publishers and entertainment companies.
Long gone are the days of audiocassettes plugged into your car cassette player with extensively large packaging. Today, audio book listeners can download their favorites in minutes and keep a library at the click of their fingers on their mobile devices. While the printed book may have taken a side step, advances in technology have brought forward a whole new collection of readers and audio book listeners. As the publishing industry focuses their energies on the growth of new formats blessed with advances in technology, the need for books and quality manuscripts will only continue to grow.
"The audio book industry has grown by leaps and bounds with the advances in technology," commented Lissy Peace - President of Lissy Peace & Associates. "Max Sound (MAXD) and soon the MAXD Store will bring a much better and more exciting book experience to the consumer."
The MAXD Store is projected to be up and running by mid-summer 2012. Offering publishers and authors a much more competitive and appealing royalty structure along with the best sound technology available, the MAXD Store is set to garner a powerful position in this burgeoning industry. Additionally, the MAXD Store will incorporate innovative features including interactive forums for fans to communicate with their favorite writers and storytellers, audio books read by the authors, previews of coming books, and exclusive offerings. In addition to providing the best sounding audio books available, the MAXD Store will provide consumers with a cost competitive outlet to purchase their downloads.
"The rapidly emerging Audio Book Segment is the result of Millions of avid listeners wanting to enjoy books in their car, while traveling, and at work while multi-tasking and many people with vision problems have been able to discover books again for the first time in years," said James C. Place, Director Business Development at Max Sound Corp. "Writing is an art. The MAXD process will bring that art to life when added to Audio Books creating a more enjoyable experience for consumers and a better return on investment for authors, publishers and entertainment companies alike."
About Lissy Peace & Associates
As President/Founder of Lissy Peace & Associates, Lissy runs the national public relations company based in Chicago and represents clients throughout the world. A seasoned public relations, promotion and marketing executive with over two decades of diversified experience, Ms. Peace has spearheaded and coordinated promotion and publicity campaigns for a vast spectrum of projects. Her company has developed a powerful niche in the book publishing industry. Lissy has spearheaded numerous campaigns and tours developing innovative marketing strategies to add to the success of each project. From a local author campaign to a nationwide multi-city tour, Lissy has successfully orchestrated and managed one of the most impactful components for marketing a book. She has continually put books on the New York Times bestseller list in addition to the many other lists of accomplishment. Lissy has worked on such titles that have hit the New York Times bestseller list including THE COMPANY by Robert Littell (Overlook Press), THE SHELL GAME by Steve Alten (Sweetwater Press), and THIS HEART OF MINE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Morrow). She has prompted sales of the top selling books THE LOCH by Steve Alten (Tsunami Books) and EAT TO LIVE by Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Little Brown) hitting a top ten spot on Amazon in their respective categories. She has spearheaded the publicity and industry honors of THE CHRISTMAS STAR by Catherine Lanigan that received Book of the Year in its category from Foreword magazine at Book Expo.
Lissy and her team worked on the launch of the exciting book, "WHAT AMERICANS REALLY BELIEVE" by Rodney Stark (Baylor University Press) with a press conference in Washington, DC and a front page story in USA Today. She coordinated the campaign for legendary writer, author, reverend and activist William Sloane Coffin. His nonfiction book, CREDO (WJK Press) was featured in the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe and the New York Times, along with a one-hour special on the PBS network that was nominated for a Christopher Award.
Lissy proudly publicized the launch of the Nancy Drew series in the popular graphic novel format. The story hit the front page of USA Today, the New York Times magazine, the Chicago Sun Times, San Francisco Chronicle, among many other national newspapers. She also toured with the 'Prairie Home Companion's" Garrison Keillor, working to promote his live performances and his book, THE BOOK OF GUYS (Penguin). His shows were sell-outs and his book hit the New York Times bestseller list after a half-page story ran in the USA Today that she coordinated.
About Max Sound Corporation
Max Sound is to audio what HD (High Definition) is to video. The Max Sound® HD Audio(TM) Process can convert any audio file to high definition quality while significantly reducing the file size. Visit http://www.maxsound.com/demo-reel, to watch some demos to see the difference for yourself.
Max Sound® name and MAXD Logos are registered trademarks of Max Sound Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Max Sound's intentions, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risks associated with the effect of changing economic conditions, trends in the products markets, variations in the company's cash flow or adequacy of capital resources, market acceptance risks, technical development risks, and other risk factors. The company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Max Sound disclaims any obligation and does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release.
TOA Technologies' ETAdirect solution achieves certified integration with SAP® applications
Solution delivers end-to-end mobile workforce management software with a focus on customer experience management through interoperability with SAP solutions
CLEVELAND, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Service organizations are more interested than ever in leveraging their mobile workforces to boost operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. As a result, they're looking to mobile workforce management to be a dynamic hub for appointment booking, routing, capacity management and customer experience management, making end-to-end integrations with ERP, CRM, billing, inventory management and other systems critical for success. With its ETAdirect solution, TOA Technologies has long offered a complete mobile workforce management platform that delivers sophisticated APIs and other integration points, including those that support SAP® applications. Continuing its commitment to support SAP solutions, TOA Technologies' ETAdirect 4.2 has been certified for integration with SAP applications.
"TOA Technologies' approach to mobile workforce management is unique in our industry," said Yuval Brisker, co-founder and CEO of TOA Technologies. "Our solution is designed to yield a completely optimized workforce for service organizations, using our patented time-based, predictive analytics. It is also built to bring the customer in the loop leveraging collaborative, real-time communication tools for customer experience management. And, we do all of this in the cloud, proving that organizations do have the option to use a sophisticated, scalable SaaS-based enterprise solution that dynamically integrates with mission-critical systems."
With a broad spectrum of integration methods, TOA offers Web services APIs and a software development kit. These tools allow for quick, effective and inexpensive integrations with back-end systems and core applications.
