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    Source: Aras Corporation

    Andover, MA, September 07, 2013 --( Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced ACE 2013 Europe, an international Aras Community Event (ACE) to be held October 29 & 30 in Bad Soden, Germany. ACE 2013 Europe offers business and technology professionals the opportunity to meet and learn about next generation product lifecycle management and collaborate on PLM best practices for dealing with complexity challenges from global product development and systems engineering to enterprise quality and supply chain management. Registration is now open at

    The theme of ACE 2013 is “DO MORE” which emphasizes the many things Aras is doing so that global businesses can Do More with PLM. Advancements include more solutions, applications and capabilities on a more scalable, secure and open platform to support more collaboration, integration and communication. Attendees will see and learn how leading global companies have transformed their businesses and talk with peers who are working on PLM with Aras to drive results.

    ACE 2013 Europe Topics include:
    - Future of PLM by Aras CEO, Peter Schroer
    - User Case Study Presentations
    - Introduction to Aras 9.4 - Latest Open Release
    - Technical Presentations
    - Product Demonstrations
    - Showcase of New Solutions & Projects
    - Partner Networking & Exhibits
    - Aras Roadmap and more

    ACE 2013 Europe
    Date: October 29 & 30
    Location: Ramada Hotel Bad Soden (near Frankfurt, Germany)
    Cost: Free to Attend - No Fee (Space is Limited - Registration Required)
    Details and Registration:

    About Aras
    Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm

    Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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    Marc Lind
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    Source: Fellow Consulting AG

    Munich, Germany, September 07, 2013 --( Using the Tradefair Sales App from Fellow Consulting, customer meetings on trade fairs become as easy as pie. On the handy tablet you can present information material and brochures very appealing and easily collect the information of the potential customer. Then directly send out the brochures to the customer and automatically document everything in the CRM system.

    And this is how it works: The App was designed for Apple’s iPad and can be used from the company appstore within a few clicks. The main menu is quite light and you can navigate very simple and direct. A button leads to the product finder, where you can present the whole offering of product and services, or only parts of it. With different categories, you navigate to the product the customer is interested in and show suitable information material and brochures in different languages. Via the integrated email functionality, the desired material can be directly sent to the customer. You can also gather further information about the prospect and automatically save this together with the send information in the CRM. No need for time-consuming post processing and no danger of forgetting important details.

    “The App is a great help to show information material to people on trade fairs. No need to thumb through catalogs, you find the brochures very quickly. The material can be sent out directly and you save costly documentation afterwards,” says Daniel Jordan, Director of Fellow Consulting AG. “We invented the App based on the experience of our own exhibition activities. We were searching for an ideal solution to show appropriate information to the visitors and being able to quickly document the leads and infos into our CRM system. This eases the follow-up afterwards.”

    Further information about the Trade Fair Sales App can be found at

    About Fellow Consulting AG
    Fellow Consulting AG is headquartered in Munich and operates worldwide as solutions provider for CRM and Cloud Services. With one of the most experienced teams of Oracle/Siebel certified consultants in Germany and Europe, Fellow Consulting supports numerous customers of various industries and sizes, from concept to implementation of their CRM projects. Being first Accelerate Partner for CRM On Demand in Germany, Fellow proves the ability to deliver complete yet quick to deploy CRM solutions. As technology pioneer, Fellow Consulting develops cutting edge products like the Oracle CRM On Demand mobile and offline client CRM4Mobile and CRM Gadget²Go, the CRM collaboration suite Sales Collaboration and many more, using state-of-the-art technologies like cloud computing or mobile apps. Fellow Consulting furthermore is one of the first Google Apps partner in Germany.

    Contact Information:
    Fellow Consulting AG
    Thomas Dillinger
    +49 89 461 338 45
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    Source: GL Communications Inc

    Gaithersburg, MD, September 07, 2013 --( GL Communications Inc. announced today its enhanced Voice Quality Testing Software with Perceptual Objective Listening Quality Analysis (POLQA) standard for Narrowband (NB), Wideband (WB), and SuperWideband (SWB) signals.

    Speaking to reporters, Mr. Robert Bichefsky, Senior Manager for Product Development of the Company said, “GL's enhanced VQuad™ and stand-alone Voice Quality Testing (VQT) software, both support the next-generation voice quality testing standard for fixed, mobile and IP-based networks using POLQA (ITU-T P.863).”

    Important Enhancements

    He added “POLQA, Perceptual Objective Listening Quality Analysis, based on ITU standard, ITU-T P.863, is the successor of PESQ (ITU-T P.862) analysis. POLQA supports the latest HD-quality speech coding and network transport technology with higher accuracy for 3G, 4G/LTE and VoIP networks.

    “The VQT software also supports other international standard voice quality test methods including PESQ (ITU-T P.862), PESQ LQ / LQO (P.862.1), PESQ WB (P.862.2), PAMS (ITU-T P.800), and PSQM/PSQM+ (ITU-T P.861).”

    Mr. Bichefsky further added, “Using the GL's VQuad™ application along with the Dual UTA, T1/E1 Probe, or SIP options, the user can configure manual and automated tests between practically any interfaces to conduct voice and data quality testing over any network.

    “The VQT software can be configured to automatically analyze the voice files collected by VQuad™ probes, and send the results (POLQA, PESQ, PAMS, PSQM) to the central database.”

    The following is brief list of enhancements introduced with latest release - VQuad™ version 6.15, and VQT version 5.0

    Both VQuad™ and VQT support POLQA Analysis for NB (8000 sampling), WB (16000 sampling) and SWB (Super Wideband) (48000 sampling) signals for both manual and automated tests.

    Supports displaying POLQA results within VQuad™ and sending the POLQA results to the central database where VQT WebViewer™ can query and display either in tabular or graphic format.

    The VQT application supports the following optional measurement algorithms, POLQA, PESQ, PAMS, PSQM.

    The VQT can be controlled remotely through the included CLI with support for Windows® and Linux.

    VQuad™ Auto Configuration feature provides a simplified way to build user-defined scripts. Using this option the user can configure call control and traffic parameters to send/receive various traffic such as Voice files, DTMF/MF Digits, and Single/Dual-Frequency Tones. As part of the Auto Configuration, the VQuad can perform/initiate analysis functions such as VQT (including POLQA), Echo Measurement (EMU), Delay Measurements (RTD/OWD), SNR, C-Message, and Path Confirmation.

    VQuad™ includes an option to randomize the White Noise generation by specifying the lower and upper bound values.

