Social Media ROI: Overdrive Interactive Launches Comprehensive Social Media Measurement Dashboard
Overdrive Interactive's SocialEye Reveals True ROI of Social Media Marketing
BOSTON, Aug. 25 -- Marketers who have been struggling to quantify the value of their social media marketing efforts may not be grappling much longer. Today, Boston digital marketing agency Overdrive Interactive launched SocialEye, a robust tracking and measurement dashboard designed to reveal the true ROI of social media marketing.
In addition to tracking newer social media metrics such as connections (friends, fans and followers) and buzz, the comprehensive SocialEye dashboard helps marketers report on the actual ROI (return on investment) of their social media efforts, reporting on metrics such as site traffic, leads and revenue generated by social media marketing efforts.
Overdrive Interactive CEO, Harry Gold said, "SocialEye goes beyond the buzz to assign hard metrics such as site traffic, leads and revenue against social media programs. Now marketers can measure the ROI from social media marketing in the same way they do everything else online."
Customers who implemented SocialEye in its pilot phase reported immediate value of the dashboard.
"Partnering with Overdrive has truly elevated the quality of our social listening and reporting," said Megan O'Malley, strategy and planning associate at Mktg. Inc. "The SocialEye platform in particular has enabled the depth and breadth of analytics that our clients had been craving but that other companies had been unable to deliver."
The SocialEye dashboard lets marketers track and analyze:
-- Social media connections such as Facebook likes and fans, Twitter
followers and blog feed subscribers
-- Page views and plays from social profiles and video channels
-- Engagement levels, including comments that show what social actions
spark consumer reactions and interaction
-- Media equivalent values showing the worth of social assets,
impressions, visits and connections
-- Site visits and actual traffic to a company's website resulting
directly from social media
-- Site conversions and transactions - actual leads and revenue from
social media marketing
SocialEye can be fully integrated with existing CRM systems to link call center inquires, offline sales and repeat sales to their originating social media sources.
See a SocialEye video, download a whitepaper about measuring social media ROI and receive a customized consultation for your company's social ROI needs by calling 617-254-5000 ext. 1103 or visiting socialeye.com.
Did You Know? International Calling Information is Available at Your Fingertips on verizonwireless.com
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 25 -- Wondering what the calling rate is for your international getaway? Verizon Wireless customers can visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/global to find coverage and rate details by country, including:
-- Per-minute rate information
-- Coverage maps
-- Coverage by city, country or territory
-- Dialing instructions
-- Other available services, including GlobalEmail and GlobalAccess
Customers using Verizon Wireless global-capable phones and smartphones can enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data in more than 200 countries, with more than 115 offering 3G speeds. In addition, contract customers heading to more than 40 destinations outside of the United States can use any Verizon Wireless phone to stay connected. All international travelers can access U.S.-based customer support 24 hours a day using a toll-free roaming support number. Learn more at http://www.verizonwireless.com/global.
With the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network, a wide variety of smartphones and other wireless devices, and award-winning customer service, Verizon Wireless is a leader in customer satisfaction. In 21 of the last 23 quarters, Verizon Wireless has led the industry with the lowest customer turnover rate among major U.S. wireless companies. Learn more at http://aboutus.vzw.com/customersatisfaction/index.html.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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Nasuni users benefit from the flexibility to store, distribute and retrieve data through the Internet or directly from network cloud
NATICK, Mass., Aug. 25 -- Nasuni(TM), the leading gateway to cloud storage, today announced integration between its Nasuni Filer and EMC® Atmos(TM) cloud storage to offer customers a simple, scalable and cost-effective online storage solution that leverages the power of the cloud.
EMC's Atmos cloud storage platform manages and optimizes external clouds as part of an overall private cloud strategy; the Nasuni Filer is an advanced virtual file server provisioned by the cloud. Combined, the solutions provide users the flexibility to securely store, distribute and retrieve data. Customers avoid storage-related capital outlays, and instead pay a flat monthly fee for the Filer in addition to storage use-based charges.
"Through differentiated, enterprise-ready features such as policy management, security, multi-tenancy, and a self-service management console, EMC Atmos gives service providers a comprehensive foundation for delivering cloud services and enabling their customers to consume cloud storage capacity while achieving the level of service they expect," said Jon Martin, Director of Product Management and Marketing, Cloud Infrastructure Group at EMC. "With the EMC Atmos web services API as the presentation layer, service providers can easily integrate with partners such as Nasuni to simplify file access capabilities in a cloud environment. The combination of EMC's infrastructure expertise and Nasuni's encryption capabilities, provide customers with a powerful end-to-end cloud offering."
The EMC Atmos platform has been chosen by world-class service providers and independent software vendors to enable unprecedented flexibility among cloud vendors. It automatically manages the distribution of rich, unstructured information, independent of geographic location. Nasuni-EMC integration lets storage providers further economize cloud storage, and helps customers easily access their files.
"By combining the benefits of EMC Atmos cloud storage with Nasuni's ability to provide the functionality of a traditional NAS, customers can utilize simple and cost-effective data protection," said Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni. "The cloud enables customers to expand their existing storage capacity without purchasing additional hardware. They may now enjoy considerable savings as well as increased IT productivity."
The Nasuni Filer simplifies file access, storage, and protection, while eliminating expenses inherent in hardware expansion. Because it provisions storage capacity automatically and delivers local-like performance, it can be used as primary storage instead of - or in combination with - traditional file servers. Features include synchronous snapshots, deduplication, and encryption plus key management for security. Users hesitant to use the cloud for primary storage may still use the Filer for backup.
About NasuniNasuni delivers the leading cloud storage gateway which transforms storage as a service into a practical business solution. The Nasuni Filer is a virtual NAS file server that leverages the resources of the cloud to deliver primary storage and disaster recovery protection. Targeting the mid-market, Nasuni's solution eliminates the need for incremental storage hardware, and the resulting capital expense to manage unstructured file growth. The company is backed by North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners. To download the Nasuni Filer, or for more information, visit http://www.nasuni.com.
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Class is Now in Session! LG Text Ed with Jane Lynch Teaches Parents to 'Face the Facts. Send the Message.'
Emmy nominated actress and former 'text offender' to school parents about teen mobile misuse through a series of online videos with LG Mobile Phones
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 25 -- LG Mobile Phones announced today that award-winning actress Jane Lynch is bringing her iconic humor and unique talent to the LG Text Ed program, a comprehensive educational campaign for parents that addresses teen mobile phone misuse, and provides parents with valuable resources so they can teach responsible phone use to their children. Lynch - the newest member of the LG Text Ed council - is featured in a series of comedic vignettes which can be viewed on http://www.LGTextEd.com. Lynch, a new mom herself, masterfully employs her artistic abilities and the result is a video series that is both humorous and thought-provoking.
Bringing her trademark intensity and flair to the LG Text Ed campaign, Lynch is working with LG to raise awareness about risky mobile phone behavior. As the star of the videos, Lynch tackles issues such as sexting, texting while driving, mobile bullying, and other questionable teen behaviors. At the end of each video, Lynch directs parents to LGTextEd.com where they can find professional advice and guidance to help promote safe and responsible usage among their text- and tech-savvy families. As one of the leading manufacturers of texting devices and a popular brand among teens, LG hopes the videos - and Lynch's use of humor to address the issues - will inspire parents to face the facts about their teen's sometimes risky and unacceptable mobile phone habits.
In the videos, Lynch plays the role of a newly reformed "text offender" who was a self-professed texting fiend regularly engaged in mobile harassment, text rage, and other irresponsible behaviors. Lynch is busted by the police for texting while driving, and as part of her sentence, undergoes mobile rehab. Lynch re-enters society with a new-found zeal to help spread the word and LG enlists her to educate a group of uninformed parents about teen mobile misuse through a series of community service classes.
"Jane Lynch's comedic skill and new-mom status were a perfect fit for the LG Text Ed program," said Tim O'Brien, vice president of consumer and trade marketing. "We felt that Jane could deliver our message to parents with clarity, wit and authority - communicating the importance of the issue without lecturing or being condescending."
Lynch explains that her role in the campaign hits close to home. "Since becoming involved with LG on this campaign, I have realized the quick pace of parenthood," said Lynch. "So, LG brought me on board to shed some light on the issue of mobile misuse among teens. Together, we've created a series of videos that are entertaining yet speak seriously to parents about this growing issue."
Flexing both her funny and authoritative bones, Lynch has created five videos for LG that address sexting, mobile harassment, texting while driving, setting boundaries with your kids, and text message decoding for parents. Each video encourages parents to "face the facts" and "send the message" to their children that risky mobile phone behavior is unacceptable and can even be dangerous. The five videos will be rolled out over the next few months.
The videos will be housed on LGTextEd.com. A Facebook page was also created to give parents an interactive space to continue the conversation. The LG Text Ed Facebook page allows users to talk to one another, post questions, and check up on Lynch's latest classroom lessons.