"At TOA, we are dedicated to making mobile workforce software integrations easy - and we have designed all of our integration tools to fulfill this mission," said Brisker. "Just look at our partnership with DISH Network, where we enabled them to seamlessly integrate our solution with 35 different systems in six weeks, covering more than 16,000 users and 50 states. And now, with ETAdirect certified for integration with SAP applications, organizations that leverage these solutions can be confident that they have a viable, established option for mobile workforce management with TOA Technologies. It's with this confidence that Belgian cable operator VOO chose TOA to integrate ETAdirect with their SAP applications."
The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that ETAdirect 4.2 integrates with the SAP ERP 6.0 application via SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1.
TOA Technologies' ETAdirect offers bilateral integration with SAP applications. For example, users can leverage SAP solutions to request jobs in ETAdirect, while respecting the actual available field service capacity. This provides SAP applications with full visibility of the true, real-time capacity of mobile employees to do work at any given moment, with a focus on an enhanced customer experience, all while keeping the SAP application as the master system of record.
For more information about TOA Technologies and ETAdirect's certified integration with SAP applications, visit http://www.toatech.com.
About TOA Technologies
TOA Technologies is the leading provider of cloud-based mobile workforce management applications for large and medium-sized enterprises. ETAdirect, TOA's patented platform, improves customer service while dramatically reducing operational costs and delivering immediate return on investment. As the provider of a complete on-demand solution using predictive, time-based analytics, ETAdirect reduces customer wait times while increasing field workforce efficiency. TOA's system deploys quickly, is highly configurable and is easily integrated with existing CRM solutions.
ETAdirect manages the mobile workforces of global brands in the satellite/cable/broadband, telecom, insurance, home services and retail industries. Named Best of Breed and Visionary solution in Gartner's 2011 Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management, TOA Technologies is headquartered in the United States and has offices in Europe and Latin America.
SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. All other product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
Wireless Communications Provider FreeWave Technologies To Showcase Latest Oil, Gas And Energy Solutions At ENTELEC 2012
Event co-sponsor continues to revolutionize wireless data communication solutions for critical energy infrastructure by providing the most reliable and versatile solutions on the market today
HOUSTON, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ENTELEC 2012 (booth #121) -- FreeWave Technologies, (http://www.freewave.com), manufacturer of the most reliable, high-performance spread spectrum and licensed radios for critical data transmission, will showcase its latest portfolio of wireless communication solutions for the oil, gas and energy industries and provide hands-on demos of its latest technology during the annual ENTELEC conference from May 15-17 in Houston, Texas (http://www.entelecshow.org/). With the array of wireless solutions that FreeWave offers today, energy and utility professionals can seamlessly integrate serial, Ethernet or wireless I/O into existing systems that offer the flexibility to meet both today's demands and those in the future.
"ENTELEC is a leading event for professionals in several key markets such as oil, gas, utilities and energy," said Ashish Sharma, chief marketing officer at FreeWave Technologies. "As the leading provider of wireless data communication solutions, we regard ENTELEC as a great opportunity to get a pulse on the industries involved and to show our customers the commitment we have to continuously enhance our products."
"We are excited to join everyone in Houston this year and are looking forward to reconnecting with our customers and partners," continued Sharma. "We realize how rapidly technology and the landscape of these industries are changing. While we make the highest quality solutions on the market today, it's our dedication, experience and drive to exceed expectations that set FreeWave apart."
As a silver sponsor for the event, FreeWave is working with event organizers to provide registration and the classroom session materials during ENTELEC. To learn more about FreeWave's solutions, please visit booth #121 at ENTELEC or go to (http://www.freewave.com/Products.aspx). For the latest updates from FreeWave Technologies, follow the company on Twitter or Facebook.
Share this story via Twitter: @freewavetech brings new #wireless solutions & showcases latest advancements for #energy and #utility companies at #entelec2012.
About FreeWave Technologies
Founded in 1993, FreeWave Technologies manufactures the most reliable, high performing, lowest power consumption, spread spectrum and licensed radios for mission-critical data transmission. Through engineering excellence and a relentless commitment to best-in-class manufacturing, FreeWave customers enjoy superior radio up-time, range and the lowest cost of ownership available. Based in Boulder, Colorado, FreeWave designs and manufactures radios that are the leading choice for oil and gas, utility, military and numerous other industrial applications. Organizations that count on radio data communications for operational success - where failure and down-time are not an option - trust FreeWave for custom network design, system engineering and customer support that are unparalleled in the market. For additional information, contact FreeWave directly at 866.399.4930 or at email@example.com. Visit the company's website at http://www.freewave.com.
Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute Sees Big Benefits with Digital Pen and Paper Technology
Combined solution from Anoto and NextGen Healthcare digitizes handwritten patient registration information, making data instantly available
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Anoto, the world leader in digital pen and paper technology, and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC., today announced that Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute is capturing new patient registration information with their joint solution, resulting in more efficient operations and the added benefit of immediate access to patient health history.
Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute is a referral center that specializes in cataract surgery and laser vision correction. As a referral center, most of the people they treat are first-time patients. With cataracts being an age-related condition, a large proportion of patients treated are over the age of 65. Previously, when patients came into the office they were asked to fill out their information using traditional pen and paper forms. As the organization transitioned to EHR (electronic health records), administrators needed to get this information into the system. Scanning or typing in the information by hand resulted in a much too time-intensive process. Administrators also needed to make sure that patient health history records were incorporated along with signed consent forms.
Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute needed to find a data capture solution that would speed up the processing and sharing of patient data, while preserving the ease and simplicity of information collection using pen and paper. They turned to digital pen and paper technology, since it required minimal training for staff and virtually no change in the current process being used by patients to fill out registration forms. The solution interprets the handwriting with high accuracy and provides the added benefit of verifying health history information quickly.
