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Posted: 5/23/2008 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Tags: Health IT

ST. PAUL, Minn.--Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) today announced that Mayo Clinic has completed its implementation of the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management Suite, including the Employee & Manager Self-Service applications. The new applications will help the healthcare provider maximize employee potential, and provide decision makers with the data they need to make informed, rapid decisions about the workforce that directly support business operations. The implementation marks the completion of phase two of the Mayo Administration Goal for Integrated and Coordinated Systems (MAGIC) initiative, an organization-wide effort to streamline business processes and improve data sharing, reporting and regulatory compliance. The first phase of the initiative, completed in 2006, included deployment of the Lawson S3 Enterprise Financial Management and Supply Chain Management Suites. Mayo Clinic is one of the largest integrated, not-for-profit group practices in the world with major sites in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. and a network of hospitals and clinics under the Mayo Health System name. Collectively, the sites treat more than half a million people each year. The unified Lawson system will serve more than 3,400 physicians, scientists and researchers and 48,200 allied health staff at the organization. Lawson’s Web-based Employee & Manager Self-Service applications give employees ownership of their personal information, such as benefits enrollment, vacation balances, and electronic pay statements. “Lawson Human Capital Management offers healthcare organizations a comprehensive business system to better manage its people, financial resources, and supply chain processes,” said Stacey Hicks, healthcare marketing director for Lawson. “Our deep industry expertise enables us to provide the technology that healthcare organizations require to help efficiently and effectively allocate limited resources and deliver the highest level of patient care.” Lawson serves more than 500 healthcare industry customers representing more than 4,500 facilities, including eight of the top 10 integrated delivery networks. The company also serves managed care systems, academic medical centers, hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, home healthcare, long-term care and other health services enterprises. Lawson solutions help healthcare organizations manage their business so they can focus on their patients, automate and streamline materials management for a better bottom line, and overcome the challenges of the labor shortage. About Lawson Software Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,000 customers in manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and service sector industries across 40 countries. Lawson's solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at www.lawson.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that contain risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements contain statements of intent, belief or current expectations of Lawson Software and its management. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company is not obligated to update forward-looking statements based on circumstances or events that occur in the future. Risks and uncertainties that may cause such differences include but are not limited to: uncertainties in Lawson's ability to realize synergies and revenue opportunities anticipated from the Intentia International acquisition; uncertainties in the software industry; uncertainties as to when and whether the conditions for the recognition of deferred revenue will be satisfied; increased competition; uncertainty regarding potential future deterioration in the market for auction rate securities which could result in additional permanent impairment charges, global military conflicts; terrorist attacks; pandemics, and any future events in response to these developments; changes in conditions in the company's targeted industries and other risk factors listed in the company's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lawson assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla.--Auxis, a management consulting firm, announced that it has been named as a finalist in the South Florida Business Journal Technology (SFBJ) Awards. SFBJ recognizes the advancements made by innovative South Florida companies. Auxis was recognized for its VIPER solution – Virtual Integration Planning & Execution Room Solution. VIPER is the result of combining Auxis’ technology capabilities with its merger & acquisition, due diligence and integration knowledge services. The VIPER offering begins with the end in mind for a client’s need to execute a successful transaction. “VIPER allows stakeholders from across multiple organizations to share information, track progress, automate data capture, share knowledge and provide a secure infrastructure for critically sensitive data,” said Nancy Wolff, Senior Director IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture. Auxis has blended together the competencies of merger integration professional services with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) capabilities to develop a robust offering. VIPER is the central management solution for managing mergers and all of the related activities such as analysis, integration and reporting. “VIPER’s integration of exceptional pre and post merger & acquisition professional services combined with powerful technology helps get deal returns expedited,” said Baird Lobree, President & CEO. About Auxis Auxis is a management consulting firm that creates value and enables growth for its customers. Auxis works with top management to develop and implement robust business models that generate superior business performance. Auxis’ core belief is that success is measured by the ability to deliver practical, measurable and sustainable financial results. Auxis is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida with offices in Plantation and Tampa, Florida as well as Houston, Texas. For more information about Auxis visit www.auxis.com.
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MIAMI--Terremark Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMRK), a leading global provider of IT infrastructure services, today announced that Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC), a leading IT services company, and Terremark have formed a strategic initiative to support select critical infrastructure customer requirements in the Federal marketplace. Following an extensive vendor review, CSC selected Terremark based on its proven track record of servicing the Federal and commercial markets, its carrier-neutral status, and the superior design and ideal location of the NAP of the Capital Region. CSC anticipates continued strong demand for IT infrastructure services and solutions and looks forward to this strategic agreement with Terremark in order to offer additional world-class solutions to their customers. The NAP of the Capital Region, which officially opens this June, will offer Terremark’s complete suite of managed services, its Infinistructure™ utility computing platform, and diverse connectivity options to Tier-1 network providers. The facility is strategically located in Culpeper, Va., 60 miles from Washington, D.C. and was specifically designed to exceed standards as a Federal data communications and hosting facility offering the ultimate in physical security. The 30-acre campus is the ideal location for government organizations, enterprises and Web 2.0 companies requiring managed infrastructure solutions engineered to meet the needs of today’s power, space and bandwidth-intensive mission-critical applications or hot/warm sites for disaster recovery/COOP environments. “We are very proud that CSC chose Terremark to help meet some of its significant IT infrastructure needs, and we believe that this relationship will help take Terremark to new heights,” said Manuel D. Medina, Terremark’s Chairman and CEO. “CSC’s selection of the NAP of the Capital Region for some of their federal IT infrastructure needs helps validate our strategy and underscores the many advantages this state-of-the-art facility provides for both Federal and commercial customers.” About Terremark Worldwide, Inc. Terremark Worldwide (NASDAQ:TMRK) is a leading global provider of IT infrastructure services delivered on the industry’s most robust and advanced technology platform. Leveraging data centers in the United States, Europe and Latin America with access to massive and diverse network connectivity, Terremark delivers government and enterprise customers a comprehensive suite of managed solutions including hosting, colocation, connectivity and security services. Terremark’s acclaimed Infinistructure™ utility computing architecture has redefined industry standards for scalable and flexible computing infrastructure and its DigitalOps® service platform combines end-to-end systems management workflow with a comprehensive customer portal. More information about Terremark Worldwide can be found at http://www.terremark.com. About CSC Computer Sciences Corporation is a leading IT services company. CSC’s mission is to be a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. With approximately 91,000 employees, CSC provides innovative solutions for customers around the world by applying leading technologies and CSC’s own advanced capabilities. These include systems design and integration; IT and business process outsourcing; applications software development; Web and application hosting; and management consulting. CSC reported revenue of $16.1 billion for the 12 months ended Dec. 28, 2007. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.csc.com. Statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Terremark's actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements due to a number of risks, ability to cross-sell across an acquired customer base, ability to increase revenue yields within facilities, ability to refinance existing debt, uncertainties and other factors, as discussed in Terremark's filings with the SEC. These factors include, without limitation, Terremark's ability to obtain funding for its business plans, uncertainty in the demand for Terremark's services or products and Terremark's ability to manage its growth, the successful integration of operations of acquired companies. Terremark does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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SALT LAKE CITY--Organizations relying on encryption within their most mission-critical business systems must take steps to ensure they can address vulnerabilities like the recently reported Debian Linux flaw when–not if–they happen again, according to Venafi, inventor of systems management for encryption. Such preparations should include automating the management of encryption certificates and keys, to enable rapid identification and replacement. A guide outlining specifically how organizations can address issues and vulnerabilities like the Debian vulnerability using the Venafi encryption management platform and help from a team of expert consultants at Venafi, is available at www.venafi.com/disaster_recovery/linux-debian-openssl-vulnerability. aspx. Early last week, Debian announced a flaw that had caused SSL (secure socket layer), SSH (secure shell) and other keys generated on the Linux variant to be dangerously weak. In addition to patching code on the affected systems, organizations must now identify and replace all SSL and SSH keys at risk. “While this is a challenge for many companies, the Debian OpenSSL vulnerability is really a symptom of a much larger problem,” said Security Catalyst Michael Santarcangelo, who hosted Venafi vice president Paul Turner as a guest on his podcast this week entitled, “The Right Way to Address the Debian OpenSSL Vulnerability.” “To change the way people protect information, we need to make it easier for people to do their jobs while informing the risk management process,” Santarcangelo added. “If a company implemented Systems Management for Encryption from Venafi now, they would be able to solve problems like this Debian issue much cheaper, faster and easier.” How Can Systems Management for Encryption Help? Systems Management for Encryption is the practice of applying time-tested systems management best practices and techniques—already in use for many other IT operations and security processes—to encryption, and leveraging them horizontally across operating environments. Based on experience working with some of the world’s leading organizations, Venafi has developed products that institutionalize these best practices and techniques, delivering an automation platform that enables the application of corporate and regulatory encryption policies in a consistent and repeatable fashion across desktops, network devices, and systems in the datacenter. With Venafi Systems Management for Encryption, companies can discover SSL certificates across and throughout their entire infrastructure, including those generated by Debian, and automatically replace all certificates at risk. Venafi manages the lifecycle of all certificates and keys, configures the applications that are using them according to organizational policies and constantly monitors and reports on the status of the entire encryption infrastructure. Some samples of the kinds of reports Venafi provides include the following: what key strengths and cryptographic algorithms are in use which certificates are expired or will expire soon, and which certificate authorities are being used to issue certificates. “To keep their information secure, organizations are deploying encryption broadly across their computing environments, and until now, the only way they’ve been able to control, monitor, maintain and audit the encryption is to do so manually,” said Paul Turner, vice president of product and customer solutions, Venafi. “This costly and error-prone manual work has put many companies at risk not only because of the enormous cost of such procedures, but more importantly because they do not have an accurate picture of the keys and certificates that are actually in use throughout their organization–making it difficult to rapidly respond when issues like this Debian issue arise. Leveraging automated tools and processes enables improved operational controls and security and ensures they are prepared to rapidly respond to vulnerabilities and other issues.” Links related to the Debian OpenSSL Vulnerability and Systems Management for Encryption: Learn more about how Venafi can help at: www.venafi.com/disaster_recovery/linux-debian-openssl- vulnerability.aspx Listen to the Security Catalyst podcast, “The Right Way to Address the Debian OpenSSL Vulnerability,” at http://www.securitycatalyst.com/blog/2008/05/21/tsc-may-21-20 08-the-right-way-to-address-the-debian-openssl-vulnerability/ (NOTE: Long URLs in this release may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.) About Venafi Venafi invented systems management for encryption, enabling organizations to deploy, manage and control encryption technologies across their diverse operating systems and infrastructure environments–from the desktop to the datacenter. Venafi products provide automated discovery of encryption, application encryption configuration, key and certificate lifecycle management and reporting. The tangible business value for Venafi customers includes significantly reduced system failure due to under-managed encryption, increased operational efficiency, reduced operating costs, and improved compliance and data security. Venafi customers consist of some of the world’s largest financial services, telecommunications, government, healthcare, restaurant, transportation and online and interactive services companies. For more information, go to www.venafi.com.
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SINGAPORE--Frost & Sullivan's Electronics & Security Practice in Asia Pacific (http://www.elctronics.frost.com) will host an exclusive live briefing on the RFID inlays market in Asia Pacific on May 29, 2008 at 11:00 hrs (GMT+ 08:00hrs) Singapore time. The inlays market is a vital area in the overall RFID ecosystem as it ensures passive tags used in an RFID deployment meets with the most stringent demands to support a myriad of applications. With respect to this, the quality of inlays is continuously improving with more technology innovations being introduced over time in this highly competitive market. The RFID inlays market is slowly but surely gaining momentum with increasing usage especially for large scale projects which require a large quantity of RFID passive tags. Moving forward, this trend is expected to continue in Asia Pacific with more end-users understanding the potential benefits they stand to reap through an RFID deployment. This analyst briefing will provide an overview of the Asia Pacific RFID inlays market and a breakdown of its key applications, benefits, drivers and restraints. Highlights of the briefing include an examination of the competitive structure and a market forecast including the future potential for the RFID inlays market in Asia Pacific. We will also provide an update of related and upcoming research and provide an opportunity for a question and answer session with the analyst. This briefing will benefit everyone related to the RFID inlays value chain; inlay, chip, antenna and tag manufactures. It will also be of benefit to potential end-users considering an RFID deployment in their enterprises. By giving a market overview of this region, these same companies will be able to understand the requirements and road blocks that this technology presents in Asia Pacific. Richard Sebastian, Research Analyst for the Automation & Electronics Practice of Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific says, “The RFID inlays market is sometimes underplayed in importance as not everyone realizes the significance it contributes in supporting the passive tags industry. Selecting the inlay with the right properties or characteristics to support the passive tag which will be used for a specific application is extremely vital as it ultimately ensures whether the overall RFID deployment is going to be a success or a failure.” He adds, “With more new applications continuously being introduced together with the pre-existing applications leveraging on RFID, the inlays market shows immense potential of growing by leaps and bounds but the stakeholders within this industry will need to continue to innovate to ensure it remains dynamic in meeting the barriers or challenges it faces today.” Join us as Richard shares his insights on the RFID inlays market within the region. Those interested in registering for the interactive live briefing should send an email to Corporate Communications - Donna Jeremiah at djeremiah@frost.com with the following information: full name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail address, city, state and country. The registration details will be emailed to you upon receipt of the above information. Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's TEAM Research, Growth Consulting and Growth Team Membership empower clients to create a growth-focused culture that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Partnerships, visit http://www.frost.com.