    About GL Communications Inc.,
    Founded in 1986, GL Communications Inc. is a leading supplier of test, monitoring, and analysis equipment for TDM, Wireless, IP and VoIP networks. Unlike conventional test equipment, GL's test platforms provide visualization, capture, storage, and convenient features like portability, remotability, and scripting

    GL Communications has over the years worked with major telecom equipment vendors (EVs) and system integrators to meet the testing requirements arising at various stages of telecommunications product development life cycle.

    With its proven expertise of over 25 years, GL has a comprehensive suite of telecom testing solutions to verify and ensure 'quality and reliability' of variety of telecom networks including Wireless, and high-speed fiber optic lines.

    GL's test tools range from simple PC-based software test tool to all-encompassing hardware units with futuristic expansion capabilities. GL's test solutions cover wide array of networks – 4G (LTE), 3G, IP, Ethernet, T1, T3, E1, E3, OC-3/STM-1, OC-12/STM-4, and traditional PSTN networks.

    GL's tools are widely used by the telecommunication industry for conformance testing, automated stress/load testing, performance testing, remote accessibility, centralized web-based control and analysis, fault testing and analysis, and customized testing.

    For more information about GL’s complete line of products,


    Shelley Sharma
    Phone: 301-670-4784 ext. 114

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    Mr. Shelley Sharma
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    Source: Muratapp

    Muntinlupa, Philippines, September 07, 2013 --( Available today, the app Typolayer offers a feature that adds text on photos easily yet beautifully which allows iPhone and iPod touch users to share their moments, thoughts, or inspirational quote.

    Typolayer provides a quick, easy, yet fascinating way to add creative texts on top of photos for sharing moments beautifully. This app captures images with a single tap, and uses iPhone's splendid gesture controls to move, resize, and rotate texts exactly the way users want. Users can unleash their creativity by choosing fonts, changing text color, adjusting the text opacity, and adding shadow or glow effects. In the end, photos can be shared to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and camera roll in stunning high resolution.

    Typolayer features:
    - Add, edit, delete, and duplicate texts
    - Move, resize, and rotate texts in easy gestures
    - 100 plus fonts
    - 80 font and shadow colour selection
    - Add shadow or glow effect on texts
    - Choose image from camera roll, or take a pictures
    - Share images to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or camera roll
    - Share image in 2560 x 2560 pixels

    "When designing Typolayer, we prioritized the user interface that offers efficient work flow. We realized that Typolayer can be used in different genres other than just sharing moments to each other," said Koji Murata, the designer and developer of Typolayer.

    Typolayer is now available for $1.99 in the US and is priced accordingly in other regions. Typolayer is available world-wide on the Apple's App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch, or by visiting:

    Please visit to learn more about Typolayer, watch the trailer video, view screenshots of the app, view latest blogs, and download Typolayer press kit.

    Typolayer was designed by Muratapp, an iOS app development team formed by Koji Murata in 2010.

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    Koji Murata
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    Source: Brandography

    Minneapolis, MN, September 08, 2013 --( Minneapolis marketing agency Brandography has recently announced a new service package designed to increase the security and functionality of websites hosted on WordPress. Though the popular publishing platform strongly encourages users to upgrade their versions regularly for high performance and protection against hackers, countless WordPress sites remain outdated and at risk.

    Many website owners fail to upgrade regularly due to the complicated and technical nature of WordPress’s multi-step procedure. Users often opt to take the risk of a compromise in security over the risk of damaging code or losing content due to a misstep in the process.

    To assist website owners with these vital upgrades, Brandography is offering a monthly package for individualized, managed updating services. For $59 a month, the web agency provides:

    · A full website backup
    · The latest version of WordPress
    · Upgrades to all utilized WordPress plugins
    · Upgrades to a user’s WordPress theme and web design layout

    Brandography’s web developers personally handle each aspect of the upgrade procedure –never leaving customers to an automated system. As a result, special attention is paid to each specific website’s nuances and needs. Manual updates by Brandography’s experienced online marketing specialists save clients time and worry. Additionally, this individualized process allows the team to identify any other anti-hack opportunities available for a given website.

    Find protection with Brandography’s personalized upgrade package. In the past, computer hackers have targeted older versions of WordPress to exploit outdated websites. Brandography’s website developers know the upgrade procedure and use WordPress on a daily basis. Leverage this expertise for safe, efficient, and customer-friendly WordPress websites.

    Stay up to date and stay safe – contact Brandography’s team of online marketing consultants to discuss security opportunities at (612) 460-0016,, or through Brandography’s online contact form.

    About Brandography:
    Brandography is a comprehensive Internet marketing and web company providing a full spectrum of services performed with the highest level of integrity. Offering advanced website development, graphic design, online email marketing, mobile app design, search engine optimization (SEO) and more, Brandography is renowned for imaginative brand creation, successful online marketing and advertising techniques and the very best customer service and support, bar none. Contact them at 612-460-0016 or

    837 Glenwood Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55405

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    Source: Paradigm Imaging Group

    Costa Mesa, CA, September 08, 2013 --( The SmartLF Gx+T56 extra-wide format scanners have now been enhanced, combining multiple features into one model. For instance, the versatile feed capability of the SmartLF Gx+T56 series allows for scanning of media up to .8 inches (20mm) thick, making these scanners a perfect fit for fine art scanning, in addition to the scanning of maps, drawings and technical documents.

    The Gx+T56 series features the widest imaging width of any sheet fed wide format scanner on the market. These scanners provide ultimate flexibility to customers with very large, oversized, thick or thin documents or media. SmartLF Gx+ T56 extra large scanners have all the advantages of CCD technology’s superior color imaging – the ability to scan a wide color gamut and a high dynamic range – combined with 600 dpi optical resolution, the highest optical resolution available in any extra wide CCD scanner. This makes them perfect for capturing vibrant, accurate colors for graphics professionals as well as sharply defined line detail on technical documents and maps.

    The white LED illumination of the SmartLF Gx+T56 produces high quality color, just like fluorescent illumination, however, because LEDs operate with a stable light spectrum from switch on through hours of use, there is no warm up time, a distinct advantage over scanners with fluorescent tubes. LEDs do not require frequent replacement and calibration like fluorescent tubes, and also contain no mercury, making them environmentally friendly.