LG Text Ed
The LG Text Ed program, which was launched earlier this year, offers parents a number of articles, tips, videos, and other content so they can educate themselves on the dangers of mobile phone misuse; employ strategies to help protect their children from potential problems, and discover how they might be modeling their children's mobile phone behavior.
Other LG Text Ed Advisory Council members include Rosalind Wiseman, best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabees (the basis for the 2004 hit film, Mean Girls); Dr. Charles Sophy, Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and author of Side by Side; and Dr. Joel Haber, a clinical psychologist and bully coach, and author of Bullyproof Your Child for Life.
Parents can find additional information on the LG Text Ed initiative and mobile phone misuse by visiting http://www.lgtexted.com.
About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communication and information company. LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world with its cutting-edge technology and innovative handset design capabilities. Increasingly, LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products. LG will continue to take leadership in the mobile communication environment with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit http://www.lgmobilephones.com.
About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 80,000 people working in more than 115 operations including 84 subsidiaries around the world. With 2009 global sales of USD43.4 billion, LG is comprised of five business units -- Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is the world's leading producer of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula One(TM). As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit http://www.lgusa.com.
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AT&T Enhances Mobile Broadband Coverage Inside Fashion Square Mall
New Distributed Antenna System Provides Additional Coverage to Help Enhance Wireless Experience for Charlottesville Customers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 25 -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new antenna system in the Fashion Square Mall that will help to extend wireless service.
Known as a Distributed Antenna System, or DAS, the installation consists of several strategically placed antennas that distribute AT&T's wireless network coverage throughout the mall providing for more efficient management of wireless capacity in heavily trafficked areas. The addition of this system will help to improve call reliability, increase download speeds and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.
The new antenna system is part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to extend its 3G wireless network - the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. It is also part of AT&T's previously announced plans to drive innovation and expand its mobile network in the region. From 2007 through 2009, AT&T's total capital investment in its Virginia wireless and wireline networks was nearly $600 million.
"Our goal is pretty simple: we want you to have an extraordinary experience when you make a call, check e-mail, download a song or video, or surf the Internet on your AT&T device," said Erika K, Thompson-Kemp, vice president and general manager for AT&T in Virginia and West Virginia. "Sometimes that means using creative solutions to enhance coverage in key locations such as popular shopping malls."
Wireless data traffic on the AT&T network has grown more than 5,000 percent over the past three years, largely attributed to the increasing popularity of advanced smartphones and the performance of AT&T's 3G network, the nation's fastest.
AT&T recently upgraded 3G cell sites nationwide to High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2. Future plans include another upgrade to HSPA+ technology at the end of this year followed by the initial deployment next year of LTE, the next-generation of wireless technology. These advancements, when combined with an ongoing initiative to increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, are a part of AT&T's strategy to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and in the future.
AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in over 220 countries and data service in more than 195 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as 3G services in more than 120 countries.
For more information about AT&T's 3G coverage in the Commonwealth or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
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SonicWALL Expands Smart Wireless Access SonicPoint Series for Distributed Wireless Networks
New secure wireless access points, SonicPoint-Ni and SonicPoint-Ne, extend comprehensive security features to SonicWALL TZ, NSA and E-Class NSA Firewalls
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 25 -- SonicWALL, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced the addition of two new secure wireless access points to its SonicPoint(TM) Series - the SonicPoint-Ni and SonicPoint-Ne. Designed for enterprises, SMBs and distributed wireless networks, the new devices are 802.11n compliant dual-band single radio wireless secure access points that integrate seamlessly into the existing SonicWALL TZ, Network Security Appliance (NSA) and E-Class NSA product lines. These new devices provide Clean Wireless connections through integrated Gateway Anti-Virus, Intrusion Prevention, Anti-Spyware and Content Filtering, scanning all traffic for malware and inappropriate Web sites requests. The solution supports wireless encryption standards, wireless intrusion prevention services and rogue access point detection. Moreover, the new SonicPoint Series extends Next-Generation Firewall capabilities such as Application Intelligence and Control to the distributed wireless network.
Using SonicPoints with the SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewall feature set enables organizations to control and prioritize wireless access to business applications while de-prioritizing other bandwidth-hogging applications and sites (e.g. gaming applications or video streaming Web sites), that are not business-critical. IT managers are now able to allocate rights on a granular basis to specific users and groups who need to access key sets of applications while restricting access to other users and groups where appropriate. Combining Next-Generation Firewall features with the SonicWALL SonicPoint distributed wireless network solution gives users greater security by scanning for viruses, intrusions, and spyware. It increases network productivity through appropriate allocation of bandwidth to the right groups for the important applications even when roaming from one wireless access point to another.
Thanks to the integrated wireless switch and controller present in all SonicWALL firewalls, customers can now easily manage both their wireless and wired network from one firewall device. Businesses, governmental and educational institutions can rapidly and inexpensively deploy the smart access points to create local and distributed wireless networks. Retailers with concerns about the Payment Card Initiative (PCI) are able to deploy SonicWALL wireless networks with enhanced security and scan either the 2.4 or 5.0 MHz spectrums to satisfy PCI security requirements.
SonicPoint-Ni and SonicPoint-Ne are designed to easily and seamlessly extend existing SonicWALL deployments. They auto-discover and auto-provision via the integrated wireless switch and controller built into all SonicWALL firewalls. Users can roam from point to point in a network, maintaining their connectivity and authentication. Administrators access a single, consolidated policy interface to manage traffic on the wired and wireless LAN. This capability simplifies initial setup and ongoing policy management of all network segments.
"Because SonicWALL's new 802.11n compliant SonicPoints are completely integrated with our Next-Generation Firewall feature set, we've changed the landscape for small and large wireless deployments. For the first time ever, an IT manager can easily set complete policy on exactly how the wireless network will work, what applications should have priority access and which users should be granted the most rights and the least," said Patrick Sweeney, vice president of product management. "And since all that policy is part of the firewall, organizations can manage their wired and wireless network intelligently, and inexpensively."
The devices are available immediately. The suggested MSRP for SonicPoint-Ni is US$365 and the MSRP for SonicPoint-Ne is US$525. For more information on SonicWALL and its comprehensive portfolio of security solutions, please visit: http://www.sonicwall.com/.
About SonicWALL, Inc.
Guided by its vision of Dynamic Security for the Global Network, SonicWALL develops advanced intelligent network security and data protection solutions that adapt as organizations evolve and as threats evolve. Trusted by small and large enterprises worldwide, SonicWALL solutions are designed to detect and control applications and protect networks from intrusions and malware attacks through award-winning hardware, software and virtual appliance-based solutions. For more information, visit http://www.sonicwall.com/.
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Entrepreneurs Can Learn How to Make Money Online at Internet Marketing Bootcamp in Dallas
The Internet Millionaire Bootcamp with Hans Johnson and Jeff Usner on September 4th and 5th will teach individuals proven internet marketing techniques and business strategies to make money online.
DALLAS, Aug. 25 -- A two-day Internet Millionaire Bootcamp to teach entrepreneurs how they can make money online through internet marketing is coming to Dallas September 4th and 5th. The bootcamp is being offered by Hans Johnson, CEO and co-founder of the personal development company, Call To Freedom, Int'l., and fellow internet marketing millionaire, Jeff Usner, CEO of Leadstore, Inc.
"The two day event is going to be jam-packed with content," says Hans Johnson. "We're going to reveal every detail how we've built our businesses. Entrepreneurs can now learn how to make money online with our step-by-step techniques."
The cost for the two-day bootcamp is only $495 and is 100% guaranteed to deliver actionable results within seven days.
Here are the details:
When: September 4th & 5th, start time: 9:00 a.m., both days
Where: Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, 4440 West John Carpenter Freeway,
Irving, TX 75063
Accommodations: Room rate is $89 per night single/double
Transportation: Free shuttle from Dallas Ft. Worth International
Airport (DFW) to the hotel
To get more info and register: click here.
"We're going to break down the different models, and share, step by step, what we've done to generate traffic, develop content and drive sales. We'll cover everything from how to pick a profitable idea or market to enter, to getting a website up and running, to writing profit generating sales copy. Even if you have no technical skills or are a complete newbie, we're going to break it down and demystify the entire process."
The Internet Millionaire Bootcamp will cover:
-- How to get a website online in less than one hour
-- How to pick the right markets
-- Biggest mistakes people make with domain names, servers, website
set-up and design
-- Branding and positioning do's and don'ts
-- Front-and-back-end advertising strategies and secrets
-- How to design, set-up and optimize profit funnels
-- A-to-Z on how to design, set-up, run and optimize a long-term Internet
-- Creating product offers and marketing campaigns that convert
-- Sales copy made easy; fool proof formula
-- Million dollar affiliate marketing & CPA business system, including
how to drive traffic
-- Testing and optimizing offers for better conversion
-- Follow-up systems
Tickets for the Two Day Internet Millionaire Bootcamp have been selling rapidly, but there are still a few seats available. For people looking to learn how to make money online, visit http://www.emarketingformula.com/.