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TINLEY PARK, Ill.--PANDUIT, a leading, world-class developer and provider of innovative physical infrastructure solutions has collaborated with Cisco in the area of integrated network infrastructure topology for the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series. PANDUIT has also developed a comprehensive Nexus 5000 Cabinet Kit that enhances interoperability, reduces installation time, and supports the performance needs of data center unified fabrics. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series provides an innovative architecture to simplify data center transformation by consolidating LAN and SAN traffic on a unified fabric. “It takes a broad ecosystem of leading vendors to help create a data center unified fabric based on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series,” said Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing at Nuova Systems, a majority-owned subsidiary of Cisco. “Companies such as PANDUIT provide expertise in the critical areas of logical topology and physical infrastructure to help ensure that IT organizations experience successful deployments.” As part of the Nexus 5000 Series ecosystem, PANDUIT helps enable customers to consolidate and virtualize their data center environment utilizing 10 Gigabit Ethernet technologies. Additionally, PANDUIT and Cisco collaborated to create guidelines for high-performance, flexible, scalable and reliable data center design that incorporates both Cisco network and PANDUIT physical infrastructure best practices. “Our customers are looking for solutions that address total cost of ownership today while providing a solid foundation to adapt to future applications,” said Ron Partridge, Group VP, Global Marketing and Sales, PANDUIT Corp. “PANDUIT continues to collaborate with Cisco to provide integrated network infrastructure topology solutions to optimize data center effectiveness.” For additional information please visit www.panduit.com/datacenter. You can view the Cisco press release here. About PANDUIT: PANDUIT is a leading, world-class developer and provider of innovative networking and electrical solutions. For more than 50 years, PANDUIT has engineered and manufactured end-to-end solutions that assist our customers in the deployment of the latest technologies. Our global expertise and strong industry relationships make PANDUIT a valuable and trusted partner dedicated to delivering technology-driven solutions and unmatched service. Through our commitment to innovation, quality, and service PANDUIT creates competitive advantages to earn customer preference. (www.panduit.com/dc43)
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PLEASANTON, Calif.--Five9, Inc., a leader in on-demand call center solutions, announced that VoIP provider Vonage deployed its Virtual Call Center offering in several divisions to manage marketing campaigns. With a history of subscriber growth and nearly 2.6 million lines in service, Vonage continually evaluates and employs new tools for customer retention and satisfaction initiatives. Five9’s predictive dialing and outbound solutions were deployed quickly and flexibly to align with the telecommunications provider‘s aggressive goals for customer outreach. According to Vonage Customer Support Director Lev Rejanovinshi, “We needed a quick, easy-to-use, easy-to-manage call center system to support operations in multiple divisions. We turned to Five9 for software features, implementation services, and training to get our departments operational in four days.” The Five9 Virtual Call Center is both agent- and supervisor-friendly. Easy set up and administration means supervisors and agents are on board quickly. “Using the Five9 system enabled us to execute several campaigns that produced winbacks and generated revenue. And we measured customer satisfaction using the Five9 system for polling,” said Lev Rejanovinshi. Five9 delivers world-class virtual call centers spanning five continents in many industry sectors. Based on a solid record of reliability, Five9 offers business customers a portfolio of contact center solutions for outbound, inbound, and blended operations. Customers benefit from a technology platform built from the ground up with VoIP, enhanced call center functionality, and a dedicated implementation team. “We collaborate with our customers during initial implementation and throughout their use of our service, including the ongoing introduction of new features and capabilities. We are proud that Vonage is getting great results and using the Five9 solution in innovative ways,” said Marissa Ramsey, Vice President of Customer Success at Five9. As a leading provider of broadband telephone services, Vonage technology enables anyone to make and receive calls with a touch tone telephone almost anywhere a broadband Internet connection is available. The Five9 Virtual Call Center supports this compelling customer value proposition with feature-rich, cost-effective solutions that are reliable and flexible to capitalize on the growing market demand for broadband and VoIP. About Vonage Vonage is a leading US provider of VoIP phone service with nearly 2.6 million lines in service. Their innovative and scaleable platform offers quality communications services at an affordable price. Vonage markets its services directly and through national retailers. For more information, visit www.vonage.com. About Five9 Five9 is the leading global provider of on-demand call center software for telemarketing, customer service, and business continuity. The award-winning Five9 Virtual Call Center and Predictive Dialer serves customers of all sizes on five continents. Customers profit from Five9’s reliable, robust functionality that is fast, easy, and affordable to deploy. For more information, visit www.five9.com.
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MCLEAN, Va.--Trust Digital, the leading enterprise mobility management provider, today announced the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has awarded the company a contract to meet the Information Assurance requirements for the Dismounted Data Automated Communication Terminal (D-DACT). Under the terms of the contract, Trust Digital will supply its smartphone security software to protect D-DACT mobile devices. D-DACT mobiles devices – ruggedized, waterproof, networked PDAs – are currently used by the warfighter for situational awareness, command and control, navigation, basic mission planning and electronic messaging. While convenient, current D-DACT devices are neither inherently secure nor are they traditionally employed in secure environments. SPAWAR selected Trust Digital’s device loss protection software based on its ability to transparently secure information on the D-DACT without affecting device performance and use. Trust Digital’s smartphone security software solution provides the warfighter with device loss protection that includes: password protection, encrypted data-at-rest, application restriction and the purging of data, also referred to as “device wipe”. COMMENTARY “Trust Digital is proud to work with SPAWAR to improve its information delivery processes and to supply a secure solution that meets the mission-critical needs and objectives of the warfighter,” said Nick Magliato, CEO of Trust Digital. “Device loss protection is a key part of our mobility management platform, helping IT organizations mitigate the largest risk associated with handheld mobile devices.” TRUST DIGITAL RESOURCE CENTER Learn about security management for smartphones See the complete list of smartphones supported by Trust Digital Receive Phone Factory Smartphone Certification Updates Contact Trust Digital to secure your phone today Trust Digital is growing; learn more about the positions available ABOUT TRUST DIGITAL Trust Digital is the leading provider of enterprise mobility management software for government organizations and Global 2000 companies. IT organizations rely on Trust Digital’s solution to cost-effectively secure, rapidly deploy and centrally manage their smartphones. Trust Digital’s unique software-overlay methodology simplifies how IT administrators and help desk specialists implement policies, assist users and enforce compliance for mobile applications. Recipient of the 2007 SC Magazine Award for Best Mobile Device Security Solution, Trust Digital’s software platform is helping secure and manage the mobile workforce. For more information, please visit our website, www.trustdigital.com.