    Additional features of the SmartLF Gx+T56 include:

    600dpi high definition (HD) optical resolution
    Up to 9 inches per second monochrome and up to 3 inches per second color scan speeds
    56in image width – perfect for scanning oversize documents & landscape A0/E-size
    Includes SmartWorks EZ Touch SCAN/COPY/USB/EMAIL software
    Sharp, crisp fine image detail – superb black & white with high fidelity color capture
    CCD technology with extra long-life, instant-on, unique bi-directional LED illumination
    High density 48-bit color graphics and 16-bit monochrome data capture
    Reliable paper feed from advanced 2+3 all- wheel-drive
    Scans media up to 0.8in (20mm) thick
    On-site upgrade from monochrome to color and express color
    Fast, high quality scans from power-on, no warm-up, no waiting

    “The new, streamlined SmartLF Gx+T56 series scanners are more versatile, allowing for compatibility with a broader range of applications. With a Gx+T56, you can scan everything from fine art, to photographs, to maps and technical documents, even items mounted on foam board,” says Randy Geesman, President of Paradigm Imaging Group. “The SmartLF Gx+T56 scanners, with their enhanced capabilities, perfectly compliment our extensive line of large format solutions.”

    About Paradigm Imaging Group
    Paradigm Imaging Group is a large format solutions provider whose expertise extends from scanning and printing products to imaging systems integration, software development and product distribution. Paradigm counts among its clients companies in reprographics, architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as numerous public agencies at all levels of government. Since 1989, Paradigm has grown to become a leading provider of large format scanning and printing solutions.

    About Colortrac
    Founded in 1989 and based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK, a region of British excellence in science and technology, Colortrac Ltd is the leading innovator in professional wide format color scanners and image acquisition software solutions. They are creating unique solutions to simplify scanning challenges across the full spectrum of applications, ranging from Graphic Arts to CAD, GIS, EDM and FM technical document scanning. Colortrac Ltd has offices in Beijing and Suzhou, P.R. China, in Chantilly, Virginia, USA and in Yokohama, Japan.

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    Jane Napolitano
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    Source: Boost Software

    Boston, MA, September 08, 2013 --( The two super affiliates who created popular PC optimization software PC HealthBoost™ are offering a $150 bonus to new affiliates who promote PC HealthBoost™ via ClickBank. The product was released on ClickBank earlier this week after being sold for the past three years in-house.

    Amit Mehta and Peter Dunbar, founders of Boost Software™, decided to create PC Health Boost™ after finding little in the way of quality offerings for registry cleaners and similar PC optimization software.

    “Even the few good products out there didn't have sufficient customer support,” says Amit Mehta, CEO and co-founder of Boost Software™. “We wanted to create a registry cleaner that was both robust and adequately supported. If our sales over the past three years are any indication, we have definitely succeeded.”

    While competitive concerns prevent the company from releasing their exact sales figures, they do have other numbers that software affiliates may find impressive: a 3% refund rate, and a 6-12% download-to-conversion rate.

    Mehta and Dunbar have refined the PC HealthBoost™ campaign since its release three years ago. They believe that the high conversion rate and low refund rate will help new affiliates meet the requirements for the $150 bonus.

    What do these requirements include? For starters, software affiliates must be new to the Boost Affiliates program via ClickBank. To ensure that affiliates are serious about selling online, and not just chasing a bonus, each affiliate must make 5 sales within a week's time. To ensure that these sales are not fraudulent or similarly suspect, each sale must come from a distinct geographic region (state, country, or territory).

    While PC HealthBoost's™ creators are experienced marketing veterans; they are steeped in the technical side of the product as well. In fact, the plan behind Boost Software™ was to offer applications of a quality not often seen in downloadable software.

    “Good sales start with good marketing, but we couldn't maintain those sales for three years if we didn't have a good product,” says Co-founder Peter Dunbar. Dunbar is also an experienced programmer who oversaw much of the development of PC HealthBoost™.

    Consumer advocate sites such as Tucows and Soft Files have rated PC HealthBoost™ five stars. Consumers on the PC HealthBoost™ Microsoft Pinpoint page also rated it as a five-star product. (Boost Software™ is a Microsoft Gold Partner in Application Development.)

    The software was also a Brothersoft Editor's Pick, who said that "PC HealthBoost™ is unique in that it uses a unique Algorithm (called ScanSafe) to clean the PC registry that's safer and more stable than your garden-variety registry cleaner."

    While Boost Software's™ flagship product has been around for over three years, it was added as an offer to the ClickBank network just this week. The Boost Affiliates program offers its members tested creative, site graphics, and trust seals, as well as a full media training/affiliate training course. The course offers text and video modules on all aspects of an online campaign, including training for Google AdWords and modules on how to get started as an affiliate.
    Affiliates and potential affiliates who are interested in the program can find out more at Boost Affiliates.

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    Boost Software
    Erin Walsh, Director of Public Relations
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    Source: Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc.

    Norwood, MA, September 08, 2013 --( Dr. Camil Ghiu of Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (“ATS”) will be presenting “Driving Towards 0.1oC/W In Compact Air Cooled Heat Sinks: Advancements In Flow Management And Air Jet Impingement Cooling” at the Thermal Management Industry International Summit: coolingZONE-13. The Summit will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, October 21-23, 2013.

    Considering the widespread use of compact systems, such as the 1U platform, and the drive to reduce costs from the system and deployment view points, air cooling continues to be sought for thermal management of such systems. The decrease in size of the new generation of electronic devices imposes a severe constraint on their incorporated thermal management devices. In this context, the development of low thermal resistance heat sinks (0.1 oC/W) for cooling compact electronics systems (1U form factor) continues to be a challenge for the thermal management community.

    Dr. Ghiu’s presentation will present recent developments in designing compact heat sinks using advanced air flow management. Two main approaches will be presented, including heat sink design implementing jet impingement and sectional heat sinks. Both design approaches have been explored at ATS, and the experimental data and simulation results will be presented for further discussion.

    coolingZONE-13 is the premiere engineering conference for the thermal management industry. Leading experts from academia and the electronics cooling industry will present emerging technologies in the most crucial areas of thermal engineering. A wide range of topics will be discussed, including liquid cooling, advanced heat sink and heat pipe design, thermal interface materials, data center cooling and analysis, CFD, and vapor compression cooling. Keynote speakers this year are Dr. Vincent Manno of Olin College, Dr. Marc Hodes of Tufts University and Dr. Kaveh Azar, CEO of Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. Additional speakers and exhibitors from Laird, CD-Adapco, Aavid, Cradle-CFD, Schneider Electric, and Future Facilities will also be presenting at the conference.

    To attend Dr. Ghiu’s presentation and the coolingZONE Summit, please register at

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    Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc.
    Andrea Koss
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    Source: Bayshore Solutions

    Tampa, FL, September 08, 2013 --( Award winning web design agency, Bayshore Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of Friends of the Riverwalk website. The site is designed to drive greater exposure for the Friends of the Riverwalk organization and build a stronger sense of community around the City of Tampa waterfront.