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TS2 Delivers Satellite Phones for Polish Diplomats
WARSAW, Poland, August 25, 2010-- TS2 has been awarded a contract for the supply of 150 satellite phones
to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The equipment is intended to
secure communication in the event of emergency and the phones will be
provided to Polish ambassadors and consuls across the world. Diplomats
frequently visit regions where no conventional mobile telecommunication
system is available. Now they can use satellite connections ensuring global
coverage and safety.
The satellite telephony system is aimed to secure mobile communication
between the head office and overseas sites of the ministry in critical or
emergency situations such as: evacuation of the site, natural disasters,
breakdowns, local overload of terrestrial communication systems. They are
fully reliable, because, unlike mobile phones, they do not require
terrestrial cell sites which are not installable in some areas, and which can
be destroyed by natural disasters, sabotage or war actions.
The satellite handset, selected as a result of tender procedure, is
designed to work in just about any conditions - in rain storms, dust storms,
searing heat to sub-zero cold, tropical humidity or freezing fog. The phone
operates at -20 degreesC to +55 degreesC and transfers voice and data over
global geostationary satellites that will be operational into the 2020s.
Dust, splash and shock resistant (IP54), humidity tolerance from 0% to 95%.
TS2 http://www.ts2.pl is the leading provider of domestic and global
satellite access services. It has been providing its services amongst others,
to: the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic
of Poland, United States Marine Corps (USMC), and the U.S. Army Corps of
Back-to-School Students Can Now Buy 'Made in China' Direct From LightInTheBox.com
BEIJING, Aug. 25 -- LightInTheBox.com now offers students and parents the opportunity to buy Chinese made products suitable for school use directly from China. Products are offered at a fraction of the price of what consumers would pay for the same product at traditional retailers.
The special promotion also offers customers a free coupon, allowing them to get an additional US$5 or US$10 off their purchase if they spend over US$50 or US$100 respectively on products featured in the promotion.
"We all know how frantic it can get if you do your back-to-school shopping the traditional way, that is, at the local mall. So LightInTheBox offers an alternative, stress-free way to shop for a range of essential back-to-school items," says Alan Guo, CEO of LightInTheBox.com. "It doesn't matter if you are a parent looking for school supplies for your children or a college student looking for products in preparation for the coming academic year - LightInTheBox has the items you need and you will surely save money in the process."
In most countries in the Northern Hemisphere, students are on school holidays during the summer months, although dates do vary. Students return to school from their summer holidays around September, and often, the days preceding the commencement of school is a busy shopping time. Every year, this period becomes a hectic time during which students and parents rush to acquire all the stationery supplies (such as pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, binders, notebooks and rulers), uniforms, text books, electronics and gym shoes needed for the coming school year.
Popular items on the back-to-school shopping lists of high school and university students this year include Apple MacBooks, Lexmark or Epson printers and JanSport or Eastpak backpacks. Other Apple items like the iPhone, iTouch or iPod Nano are also popular with this group. While primary school aged children are hoping to obtain SpongeBob SquarePants, Sesame Street, Toy Story 3, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Iron Man or Disney Princess themed backpacks, lunchboxes or even stationery items.
LightInTheBox.com is a leading global online distributor. It offers more than fifty thousand quality products to customers in more than 160 countries, and serves both individual and commercial customers.
CellTrust Prepares NFC-Provisioning APIs Using SecureSMS for Carriers and Banks as NFC Technology Rollout Begins in 2011
CellTrust Removes Major Obstacle for Mobile Operators and Banks by Delivering OTA (Over-The-Air) NFC Configuration and Provisioning
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 25 -- CellTrust Corporation, the world's largest provider of SecureSMS for mobile phones (http://www.celltrust.com), announced today that it is preparing patent-pending, NFC-provisioning APIs using SecureSMS, in anticipation of NFC technology rollout beginning in early 2011.
NFC (Near Field Communication) is a short-range wireless communication standard that bundles a contactless chip with a contactless reader inside the mobile device. With NFC technology, consumers can simply wave or tap their phone within a few inches of a reader to transfer information to their mobile phone or to complete a mobile payment or transaction.
Designed to make life much easier for the end-user, provisioning NFC will require the carrier to send sensitive and confidential information to the mobile subscriber's handset. While a few methods exist to provision NFC, CellTrust believes SMS is the optimal choice because it uses the mobile communications control channel, which is separate from voice and data and operates regardless of the voice or data being used. The control channel has high resiliency, low bandwidth requirements and was designed for carriers to send specific commands and instructions to the handset via SMS. It is important to note that standard SMS is not secure and can be spoofed. Provisioning NFC with CellTrust's SecureSMS APIs addresses spoofing with a fully authenticated, government-grade, highly encrypted, tamper-proof process, which also enables message sizes up to 5,000 characters.
"At Juniper Research we forecast that 1 in 6 subscribers globally will have NFC phones by 2014," said Howard Wilcox, Senior Analyst, Juniper Research. "NFC is all about ease and convenience for users although the first question from users usually relates to security. This announcement by CellTrust is an important development to quell peoples' security concerns and enable the rollout of NFC enabled mobile wallets."
NFC has the potential to be a significant, pervasive technology, but the lack of NFC chips in existing handsets and security concerns have held the industry back from wide-scale integration of mobile payments on NFC-equipped devices. CellTrust's NFC solution could be a key driver in finally bringing mobile payments to NFC devices and unlocking the market potential for this technology.
CellTrust's SecureSMS NFC APIs use Short Message Service Center (SMSC) and allow carriers to use their existing investment in SMS infrastructure while provisioning NFC, therefore a new NFC platform is not required. Carriers can easily integrate with the SecureSMS APIs and send secure commands and instructions to the handset to provision NFC with all types of transactions, including adding and deleting credit cards. CellTrust's technology addresses the security gaps that exist with basic SMS, paving the way for NFC-enabled mobile devices to be securely used as an "electronic wallet."
SecureSMS also gives mobile network operators an added level of security for OTA (Over-The-Air) configuration and provisioning of mobile devices compared to today's standard SMS infrastructure, which is not tamper proof and can be spoofed.
"CellTrust's SecureSMS NFC solution will make it easy for carriers and banks to implement and integrate NFC," said Sean Moshir, Chairman and CEO of CellTrust. "We believe the cost savings for mobile operators will be substantial, since they will be utilizing their existing SMSC infrastructure."
CellTrust's SecureSMS Appliance is the first global enterprise appliance to offer secure SMS communication for handset to handset and enterprise applications to handsets with highly encrypted end-to-end security in compliance with HIPAA, FISMA, and Sarbanes-Oxley, ensuring that information is kept private and only delivered to the intended recipient. CellTrust's award winning SecureSMS(TM) Appliance and Gateway reaches 200+ countries and over 800 carriers.
CellTrust SecureSMS(TM) Appliance was named winner of many industry awards by CTIA, Mobile Marketing Association, RCR Magazine, MobileTrax, and more.
About CellTrust Corporation
CellTrust is a leading provider of secure mobile messaging and applications. CellTrust's patent
pending SecureSMS Gateway(TM) featuring the SecureSMS(TM) Appliance and a suite of mobile applications provide advanced secure mobile messaging and information management across 200+ countries and over 800 carriers. CellTrust ensures the secure and trusted exchange of information on mobile devices to the financial services, healthcare, government, education, energy, information technology, marketing, and travel, among other global industries. For more information about CellTrust's Global, African, North American and Australian operations:
Finish Line Uses Akamai Technologies Dynamic Site Accelerator
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 25 -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), the leading provider of cloud optimization services, today announced that Finish Line, a premium athletic footwear retailer, has implemented Akamai's Dynamic Site Accelerator to enhance the customer experience on Finishline.com.
The Akamai solution has helped Finish Line speed up the performance and availability of its site. Since leveraging the Dynamic Site Accelerator solution, Finish Line has experienced an average reduction in page loading times of 50 percent. In addition, Dynamic Site Accelerator has allowed Finish Line to offload some of the site's dynamic content to the Akamai globally distributed platform, freeing up company servers and reducing downtime.
"Our core consumer has an affinity for technology and spends a significant amount of time on the Internet. Not only do we need to continuously update our site to ensure that our product catalog is featuring the most current styles, but we also must ensure that our site is loading fast. Consumers expect Finishline.com to perform flawlessly and will quickly take their business elsewhere if it does not," said Finish Line's Senior Vice President, E-Commerce, Technology and Operations, Roger Underwood. "By teaming up with Akamai, we're able to deliver the robust experience our customers demand and can rely on Akamai to handle site performance and availability issues for us. Our team is free to concentrate on strategic initiatives designed to grow our e-commerce business."