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IRVINE, Calif., May 23 -- In the first quarter of 2008,Verizon Wireless delivered nearly 58 billion text messages from coast tocoast. But for those looking to control text messaging, such as on theirchild's cell phone, Verizon Wireless offers numerous consumer-friendlyoptions to block some or all text messages.These options include: -- Blocking: Customers can log into http://www.vtext.com or http://text.vzw.com using their mobile number and password, choose preferences, then text blocking, then select from several options -- 1. Block all messages from the Web/Internet (where most spam is generated) 2. Block all messages from e-mail 3. Block messages from up to 15 specific domain names or e-mail addresses. 4. Allow only texts sent to a nickname@vtext.com. -- Premium SMS Blocking: Log into "My Verizon" on http://www.verizonwireless.com, choose features, then choose add/delete to block only text messages for short code campaigns that involve premium charges. -- V-BLOCK: This option prevents a specific mobile number/cell phone from sending or receiving text messages. The only messages the customer will receive are voicemail alerts.Customers can also add any of these options by calling CustomerService.Verizon Wireless also has a long history of consistently leading thewireless industry to advocate and adopt consumer-friendly policies. Thesefirsts include: -- ... when Early Termination Fees (ETFs) remained unchanged no matter how long consumers had been under a service contract, Verizon Wireless was the first to announce and, for the past 18 months, has been the only national service provider offering declining ETFs that decrease $5 for every month a customer has been under contract -- ... when an effort to publish wireless phone numbers in a public directory was under discussion, Verizon Wireless publicly condemned the initiative as "a dumb idea" and reasserted its commitment to keep its customers' numbers private. -- ... when wireless consumers had to pay for service if they cancelled during a "trial period", Verizon Wireless became and remains the only service provider to stop billing for those calls if the customer takes their number to another service provider. -- ... when wireless consumers had to give up their number if they switched providers, Verizon Wireless led the way for change and now consumers can take their phone number with them when they switch. -- ... when wireless consumers in California became concerned about responsible driving with cell phones, Verizon Wireless advocated, and was the only wireless company to support, a bill that mandated the use of hands-free devices while driving. That bill became state law (Vehicle Code (VC) section 23123) and goes into effect July 1, 2008. -- ... when text message spamming by con artists was on the rise, Verizon Wireless was the first wireless company to take legal action to protect consumers.About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice anddata network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in BaskingRidge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a jointventure of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE:VOD). For more information, go to: http://www.verizonwireless.com. Topreview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolutionstills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon WirelessMultimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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JINAN, China, May 23 -- China VoIP &Digital Telecom Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: CVDT) announced today that itsnewly acquired subsidiary Beijing PowerUnique Technologies Co., Ltd.(''BPUT'') signed a cooperative agreement with VMware (NYSE: VMW) to becomean official Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) of VMware.VMware is the global leader in virtualization solutions from thedesktop to the data center. Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reducecapital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthensecurity and go green. VMware has more than 100,000 customers worldwide andall Fortune 100 enterprises are using the mature virtual technology ofVMware.The alliance agreement with VMware demonstrates BPUT's leading positionin the virtualization field in China. BPUT will leverage VMware's advancedvirtual technology in the information security products marketplace inorder to broaden its product offerings and strengthen its competitiveadvantage.Mr. Kunwu Li, CVDT's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Boardcommented on the BPUT's agreement with VMware, "BPUT is honored to beVMware's partner. We believe that the Technology Alliance Partner agreementbetween the two companies will help further develop the globalvirtualization market and we will see more innovative products for morecustomers around the world."More information can be found at http://www.chinavoip-telecom.com .Safe Harbor StatementCertain of the statements made in the press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities LitigationReform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by the use offorward- looking terminology such as 'believe,' 'expect,' 'may,' 'will,''should,' 'project,' 'plan,' 'seek,' 'intend,' or 'anticipate' or thenegative thereof or comparable terminology. Such statements typicallyinvolve risks and uncertainties and may include financial projections orinformation regarding our future plans, objectives or performance. Actualresults could differ materially from the expectations reflected in suchforward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, includingthe risks associated with the effect of changing economic conditions in ThePeople's Republic of China, variations in cash flow, reliance oncollaborative retail partners and on new product development, variations innew product development, risks associated with rapid technological change,and the potential of introduced or undetected flaws and defects inproducts, and other risk factors detailed in reports filed with theSecurities and Exchange Commission from time to time.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--L-3 Communications Avionics Systems (L-3 Avionics) announced today that it has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) Authorization and Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the SmartDeck® Integrated Flight Controls and Display System. The STC has been awarded for the Cirrus Design SR22 G2 model, and L-3 Avionics will offer the STC through authorized dealers for retrofit. “SmartDeck’s revolutionary user interface is designed to boost pilot confidence and create a safe, simple and easy-to-control cockpit environment,” said Adrienne Stevens, president of L-3 Avionics Systems. “We’re thrilled to deliver this state-of-the-art, next-generation avionics system to the market.” L-3 conducted extensive testing to create SmartDeck’s simple user interface and designed the menu structure to support pilot functions in “three clicks or less.” The result is a departure from the current glass cockpit model; pertinent flight information is more rapidly accessible and less confusing than with other systems. “It makes flying safer, easier and more fun,” said Stevens. “When pilots fly the system for the first time, we receive overwhelmingly positive feedback about the crisp graphics and overall ease of use. The best way for someone to compare SmartDeck to other systems is to fly it. It speaks for itself.” SmartDeck is the only system in the light aircraft market to include a display dedicated to flight plan management and communication information as part of its standard configuration. The Center Console Unit (CCU) is a 4 x 5.25 inch display that frees up space on the multi-function display (MFD) and enables pilots to continue monitoring a flight while obtaining airport or flight plan information. SmartDeck integrates a number of advanced situational awareness technologies that provide detailed data on navigation, traffic avoidance, terrain avoidance, communication, flight controls, engine parameters and enhanced vision. Many of these resources are made available through the integration of L-3’s products. SmartDeck is scalable and designed for installation on new general aviation aircraft, turboprops and light jets. L-3 is progressing with Cirrus Design to customize SmartDeck for the development phase of “the-jet,” as announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention last September. L-3 Avionics Systems has been providing industry-leading avionics technologies to aviation markets for more than 45 years. Known for bringing cost-effective and advanced technologies to the industry, L-3 developed the SmartDeck® Integrated Flight Controls and Display System for business and general aviation aircraft. Additionally, the company continues to provide a wide array of avionics safety and situational awareness technologies, such as the SkyWatch® collision avoidance system, Stormscope® lightning detection system and the IRIS™ Infrared Imaging System. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.L-3Avionics.com and the SmartDeck Web site at www.smartdeck.com. Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 64,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2007 sales of $14 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s Web site at www.L-3Com.com.