    Friends of the Riverwalk, a nonprofit organization, plays a leading role in quality of experience for area tourists and residents through events, marketing initiatives, and partner involvement with the Riverwalk. The organization raises funds for Riverwalk construction and enhancements such as shade structures, docks, more educational opportunities and entertainment venues. Their goal is to enhance the quality of life for the Tampa community by preserving the waterfront.

    Friends of the Riverwalk partnered with Bayshore Solutions to create an online showcase of the Tampa Riverwalk and how it connects to Tampa’s waterfront and downtown. They wanted the website to highlight detailed information about the waterfront’s current and future events and emphasize how people can become involved in supporting the Riverwalk. Friends of the Riverwalk desired a flexible way to maintain the website and an easy site payment portal to facilitate donations.

    Bayshore Solutions created the Friends of the Riverwalk website design and custom development features to uniquely promote the Tampa Riverwalk’s attractions and events. Vibrant images capture the waterfront’s essence online and invite web visitors to experience the Riverwalk in person. Information is presented throughout the site to encourage education and awareness about the waterfront, and calls to action invite involvement and support. WebModulesCMS (content management system) was integrated to allow web administrators of the Riverwalk to easily edit content, images, event calendars, and more. Bayshore Solutions built a custom order form and payment portal, so web visitors can easily support the efforts of the Friends of the Riverwalk through donations, membership, and paver purchases in the Riverwalk’s Paver Program.

    “Bayshore Solutions is proud to deliver this website that showcases the Riverwalk and supports its enhancement of the quality of life in the community.” said Kevin Hourigan, President and CEO of Bayshore Solutions.

    About Bayshore Solutions
    Website development firm, Bayshore Solutions offers award-winning capabilities in custom web design, digital marketing, e-commerce, search engine optimization and Internet application development. Founded in 1996, the website design company has delivered custom web applications to over 1,900 clients in 54 countries. Bayshore Solutions integrates technology and web marketing services to ensure measurable results for clients. For more information about website design and Internet marketing services visit

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    Doug Pace
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    Source: TOA Technologies

    Cleveland, OH, September 08, 2013 --( Swedish cable operator Com Hem is growing – it’s expanding into new regions and introducing new offerings. To execute on this opportunity, Com Hem decided to empower the critical mobile workforce delivering its products and services with state-of-the-art field service technology – all in the palm of their hands. The company selected TOA Technologies, the global leader in field service management solutions, to enable this transformation. Using TOA’s ETAdirect, Com Hem has made sure that as it grows, its mobile workforce has the best tools available to increase productivity while becoming the customer service face of the company.

    “Our field workforce is at the center of our business, and the technology that supports it must be able to scale for us to successfully launch new products and expand into new markets,” said Anders Olovsson, business architect at Com Hem. “ETAdirect from TOA Technologies not only provides us with the scalability and configurability required for a growing business like ours, but it will help to make our field teams more efficient and more productive while reducing operational costs and improving the customer experience.

    “As we evaluated the current work situation for our field employees, it was clear that it couldn’t keep up with our changing business needs and we realized that we needed to improve our operational efficiency,” said Anders Eriksson, manager field engineering at Com Hem. “TOA Technologies is providing us with a cloud-based solution that delivers precision in managing field employees by leveraging time-based performance pattern recognition and predictive analytics to personalize the workday for each mobile employee. This guarantees that the right mobile employee arrives at the right appointment with the right information on time, every time.”

    Com Hem employs hundreds of field technicians, both in-house employees and subcontractors serving approximately 1.74 million customers across Sweden. Upon deploying ETAdirect, Com Hem will see significant improvements in the following areas:

    Reduce travel time
    Increase the number of jobs completed per day, per technician
    Improve the number of first-time fixes
    Increase the accuracy of appointment times

    “Com Hem is a great example of why field service management solutions must utilize advanced technology to be infinitely scalable and dynamic for companies of all sizes. Companies grow and change and their critical technology systems must have the ability to grow and morph with them,” said Yuval Brisker, co-founder and CEO of TOA Technologies. “ETAdirect was built to meet the changing needs of growing companies. It is able to do so in part because it deploys quickly, is agnostic to operating system, browser or device and is delivered natively through the cloud. Any service employee, from contractors to in-house technicians, with a mobile device and a modern browser can start using our solution immediately – no special hardware, no app store, no downloads, no installed applications are required.”

    TOA Technologies is the global cable industry’s first choice as a partner to help them power their field service operations. Worldwide, TOA’s cable community extends from Cox Communications, the U.S.’s third largest cable entertainment and broadband services provider, to Vidéotron in Canada, to Cablemás in Mexico and Virgin Media, the U.K.’s number one residential broadband provider.

    About Com Hem
    Com Hem is the fastest growing TV distributor in Sweden and largest Triple-Play operator in Sweden. About 40 percent or 1.74 million, of the Swedish households are connected to Com Hem’s network and have access to Sweden’s widest range of TV channels, HDTV, TV On Demand and high quality and complete services for broadband and fixed lines. The foundation/basis for our business is a reliable infrastructure in cooperation with Swedish landlords. Com Hem has about 900 employees with offices in Stockholm (HQ), Gothenburg, Malmö, Härnösand and Örnsköldsvik. ComHem was founded in 1983 and is owned by BC Partners since 2011.

    About TOA Technologies and ETAdirect
    TOA Technologies is the leading provider of field service and mobile workforce management software solutions. ETAdirect, the only complete cloud application suite, measures everything that happens in the field, down to the minutest details of work and travel, and creates unique performance pattern profiles for each and every person in the field – a veritable work fingerprint. Using a proprietary and patented statistical analysis engine, it predicts when things will happen and how long they will take to do in the future. Using these predictions, ETAdirect holistically manages the entire service delivery process from start to finish: from the moment an appointment or service is requested, through planning, routing and scheduling, to real-time customer communications and field management. To support a broad spectrum of fieldwork, mobile employees use the most advanced and flexible HTML5-based mobility app available to support projects as well as context-aware collaboration. ETAdirect is quickly deployed, highly configurable and easily integrated with existing CRM, ERP and other systems.

    Across four continents, ETAdirect manages mobile workforces for some of the world’s most recognizable global brands in the satellite/cable/broadband, telecom, utilities, insurance, home services and retail industries. TOA Technologies is headquartered in the United States and has offices throughout Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.

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    Source: Latitude Learning LLC

    Saline, MI, September 08, 2013 --( Latitude Learning, provider of the industry leading, cloud-based learning management system (LMS), has recently announced the addition of the Mexican Spanish and Canadian French Student Language Packs to their standard LMS configuration. By doing so Mexican Spanish and Canadian French are now included in their Forever Free 100-user LMS.