"I've been in information technology for more than 18 years and the idea of using a pen to digitize patient data made me a bit skeptical," said Robert Jasa, director of healthcare informatics at Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute. "But this solution truly provides the efficiency of electronic data capture using pen and paper while at the same time requires only a small amount of user training--which is a big benefit for us as we continue roll this out to each of our 17 locations."
The Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute solution is comprised of:
-- NextPen® solution based on Anoto Digital Pen and Paper technology
-- Health history forms which automatically load key fields directly into
-- Medical image forms that translate provider drawings into the patient's
-- Medical consent forms that are 'scanned' into the system just by docking
The paper forms are imprinted with the Anoto dot pattern transforming them into a temporary, yet very intuitive, data entry device. The information is stored in the digital pen, until it is uploaded to the patient's record in the NextGen® Ambulatory EHR via USB docking station or Bluetooth transmission. Data is reviewed and approved by the user before being loaded into the EHR.
"Digital pen technology is ideal for patient registration and consent forms since patients can just fill out the forms the way they always have," said Pietro Parravicini, senior vice president area manager Americas for Anoto. "There are no extra steps required by the staff to make sure the information is digitized and the result is information that is captured quickly and easily, leaving staff more time to focus on patient care."
About Anoto Group
Anoto Group is the company behind and world leader in the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable conversion of handwritten text into digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly forms solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 80 employees, offices in Lund (head office), Boston and Tokyo. The Anoto share is listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic small cap list under the ticker ANOT. For more information visit http://www.anoto.com.
NextPen is a registered trademark of Quality Systems, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. NextGen is either a registered trademark or trademark of NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC. in the United States and/or other countries.
EXFO Announces a Major Expansion to Its Copper-Access Test Offering, Adding Two Product Lines Enabling the Installation and Advanced Troubleshooting of Broadband Services
The most powerful and cost-effective VDSL2 installation and repair
testers on the market, the MaxTester 610 and 635 help service providers
deploy and maintain the latest ADSL2+ and VDSL2 technology while
meeting budget constraints.
QUEBEC CITY, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX:
EXF) announced today the launch of the MaxTester 610 Copper Test Set
and MaxTester 635 Copper, DSL and Multiplay Test Set, the most
powerful, intelligent and cost-effective VDSL2 installation and repair
testers currently on the market. The newest additions to EXFO's
expanding copper access test offering, the MAX-610 and MAX-635 help
service providers deploy the latest ADSL2+ and VDSL2 technology while
keeping costs in check.
Telecom service providers are continuously faced with the issue of
remaining competitive in delivering broadband to subscribers. FTTH is
still quite expensive to install, so reusing copper and maximizing its
potential is what the new DSL technologies enable. Previously available
installation testers lacked the wideband capabilities necessary for
testing VDSL2 circuits. Perfectly aligned with the new technologies,
the MaxTester series bridges this gap, addressing the needs of
installers to more quickly identify and interpret circuit troubles and
Adding to the existing MAX-630 ADSL2+/VDSL2 Multiplay Tester, the
MaxTester 610 and 635 provide full fault location capabilities (TDR,
RFL) and true 30 MHz wideband copper testing in support of ADSL2+ and
VDSL2 technologies. Featuring an integrated ADSL2+/VDSL2 modem, the
MAX-635 supports bonding, vectoring and G.INP, the latest DSL
technologies to extend the reach and rate of DSL--using two pairs to
deliver high-speed multiplay services over longer distances and/or at
higher data rates.
The new MaxTester units also include the unique SmartR(TM) test suite,
which automatically runs key copper tests, and intelligently analyzes
the results to enable technicians to quickly identify and locate faults
more reliably than ever before. This EXFO innovation directly leads to
a significant increase in operational efficiency by any level of
technician and provides a critical tool to enable service providers to
reduce their repeat report rates.
Now available on the handheld MaxTester units, these next-generation
copper/DSL test functionalities will also be offered on two new copper
access modules designed for the FTB-1 modular platform in Q4 of
"With their unique SmartR(TM) test approach, the new handheld MaxTester 610 and 635 bring
second-to-none simplification for next-generation technologies--such as
VDSL2--which are becoming more and more complex to deploy," said Étienne
Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President--Wireline Division and Corporate
Marketing. "These new test solutions will help network operators
increase field-testing efficiency and reduce operating expenses by
integrating more automation and intelligence into their test
Visit our website for more information on the MaxTester 635 Copper, DSL and Multiplay Test Set and MaxTester 610 Copper Test Set.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading
providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers
in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers
innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and
maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks--from the core to
the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet,
OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies (accounting
for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market). EXFO has
a staff of approximately 1800 people in 25 countries, supporting more
than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.EXFO.com.
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The corporate name of the company is EXFO Inc. The company requests that
all media outlets and publications use the corporate name ("EXFO Inc.")
or abbreviated name ("EXFO") in capital letters for branding purposes.
EXFO would like to thank all parties in advance for their cooperation.
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CONTACT: Marie-Anne Grondin
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Volvo Launches China's First RTB-based Advertising
BEIJING, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ --
Introduction: On April 11, 2012, the automobile brand Volvo took the lead to make use of the first China's DSP (Demand Side Platform), @iR (Audience Investment Returner)advertising platform of Yoyi, to advertise the first RTB (Real-time Bidding) brand advertising in China.
Since the soft launch of both Google and Taobao's Ad Exchange platforms, the RTB market became available in 2012.
In March 2012, Yoyi launched China's first DSP platform, @iR. Since its launch, the platform has gained great recognition from the market. Advertisers from categories like automotive, e-commerce, FMCG, gaming, and telecommunications, are among the firsts to use it.
On April 11, 2012, one day after Google's official launch of its AdX, Volvo took the lead to use the @iR advertising platform. It became the first case of RTB-based brand advertising in China. Different from traditional display advertising, the RTB market requires real-time bidding capabilities to display online ads to target audience impression by impression in milliseconds.