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DUBLIN, Ireland--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92803) has announced the addition of “Internet Television (Part 3) Integrating Web 2.0 Concepts” to their offering. - Impact on TV advertising revenues - Application of Bookmarking Techniques - Developer Programs - Syndication of Content - RSS for Internet Television - Delivery to the TV Set This report is the third in a three-part series about the delivery of professionally-produced television content over the fixed internet. The report analyses how Web 2.0 concepts such as RSS, bookmarking, content aggeration and developer programs will be incorporated into internet television services in the future. REPORT CONTENT The introduction to the report sets the scene by clearly explaining why internet television is a different market to online video and what the impact will be on the advertising revenues of television broadcasters. The report then explains why the internet television market will develop in stages, starting with the incorporation of Web 2.0 concepts into PC-based services and then the transferal of those services to the TV set. Next, the report identifies the five most important Web 2.0 trends that are already beginning to shape the development of entire internet television landscape. From the user's perspective, the integration of Web 2.0 concepts into internet television services will be one of most important factors that differentiate the category from: - Multi-channel television (i.e. terrestrial, cable and satellite television); - IPTV services which are being offered by telecoms providers; - Mobile TV. The report focuses on three of these Web 2.0 trends in detail: content syndication, service development platforms and developer APIs and multi-platform service delivery. An in-depth explanation is provided on how users will be able to ‘cherry pick' (i.e. syndicate) television content that has been drawn from a range of rival services so it can be viewed on any screen as part of a unified viewing experience. WHO SHOULD READ THIS REPORT? - Product management and product marketing. - Product strategy and marketing strategy. - Executive leadership. - Market insight and competitor intelligence. - Business development and corporate development. CONTRIBUTORS We've talked to a range of players across the internet television landscape in order to prepare this report: - Public service and commercial television broadcasters. - Internet television start-ups. - Incumbent telecoms providers. - Independent television production companies. - ISPs - Optical networking equipment vendors, whose products are being used to deliver the core network bandwidth needed to support the delivery of services like internet television on a mass scale. - Companies operating content delivery networks. - Those who control the licensing of rights to two very large global sporting events. For more information, visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92803
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DUBLIN, Ireland--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92795) has announced the addition of US Manufacturing Business Computer Hardware Expenditures, 2007-2012 to their offering. This Excel-based Data-rich Deliverable (DRD) that is part of the Manufacturing subscription includes market intelligence on IT: Computer Hardware expenditures for the Manufacturing vertical. The report defines computer hardware as computing equipment, such as servers, PCs, laptops, storage solutions and peripherals. Manufacturing includes establishments engaged in the mechanical or chemical transformation of materials or substances into new products. Size of business includes SOHO (1-4 employees), Small Business (5-99 employees), Mid-Sized Business (100-999 employees), and Enterprise Business (Over 1000 employees). The Expert Guide for this deliverable is Stephanie Atkinson. Forecasts are from 2007 through 2012 and include annual growth rate, as well as percentage of total market. Sources: Our segment and market forecasts, which include business expenditures, market demographics, and usage and adoption statistics, are built using multiple sources, including our proprietary research. These sources include, but are not limited to: - Secondary research - Government data and statistics (e.g. department of commerce, federal communication commission, bureau of labour statistics and us census bureau - Primary research - Vendor-based research - In-depth interviews with key decision-makers (where relevant) We select data sources to provide greatest degree of perspective on each market or segment, in addition to the highest level of data accuracy, stability, and consistency over time. -- Please Note: Due to the brevity and/or nature of the content posted, there is no table of contents available for this report. -- For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92795
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WALTHAM, Mass.--Guardium, the database security company, today announced the first cross-DBMS solution that prevents privileged users – such as DBAs, application developers and outsourced personnel – from viewing sensitive data in corporate databases. Guardium S-GATE™ is the only technology that allows organizations to safeguard enterprise data and meet compliance requirements – such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), PCI-DSS and data privacy laws – without the cost and complexity of modifying databases, application code or existing business processes, and without relying on “after-the-fact” mechanisms such as logging and alerting. S-GATE’s ability to enforce granular access control policies that apply only to privileged users means that organizations can now implement robust preventive controls – without the risk of blocking legitimate business access. S-GATE also strengthens security and enforces separation of duties (SOD) by preventing DBAs from performing security functions such as creating new database accounts and elevating privileges for existing accounts. At the same time, authorized individuals can continue to use their super user or system privileges to perform day-to-day administrative tasks – including backups, patching and tuning – without interruption. Exposing the Database Security Gap: Privileged User Access Role-based access and other built-in DBMS controls are designed to prevent end-users from accessing sensitive data in databases, but they cannot prevent DBAs and other privileged users who have the ability to execute any database command, on any database object, as part of their daily jobs. Newer technologies such as database activity monitoring (DAM) provide an additional layer of protection by generating detailed audit trails and real-time security alerts whenever anomalous activity is detected or access policies are violated – including privileged user violations. While DAM is an important element of a defense-in-depth strategy, DAM has traditionally been limited to providing detective controls rather than preventive controls because monitoring alone cannot enforce security policies and prevent unauthorized actions from occurring. Real-Time Preventive Controls; Zero Disruption to IT Infrastructures Implemented as a lightweight, host-based software agent with fine-grained security policies, S-GATE provides automated, real-time controls that prevent privileged users from performing unauthorized actions such as: Executing queries on sensitive tables Changing sensitive data values Adding or deleting critical tables (schema changes) outside change windows Creating new user accounts and modifying privileges S-GATE is completely non-intrusive, and does not require add-on functionality inside the database. As a result, it’s implemented quickly without disrupting business-critical applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel, SAP, Business Objects and in-house applications. S-GATE provides strong advantages over database-resident controls, including: Cross-Platform Support: S-GATE allows organizations to define a single set of access policies for their entire application and database infrastructure, rather than controlling access for only a specific DBMS platform or version. Because it is implemented outside of the database, S-GATE supports all major DBMS platforms (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2 and Informix, Sybase, MySQL and Teradata) on all major OS platforms (Windows, Linux, UNIX). Ease-of-Use for Non-DBAs: Database-resident controls require DBAs to administer them – raising issues around separation of duties. S-GATE can be managed by IT security, compliance or risk teams because it uses simple, English-language policies that can be customized via drop-down menus, without requiring knowledge of database commands and structures. In addition, S-GATE uses a hardened, Linux-based network appliance to manage access policies, preventing privileged users from disabling or modifying policies, and further strengthening separation of duties. A Single Solution for Policy Enforcement and Auditing: Compliance regulations require storing a complete audit trail of all privileged user actions, in order to document compliance and aid in forensic investigations. DBMS vendors typically offer fine-grained auditing and audit repositories as separate add-ons. Guardium 7 offers policy enforcement and fine-grained auditing in a single solution, further reducing cost and complexity. Policies that Examine Query Results, Not Just Incoming Queries: Database-resident controls are limited to controlling execution of specific SQL commands on specific objects. S-GATE goes one step further by also examining query results. For example, a connection from an anomalous script or application that is suddenly seen to be extracting PII from the database can be terminated, while a valid application that extracts the same PII data will be allowed. Non-Stop Enforcement: Some database-resident controls must be turned off for routine maintenance operations such as backups and patching. During these maintenance windows, privileged users can take advantage of disabled controls to perform unauthorized actions. S-GATE provides continuous enforcement of access policies because it does not require disabling certain privileged accounts inside the database. S-GATE, available with Guardium 7, is an extension to S-TAP™ (“software tap”), Guardium’s lightweight, host-based agent. Unique in the industry, S-TAPs are non-intrusive software probes that monitor network streams at the OS level of database servers, including both network access and local access by privileged users (via shared memory, named pipes, Oracle Bequeath, etc.). S-TAPs have minimal impact on server performance because they relay all traffic to separate Guardium appliances for policy evaluation, analysis, reporting and secure online storage of audit trails. “Our customers have been asking for this capability because it is the ultimate in database security and separation of duties, and it’s essential for compliance,” said Ron Bennatan, Ph.D., Guardium CTO and author of Implementing Database Security and Auditing (Elsevier Digital Press, 2005). “Customers already using S-TAP can easily upgrade to S-GATE to start enforcing access at a very granular level – without disrupting their application environments.” This is the fifth in a series of announcements revealing Guardium 7’s new capabilities. Other highlights include: The first solution to integrate database vulnerability assessment with other critical database security functions such as database activity monitoring, configuration auditing and policy-based controls, in a single system with a unified Web console, back-end data store and workflow automation system. The first solution to monitor encrypted database traffic such as Oracle ASO, IPSEC and other encryption methods, without the security risk and added complexity of uploading keys to the appliance. The first DAM solution to integrate with SIEM and log management leaders such as ArcSight ESM, CA, Cisco MARS, LogLogic, RSA enVision and SenSage. The first DAM solution to support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and its advanced security features, such as monitoring of encrypted SSL connections. About Guardium Guardium, the database security company, delivers the most widely-used solution for ensuring the integrity of enterprise data and preventing information leaks from the data center. The company’s enterprise security platform is now installed in more than 350 data centers worldwide, including more than 60 Global 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in all major industries. Customers include 3 of the top 4 global banks; one of the world’s largest PC manufacturers; a global soft drink brand; a top 3 global retailer; and a leading supplier of business intelligence software. The company has partnerships with Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Sybase, BMC, EMC, RSA, Accenture, NetApp, McAfee, and NEON, with Cisco as a strategic investor, and is a member of IBM's prestigious Data Governance Council and the PCI Security Standards Council. Founded in 2002, Guardium was the first company to address the core data security gap by delivering a scalable enterprise platform that protects databases in real-time and automates the entire compliance auditing process. Guardium, S-TAP, S-GATE and Safeguarding Databases are trademarks of Guardium, Inc.