    The Latitude Learning LMS is based in English and has 13 Student Language Packs:

    1. Canadian French
    2. Mexican Spanish
    3. Français (France)
    4. Español (Spain)
    5. German
    6. Italian
    7. Portuguese
    8. Dutch
    9. Polish
    10. Russian
    11. Chinese (Simplified)
    12. Korean
    13. Japanese

    Student Language Packs allow students, managers and instructors to experience the learning management system in their native language. The LMS uses the user’s browser language settings to automatically present the LMS in the appropriate language.

    Latitude Learning CEO Jeff Walter says, “We live in an increasingly global marketplace and our LMS has long supported many global languages. Over the past year our Canadian and Mexican LMS communities have grown considerably. To better support these communities we felt it imperative to include Canadian French and Mexican Spanish in our standard LMS configuration.”

    About Forever Free LMS
    The Latitude Learning Forever Free LMS includes the same robust features found in use by Fortune 500 companies in the standard LMS configuration, along with over 70 complimentary eLearning courses. Up to 100 users are eligible to enjoy the power and flexibility of the leading cloud based learning system at no cost. The Forever Free LMS is effective for a variety of uses including workforce development, dealer/affiliate education and compliance training. The award winning LMS is not only flexible and configurable,

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    Latitude Consulting Group LLC
    Jeff Walter
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    MCLEAN, VA, September 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Your request to automate the company's AP process has been approved. Now how do you go about finding the right provider to match your company's needs? Corcentric, a leading provider of Accounts Payable automation and e-invoicing solutions, shows how to distinguish true SaaS providers from the imposters in its most recent blog. The Corcentric blog is a knowledge center for accounts payable professionals to explore automation best practices along with the latest trends and news in financial process automation.

    SaaS solutions have become prevalent in a variety of disciplines including sales, HR, marketing, and accounting. The Corcentric blog defines what SaaS is and how prevalent it is in most people's everyday lives. It then details what the advantages are to implementing SaaS rather than in-house solutions. According to the blog, the real challenge is trying to distinguish between true SaaS providers and those that purport to be SaaS, but are, in fact, imposters.

    There are five questions to ask, and the blog offers those, along with the answers AP departments should be looking for. Here's the first question:

    1. Does the SaaS solution run in the cloud? If you go on Facebook or Twitter, you're already experiencing a cloud-based application. No matter where you go, as long as you have the Internet and a device, you have access to those applications. The same is true for SaaS solutions, and that is invaluable to companies who need access from anywhere, at any time.

    To view the remaining questions, read Corcentric's latest blog

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    For more than 15 years, Corcentric's cloud-based financial process automation solutions have revolutionized how the world's largest organizations manage and protect their financial assets. By connecting best practices with deep expertise, Corcentric's ground-breaking Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable automation solutions have enabled organizations to reduce costs, streamline processes, and provide unmatched visibility executives need to make critical business decisions.

    Learn more at or call 888.525.7677.

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    TORONTO--(Marketwired - September 8, 2013) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

    Meeting of the Minds is an annual global leadership summit focused on the development of smarter cities, next-gen infrastructure, and advanced urban development solutions. The conference is key to accelerating the emergence of successful cities with a connected future around the globe.

    Meeting of the Minds brings together select leaders from the world's most innovative organizations to explore strategic investments, smart policies and breakthrough technological innovations -- all designed to enable cities and regions to better respond to increasingly complex urban planning, design, technology and development challenges. More than 350 global innovators including government officials, corporate executives, and foundation/NGO leaders will gather in Toronto to discuss and launch new initiatives, while exploring answers to the following burning questions.

    • What new technologies and policies are enabling cities to become greener, safer, and more livable?
    • How are we already making our cities simultaneously smarter and more equitable?
    • What cross-sector bridges are being built to hasten the move toward sustainable, connected and just cities?
    • What exactly are city leaders -- from the private, public and independent sectors -- doing to accelerate the transitions now underway?

    September 9-11, 2013

    Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8, Canada

    Meeting of the Minds will gather at Evergreen Brick Works -- a LEED Platinum facility that stands as a remarkable example of adaptive reuse, brownfield remediation, and Toronto's commitment to urban sustainability.

    The following sample of global leaders will present a "rethinking" of a city's economic, social and technological development to reshape our urban future:

    • Jennifer Keesmatt, chief planner, City of Toronto
    • Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario
    • Bill Reinert, national manager of advanced technology for Toyota Motor Sales, USA
    • Charbel Aoun, senior vice president, Smart Cities - strategy & innovation at Schneider Electric
    • Rogier van der Heide, VP and chief design officer, Philips Lighting
    • Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, industry solutions & chief globalisation officer, Cisco
    • Gordon Feller, director, urban innovations, Cisco Consulting Services; co-Founder and convenor of Meeting of the Minds
    • And, more than 350 other leaders from more than a dozen countries, including China, Canada, Australia!

    Top sessions include: Three Next Gen Leaders - Inventing the Urban Digital Future; Connected Boomers Will Change Mobility, Are We Ready?; Connecting the Dots - Clean Energy Generation - Smart Grid - Electric Vehicle - Efficient Building; Chaos in Urbanism - Harnessing Uncertainty for Successful Cities; Smarter Cities Challenge: A Conversation with Four Mayors

    As a global sponsor of Meeting of the Minds 2013, Cisco will be presenting a thought leadership paper on the Internet of Everything and the implications for public sector.

    Additional Background:
    Each year, Toyota joins forces with key partners to present this Meeting and to encourage rich dialogues that link public sector, private sector and independent sectors. The program's organizer is Urban Age Institute, based in San Francisco. This year's host and co-organizer is Evergreen in Toronto. Urban Age Institute partners with renowned, high-impact non-profit institutions to develop the program such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The Global Sponsor is Cisco. Gold level sponsors are Schneider Electric and Philips Lighting. Silver Level sponsors are IBM, Itron, Metrolinx, HOK, Golder Associates, Volvo Research and Educational Foundation and Jones Lang LaSalle. Bronze sponsors include Ryerson, Institute on Governance and the Oxford Properties Group.

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    DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - September 08, 2013) - ACE Data Recovery, an industry leader in data recovery services, announced today that they have developed custom built hardware and software solutions that enable them to recover data from monolithic flash memory. This is great news for consumers of monolithic based products who need to retrieve their valuable data from damaged or malfunctioning media. ACE Data Recovery has been producing similar custom solutions for SSD recoveries, RAID array recoveries, and hard drive recoveries, for many years.