Based on campaign goals set by advertisers, @iR is a self-learning system which helps identify the right target audience from a huge pool of traffic (currently 3 billion per day) and recommend the most reasonable price to bid for the audience. @iR also monitors the advertising effectiveness in real time, and thus can optimize results in real-time.
Through the advanced optimization technology of @iR, the CTR (click-through rate) of Volvo's advertising campaign increased by 371% over the first 8 days of the campaign period, and its conversion rate reached as high as 70%.
Lv Yong, President of Media Contacts, which under Havas Digital, said: "The development of internet technology pushes the limit of precision advertising, and the RTB technology is a milestone of this trend. Volvo chose @iR to launch its RTB-based advertising, and its exciting results indicate the market is ready. We hope that Yoyi and other DSP platforms can help grow the market together, and achieve even better results for our clients.
Mr Lv was also the first person who launched the first online ad in China.
Senior Public Relations Manager
For more information, please see: http://www.yoyi.com.cn
MT2 Launches New Versions of its GPON Tools and BBF.247 Conformance Testbed
"The GPON tool set of reference is keeping the pace!"
TOURNON, France, May 15, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
MT2, a prominent provider of broadband testing and monitoring solutions
(http://www.mt2.fr), is launching new versions of its GPON analyzer - NIVA-GPON - and
OLT emulator - eOLT-GPON. These tools with their associated OISG (FSAN) approved test
sequences are used by LAN, the official ONU certification laboratory for the BBF.247
program, and now by several important companies involved in the GPON domain.
The NIVA-GPON analyzer now features continuous real-time analysis support for GPON's
full data-rate (2.5Gbits/s downstream, 1.2Gbits/s upstream), and ethernet payload
replication up to 1Gbits/s.
Key new features for the eOLT-GPON include:
- Improved automation functionalities.
- Remote GUI control through CLI.
- BBF.247 issue 2 sequences, based upon its current version, are implemented and
available - they will be updated as the BBF.247 evolves.
Both analizer and emulator also feature a new Optical power indicator for both
continuous (downstream) and burst (upstream) modes, and an improved GUI.
The BBF.247 MT2 tools (Analyzer + OLT emulator) generate and analyze PLOAM, OMCI, GEM
and Ethernet messages in accordance with BBF.247 tests. The verdict is provided
automatically according to the test-cases criteria. MT2 tools also present a feature, both
complete and user-friendly, to create new tests at the physical (GTC level), PLOAM, OMCI
or Ethernet layers.
Complete automation, for any set of test-cases (BBF.247 or user made) is natively
included, thus saving time in performing and verifying ONU conformance tests.
MT2 is an active BroadBand Forum (BBF) member and is deeply involved in the BBF.247
program. The new versions are immediately available and will be included in upgrades for
the tools already in service (chipset and ONU manufacturers, Telcos, ITLs, ...).
Innovating technologically, imagining services for tomorrow, confronting the product
being developed with reality in the field, these are the three guidelines of MT2's
approach in reaching its objective: To better meet the current and future expectations of
its customers. Since 1999, MT2 designs, develops and manufactures non-intrusive signal
analyzers for POTS domain, ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2Plus, GPON/XGPON and GPON/XGPON-OLT
emulators. Visit http://www.mt2.fr.
Contact : Christian Sellier Tel : +33-475-07-99-36 - email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silverpop Launches Free Facebook Application to Help Marketers Convert Likes into Revenue
New Social Pull Tool(TM) Provides Simple Form Creation and "Like-Gating" Capabilities
ATLANTA, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's most successful marketers are using social channels to drive revenue. To make this goal a reality for everyone, Silverpop(TM), the only digital marketing technology provider that unifies marketing automation, email, mobile, and social, today announces the launch of Social Pull(TM), a free Facebook application that helps marketers easily create landing pages and social forms to capture customer information on their Facebook business pages.
With Social Pull, marketers can drive "likes" to their Facebook business pages, capture email sign-ups and leads and gather RSVPs for events, among many other capabilities. The free application includes a form builder and "like-gate" functionality. The social forms, which can contain up to 10 fields, enable marketers to collect important contact information from their social fans directly within Facebook. The information gathered through the form is saved in the applications' reporting section. Social Pull also allows these forms and other content to be placed behind a "like-gate," which allows page visitors to retrieve content only after they "like" the page. The application is compatible with Facebook's new timeline feature and is fully customizable, so marketers have complete control of the look and feel of the page.
"Marketers are increasingly trying to connect social activity to revenue contribution," said Adam Steinberg, Silverpop's segment marketing director for social media. "Social Pull allows marketers to easily create social forms for their brand's Facebook pages, enabling them to connect with their fans in a new way and turn social engagement into revenue. It's very common for customers to visit a company's Facebook page before they navigate to the corporate website. With Social Pull, marketers are able to further engage with their brands' social fans and send them more relevant and targeted content based on their preferences."
Social Pull is a free application and is available to anyone, not just Silverpop customers. Marketers can register and use the application by visiting socialpull.silverpop.com.
Silverpop is the only digital marketing technology provider that unifies marketing automation, email, mobile, and social. Its customers achieve superior Return on Relationship by uniquely engaging each individual based on their behaviors and then automating personalized experiences that increase revenue, improve ROI, and deepen brand loyalty. Silverpop's commitment is to offer a platform that is complete, not complex -- so that marketers from any size organization can easily achieve digital marketing success.The companyoffers a world-class services team, 24/7 customer support and a network of partners to ensure that every client gets the right mix of solutions for their specific digital marketing needs. Silverpop is trusted by more than 4,000 brands around the globe. Visit us at silverpop.com.
Manager of Corporate Communications-Silverpop
Double Down Interactive, an IGT Company, Releases Highly Anticipated Facebook Game, Texas Hold'em Poker
World's largest virtual casino delivers its first Texas Hold'em Poker game on Facebook; new game offers no-limit hands for players of all skill levels
SEATTLE, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Double Down Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) and the world's largest virtual casino on Facebook, have announced the addition of Texas Hold'em Poker to its suite of casino games in the DoubleDown Casino.