"Consumers nowadays have less patience to wait for a site to load when searching for a product and they can easily go to other competitors' sites when the site they are on is slow," said Pedro Santos, chief strategist, eCommerce, Akamai. "Therefore, online retailers such as Finish Line are striving to provide the best possible shopping experience and environment for their consumers. Leveraging Akamai's Dynamic Site Accelerator service, retailers can deliver an enhanced, reliable user experience with the goal of building brand loyalty."
About Finish Line
The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium athletic footwear retailer offering a large selection of performance and everyday sport footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. The Finish Line, Inc. is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol FINL. The company operates 668 Finish Line stores in 47 states and offers online shopping at http://www.finishline.com.
Akamai® provides market-leading, cloud-based services for optimizing Web and mobile content and applications, online HD video, and secure e-commerce. Combining highly distributed, energy-efficient computing with intelligent software, Akamai's global platform is transforming the cloud into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, transact and collaborate. To learn how the world's leading enterprises are optimizing their business in the cloud, please visit http://www.akamai.com and follow @Akamai on Twitter.
The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by hackers or others, unexpected termination of Akamai's relationship with Finish Line, failure of markets to develop as Akamai expects, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
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Nonsense in Retirement Planning Explained by Top Financial Planning Expert Dany Provost
A new book sheds light on a revolutionary financial planning method that could mean the end of retirement planning as we know it.
QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 25 -- "It's about time that people stop being scared by the media and financial advisors using the universally accepted retirement planning model," said Dany Provost, CFA, President of DELTA Actuarial Services. The expert, a financial planning teacher, just released an e-book called Nonsense in Traditional Retirement Planning: a new perspective in which he calls for another kind of financial planning model, making traditional retirement planning literally vanish.
"People experience anxiety when they think about their retirement." The author has noticed that "...many people get nervous about not being able to save enough for retirement while others just throw in the towel. My approach enables people - rich or poor - to maximize their quality of life thanks to a much more sensitive way of allocating their financial resources. It even minimizes the negative impacts of a financial crisis."
According to Mr. Provost, most people have a misleading plan of action for their retirement savings, even when having a generous pension plan. This stems in part from the fact that retirement planning calculators are not sophisticated enough. He said that people are in search of the best return for their retirement portfolio but neglect maximizing their overall situation. His book invites readers to see things from a new perspective.
The French version is a best-seller Canadian paperback book. Mr. Provost's approach has been endorsed by academics as well as numerous professional financial advisors. The e-book comes along with a user-friendly calculator and many other helpful tools. It presents a start-to-finish method backing up this new approach. It is full of examples and humour. It is available for immediate download at http://www.GeniusPlanning.com and a Money Back Guarantee is offered. The first five chapters can be downloaded for free at http://www.geniusplanning.com/index.php?id=courses.
About the author:
Dany Provost is a best-selling author, financial planning authority, columnist and regular contributor to several Canadian newspapers and magazines. He has a degree in actuarial mathematics and a graduate degree in taxation. He has developed many financial calculators for financial institutions and the industry in general.
LifeShield Security Introduces Two Major Additions to Their Innovative Home Security Portfolio
GSM, a fourth layer of protection provided by your cell phone, and new Wi-Fi security cameras for the home -- both add up to increased peace of mind.
YARDLEY, Pa., Aug. 25 -- LifeShield Security (http://www.LifeShield.com), the first national, all digital, professional grade and professionally monitored wireless home security system, officially launched its fourth layer of protection; the first layer is Internet, second is phone, third is battery, and now the fourth - GSM cellular back up protection. GSM, the global system for mobile communications, is the most popular standard for mobile services. Now all LifeShield security systems will be linked through GSM. LifeShield is proud to offer this feature to their customers with no additional cost.
In addition, LifeShield is adding new cameras that are Wi-Fi enabled. With this new feature, cameras can be placed anywhere you want within your home. LifeShield's new cameras offer a faster transmission time that will allow you to see what is going on in any home faster than ever before with a better live video response. LifeShield's Wi-Fi cameras coupled with its new fourth layer of protection; GSM cellular, make it virtually impossible for a burglar to compromise the system. These new additions to LifeShield Security offer increased peace of mind, especially at the time of year when children begin to head back to school.
Many children come home to an empty house. Now with LifeShield Wi-Fi cameras you can see your child walk through the front door and be assured that they are safe - all within a few seconds. LifeShield can also notify you if a scheduled event doesn't occur. Should your child not arrive home at the expected time the system will alert you via text message. This is all in addition to LifeShield's already family-focused technology. Parents can receive text messages and emails when their children come home, and attach sensors to monitor specific areas of your home including medicine and liquor cabinets. LifeShield handsets and intercoms also double as a baby monitor.
LifeShield is designed with families in mind and continues to protect your loved ones with special features like MyLifeshield. This unique monitoring record system has the ability for you to log in and view the complete history of who has been in and out of your home each day.
LifeShield supports cutting edge technology while maintaining affordability. LifeShield has a universal design to accommodate all different types of families, homeowners and renters - making safety affordable.
LifeShield Security is the first national, professional grade and professionally monitored wireless security system that uses an easy to set-up "plug and protect" process, providing superior home protection and the best value in total home security. For more on LifeShield Security, visit http://www.lifeshield.com.
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GIBRALTAR, August 25, 2010-- It was 3am when Amy won a GBP2,000 jackpot playing online. Instead of
calling it a night and going to sleep, she decided to hit the town for a
couple of drinks to celebrate. After a few shots, she went straight to work.
Today, more and more people's sleeping pattern is being affected by the
Internet. So where has our sleep gone?
Amy's story is just one example of how Internet addicts spend their
nights and days. People work on their computers into the late hours of the
night and are not getting enough sleep. The more advanced we get in
technology, the less sleep people seem to be getting.
In the beginning, people would rise when the sun came up and were asleep
by the time the sun went down. In the last few decades, however, this has
changed drastically. After a long day at the office, computers provide people
with endless hours of entertainment. Connecting with friends and playing
online into the wee hours of the night has become a norm. As a result, people
are sleeping less.
Technology, however, can be used to your advantage if you don't let it
take over your life. It can make our lives easier, in theory, giving us more
time to rest at our own convenience. The online world enables us to create
free time when we need it. More and more online companies are working around
the clock to support their different customers' life styles. When asked about
the phenomenon, a spokesperson from http://www.mansioncasino.com said, "We
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Enterprise Communication Company Telepo Accelerates Growth With New EUR10M Funding
STOCKHOLM, August 25, 2010-- Telepo AB, the award winning enabler of Enterprise Communication and
Collaboration software platforms, has secured EUR10m in its B round funding
from Investor Growth Capital and existing investor Accel Partners. It is the
biggest software investment this year in the Nordics and Vice President
Mikael Johnsson at Investor Growth Capital will join Telepo's board of
Telepo will use these new resources to fuel an accelerated geographical
expansion and to further strengthen the breadth and depth of the Telepo
Business Communication Solution.
Telepo CEO Lars Wahlstrom said: "Telepo has been very successful from its
start in 2004. Today, our innovative software enables16 Service Providers in
five countries to offer Unified Communications as a Service via the Cloud and
they averaged a 280 per cent end user growth last year.
"Telepo's unique solution brings it all together both for business users
and Service Providers. Business users benefit from our rich feature set
through a single consistent experience across all device types including
mobiles, PCs, Macs and deskphones. Service Providers increase revenues and
also benefit from our complete cloud enabled platform that has an
unparalleled short time to market launch, just four months for a Telco, as
well as operational excellence over time."
Investor Growth Capital is the wholly owned venture capital arm of
Investor AB, the largest listed industrial holding company in Northern Europe
with assets of more than SEK153 Billion.
Investor Growth Capital VP Mikael Johnsson said: "We are excited to
support Telepo with its international expansion. The company has attracted a
very strong team and it has a unique product offering that stands out in a
market that is really about to take off."
Accel Partners has a history of supporting innovative companies such as
Facebook, Admob, Macromedia and Playfish. It first invested in Telepo in 2006
and its continued excitement is shown in this latest round of funding.
Accel Partners Martin Gibson said: "Telepo's Internet philosophy makes
life easier for both enterprises and Service Providers. It has great power to
take enterprise communication into the cloud era."
Notes to Editors
Telepo is a leading software provider enabling any Service Provider to
offer Unified Communication and Collaboration "as a Service" to Enterprises.