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HUNT VALLEY, Md.--AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its win of a contract for production of the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester (JSECST) from the U.S. Air Force at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. This award includes an initial order for 25 systems valued at $7.1 million. During the contract’s base year and four option years, its total potential value is $67.5 million. JSECST is designed to quickly and accurately test electronic warfare and avionics systems for mission-readiness. The system has been selected for use with several aircraft platforms including the A-10, F-15, F-16, FA-18, E-2, E-6, CV-22, MH-47, and MH-60, as well as the ALQ-131 and ALQ-184 Self Protection Jammer Pods. In fact, the JSECST system is utilized by every branch of the U.S. military and has been designated as the standard flight-line electronic warfare test system of the U.S. Department of Defense. “Our JSECST program, which has completed 356 system deliveries since 2003, continues to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction. This is reflected in the newest order for 25 additional units,” explains AAI’s vice president of Test Systems, Ed Buffington. “The operational utility offered by AAI’s JSECST system is recognized not only by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, but also by our allies in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and other nations that utilize the systems for flight line and laboratory applications.” About AAI AAI Corporation designs, produces, and supports aerospace and defense systems through its direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, AAI Services Corporation, Aerosonde Pty Ltd, ESL Defence Limited, and Symtx, Inc. Its high-technology products and services include unmanned aircraft systems, training and simulation systems, automated aerospace test and maintenance equipment, armament systems, aviation ground support equipment, and logistical, engineering, and supply chain services. More information is available at www.aaicorp.com. About Textron Systems Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for over 50 years. Known for its precision smart weapons, intelligent battlefield systems, surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, aircraft control components, piston engines, armored vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems, Textron Systems includes AAI, HR Textron, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch Geospatial Operations, Overwatch Tactical Operations, Textron Defense Systems, and Textron Marine & Land Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com. About Textron Inc. Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com. Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including but not limited to the following: (a) changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact demand for our products, interest rates and foreign exchange rates; (b) the interruption of production at Textron facilities or at Textron's customers or suppliers; (c) changing priorities or reductions in the U.S. Government defense budget, including those related to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism; (d) our ability to perform as anticipated and to control costs under contracts with the U.S. Government; (e) the U.S. Government's ability to unilaterally modify or terminate its contracts with us for the U.S. Government's convenience or for our failure to perform, to change applicable procurement and accounting policies, and, under certain circumstances, to suspend or debar us as a contractor eligible to receive future contract awards; (f) changes in delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; and (g) legislative or regulatory actions impacting defense operations.
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RICHMOND, Va.--Xcel a project of Public Services Company of Kuwait, dedicated to providing Health Insurance, BPO and Contact Center outsourcing, and IT solutions to its customers has selected the Multi Channel Integration Suite™ (MCIS™) from AMC Technology to integrate their business critical CRM and Telephony Contact Center Solutions to enable their outsourced contact center to more efficiently handle customer requirements. In order to complete their new, state-of-the-art outsourced contact center, Xcel, Public Services Company chose the AMC MCIS for their integration of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and their Nortel Contact Center 6.0 (CC 6.0). “The launch of the comprehensive outsourced contact center, Xcel, demonstrates the commitment of Public Services Company to the satisfaction of its clients,” stated Eng. Bader Al-Enezi, GM and MD of Public Services Company. “Through the use of state of the art technology, Public Services Company is providing the finest customer experience and operational efficiency.” stated Dr. Ehad Rahman, Xcel Contact Center Executive Director and Business Development Consultant of Public Service Company. AMC’s MCIS has provided Public Services Company with a pre-packaged, certified integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the Nortel CC 6.0. This solution helps improve agent responsiveness, by providing a screen pop with customer essential information at their fingertips. “We are proud to be selected for this business critical integration for Public Services Company,” stated Anthony Uliano, President and CTO of AMC Technology, L.L.C. “We are also pleased with the market interest in our Multi Channel Integration Suite.” About Public Services Company The Public Services Company was founded in 1996 as a Kuwait Closed Shareholding Company owned mostly by government institutions with a paid-up capital of KD 3,000,000. In June 2003, PSC’s organization structure was changed as the Kuwait Finance House (with 80% share) and Al-Awqaf Foundation (with 20% share) joined together to run its business operations. PSC’s multi-tiered approach to client engagement is dedicated to providing both business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) programs in various fields such as Health Insurance, BPO and Contact Center outsourcing, IT solutions and others. PSC has developed industry-specific competencies that allow it to respond to unique demands and opportunities in specific markets, aligning its solutions as closely as possible with its clients’ business goals. About AMC Technology AMC Technology, L.L.C. is a leading provider of telephony and multi-channel CRM integration. Founded in 1995, AMC Technology is listed as one of the Inc. 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Used every day by thousands of call center agents around the globe, AMC’s pre-packaged MCIS™ product is certified against leading CRM applications such as SAP, Oracle Siebel and PeopleSoft CRM, Salesforce.com, and Microsoft and leading contact center solutions such as Avaya, Cisco, Aspect, and Nortel. Please visit www.amctechnology.com, contact sales@amctechnology.com or call +1 (804) 327-0170.