?The Texas Hold'em Poker game is available to anyone who enjoys playing poker, with or without their Facebook friends, and is the second poker title from DoubleDown Casino, joining Omaha Poker.
"Our launch of Texas Hold'em Poker is a huge step forward for us and the poker community on Facebook," said Greg Enell, Double Down Interactive founder and vice president. "The Texas Hold'em game launch will provide the millions of Texas Hold'em fans around the world with a unique playing experience on Facebook."
Free to play, DoubleDown Casino's No Limit Texas Hold'em offers a fresh playing experience for all types of players, including:
-- Four different playing speeds to accommodate beginning players and poker
-- A free hand-ranking tool that helps players understand the playing power
of their hands; and
-- Easy to understand poker tutorials for all poker players.
"Adding Texas Hold'em to the existing DoubleDown Casino portfolio allows us to bring one of the world's most popular games to Facebook's estimated 900 million users," said Robert Melendres, IGT executive vice president of emerging businesses. "In the coming year, we will be introducing many popular IGT titles to Double Down Casino to provide our social players with engaging slot play."
The Seattle-based company, now owned by IGT, offers more than 20 games and focuses on fun and dynamic game mechanics by adding a social twist to traditional casino-style experiences. Players receive free chips every day to try their hands at poker, slots, roulette, video poker and popular slot tournaments. DoubleDown Casino was recognized by Facebook as the fourth most popular game on Facebook in 2011. Recognizing the complement between casino-style games and casual games, the company continues to focus on new game development that responds to player interests.
About Double Down Interactive
Double Down Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Game Technology, is the leading casual games developer of "fun to play" casino experiences on the Internet. With veterans from top online game companies, the team is committed to providing consumers an online social casino experience that is unrivaled by anything else available. Anyone can play at the DoubleDown Casino by visiting http://apps.facebook.com/doubledowncasino/ or http://www.doubledowncasino.com. Double Down Interactive is based in Seattle.
International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. More information about IGT is available at http://www.IGT.com, or follow IGT on Twitter at @IGTNews or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/IGT.
CONTACT: Shanna Sabet, IGT Public Relations, +1-702-669-7537, Shanna.Sabet@IGT.com
Gear Up For An Epic Siege On The Sea And A War On The Shore In Activision's BATTLESHIP® -- Available Today
MINNEAPOLIS, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It's time to engage in an epic battle at sea and on shore asHasbro (Nasdaq: HAS) and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced that BATTLESHIP® the video game is available today at retail outlets nationwide. The gametakes a hybrid approach combining military strategy and fast-paced first-person action gaming as players take control of a powerful naval fleet and experience the cinematic action of war at sea. BATTLESHIP is now available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Wii(TM) system from Nintendo and the Nintendo DS(TM) and Nintendo 3DS(TM) hand-held systems.
"Working with the legendary BATTLESHIP property, and the new epic action-adventure from Universal Pictures, we felt it was important to capture some of the cinematic drama while allowing players to experience the action from a unique perspective," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "We want both movie-goers and gamers of all ages to dive into an all new, fun BATTLESHIP experience."
Combining military strategy and fast-paced first-person shooter gameplay, players take control of a powerful naval fleet in this re-envisioned version of BATTLESHIP. Trapped in a "dome" of alien-terror on the Hawaiian Islands, where support communications have been put to a halt, players commandeer real-world naval vessels, including Destroyers, Carriers, and even the famous U.S.S. Missouri as action-packed sea battles against alien invaders ensue across land, sea, and air.
"With numerous gaming platforms available today, it is important to showcase BATTLESHIP on many different levels," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Marketing at Hasbro. "The new BATTLESHIP is the perfect medley that both strategic and action-junkie gamers will fall in love with."
In BATTLESHIP for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 systems, first person run-and-gun gameplay meets tactical battle command. Playing as Cole Mathis, a first class Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, players will deploy air strikes and radar sweeps to monitor and dominate the marine battlefield. With killer-combat instincts, players must lock-and-load an arsenal of weapons like machine guns and missile launchers to send the invaders packing.
In the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and DS versions, players are in control of a wide variety of naval units, including Cruisers, Submarines, and Patrol Boats in exciting turn-based combat with a team of specialized commanders. With different play modes to choose from, including Story and quick-battle Skirmish, players will unlock new maps, units, and leaders to turn the tide of battle.
BATTLESHIP is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system for a suggested retail price of $59.99, and is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB. The game is also available for the Wii system for $39.99, the DS for $24.99 and the Nintendo 3DS for $29.99. All Nintendo versions are rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB. For more information, please visit http://www.battleshipthevideogame.com.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Publishing generally uses words such as "outlook," "will," "could," "would," "might," "remains," "to be," "plans," "believes," "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimate," future," "plan," "positioned," "potential," "project," "remain," "scheduled," "set to," "subject to," "upcoming" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Publishing's titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, Activision Publishing's ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms, declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Activision Publishing's products, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, industry competition including from used games and other forms of entertainment, litigation risks and associated costs, rapid changes in technology, industry standards, business models including online and used games, and consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as music, first-person action and massively multiplayer online games, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors, and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers that can create high quality "hit" titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities and potential challenges associated with geographic expansion, and the other factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Silent House
Available July 24, 2012 on Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack with UltraViolet(TM), DVD & On Demand From Universal Studios Home Entertainment
"Beyond terrifying! Clever, gripping, intense and scary as hell" - Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May, 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) stars in this harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller presented in real time as one single, uninterrupted shot. Hailed as "pulse pounding scary" (Cindy Pearlman, Chicago Sun-Times), Silent House is available on Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack with Ultra Violet(TM), as well as DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on July 24, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
When Sarah (Olsen) finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house with no contact to the outside world, panic soon turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water), Silent House uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey. Also starring Adam Trese (40 Days and 40 Nights, Zodiac) and Eric Sheffer Stevens (Julie & Julia), Silent House is an intensely visceral experience that Dan Jewel of Life & Style raves is "unbearably suspenseful and utterly terrifying."