Telepo's innovation and thought leadership has been recognized in the
industry leading to awards such as Gartner "Cool Vendor in Wireless and
Mobile" and GSMA "Best Mobile Enterprise Product". Telepo AB is a privately
held company founded in 2004 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
About Accel Partners
Founded in 1983, Accel Partners is a venture capital and growth equity
firm dedicated to partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs to build
world-class businesses. Accel invests globally using dedicated teams in each
local geography, with offices in Palo Alto, London, New Delhi, Bangalore as
well as in China via the IDG-Accel Partnership. With over $6 billion under
management, Accel has helped entrepreneurs build over 300 successful
companies, including Acopia, AdMob, Alfresco, Arrowpoint, BBN, Brightcove,
ComScore, Etsy, Facebook, Gameforge, GlamMedia, Groupon, Interwoven, Kayak,
Macromedia, metroPCS, NextG Networks, Polycom/PictureTel, Portal Software,
QlikTech, Real Networks, Riverbed, UUNet, Veritas, Walmart.com, Webroot,
XenSource and Zimbra.
About Investor Growth Capital
Investor Growth Capital is the wholly-owned venture capital arm of
Investor AB. Investor Growth Capital was formed in themid-1990's to invest in
high quality, growth-oriented companies, primarily in the IT and Healthcare
industries. Today, the main focus remains within these areas for later stage
venture investments in new technologies and products. Operations are
conducted from Amsterdam, with advisory support from our offices in the
New York, Menlo Park, Stockholm, Beijing and Hong Kong, with a total of more
than 30 investment professionals managing a portfolio whose value exceeds USD
Source: Telepo AB
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NEW ALBANY, Ohio, Aug. 24 -- Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGI), a leading supplier of fully integrated system solutions for the global commercial vehicle market, is pleased to announce that it has launched a new version of the Company's Web site.
The new site's design features more ways for distributors, retail and after-market customers and Original Equipment Manufacturer representatives to research information about CVG products and interact with the Company.
The new CVG Web site (http://www.cvgrp.com) has a more user-friendly design to better showcase and market CVG's products and provide users with convenient access to information that includes product specifications, distributor information, high resolution product images, informative corporate videos and other CVG information. The site also includes expanded descriptions of CVG's processes and research and development capabilities, including the Company's Thermal and Acoustical Laboratory, six-axis testing resources, heavy-truck driving simulator, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping facilities and biomechanics and human factors capabilities.
In addition to better organizing information about CVG's products and processes, the new Web design makes it easier for viewers to access the information they need. The new design also has a more open feel and offers additional information about the Company, including the latest product releases, product specifications, contact information and more ways for customers and distributors to follow CVG via Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Bob Averitt, CVG's Vice President of Strategy and Business Integration, stated, "Our newly redesigned Web site is the next step in how we are evolving to better communicate with our customers and build a stronger after-market presence for our wide range of branded products such as National Seating, KAB Seating, MotoMirror, Prutsman, ComforTEK, Sprague Devices and Road Watch. Our new site offers more information and is organized in a way that makes it easier for our customers to view our products and find out where they can purchase them."
About Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.
Commercial Vehicle Group is a leading supplier of fully integrated system solutions for the global commercial vehicle market, including the heavy-duty truck market, the construction and agriculture markets and the specialty and military transportation markets. The Company's products include static and suspension seat systems, electronic wire harness assemblies, controls and switches, structures and components, interior trim systems (including instrument panels, door panels, headliners, cabinetry and floor systems), mirrors and wiper systems specifically designed for applications in commercial vehicles. The Company is headquartered in New Albany, OH with operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at http://www.cvgrp.com.
Source: Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.
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BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 24 -- REO, a leading manufacturer of high volume precision optical solutions, has launched a new website (http://www.reoinc.com) which provides technical reference and educational information on optics and thin film coatings, as well as an overview of the company's own optical fabrication capabilities. Specifically, the new site contains a tutorial on thin film coating technology, and also provides links to background articles that explore key aspects of optical fabrication and coating. It also furnishes comprehensive descriptions and specifications for REO's products, including optics, coatings, optomechanical assemblies and HeNe lasers.
"Our products are employed in a wide range of applications, including semiconductor processing, defense, materials processing and telecommunications," notes Mark Damery, Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales. "However, the engineers that work in these disciplines often aren't familiar with the nuances of optical fabrication, and sometimes aren't aware of the factors that can have a surprisingly big impact on performance, cost and product durability. It's obviously beneficial for all parties to understand how to specify optics that deliver the required level of performance for a particular use, without incurring unnecessary production costs. We're now directly addressing this issue with practical tutorial-style technical content on our website, and plan on providing more of this type of useful information as time goes on."
REO produces high precision thin film coatings, optics and opto-mechanical assemblies for the ultraviolet, visible and infrared. Located in Boulder, CO, the company primarily services medium to high volume OEMs including manufacturers of defense and aerospace systems, laser systems, semiconductor tools, medical systems, life sciences instrumentation and telecom equipment. REO is a privately held company. For more information, contact Mark Damery, Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales, at +1-720-562-3213, e-mail MarkD@reoinc.com, http://www.reoinc.com, or Susan Anway, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at +1-720-562-3206, e-mail SueA@reoinc.com.
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ASHBURN, Va., Aug. 24 -- USENETSERVER.COM, the recognized leader in affordable Usenet access, is pleased to announce the launch of its new internationalized website.
The new UsenetServer.com website launch is part of UsenetServer's commitment to bring premium, affordable Usenet to end-users throughout the world. In addition to more streamlined content and other tools, such as the Newsgroup Search feature, the new site incorporates translated content for 10 different languages. UsenetServer welcomes users worldwide to explore any of its affordable, unlimited accounts with a 14 day/10 GB free trial.
In addition to the new site, UsenetServer.com recently deployed massive storage and network upgrades to the UNS server farms in both the United States and Europe, bringing UsenetServer.com's Usenet newsgroup article retention to 600+ days for binaries and over two years for text groups.
Look for other exciting service enhancements from UsenetServer later this year.
UsenetServer.com is the world's premier provider of Usenet newsgroup access. As the industry-leader in service reliability, speed, and retention, UsenetServer.com is committed to providing outstanding Usenet access to over 100,000 uncensored newsgroups from its servers in the United States and Europe.
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The Factory Interactive Launches Carib Beer's PassDCarib.com User-Generated Video Campaign
Miami Agency Spearheading Social Media Campaign to Encourage fans to Upload Their Videos of Passing a Carib Beer to Friends Around the World
MIAMI, Fla., Aug. 24 -- Leading digital design and marketing agency The Factory Interactive was selected by Carib Beer to develop and execute their newly revamped online website http://www.CaribBeer.com. Launched last week, the new site is promoting Carib Beer's first social media campaign, Pass D'Carib (http://www.PassDCarib.com) wherein fans are encouraged to upload their own videos of themselves passing a Carib Beer to friends around the world.
Every day Carib Beer will be giving away a case of refreshing beer to one lucky contributor every day. Each unique video submission automatically enters the contributor in to the daily drawings and a chance to win a dream vacation for four. The grand-prize winner will be randomly selected from all submissions and will have the opportunity to choose between three once-in-a-lifetime vacation packages. Videos can be directly uploaded through the PassDCarib.com website.
Since 1950 Carib Beer has been the preeminent beer throughout the Caribbean - with the implementation of the Pass D'Carib social media campaign, Carib is now looking to further expand its visibility throughout the region, North America and the rest of the world. The Factory Interactive's strategy behind Carib Beer's new, customer-focused website and social media campaign is to increase opportunities for fan interaction with the brand.
"As long time fans of Carib Beer, we are truly excited about leveraging social networking outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to promote user-generated content opportunities. Our goal is to bring fans of Carib Beer together while raising awareness in new markets," said Jason Inasi, The Factory Interactive President and CEO. "The Pass D'Carib campaign presents fans with the opportunity to flex their creative muscles while directly interacting with the brand, and one another."
"With our new Pass D'Carib campaign we are encouraging Carib's global family of fans to connect with one another, and our brand, in a fun and engaging manner," said Derrek Waddell, Managing Director of Carib Beer. "Enjoying Carib in a socially responsible way often includes passing a beer to your friends. We felt nothing could exemplify that sense of camaraderie more accurately, or bring our fans closer, then emulating that experience in our online initiatives."
About The Factory Interactive, Inc.: The Factory Interactive, Inc. is an award winning Digital Design & Marketing Agency specializing in the conceptualization and development of cross-media marketing and technology solutions including web, broadband, mobile, DVD/CD ROM, broadcast and print solutions. Founded in 1998, The Factory Interactive, Inc. has provided these sophisticated Digital Business Solutions to a wide variety of corporate clients such as Bmobile, Cable & Wireless, Carib Brewery, Carnival Cruise Lines, Coverall USA, MasterCard, The Miami HEAT, and TSTT. For more information visit: http://www.thefactoryi.com/ and http://www.seotrackonline.com/.
Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition Receives Grant From Verizon to Assist Victims of Domestic Violence
Attorney General Jon Bruning Takes Part in Check Presentation
LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 24 -- Nebraska domestic violence prevention advocates will learn how to use the latest technology to help keep abuse survivors safe, thanks to a new partnership between the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC) and Verizon.