    With the price of USB flash drives and SD cards dropping, many top manufacturers are switching to monolithic flash. Traditional SSD or USB flash drives use NAND flash memory chips and controllers mounted on printed circuit boards (PCB) along with resistors, capacitors and conductors. But, as hardware manufacturers try to reduce costs and make devices more water- and shock-proof, today's devices frequently consist of an "all-in-one" design. In these devices, memory chips, controllers and all small components are enclosed into one small body. These devices are called monolithic flash drives.

    "To improve the speed and capacity of their products, hardware manufacturers are constantly redesigning their flash media," said Yevgeniy Tolkunov, CTO of ACE Data Recovery. "This means that today we have hundreds of different designs of monolithic flash devices on the market."

    For consumers, it is often difficult to determine what technology they are buying. The same model of USB flash with the same plastic cover can contain either traditional or monolithic flash. This has produced issues for consumers and data recovery technicians alike.

    "Data retrieval services for monolithic flash devices are expensive, and many data recovery companies avoid this because of the complexity and cost," said Don Wells, General Manager of ACE Data Recovery. "Today, tablets, smart phones and other equipment more often use flash memory for storage due to their smaller size and durability. At ACE Data Recovery, we have a custom built, in-house solution that allows us to recover data from these devices and even handle many hardware encrypted devices."

    Flash memory is slow when erasing and writing data and it has limited number of write cycles for each cell. To achieve better performance and increase chip endurance, controllers use different smart algorithms. These include always writing to new locations on the media, splitting the data stream and multichannel writing. To find right location of the data, the controller uses a translation table called the Flash Translation Layer (FTL). 

    In most cases, when SD Cards or USB Flash fails, it is because this table is corrupted or because components of the drive have physically failed.

    For those cases, ACE Data Recovery's standard procedure is:
    1. Removing Memory chips from the Printed Circuit Board
    2. Use a flash reader to get a dump of all data from all chips
    3. Finding the ECC algorithm and correcting all errors
    4. Descrambling the data
    5. Removing mixes and joining pages in-group
    6. Rebuilding the groups in the right order
    7. Reconstructing file system and extracting the client's data

    However, a new process is necessary for monolithic flash media was required. "To recover data from monolithic flash devices, we need to connect our reader directly to test points, which are usually hidden under a protective layer. Because of the hundreds of different devices on the market, pin-outs also can be different. To solve this, we use our special equipment -- a logic analyzer -- to find right pin-out. After we get direct access to the memory chip and have the right raw dump, the data recovery procedure same as for traditional SSD or Flash drive," said Mr. Tolkunov.

    ACE Data Recovery's Research & Development team is constantly looking at new and existing technologies and finding creative ways to retrieve data from them. You may only get one chance to get your data back. That's why you need to trust your data to a company with over 30 years of experience and the ability to handle any level of complexity: ACE Data Recovery.

    About ACE Data Recovery
    ACE Data Recovery is part of ACE Data Group LLC, a provider of computer forensic and data recovery services to customers all over the world. Since 1981, ACE Data Recovery has worked with all types of media including HDD data recovery, SSD, RAID, SAN, NAS, flash drives, and tapes. Their Headquarters are in Dallas, TX, with additional labs in Houston, TX. For additional information visit website at:  or call at 877-304-7189. 

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    BANGKOK, THAILAND--(Marketwired - September 9, 2013) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) -- Thammasat University, the second-oldest institute of higher learning in Thailand, has implemented an enhanced wired and wireless network to enable anytime, anywhere connectivity across two campuses. Using Cisco Unified Access™ solutions within the Enterprise Networks architecture, Thammasat University will provide an intelligent network platform that can enable connected experiences and operational efficiencies for the school. The university is also one of the first in Thailand to be completely IPv6 enabled.

    The highly secure, intelligent network across both Tha Pra Chan and Rangsit centers of Thammasat University allows them to achieve their goal of being an 'e-campus,' as it provides the business foundation to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and cater to the increasing demand for wireless connectivity for both staff and students.

    Thammasat University has upgraded its IT infrastructure with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone with UnifiedAccess solutions to provide increased bandwidth that will support new teaching applications and manage the additional workloads.

    These technology upgrades provide 36,000 students and 6,700 staff at Thammasat University across 26 faculties with highly secure, scalable wireless network utilising approximately 300 access points at the Tha Pra Chan center and approximately 800 access points at the Rangsit center. Internet speeds have increased from 54 megabits per second to a maximum capacity of 1.3 gigabits per second.

    Thammasat University's vision to become an 'e-Campus' will be achieved over two phases: the first provides a complete wireless network at Ta Prachan and Rangsit campus in 2013 and the second at their Lampang and Pattaya campuses by 2014.

    Cisco Unified Access Enables the 'Internet of Everything'
    Unified Access is the business foundation for enabling the "Internet of Everything" -- intelligently connecting people, data, processes and things with greater simplicity, intelligence, scale, efficiency, open interfaces and security. Unified Access helps customers make the transition to the Internet of Everything, ultimately allowing them to introduce innovative user services that are enabled by networkwide simplicity, intelligence and analytics, scale, faster service rollout and better change management.

    Cisco Unified Access provides IT with the platform it needs to adapt to rapidly changing business, technologies, and user expectations with a unified policy, management, and network platform that employs a single network infrastructure with common policy and management across wired and wireless networks and VPNs.

    The three pillars of Cisco Unified Access (Figure 1) are:

    • One Policy: World-class unified policy platform and distributed enforcement
    • One Management: Single solution for comprehensive lifecycle management and visibility
    • One Network: Wired and wireless networks converged into a single unified infrastructure

    Supporting Quotes:

    • Assoc. Prof. Gasinee Witoonchart, Vice Rector, Planning and Finance, Chief Information Officer, Thammasat University 
      "Thammasat University believes that the highly efficient Cisco Unified Access wireless solutions will strengthen the overall capacity of our wireless network to enable BYOD and new learning experiences. Since going LIVE, we've found that our students and employees are very satisfied with wireless access at the two campuses in terms of reliability, ease of use, better and wider coverage and higher speed. By 2016, we expect our university to be ranked in top 50 universities in the Asia Pacific region. We are very pleased with the expertise and professionalism delivered by Cisco, including prompt support and effective IT training for our staff. These effective IT infrastructure and high-performing wireless network throughout campuses will enable us to enhance our further IT projects like e-Admin, e-Education & Research, e-Society and e-Culture to achieve our goal to becoming Asia's leading international academic institution."
    • Mr. Vatsun Thirapatarapong, Managing Director for Cisco in Thailand and Indochina
      "Our worlds at work, play and even in schools are changing with the proliferation of devices on the network. The ability to cater for this bring-your-own-device trend shows Thammasat University is the leader in developing the next-generation educational institution for graduates and postgraduates in Thailand." 