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Tags: Open Source

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Ingres Corporation, a leading provider of open source database management software and support services, announced today an open source version of Ingres OpenROAD, the company’s platform for rapid application development. The open source version of Ingres OpenROAD is now available as a free download via the Ingres community website at http://community.ingres.com. By open-sourcing Ingres OpenROAD, more users will be able to try the product and build rapid application prototypes. “Ingres is committed to the open source business model because it exemplifies the importance of learning from each other,” said Bill Maimone, senior vice president of worldwide engineering at Ingres. “We believe Ingres OpenROAD will foster a strong and collaborative community and we look forward to working with the various contributors. Collaboration is a key component. It is important to learn from each other’s mistakes and successes. Open source allows programmers and developers an opportunity to build upon software, share wisdom, and advance the technology in a way that no other business model possibly can.” Ingres OpenROAD is a rapid application development and flexible deployment solution, known for its exceptionally low maintenance cost. With Ingres OpenROAD, developers have the tools to quickly build and deploy sophisticated high performance and high availability business applications on a variety of platforms, accessing a broad range of data sources. Typically, organizations that have decades worth of data and database applications on a legacy system struggle to unlock the information so it can be leveraged in new applications on more modern platforms – such as a handheld device or mobile phone. Ingres OpenROAD addresses this problem. Once written, an Ingres OpenROAD application can be deployed on a variety of platforms without a single change. Specifically, Ingres has open sourced the 4GL source for the OpenROAD Integrated Development Environment (IDE) component of the Ingres OpenROAD product. Ingres utilizes the GPL open source license for the project, which is live on the Ingres community website at http://community.ingres.com. With this offering, Ingres OpenROAD takes advantage of the open source development model which is designed to deliver innovation to users at a more rapid pace. Users have more influence on product direction, and contributions from users can be integrated into the base product with enterprise support offered from Ingres. To foster a successful community around Ingres OpenROAD, Ingres has created a number of community tools to aid in the support of the open sourcing initiative, including LXR for source code viewing, bug tool for tracking and entering bugs, a community wiki for sharing information and to gather ideas on new projects. Partners and Customers Support the Open Sourcing of OpenROAD Ingres is already working with key partners and customers to gain their contributions to the open sourcing of Ingres OpenROAD. Luminary Solutions has open sourced its ProxyGen and “THUG” productivity tools, adding Java integration and OpenROAD Server testing capabilities to the base product. Bording A/D, a Danish supplier of enterprise ERP applications and consulting services, has developed and contributed key enhancements to the OpenROAD core runtime libraries, and has made a commitment to contribute two of its tools that enhance OpenROAD development – IDL2OR and VASE. This enables developers to generate, inspect, and test the interfaces between OpenROAD Server and OpenROAD eClient, based on a simple IDL specification. Bording Data “OpenROAD is used extensively in applications that Bording Data deploys across the Nordic countries,” said Kim Ginnerup, technical manager, Bording Data. “Currently we are working with the Ingres engineering team to enhance the OpenROAD Transforge tool to handle complex ABF constructs with sub menus. Now that OpenROAD is an open source project, we plan to contribute that code back to Ingres Corporation to benefit the entire community.” Capita Software Services “We fully endorse the OpenROAD open source initiative and believe it can significantly reduce time to market of innovative new features and functions,” said Nick Breeds, chief architect for public sector software, Capita Software Services. “In particular, we look forward to enjoying dramatic productivity gains from related open source contributions such as ProxyGen. It should significantly reduce the time it takes us to publish web services from OpenROAD functions.” DS LTD, UK “I am delighted to contribute these C# ProxyGen templates to the open source community,” said Steve Barker, development director, DS LTD, UK. “ProxyGen enabled DS to build a .NET web application directly on top of our OpenROAD middleware, without the .NET programmers having to worry about the underlying 4GL. Now that we have the templates in place, the C# object layer can be regenerated with a few clicks. By donating these templates to open source, I believe we can benefit from extensions and improvements made by others.” EGTS “By open sourcing OpenROAD, Ingres unleashes a fantastic development tool to the open source community,” said L. Charles Landman III, COO of EGTS. “EGTS uses OpenROAD to develop billing and receipting software for local governments. We recently engaged Luminary to use their Ingres Alchemy techniques to work with our development team to update our user interface with a more modern look and feel. This was completed in a short period of time on schedule and within budget. We are very excited with the results and the marketing opportunities the updated interface will present us with.” Infor “The open sourcing of Ingres OpenROAD extends this powerful development tool into the hands of a passionate and creative community,” said Chris Brooks, director of product management, Infor. “This move can expand the development resources available to Infor ERP Adage customers and provide more value for their investment.” Peerless IT “We are very excited regarding the decision to open source the Ingres OpenROAD Development environment,” said Paul White, senior consultant, Peerless IT. “This move opens up unlimited possibilities for integrating OpenROAD with other development tools. While OpenROAD is already a fast, powerful development tool, our developers will be able to create extensions and plug-ins to add whole new dimensions to the application development life cycle. This is a great step by Ingres, and a significant commitment to the open source model.” About Ingres Corporation Ingres Corporation is a leading provider of open source database management software and support services. Built on over 25 years of technology investment, Ingres is a leader in software and service innovation, providing the enterprise with proven reliability combined with the value and flexibility of open source. The company’s partnerships with leading open source providers further enhance the Ingres value proposition. In particular, Ingres is working with leading business intelligence providers to deliver appliances that combine the benefits of open source with advanced reporting and data analysis capabilities. Based in Redwood City, California, Ingres also has major development, sales and support centers throughout the world, supporting thousands of customers in the United States and internationally. For more information, visit www.ingres.com. Ingres is a registered trademark of Ingres Corporation. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.