Funded through a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, the new program will offer face-to-face and web-based seminars designed to educate domestic violence advocates throughout Nebraska on the use of cutting-edge technology. They will then share this critical information with domestic violence survivors, support groups and law enforcement officials in their communities.
"The Coalition is pleased to partner with Verizon, a corporate leader in supporting innovative solutions to end domestic violence," said Lynne Lange, NDVSAC's executive director. " It is critical that we help educate advocates on the ground to harness the benefits of technology and increase their capacity to serve victims and survivors."
Providing more resources for those advocates who directly work with the survivors of domestic violence, makes sense for Verizon, according to Seamus Hyland, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "This initiative will enable victims and survivors throughout Nebraska to become familiar with the latest communications tools," said Hyland.
"I applaud the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC) and Verizon for coming together to provide survivors with life-saving information," said Attorney General Jon Bruning. "Partnerships like these make a positive impact on the communities they serve."
Verizon Wireless has supported domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts over the last decade through the company's award-winning HopeLine® phone recycling program. Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories, in any condition, from any wireless service provider. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. All proceeds benefit non-profit shelters and organizations that focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention. Over the last five years, Nebraskans have donated more then 25,000 phones to HopeLine and since the program began more then 7 million phones have been recycled or refurbished.
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity (http://www.thinkfinity.org), and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org.
About the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition
The Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition is a statewide advocacy organization committed to the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence. They work to enhance safety and justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by supporting and building upon the services provided by the network of local programs.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
Random House Children's Books Publishes Its First-Ever Exclusive E-Book Original
THE DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC: A Lost Story from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by New York Times bestselling author Michael Scott The short story e-book original will entertain fans waiting for the next novel in the bestselling series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 -- For the first time in the publisher's history, today Random House Children's Books (http://www.randomhouse.com/kids) is releasing an e-book original, written by the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Michael Scott and entitled THE DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC: A Lost Story from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers / $0.99).
The story is available exclusively in digital format and is the newest addition to Scott's series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, which has sold more than 1 million copies to date in North America. Following on the heels of the publication of The Necromancer (May, 2010), the e-book original is a short story that will fascinate fans. "With the exception of the two teen characters, Michael Scott's series is based entirely on individuals transplanted from history, mythology, folklore, and legend," explains Beverly Horowitz, Delacorte publisher. "Michael's new e-book original is certain to entertain fans and satisfy them as they wait until the publication of the next book in the six-part series, The Warlock (2011)." For more information about Michael Scott and the series visit Facebook.com/SecretsofNicholasFlamel. Fans can also play the online game at QuestfortheCodex.com.
THE DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC: A Lost Story from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is available wherever e-books are sold.
In THE DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC, Scott delves into the idea that the legendary Joan of Arc was not, in fact, burned at the stake in Rouen, France, in 1431. Instead, she was rescued from death by Scathach the Warrior. The truth about that day is revealed in the last will and testament of William of York. Scott's new short story will leave readers wondering if Joan of Arc still roams the Earth today. This e-book original offers a never-before-seen story of two warriors who would become sisters.
Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, and e-books, the imprints of Random House Children's Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company's Web site, Kids @ Random (http://www.randomhouse.com/kids) offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children's Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, a leading international media company.
Source: Random House Children's Books
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Nexus Recognized by Cisco as a Video Surveillance Authorized Technology Provider
VALENCIA, Calif., Aug 24 -- Nexus announced today that it has achieved Video Surveillance Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Nexus as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to design, resell, install and maintain a full range of video surveillance and access-control solutions.
Cisco® physical-security solutions provide network-centric capabilities to video surveillance, Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, electronic access control and other groundbreaking technologies by converging voice, data and physical security into a single appliance. This enables customers to preserve existing investments in analog-based technology and to use the network as a platform upon which more collaborative and integrated physical-security systems can be built. As customers converge physical-security infrastructures and operations and begin using the network as a platform, they gain rapid access to relevant information and increase interoperability with other IP-centric systems. This enables higher levels of situational awareness in environments where intelligent and timely decision making is crucial.
"At Nexus, we engineer and deploy technology-based systems that protect the people, places and things that are important, providing security as a service of the network. Our Physical Security team includes individuals with combined experience spanning decades," said Mike Heiman, Nexus Vice President of Engineering. "We're pleased to become a Cisco Video Surveillance ATP Partner, and look forward to expanding our physical security solutions as part of our complete portfolio of advanced technology offerings."
"As we move into new markets and emerging technologies, the Cisco Authorized Technology Provider Partners are instrumental in helping our customers turn innovative technology into a competitive advantage," said Steve Benvenuto, director of emerging technologies for worldwide channels at Cisco. "As a Cisco Video Surveillance ATP Partner, Nexus brings a unique set of skills to potential customers, combining a proven physical-security track record with Cisco expertise."
To qualify for the Video Surveillance ATP Program, Nexus had to meet a number of requirements, from having staff who fulfill specific job responsibilities to achieving the Cisco Express Foundation Specialization. Those requirements are designed to help a partner maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.
The Cisco ATP Program is a key part of Cisco's emerging technology go-to-market strategy. The program helps define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to successfully sell, deploy and support a subject technology. As markets mature and technologies progress along the adoption curve, some ATP programs may migrate to Cisco specializations.
Based in Valencia, CA, Nexus leverages its extensive experience and expertise to enable organizations to Connect, Collaborate, and Create. We do this by providing expertise in end-to-end technology solutions based on five distinct, yet complementary practices: Collaboration, Data Center, Borderless Networks, Business Video, and Managed Services. Nexus partners with industry leaders including Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, and VMware to ensure its customers are provided the most comprehensive and competitive solutions. Nexus serves the private sector, from small business to the Fortune 500; and the public sector including local, state, and federal government. Additionally, Nexus has highly specialized vertical market practices including education, retail, and healthcare where it has developed proprietary applications that turn unified communication into clinical workflow solutions. For additional information, please visit http://www.nexusis.com.
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Verizon Launches Campaign to Encourage More Residential Phone Customers to Switch to Online Billing
'Great Paper Escape' Sweepstakes Will Give Away $10,000 Grand Prize, Other Daily Instant Prizes for Those Converting to Paperless Bills
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 -- In a new initiative to encourage thousands more customers to switch to environmentally friendly online billing, Verizon has launched the Great Paper Escape sweepstakes. Featured is a grand prize of $10,000 to a Verizon customer who switches to paperless billing by Dec. 31, 2010.
The goal is to motivate about a quarter of a million Verizon customers to join the nearly 2.4 million customers who already receive their monthly bills online. The sweepstakes is but one front in an ongoing Verizon campaign to reduce the environmental impact of the company's business operations around the world.
"Earlier this year Verizon launched a comprehensive sustainability program to help our company and our customers reduce their impact on the environment and to conserve energy," said James Gowen, Verizon chief sustainability officer. "Through the Great Paper Escape sweepstakes we're offering customers an easy and fun way to reduce their carbon footprints while also providing a faster, more secure and clutter-free way to pay their bills."
Consumers who make the switch to receive and pay their bills online by Dec. 31 will be entered to win a grand prize of $10,000. Customers who sign up to just receive their bills online (paperless billing) will earn an entry in the grand prize drawing -- and a second entry if they enroll in a Verizon automatic payment plan. Verizon customers already enrolled in paperless billing and auto pay also will receive sweepstakes entries.
In addition to the grand-prize sweepstakes entries, customers signing up for paperless billing will have an opportunity to play the daily instant-win game and be eligible to win prizes ranging from reusable and environmentally friendly tote bags to an energy-efficient washer-dryer combo. Other daily prizes will include $50 Verizon Perks gift cards and a Trek Eco Urban bicycle. Existing paperless-billing customers also are eligible for the daily instant-win game.
In 2009, more than 27 million Verizon paper bills were replaced by online bills, and this June alone, Verizon customers made more than 8 million electronic bill payments.
Starting this week, customers can enter the Great Paper Escape sweepstakes and instant win game by either visiting http://greatpaperescape.verizon.com/ or by logging in to their Verizon account at http://myverizon.com/ and enrolling in paper-free billing and an automatic bill payment service.
By going paper-free, customers can obtain instant online account status and receive reminder payment notices about their amount owed and due date; download and print their bill; and track the last 12 months of their bills for record-keeping purposes. When paying via Verizon's automatic pay service, all transactions are processed on a secure server.
Verizon has long been committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations and is helping its customers do the same. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program has collected more than 7 million no-longer-used wireless phones and kept more than 200 tons of batteries and electronic waste out of landfills.
In April, Verizon launched a comprehensive sustainability program to find practical and innovative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of its global operations. The initiatives range from significantly increasing the number of alternative energy vehicles in the company's fleet to conducting trials of energy-efficient FiOS-TV set-top boxes to using more green products and services.