    For more information on how Cisco is delivering on the wired wireless convergence, please visit: Cisco Unified Access, Cisco Prime, Enterprise Networks and Cisco Wireless.

    About Thammasat University
    Thammasat University, Thailand's second oldest university was founded on June 27, 1934 and was originally named by its founder Professor Dr. Pridi Banomyong as the "University Of Moral And Political Sciences." The University today has four campuses -- Tha Pra Chan, Rangsit, Lampang, and Pattaya. Programs offered by the University include undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a broad range of academic fields including social sciences, humanities, science and technology, and health sciences. Thammasat University envisions to be the Asia's leading international academic institution that aims to solve Thailand's problems with moral commitment for the greater good of society.

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    Upton, MA, September 09, 2013 --( MYRIA RAS, Inc. announced the launch of, an open, business-to-business portal that focuses on automation, robotics and intelligent systems trends. ARISPlex delivers primary research, insights and actionable analysis, all designed to facilitate informed business decision making (see

    According to Dan Kara, Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder, MYRIA RAS, "The topics of robotics, automation and intelligent systems receive much coverage in the media. Unfortunately, the rush to print, post and comment does not result insight, nor often even news, but noise. ARISPlex is different. ARISPlex answers the 'So What?' question, emphasizing the critical implications and ramifications of robotics and automation announcements and initiatives, particularly as they relate to business and market development. In this way, ARISPlex acts as the authoritative voice for those using robotics, automation and intelligent systems technologies to enhance operational effectiveness and drive business.”

    The ARISPlex Difference
    ARISPlex was designed to serve those that can benefit from automation, robotics and intelligent systems technologies in a way that brings value to its readers, and better supports the market. Highlights include:
    · Analyses, Insight and Research – ARISPlex provides informed analysis of, and insights into, robotics and automation news, announcements, breakthroughs and other initiatives. The resulting “research lite” is designed to be actionable by business and technology decision makers across a variety of vertical market sectors. In addition, primary research from MYRIA and other sources is freely available to registered users. Analysts also pen opinions pieces.
    · Rigorous, Methodological, Consensual – The ARISPlex editors and analysts employ a rigorous methodology to review and vet material as a team. Analysis is by consensus, thereby insuring its correctness and increasing its value to the reader.
    · Quick and Compete – ARISPlex content is structured to be read and parsed quickly, yet provide deep understanding.
    · Business Benefits - ARISPlex analyses largely speak to business issues and economic concerns, as well as the intersection of the same with scientific breakthroughs, technology advances, social issues, investment trends, political developments and other business drivers.
    · Independence – ARISPlex editors and analysts are independent of outside sources. The ARISPlex website accepts no advertising from 3rd parties.
    · Community Outreach – ARISPlex is designed to serve a highly qualified and engaged community of business and technology leaders. Community outreach includes the website, MYRIA research, social networking sites, events and more.

    About MYRIA RAS, Inc.
    MYRIA RAS, Inc. is a research and advisory services firm that delivers actionable advice, research and best practices models to assist current and future users of robotics and automation technology to enhance operational effectiveness. MYRIA is also the publisher, an open portal offering analysis of, and insight into, automation, robotics and intelligent systems trends. See

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    SAN DIEGO, CA, September 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A recent study published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry suggests that there may be a connection between testosterone levels and the onset of Parkinson's disease. Dr. John T. Alexander II, founder of ENERGENEX ( in San Diego, says that there are likely a number of conditions that may be related to testosterone levels that are as yet unrecognized.

    "Low testosterone levels can cause a number of physical and psychological symptoms, but not enough is known about the long-term effects of Low T," explains Dr. Alexander, whose practice offers testosterone replacement therapy for San Diego men. "This study could shed additional light on the importance of hormone balance."

    The research study was conducted at Rush University Medical Center by neurological researchers, who found that the sudden drop in testosterone levels of mice following castration caused reduced dopamine levels and symptoms and pathology similar to the effects of Parkinson's disease in humans. Supplementation with DHT reversed the pathology.

    Low dopamine levels in humans cause problems with motor control, while very low levels have been linked to Parkinson's disease in other research. Clinical depression, which is also frequently seen in Parkinson's patients, is connected to low dopamine levels as well. Men with low testosterone are more commonly diagnosed with clinical depression compared to men with more balanced hormone levels, and depression and Low T share many of the same symptoms, leading to frequent misdiagnosis.

    "Hormones require a very delicate balance in order to work properly, and one imbalance frequently leads to others," says Dr. Alexander, who treats men suffering from Low T at his San Diego practice using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. "These imbalances affect so many aspects of physical and mental health, and these types of studies are shedding even more light on how hormone deficiencies may affect us."

    Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. The progression of the disease causes dysfunction and eventual death in brain cells. The earliest symptoms are movement-related, including trembling, shaking, slow movements and difficulty walking. As the disease progresses, problems with thought processes and behavioral issues may arise, including dementia. Depression is also commonly seen in patients with Parkinson's. Although symptoms of Parkinson's may be managed through medication initially, there is no cure for the disease.

    Helping patients increase their quality of life, ENERGENEX ( specializes in breakthrough treatments of hormone irregularities. In particular, the clinic treats human growth hormone (HGH) and Low T at its San Diego office. Established in 1998 by Dr. John T. Alexander II, it was one of California's first anti-aging clinics. In 1999, Dr. Alexander became a Diplomate of the newly formed Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has announced that Odessa Technologies' implementation of LeaseWave End-of-Lease Management system at TCF Equipment Finance, Inc. ("TCFEF"), an indirect subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation ("TCF") has won the Operations & Technology Excellence (O&TE) Award for 2013. This marks the third time in the last four years that an Odessa implementation has won this award, having previously received it in 2010 and 2011.

    The objective of the project was to leverage latest technologies to consolidate all end-of-lease operations into an integrated workflow-based system to enable efficiency, scalability and management controls on a single repository of data. The system addresses specialized challenges including end-of-term processing, complex contract modification management, late stage collections, comprehensive legal workouts-management, repossessions and remarketing.

    The LeaseWave End-of-Lease system was specifically designed to plug directly into legacy lease management systems, without disrupting core business processing. This allows large lessors to enjoy the benefits of new functionality that does not exist in the market today through low-risk and rapid system deployment.

    "We are excited to bring a completely unique and much needed offering to the market. While lease management software packages typically include end-of-term management functionality, there really wasn't a specialized system that managed all the details of this portion of the contract and asset life cycle," says Kate Majewski, SVP Program Management, Odessa Technologies. "This project was a fairly significant undertaking for us, requiring more than 45,000 hours to complete. We are truly honored to be rewarded for this effort and the innovation that it represents."