The Silent House Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack delivers the film in perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound. The Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet(TM), a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film - so consumers can truly enjoy the movie anytime, anywhere, on the device of their choice! UltraViolet(TM) is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows and put them in the cloud. From there, they can download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. In addition, consumers can redeem a Digital Copy of the film from a variety of retail partners, who offer many viewing options including iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod(TM) touch, Android, connected televisions, Blu-ray player apps and more!
BLU-RAY(TM) and DVD BONUS FEATURES:
-- FEATURE COMMENTARY: Co-director Chris Kentis and
screenwriter/co-director Laura Lau participate.
BLU-RAY(TM) BONUS FEATURES: Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.
-- UltraViolet(TM): The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect
movies and TV shows, put them in the cloud and stream instantly to
computers, tablets and smart phones, currently available in the United
-- DIGITAL COPY: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length
movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of
electronic and portable devices
-- BD-LIVE(TM): Access the BD-Live(TM)( )Center through your
Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
-- pocket BLU(TM) APP: The groundbreaking pocket BLU(TM) app uses iPad®,
iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android(TM), PC and Mac® to work seamlessly
with a network-connected Blu-ray(TM) player. Plus iPad® and
Android(TM) tablet owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket
BLU(TM) made especially to take advantage of the tablets' larger screen
and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a
library of Blu-ray(TM) content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go
in a way that's bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU(TM)
offers advanced features such as:
-- ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your
Blu-ray(TM) player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and
BD-Live(TM) functions with ease.
-- VIDEO TIMELINE: Users can easily bring up the video timeline,
allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
-- MOBILE-TO-GO: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with
their Blu-ray(TM) discs to save to their device or to stream from
anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on
the go, anytime, anywhere.
-- BROWSE TITLES: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket
BLU(TM)-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def.
They can view free previews and see what additional content is
available to unlock on their device.
-- KEYBOARD: Entering data is fast and easy with your device's
-- uHEAR(TM): Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative
feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray(TM) disc
and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
CAST AND FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens
Directed By: Chris Kentis and Laura Lau
Based on the film by: Gustavo Hernández
Screenplay by: Laura Lau
Produced by: Agnes Mentre
Executive Produced by: George Paaswell, Elle Driver
Production Designer: Roshelle Berliner
Director of Photography: Igor Martinovic
Costume Designer: Lynn Falconer
Composer: Nathan Larson
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY(TM):
Street Date: July 24, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61123227
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: R for disturbing violent content and terror
Languages:/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (Bonus)
Run Time: 1 Hour, 26 Minutes
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: July 24, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61121481
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: R for disturbing violent content and terror
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (Bonus)
Run Time: 1 Hour, 26 Minutes
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Initial Brands Include Joe's Jeans, Shirt by Shirt, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and William Rast
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LuxeYard, Inc., (OTCQB: LUXR), the fast-growing boutique luxury flash sale site, announced today it has expanded into the men's apparel sector. The trendsetting, members-only web site will feature 10 to 15 designer labels, as well as popular up-and-coming brands, at discounts of up to 70 percent off retail on a range of apparel and accessories.
The men's fashion industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years as men are becoming more focused on what they are wearing and more interested in showing a sense of individuality. The LuxeYard site has embraced this growing trend by offering a wide range of styles from brands including MB999, Joe's Jeans, Ben Sherman, Shirt by Shirt,King Baby Studio, Madisonpark Collective, Jacob Holston, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and William Rast, to name a few.
"The establishment of men's apparel and accessories on LuxeYard is an exciting progression for us," said Daniella Clarke, Frankie B Jeans founder and LuxeYard style consultant. "This is a great opportunity to introduce our male members to a mix of mainstream brands, and to discover brands that fit his lifestyle and style preference. We want to align our guy with brands that both make him comfortable and make a statement."
LuxeYard also plans to introduce well-known male fashion and design personalities to its existing Trendsetter program, which currently has featured celebrities and personalities such as Giuliana Rancic, Kyle Richards Umansky and Jillian Reynolds. These male fashion and style experts will provide wardrobe recommendations and accessible style tips to help members create and hone their own customized styles that suit their individual personalities and the way they live.
LuxeYard is a members-only flash sale site for luxury home furnishings, decor and fashion that offers access to unique products sourced by a seasoned team of buyers at a fraction of retail prices. LuxeYard is the pioneer of Concierge Buying, which gives members the power to determine what items will be sold on the site, and Group Buy which allows them to lower the price by sharing sale items with friends. Along with its veteran retail, e-commerce and digital marketing management team, LuxeYard partners with celebrity Trendsetters and design and fashion industry insiders to deliver a curated buying experience from a unique point of view to its members. To join the LuxeYard community, visit http://www.LuxeYard.com.
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Globecomm Chooses RealNetworks Helix Universal Media Server to Power Live and On-Demand Video Streaming to Enterprises
Powerful new partnership gives enterprises exceptional live, interactive and two-way corporate communications and training on any device, platform or format
SEATTLE and HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Globecomm Systems Inc. has selected the Helix Universal Media Server from RealNetworks, Inc. for integration into its Tempo Enterprise Media Platform. The Helix Universal Media Server will provide Globecomm's enterprise customers with high quality, secure streaming of interactive live and on-demand media to desktops, televisions, and mobile devices.
"We are very excited to be working with RealNetworks and to incorporate their Helix Universal Media Server into our Tempo Media Platform," said Ed Behan, Vice President of Enterprise Services for Globecomm. "The flexibility, scalability and reliability of their technology have provided a robust integration with our platform and products. The coupling of this technology with RealNetworks outstanding technical support will allow us to deliver maximum business value to our customers."