In addition, Verizon is the first telecommunications company to establish its own energy-efficiency standards for telecom equipment, requiring vendors to manufacture equipment that is 20 percent more efficient.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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Stardock's Long-Awaited PC Fantasy Strategy Title, Elemental: War of Magic Now Available!
PLYMOUTH, Mich., Aug. 24 -- Independent developer and publisher Stardock released the much-awaited PC fantasy strategy title Elemental: War of Magic today. Elemental: War of Magic opens a world of magic and ancient lore as players begin the game as one of the few beings in the world still able to channel power from shards of magic - a series of mystical artifacts left over from a great cataclysm. You must decide how much of your power to imbue into your heroes as you build cities, explore dungeons, learn spells of ever-increasing power and negotiate with friends and foes.
Elemental: War of Magic is available at retail stores throughout North America starting today. The Limited Edition ($69.95) and the standard edition ($49.95) are also available via Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse (http://www.impulsedriven.com) or via the game's web site (http://www.elementalgame.com.)
This latest title from Stardock is heavily inspired by classic games from the golden age of PC gaming. The game's Lead Designer and CEO of Stardock Brad Wardell said, "The main idea behind Elemental was that we wanted to create gameplay that was both an advancement of the genre and a throwback to old-school gaming on the PC. Elemental: War of Magic accomplishes that and more."
Included with the game are a series of integrated modding tools allowing fans to create their own fantasy maps, monsters, tiles, effects and much more. The game's story-driven campaign, written by Random House's writing team, was made exclusively with the built-in modding tools.
Wardell continued, "The game allows players to strategize, customize and mod in depth while also providing straight-forward accessibility for those who just want to jump in and get in the game as quickly as possible."
Besides including the sand box game and campaign, Elemental also includes a multiplayer mode in which up to 16 players can play online while taking simultaneous turns. Players can save their multiplayer games online and return to them to continue in order to support players who wish to play more epic-sized games.
Also launching today is the companion novel to the PC title, ELEMENTAL: DESTINY'S EMBERS, written by Elemental: War of Magic Executive Producer Brad Wardell. The novel weaves a captivating tale that takes place in the land of Elemental, giving readers and players alike a unique perspective on the land in which they seek to rule in the game. The novel is available at bookstores nationwide from Random House's Del Rey publishing division.
Customers who purchase a copy of the book ELEMENTAL: DESTINY'S EMBERS will be able to download the additional, exclusive video game campaign, Elemental: Destiny's Embers. The campaign will release in four stages, with the first component being released in September.
With Impulse, users purchase their game and can then immediately download and install the game through the Impulse client which seamlessly manages updates, community features and more. Games become part of that user's account such that when a user purchases a new machine, a user can simply re-download the Impulse client, logon to their account and re-download all their purchases, even years into the future. Download Impulse at http://www.impulsedriven.com.
Stardock is one of the world's leading developers and publishers of PC games and desktop software. Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the highest rated and best selling PC strategy game of 2008 as well as the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series. Its desktop software includes Object Desktop, WindowBlinds and a host of other programs for customizing the Windows experience. Learn more about Stardock by visiting http://www.stardock.com.
Snoopy, America's Beloved Dog, Goes High Tech in an iPhone App From HomeAgain® to Help Lost Pets Return Home
All Animal Lovers Invited to Join HomeAgain PetRescuers
SUMMIT, N.J., Aug. 24 -- Snoopy, the iconic cartoon pooch, has a starring role in an iPhone® app to help HomeAgain® Pet Recovery Service reunite pet parents with lost microchipped pets. Animal lovers have at their fingertips a handy way to participate in the nationwide HomeAgain PetRescuers network through the new, free app on the Apple® iPhone and similar devices including the iPad.
"This is a great tool for anyone who gets concerned when seeing a cat or dog loose on the street," said Gary MacPhee, director and general manager, HomeAgain. "We developed the HomeAgain PetRescuers app to make it easy for pet lovers to play an active role in helping lost pets get home quickly."
An estimated one in three pets will go missing. The HomeAgain PetRescuers app, available at Apple's App Store for use on the iPod touch, the iPad and the iPhone, is the latest tool in HomeAgain's comprehensive Pet Recovery system.
The GPS-enabled app has many features that give pet lovers access to detailed information in the hopes of facilitating happy reunions. With the app, users can receive alerts about pets missing in a specific local area complete with photos and detailed descriptions of an animal's physical characteristics as well as any guidance provided by the pet owner about its expected response to strangers or other distinctive "personality" traits.
The app provides general information useful when dealing with unfamiliar animals in unusual circumstances. Additionally, heartwarming tales of lost pets returned home, shared by grateful pet owners, can be accessed via the app.
"There are currently more than 500,000 HomeAgain PetRescuers," MacPhee added. "We expect to pass the one million mark by the end of the year with new PetRescuers enrolling either by downloading the new Snoopy iPhone app or online at http://www.homeagain.com."
HomeAgain, offered by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, goes beyond microchipping. The national HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service reunites over 10,000 lost pets each month with their families. Once enrolled, a pet's microchip is registered in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database for its lifetime. In addition, the annual HomeAgain membership includes:
-- Live Pet Recovery Specialists always available at 1-888-HomeAgain
-- Lost Pet Alerts with a Lost Pet Poster sent to veterinary clinics,
shelters and PetRescuers
-- 24/7 Emergency Medical Telephone Assistance
-- Travel expenses of up to $500 for dogs or cats found more than 500
miles from home
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, based in Boxmeer, the Netherlands, is focused on the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of animal health products. The company offers customers one of the broadest, most innovative animal health portfolios, spanning products to support performance and to prevent, treat and control disease in all major farm and companion animal species. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health; subsidiaries of Merck & Co. Inc., Whitehouse Station NJ, USA. For more information, visit http://www.intervet.com.
Today's Merck is working to help the world be well. Through our medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and animal products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching programs that donate and deliver our products to the people who need them. Merck. Be Well. For more information, visit http://www.merck.com.
About PEANUTS WORLDWIDE
Iconix Brand Group in a joint venture with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates has formed PEANUTS Worldwide, a new home to the global PEANUTS property. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIE'S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), LONDON FOG (R), MOSSIMO (R), OCEAN PACIFIC(R), DANSKIN (R), ROCA WEAR(R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R) and WAVERLY (R). In addition, Iconix owns an interest in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ED HARDY (R), ECKO (R), MARC ECKO (R), ZOO YORK (R), MATERIAL GIRL(TM), and PEANUTS (R) brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.
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Aviall, Pentagon 2000 Software Provide Customers With Direct, Instantaneous Access to Parts and Materials
DALLAS, Aug. 24 -- Pentagon 2000 Software, Inc., and Aviall, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, have adopted an agreement for a web services interface that makes Aviall's best-in-class inventory easily accessible for hundreds of Pentagon 2000's aerospace and defense customers. This new system will provide Pentagon customers with a direct web link to Aviall's extensive parts network utilizing the latest technologies resulting in increased efficiency and shorter turnaround time.
"This agreement will provide an important tool for many aviation maintenance facilities," Edward P. Dolanski, Executive Vice President and COO of Aviall, Inc., said. "They will be able to save time and operate more efficiently because Aviall's vast inventory will be just one computer click away."
Customers who have adopted Pentagon 2000's ERP system - including FBOs, MROs and other aviation and defense companies - will have direct, real-time access to Aviall's inventory.
This paperless system is designed to streamline processes for ordering parts and maintaining and repairing aircraft. Current prices, availability and delivery information will be easily accessible 24 hours a day from Aviall.
Gabriel Mofaz, President of Pentagon 2000 said, "Having Aviall's inventory available to our customers right from their Pentagon 2000SQL system will provide a significant savings in time and a great competitive tool for part sourcing and ordering."
ABOUT PENTAGON 2000 SOFTWARE, INC.
Pentagon 2000 Software, Inc. is a leading supplier of enterprise software systems in the Aerospace, Defense and Electronics industries. Pentagon 2000 develops, licenses, and supports Pentagon 2000SQL, a state of the art, fully-integrated software system that conforms to the unique business processes, quality assurance systems and regulatory requirements found in the Aerospace, Defense and Electronics Industries. Pentagon 2000SQL is the leading, integrated solution for enterprises and functional units engaged in the following operations and activities:
-- Parts Distribution and Brokerage
-- Repair and Overhaul of Components and Engines
-- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
-- Heavy Aircraft Maintenance and Depot Maintenance
-- PMA, Build-to-Print and Discrete Manufacturing of Technical Products
-- Government Contracting
-- Commercial and Military Air Fleet Operation
-- Fixed Base Operations
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PENTAGON 2000 Software, Inc.
15 West 34th Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10001 http://www.pentagon2000.com
Aviall, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, which is a unit of The Boeing Company. Aviall is a leading solutions provider of aftermarket supply-chain management services for the aerospace, defense and marine industries.