    About Odessa Technologies, Inc.

    Odessa Technologies is a software company exclusively focused on the leasing industry. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and employs a staff of 325 people. Odessa is the developer of the LeaseWave suite of products, a fully integrated browser-based lease and loan management solution, providing an end-to-end origination and portfolio management system for equipment leasing and finance, vehicle leasing and fleet management companies. The LeaseWave suite is specifically engineered to be configurable to accommodate even the most complex business model, as evidenced by Odessa's diverse customer base.

    Learn more about Odessa Technologies, Inc. and its services by visiting

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    SAN RAMON, CA, September 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Ventana Research has released its latest benchmark, Location Analytics. Location Analytics is defined as the integration, access and use of geographic information and technology to help consumers and businesses to take action and make decisions efficiently and effectively. The research identified trends, market opportunities and organizational requirements associated with Location Analytics. The research also provides key insight on competency and maturity of organizations use of location and geographic context as well as their current and future business and technology requirements and best practices.

    Location Analytics uses information about geography to advance the quality of business decisions and shorten response time to opportunities. In addition, using this technology can add value to important technological innovations including business use of big data, collaboration, mobile technology and business analytics. The technology combines geographic information with a variety of business systems, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM), from the Internet, websites and databases, making it easier to leverage and capitalize on existing technology.

    The research shows that organizations use location analytics for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) functions as well as in internal processes. Most participants in this research said that using location analytics has improved the results of their activities and processes, either significantly (34%) or slightly (51%). As with any technology, higher satisfaction lies in the technology used to analyze location information. Organizations that use a dedicated tool for location analytics significantly improve the results of their activities and processes more than twice as often as those that use only business intelligence (43% vs. 16%).

    A look at the capabilities necessary for effective location analytics indicates why tools designed for the purpose get better results. More than three in five organizations said three basic capabilities are important: geographic representation of data, visual metrics associated with locations on a map, and selecting and analyzing locations on a map. One-half to one-third said interacting with maps and locations for further analysis, determining distance and drive time, and adding layers to maps are important. As new Location Analytics capabilities become available, businesses will be able to strategically use geographic context. When Location Analytics is used properly, companies will save time and money, while increasing profitability, competitive advantage and reducing risk.

    "The value of adopting Location Analytics is that it can provide a real competitive advantage if the right technology is applied properly to business processes. But the technology alone will not deliver the desired benefits when an organization's people and processes are not ready or lack the experience to fully use it. ," said Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research, "The research revealed best practices companies have implemented to provide clear view of the benefits and steps to overcoming challenges in the use of location analytics."

    To learn more about the Location Analytics research, please visit: The research was sponsored by ESRI and supported by our partner Directions Magazine. Ventana Research, a leading business technology research and advisory services firm, provides qualified research participants with a financial incentive, complimentary report and presentation of the research findings as well as access to a free educational webinar on key findings from the Location Analytics benchmark research.

    Ventana Research will expand on the key findings of this benchmark research during a live webinar on Tuesday, October 1st @ 11 am PST. To participate in the webinar, or view it after it has taken place, visit:

    About Ventana Research

    Ventana Research is the most authoritative and respected benchmark business technology research and advisory services firm. We provide insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients to increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost and risk.

    Ventana Research provides the most comprehensive analyst and research coverage in the industry; business and IT professionals worldwide are members of our community and benefit from Ventana Research's insights, as do highly regarded media and association partners around the globe. Our views and analyses are distributed daily through blogs and social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

    To learn how Ventana Research advances the maturity of organizations' use of information and technology through benchmark research, education and advisory services, visit

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    SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - September 9, 2013) - The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) (, one of the largest and most respected statewide associations of technology companies in North America is hosting its fourth annual TechNW: North to Innovation conference. This year, TechNW features a three-part series, each detailing specific industry topics and providing highly focused networking opportunities. Part one of the series on September 25 brings together leading experts on cloud and big data to share their insights on these important trends that are helping reshape the technology landscape, both in the Northwest and beyond.

    What: TechNW is the region's high-profile, must-attend forum for learning, business development and strategic networking. Join the WTIA for the TechNW kickoff event, featuring some of our region's foremost experts on cloud and big data.

    Cloud isn't just for your favorite CRM application anymore. Today's cloud offers significant gains in speed-to-deployment, business agility, scalability and cost savings that can benefit both large enterprises and small-to-medium sized businesses. Cloud infrastructure and solutions can be implemented holistically across the enterprise, or as a way to rapidly address specific time-sensitive needs. This panel session will address the latest in cloud-based trends, solutions, applications development, security and more. Get beyond the buzz words, and learn how to make the cloud work for you.

    • Frank Artale, Partner, Ignition (moderator)
    • Simon Crosby, CTO and Co-Founder, Bromium, Inc.
    • Thor Culverhouse, President and CEO, Skytap, Inc.

    Big Data: The Successes and Real Opportunities
    The hype around big data is tremendous, but the opportunity is real. Businesses across all industries are challenged by how to best access and make use of big data. We are at a unique point in time where sources of data are abundant, innovation in hardware and software is increasing, and cloud infrastructure is more stable. So now what? Attend this session to hear from some of the major players in big data on where they see real progress, opportunities, innovations and next steps are for companies.

    • Ted Kummert, Venture Partner, Madrona Venture Group (moderator)
    • Dave Campbell, CTO, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft
    • Carlos Guestrin, Founder and CEO, GraphLab
    • Matt Wood, General Manager, Data Science, Amazon Web Services

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    3:00 to 6:30 p.m.

    Northeastern University - Seattle 
    401 Terry Ave. N.
    Seattle, WA 98109

    This event is open to anyone with an interest in the Northwest tech community.

    $50 for WTIA members; $75 for non-members. Complimentary passes available for members of the media.

    Registration for all three events is available here:

    • September 25:
      • Cloud Panel
      • Big Data Panel
    • October 9:
      • Gaming Panel
      • Mobile Panel
    • October 23:
      • Automotive Tech Panel
      • New Technologies Chat with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction

    About the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
    The WTIA, founded in 1984, is one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies in North America. With more than 500 members representing more than 100,000 employees in Washington State, we're passionate about promoting Washington as a desirable place to start and grow successful technology companies amid a strong and connected community. The association's global sponsors are F5 Networks, HTC, Microsoft, Regence BlueShield, Verizon Wireless, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. The association's funding sponsors are AH&T Insurance and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. For more information, go to

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