Tempo is an Enterprise Media Platform that allows organizations to create secure, private networks for their internal communications, employee training and digital display. The Tempo managed service can be distributed over Corporate Wide Area Networks, Internet Content Delivery Networks, Satellite Networks or be provisioned as a hybrid solution across any combination of the three.
Tempo's powerful, intuitive back-end allows integration into other enterprise-class software platforms, such as human resource management systems and learning management systems. Integrating the Helix Universal Media Server with Tempo allows for the immediate use of this powerful platform for interactive, two-way corporate communications and training, areas that are vital to the success of large companies with remote workforces.
"The integration of the Helix Universal Media Server with Globecomm's Tempo Enterprise Media Platform brings a best-of-breed solution to companies who are using video to train their employees and market their products," said Mike Womack, Director of Business Development, RealNetworks Helix Division. "Because the Helix platform is so flexible and powerful, it allows companies like Globecomm to seamlessly integrate end-to-end streaming video capabilities into their flagship products, making the 'build versus buy' decision a no-brainer."
Helix Media Delivery Platform helps organizations securely encode, manage and deliver media to users on a wide range of platforms, formats and devices. The fully-supported, end-to-end solution allows companies to automate the creation and delivery of high-definition, live and on-demand media for education, work and entertainment. Easily integrated and managed, the Helix Media Delivery Platform helps educators, governments, enterprise organizations, broadcasters, carriers and OEMs reach more people with the content they want through a solution that saves money by streamlining the entire media delivery process.
RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy for people to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category in 1995 and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network. RealNetworks corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com.
About Globecomm Systems
Globecomm Systems Inc., or Globecomm, is a leading global provider of satellite-based managed network solutions. Employing our expertise in emerging communication technologies we are able to offer a comprehensive suite of system integration, system products, and network services enabling a complete end-to-end solution for our customers. We believe our integrated approach of in-house design and engineering expertise combined with a world-class global network and our 24 by 7 network operating centers provides us a unique competitive advantage. We are now taking this value proposition to selective vertical markets, including government, wireless, media, enterprise, and maritime. As a network solution provider we leverage our global network to provide customers managed access services to the United States Internet backbone, video content, the public switched telephone network or their corporate headquarters, or government offices. We currently have customers for which we are providing such services in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Based in Hauppauge, New York, Globecomm Systems also maintains offices in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.
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New Focus on Cloud Solutions to Help Customers Better Manage People, Money, Customers and Suppliers; Adds Critical Components to SuccessFactors BizX Suite to Deliver Industry's Most Comprehensive and Global Suite of Applications
ORLANDO, Fla., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today unveiled its accelerated cloud strategy by announcing cloud solutions for four lines of business to manage people, money, customers and suppliers. These are planned to be offered in a consistent way and seamlessly integrated into enterprise resource planning (ERP) business software. SAP will leverage the market strengths of SuccessFactors, an SAP company and one of the fastest growing cloud providers in the world, and its founder and CEO Lars Dalgaard. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE® NOW, being held in Orlando, Florida, May 14-16, 2012.
"As a long-time customer of both SAP and SuccessFactors, we see this strategy as a clear way forward, harnessing and streamlining the best of what each side brings to the table," said Troy Barnett, director of HR Processes, Under Armour. "SAP has the process and industry expertise that we rely on every day to run our business, and SuccessFactors gives us cloud applications that our teammates love to use. With the resources at SAP's disposal coupled with Lars' vision and passion, we expect great things from this combination."
"The cloud is a completely new paradigm. Our team of 5,000 will provide customers and all their people with rock-solid access to best-in-class business functionality for people, money, customers and suppliers," said Dalgaard, SAP Executive Board member. "They aim for the highest level of reliable security in the cloud. We will provide integration among the cloud solutions and external content out-of-the-box with on-premise business software. We are passionate about bringing creative and innovative first-in-class applications to market with a beautiful user experience."
The New Cloud Powerhouse
Since the close of SAP's acquisition of SuccessFactors in February 2012, the combined teams immediately joined forces to begin delivering on an accelerated cloud strategy. SuccessFactors is a pioneer in the cloud and a clear leader in the human capital management (HCM) space, while SAP has deep and unmatched end-to-end business process know-how across on-demand and on-premise solutions, hard-won from 40 years of intellectual property, experience and customer success. Together, and with Dalgaard at the helm of the combined Cloud business unit, SAP is now investing more than 5,000 people dedicated to designing, building and delivering beautiful cloud solutions that enable people to love work again and perform at their best. The newly formed Cloud business unit, serving more than 17 million users, will be focused on four solution areas aimed at helping customers manage their most business-critical assets and relationships.
SAP plans to deliver its multitenant cloud solutions as a loosely-coupled suite of best-of-breed applications. The company plans to offer customers the choice and flexibility to adopt these applications at their own pace, as their business needs evolve. When used together, these applications aim to offer the value of a single solution with a consistent user and customer experience, process and data integrity. The cloud portfolio will focus on solutions that help SAP customers better manage:
-- People: SAP announced the addition of its industry-leading global
payroll software as a cloud-based offering integrated with
SuccessFactors' core human resources (HR) solution, Employee Central.
The solution is planned to be available in 10 countries, and is today
leveraged by a number of strategic partners as a platform to offer
business process outsourcing (BPO) services. SAP has more than 200
resources throughout every region in the world to help ensure local
regulations and complexities are addressed and updated within its
payroll solution. With the addition of global payroll to the
SuccessFactors talent management and core HR solutions, SAP intends to
offers the most comprehensive suite of applications in the cloud to help
customers manage their people more effectively along end-to-end HR
processes, from strategy to execution.