Aviall, which has headquarters in Dallas, is one of the world's largest providers of new aviation parts and related aftermarket operations. Aviall markets and distributes products for more than 235 manufacturers and offers approximately 2,000,000 catalog items from 39 customer service centers in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Aviall also provides maintenance for aviation batteries and wheels and brakes, as well as hose assembly, kitting and paint-mixing services. The company offers a complete set of supply chain and logistics services, including order processing, stocking and fulfillment, automated inventory management and reverse logistics to OEMs and customers.
Source: Aviall, Inc.
CONTACT: Nancy Standifer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes,
+1-206-766-2161, Nancy.J.Standifer@boeing.com, for Aviall Services, Inc.
Systems America Acquires CollectiveGain, Inc.: Enhances Industry Focused SAP Capabilities
CAMPBELL, Calif. and SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 24 -- Systems America, Inc. (Pink Sheets: SMAR), a premier provider of business process outsourcing and information technology solutions, announced today that it has acquired CollectiveGain, Inc., provider of end-to-end Business Intelligence consulting for enterprise applications.
Systems America will leverage this acquisition to increase its stronghold as a leading provider of SAP-based solutions, and solidify its market position with FORTUNE 1000 and mid-market companies. CollectiveGain's services include SAP and Oracle Business Intelligence consulting services and specialize in the areas of ERP and Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing for vertical segments including information technology, finance and accounting, human resources, engineering, pharmaceutical, health care, and scientific. Systems America will also leverage CollectiveGain's client base to further enhance its BPO offerings and offshore-based consulting services specific to SAP and Oracle solutions.
"The acquisition of CollectiveGain furthers Systems America's ability to offer cost-effective, end-to-end IT outsourcing to the rapidly expanding mid-market," said Adesh Tyagi, Chief Executive Officer of Systems America, Inc. "By augmenting our existing SAP and Oracle solutions with advanced systems integration, strategic consulting, onshore & offshore custom application development, and robust hosting capabilities, we will enhance our position as a comprehensive provider of SAP and Oracle services across numerous markets."
Adesh Tyagi also cited CollectiveGain's strong relationship with clients as a deciding factor in the acquisition. Systems America will build on CollectiveGain's success in shaping what is considered SAP's most responsive and resourceful consulting alliance.
"CollectiveGain, as part of Systems America is committed to expanding the market for SAP and Oracle services. Systems America's and CollectiveGain's combined services, clients, and affiliation with SAP and Oracle have created a solid foundation for Systems America to offer a full spectrum of SAP solutions that will generate ongoing opportunities with existing customers and success in new markets," said Dhiraj Kumar, President of CollectiveGain. "The addition of our client base and employees will help Systems America build upon its already growing reputation in SAP, and broaden its overall capabilities as a pioneer in IT outsourcing."
About Systems America
Systems America is a premier provider of diversified business process and information technology outsourcing solutions to commercial and government clients worldwide. We are ranked one of the fastest growing companies with multiple locations around the world. It began when a group of extraordinary operations and information technology professionals formed a company dedicated to fulfilling client needs. From a single financial industry client, Systems America expanded into the energy, financial, government, health care, retail, and travel industries. Today, Systems America delivers superior business process outsourcing, information technology outsourcing, and systems and integration services to hundreds of clients worldwide. Building on a core competency of efficient technology infrastructure outsourcing, the company, headquartered in Campbell, California, United States now supports operations in nearly 20 countries. For additional information about Systems America, please visit http://www.systemsamerica.com.
CollectiveGain, Inc. is a global IT solutions and services company that offers SAP and Oracle solutions in ERP, CRM, BI, SCM, SEM, SRM and Enterprise Portals, among others, with an emphasis on NetWeaver and emerging technologies. Systech has offices across the U.S. and development centers in San Ramon, India. For additional information about Systems America, please visit http://www.collectivegain.com.
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Nine Technology Adds New Features to Ground-Breaking Online Backup and Recovery Platform
Local seed backups, automated branding, web-based restore among new elements
MIDDLEBORO, Mass., Aug. 24 -- Nine Technology, the leading online backup and recovery technology developer for managed service providers, today announced it will bolster its "Powered by Nine" data protection offerings with several new features designed to make disaster recovery planning easier. Partners now have the flexibility to jump-start their clients' data security with several new mechanisms that speed up the first steps of the business continuity process dramatically.
"These new elements of the 'Powered by Nine' solution set give our partners and their customers an even more comprehensive online backup and recovery service offering," said Gene Fay, Senior Vice President of Nine Technology. "Our clients in the channel told us what they wanted to see in the software, and we've delivered."
The new features that will augment the "Powered by Nine" advantages include:
-- Seeded initial backups shipped to the data center
-- Semi-continuous data protection
-- Granular SQL server backups using VSS snapshots
-- Automated self-service branding of partner client software
-- Web-based restore processes
-- Updated, easier-to-control GUI
Implementing seeded initial backups, semi-continuous data protection and web-based restore processes allows for a faster, more robust disaster recovery solution for MSPs. Combined with the benefits of the MSP9 Partner Program and the existing features of "Powered by Nine" solutions, the new additions supplement an already superb online backup and recovery platform.
"RoundTower's expansion into online backup was a logical decision based on our expertise in other areas of data storage, virtualization, and security," said RoundTower managing partner Stephen Power. "Selecting Nine Technology as our online backup solution provider was just as logical: 'Powered by Nine' systems feature the efficiency, comprehensiveness and speed we need as a managed service provider."
About Nine Technology
Nine Technology delivers simple, powerful and cost-effective turnkey online backup and restore solutions for managed service providers (MSPs), value-added resellers and IT consultants. The "Powered by Nine" solutions enable service providers to quickly offer reliable and scalable services to protect their customers' critical data stored on desktops, laptops and servers. It is our goal to know our customers' business and help them build revenue. For more information, visit http://www.ninetechnology.com.
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it's learning, inc. to Use Embanet to Provide 24/7 Technical Support to Students and Educators
Embanet provides U.S.-based support services for it's learning, inc. as it expands throughout North America
BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 24 -- it's learning, inc. (http://www.itslearning.net), an individualized learning platform provider for K-12 and higher education, recently formed a strategic partnership with Embanet, a leading global online learning services provider, to provide all students, faculty, and staff using the it's learning platform with unparalleled technical support services.
Embanet will provide the following customer support for it's learning, inc:
-- Comprehensive 24/7/365 Helpdesk Support
-- Dedicated Toll-Free Telephone Support
-- Real-Time Chat
-- Real-Time Email Support
-- Self-Help/Web-based Knowledge Base
-- Online Audio-Narrated Tutorials
-- Branded Support Portal
-- Weekly Reporting and Satisfaction Tracking
-- Standardized Service Level Agreement
it's learning, inc., a Norwegian-based company, entered the North American market in June of 2009 and since has grown to include customers in several states and Canada. The company decided to outsource its technical support so that it could focus its efforts in North America on sales, customer experience and training.
"We constantly strive to provide the most enriching experience for our users," said Charlotte Dowd, Director of Products and Services of it's learning, inc. "As it's learning continues to grow as the premier learning management system available in K-12 and higher education, it is essential that our users feel supported. As the platform's technology continues to evolve, Embanet will help us deliver an unprecedented level of support that our students and faculty both expect and deserve."
Founded in 1995, Embanet is an integrated, full service provider of online program design and development, marketing and enrollment and technology support services for postsecondary educational institutions.
"When we were introduced to it's learning, inc. last year, we were extremely impressed by the functionality and ease-of-use of the platform," said Mike Purcell, Senior Executive Vice President for Business Development of Embanet. "it's learning provides a comprehensive solution for the education market. We look forward to supporting the organization and its customers."
Founded in 1995, Embanet (http://www.embanet.com) is a world leader in providing a full range of online learning services to postsecondary educational institutions. Embanet preserves academic integrity and maximizes student enrollment and graduation by providing capital and expertise in program development, marketing and enrollment, student services and technology support. Headquartered in Toronto and Chicago, Embanet serves over 50 colleges and universities, including many top research institutions such as: Vanderbilt University, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, George Washington University, Northeastern University, Ohio University, and Kent State University.
About it's learning, Inc.
Since 1999, the company has provided it's learning - The Individual Learning Platform(TM) to European clients in K-12 and higher education. In order to provide more effective service to North American schools and universities, in the spring of 2009 it added a North American headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts. In additional to its global headquarters in Bergen, Norway, the company has offices in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain. Investing in the future of education, in 2009, it's learning dedicated more than 40 percent of its revenue to the design and development of its products. The company's goals are to offer the best learning platform and related services worldwide and to be the most innovative organization within the education market. For more information visit, http://www.itslearning.net.
Source: it's learning, inc.
CONTACT: Kati Elliott of KEH Communications, +1-410-975-9638,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for it's learning, inc.; or Charlotte Dowd of it's learning,
inc., +1-781-780-5660, email@example.com