-- Money: With decades of deep expertise in global localization of
sophisticated financial applications, SAP announced the planned
availability of the SAP® Financials OnDemand solution, targeted for
large enterprise customers to manage their core financials as well as
order-to-cash and invoice-to-pay processes. It is planned to be
integrated with SuccessFactors' core HR solution Employee Central. In
addition, SAP intends to deliver a new release of the SAP® Travel
OnDemand solution with additional integration and mobile capabilities,
including the ability to capture and process expenses directly from a
-- Customers: The SAP® Sales OnDemand solution, with new innovations now
released quarterly, goes beyond the outdated capabilities of existing
cloud-based sales force automation tools by delivering new marketing and
social selling capabilities, new configurability and customization
tools, and new integration to on-premise SAP® Business Suite software,
including the SAP® Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM)
application. SAP is now broadening its portfolio of CRM solutions to
help companies leverage the full power of social networks. SAP today
also announced the general availability of the SAP® Social Customer
Engagement OnDemand solution to help companies engage intelligently with
their customers via social media such as Facebook and Twitter as part of
their multichannel approach for both marketing and service
-- Suppliers: Supplier interaction continues to be a key lever for
customers. SAP intends to invest in the SAP® Sourcing OnDemand solution
for strategic sourcing, supplier and contract lifecycle management
integrated on premise with SAP Business Suite, as well as its business
networks solutions, including the SAP® Information Interchange OnDemand
solution, for networked-based invoice management and information
exchange for the procure-to-pay process.
SAP Cloud Solutions Built With "Social, Mobile, Analytics-First" Approach
Harnessing the power of its mobile, collaborative and analytic expertise for the cloud, SAP cloud solutions can create synergies for customers to realize business value in entirely new ways. A beautiful and intuitive user interface (UI) enables people to easily navigate the system to get their work done more efficiently. Built-in social collaboration aims to help teams work together to achieve business goals faster-- whether across the globe or in the next cubicle. With these capabilities powered by the SAP HANA® platform, people can make better-informed decisions while integration with the existing portfolio of on-premise solutions from SAP allows for faster innovation across lines of business.
Social Collaboration Where People Work: In Every Application and Business Process
SAP continues to reinforce its social collaboration strategy with new people and data collaboration capabilities: analytics directly in social software for fact-based decision-making, social communities easily blended with formal training for increased learner engagement and an iPad application for collaboration on-the-go. Additionally, in less than two months, social capabilities have been activated for millions of users, letting them easily share and tap into the expertise of their colleagues, unlocking the value of social software.
Sameer Patel, a social software influencer who recently joined SAP, is driving the development of the next-generation social strategy at SAP. The goal is to combine the company's broad footprint in systems, data management and business processes with SuccessFactors' leadership and knowledge of cloud solutions to deliver social and collaborative capabilities in a way that accelerates process and business performance. SAP plans to announce further details in the coming months.
Mobile, Extensible, Powered by SAP HANA: Cloud Applications Using SAP and Third-Party Platform-as-a-Service
Across its rich portfolio of mobile cloud solutions, SAP announced today the planned availability of SAP NetWeaver Cloud as its unified platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. It is intended to be powered by SAP HANA with application design and runtime capabilities, as well as a rich set of services that are planned to include security, mobile and collaboration. SAP today also reaffirmed its commitment to openness by announcing its partnership with leading third-party PaaS offerings, including VMware Cloud Foundry(TM), that customers will be able to use together with platform services from SAP NetWeaver Cloud to extend SAP solutions.
Integration of Hybrid Landscape Using SAP and Third-Party Integration-as-a-Service
SAP recognizes that for many of its customers, heterogeneous IT landscapes and deployments across on demand and on premise will continue to be the norm and it is crucial to provide integration to make such a hybrid solution landscape work. To address this need, SAP intends to deliver a cloud-based integration technology, comprised of on-demand solutions for process integration and data services, with out-of-the-box content to connect the loosely coupled line-of-business on-demand solutions to other SAP solutions whether on premise or on demand. For integration to third-party solutions, SAP plans to offer its own cloud-based integration technology and also plans to enable its vast ecosystem of partners, including solutions from Dell Boomi, IBM Cast Iron and Mulesoft.
SuccessFactors and SAP Run Better Together
Wasting no time, SuccessFactors implemented several key SAP cloud solutions internally in only six weeks. SuccessFactors, previously a user of multiple, disparate cloud applications, now boasts the title of world's largest implementation of SAP Sales OnDemand. In the weeks since the companies came together, SuccessFactors has also gone live with SAP Sourcing OnDemand for its strategic procurement management; SAP Travel OnDemand for expense and travel management of its U.S. and German employees; and the SAP Business ByDesign® solution, supporting finance and professional services processes.
In parallel, SAP will also use SuccessFactors BizX suite internally as its new HCM system. The use of Success Factors' cloud solution will simplify HR processes for managers and employees, help managers better align their daily management activities with the corporate strategy and provide the best tools for employees to take more control of their career development. Thirteen hundrend internal early adopters have been working with SuccessFactors since April with enthusiastic feedback about its ease of use and simplicity. The solution will be globally available on May 14 to every SAP employee.
Run Better: Full Business - Any Size - In the Cloud
SAP will continue to offer fully integrated suites in the cloud, with SAP Business ByDesign for mid-market customers via its reseller channels and for subsidiaries of large enterprise customers, as well as the SAP® Business One OnDemand solution served by certified SAP partners for smaller customers.
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With SAPPHIRE® NOW, SAP offers its customers, partners and prospects even more opportunities to engage in dialogue with peers, participants and thought leaders around the globe. Being held in Orlando, Florida, May 14-16, 2012, this enhanced, real-time event connects attendees on site with global participants through state-of-the-art broadcast studios and an online experience that incorporates the latest social media and community functionality. Whether on site or online, participants can gain insight as to how SAP is delivering on its product strategy and helping organizations around the world to run better. For more information, visitwww.sapphirenow.com. Follow SAPPHIRE NOW on Twitter at @SAPPHIRENOW and visit the Events Newsroom atwww.events.news-sap.com.
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