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ST. PAUL, Minn.--Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) today announced the general availability of Lawson Contract Management, which is designed to help organizations, including those in healthcare and the public sector, simplify contract creation and management. The new application is designed to help customers reduce purchasing costs by streamlining the creation of vendor contracts and monitoring the supplies and services purchased against those contracts. Lawson Contract Management, part of the Lawson S3 Supply Chain Management Suite, delivers standardized, auditable processes for contract creation and greater visibility into the supplies and services an organization has under contract. This insight can help purchasing managers reduce costs by enforcing compliance with vendor contracts. It also helps managers negotiate vendor discounts by helping them better analyze supply usage trends within their organization. “Lawson Contract Management helps us create contracts faster with reusable templates and terms and conditions. It also provides a single, secure and auditable repository of all contract-related documents,” said John Lauer, manager of enterprise systems, Oglethorpe Power, a Georgia-based power supply cooperative and a Lawson Contract Management pilot customer. “The application also allows us to track purchase volumes for specific items, which helps us negotiate better contract prices.” Located in Tucker, Ga., Oglethorpe Power generates electricity for thirty-eight Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs). It is the nation’s largest power supply cooperative in terms of assets and annual kilowatt-hour sales. Lawson Contract Management supports flexible pricing scenarios, such as complex tiered pricing and management of rebates, which is particularly useful in managing healthcare supply contracts. Public services and utility organizations, including Oglethorpe, can use Contract Management to help manage construction agreements and automate enforcement of business terms to help reduce costly overruns or incomplete projects. In addition, Lawson Contract Management can store corporate and other non-purchasing contracts, helping to create a more comprehensive view of these enterprise documents. The application also helps companies develop customized procurement contracts for products or services to meet their evolving needs. Lawson Contract Management is also compatible with Lawson Business Intelligence, which helps organizations create virtually unlimited types of reports to meet the specific needs of departments and managers. “Controlling costs is one of the most challenging business issues facing healthcare and public sector organizations,” said Keith Lohkamp, product strategist, Lawson Software. “Lawson Contract Management works with existing Lawson applications, such as Lawson Strategic Sourcing and Lawson Procurement, to help customers minimize supply costs, which typically make up an organization’s largest expense after employee compensation. It helps simplify sourcing, contract creation, enforcement of pricing on purchases, and ongoing management of contracts.” About Lawson Software Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,000 customers in manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and service sector industries across 40 countries. Lawson’s solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at www.lawson.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that contain risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements contain statements of intent, belief or current expectations of Lawson Software and its management. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company is not obligated to update forward-looking statements based on circumstances or events that occur in the future. Risks and uncertainties that may cause such differences include but are not limited to: uncertainties in Lawson's ability to realize synergies and revenue opportunities anticipated from the Intentia International acquisition; uncertainties in the software industry; uncertainties as to when and whether the conditions for the recognition of deferred revenue will be satisfied; increased competition; uncertainty regarding potential future deterioration in the market for auction rate securities which could result in additional permanent impairment charges, global military conflicts; terrorist attacks; pandemics, and any future events in response to these developments; changes in conditions in the company's targeted industries and other risk factors listed in the company's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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INDIANAPOLIS--Interactive Intelligence Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) is releasing an integrated solution that combines its all-in-one IP communications software platform with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. The integration is designed to help organizations communicate more effectively by adding contact center and IP telephony functionality to OCS environments. The Interactive Intelligence all-in-one IP communications software platform adds features such as multi-channel skills-based routing, call and screen recording, an operator console interface, workforce management, and cradle-to-grave reporting. The integration also offers the ability to exchange instant messages (IM) between the two systems using OCS’s secure IM engine through a common enterprise-wide user directory. “We’ve gone beyond the basic integration of simply connecting audio calls between systems,” said Interactive Intelligence founder and CEO, Dr. Donald E. Brown. “Combined with OCS, our solution provides a broad set of contact center and IP telephony applications, a common company directory, and simplified administration for user provisioning. “The beauty of this combined solution is that all users can share information and communicate with one another in real-time even though they are running desktop software from two different vendors. For instance, an engineer in California running an Office Communicator Client using a PC as a soft phone can call or ‘IM’ a product manager in New York running our Interaction Client®. In addition, because our integration to OCS uses a direct SIP connection, customers don’t have to purchase pricey gateways.” “Interactive Intelligence has taken OCS integration a step forward by enabling customers to more easily take advantage of both the collaboration capabilities in OCS, and the contact center and IP telephony functionality in CIC – all while giving users the choice of which client to run at the desktop,” said Yankee Group enterprise research group analyst, Vanessa Alvarez. “From an industry perspective, this move pushes unified communications forward, which Yankee believes is critical for achieving the Anywhere Enterprise™ where employees, customers, assets and partners can easily connect to applications, information and services whenever and wherever they need them.” Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 manages real-time communications, including instant messaging, voice over IP, audio and video conferencing. It works with existing telecommunications systems so businesses can deploy advanced VoIP and conferencing without tearing out their legacy phone networks. Microsoft OCS also powers presence, a key benefit of Microsoft unified communications that unites all the contact information stored in Active Directory with the ways people communicate. In 1997 Interactive Intelligence launched its first product based on the company’s all-in-one IP communications software platform called Interaction Center Platform®. This platform was designed to deliver comprehensive applications minus the cost and complexity introduced by multi-point products. Today it serves as the basis for all the Interactive Intelligence products, including Customer Interaction Center® (CIC) for contact center automation and Vonexus Enterprise Interaction Center™ (Vonexus EIC) for enterprise IP telephony. The Interactive Intelligence integration to OCS is planned for general availability in Q3 2008. It will be offered through the Interactive Intelligence channel of approximately 300 value-added resellers worldwide. About Interactive Intelligence Interactive Intelligence Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) is a global provider of unified business communications solutions for contact center automation, enterprise IP telephony, and enterprise messaging. The company was founded in 1994 and has more than 3,000 customers worldwide. Interactive Intelligence is among the top 500 global software and services suppliers, and is ranked among the top 200 North American networking vendors. The company employs approximately 600 people and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. It has six global corporate offices, with additional sales offices throughout North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Interactive Intelligence can be reached at +1 317.872.3000 or info@inin.com; on the Net: http://www.inin.com. This release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are described in the company's SEC filings. Interactive Intelligence Inc. is the owner of the marks INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE, its associated LOGO and numerous other marks. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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DALLAS--Axcess International, Inc. (OTCBB: AXSI), a leading provider of wireless business activity monitoring solutions, today announced the implementation of its Micro-Wireless Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system by the U.S. military to enable automatic inventory accounting and perimeter security for ordnance assets. Micro-Wireless technology allows for ultra-small, low cost wireless identification transmitters to be assigned to each asset, enabling automatic tracking, local area location determining and automatic security monitoring. Axcess will demonstrate its Dot™ technology solutions at American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2008, a leading industry event in presenting the latest technology to top safety professionals, from June 9 to 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in booth # 380. The military initially selected Axcess’ Micro-Wireless system for a pilot program because of its proven domain expertise in automatically identifying, tracking and protecting assets. During the thorough laboratory testing that began early last year, the military integrated the Axcess system into its core software system. The total system is now being implemented in the arms storage facility. Various forms of wireless tags are placed on the different types of armament. The items’ electronic identifications are enrolled in the software to provide an automatic, real time inventory of each armament and its location based on its transmitted signal. Any unauthorized movement of an armament outside the storage area, automatically triggers an alert. The handling of armaments can be linked to authorized service personnel electronically via an RFID personnel badge so the authorized movement does not trigger an alert. Sensor based tags can also be deployed to report on environmental conditions to which the ordnance is exposed, such as temperature, humidity and shock. “Our technology is ideally suited to this type of asset tracking, particularly in high security areas,” stated Allan Griebenow, Axcess International’s CEO and President. "We provide the flexibility of having multiple types of tags, all designed for the robust long range communications needed in critical asset tracking. Our system is designed to go beyond simple automatic inventory to also provide automatic asset protection. The wireless-based ‘virtual perimeters’ we establish monitor the assets automatically and provide a broad, exception-based security blanket for the military's critical assets." Micro-Wireless technology was born out of the need to have ultra-small, low cost reliable long range transmission capability for assets, personnel and vehicles to provide an automatic, exception-based, labor-free way for location determination, inventory accounting, security protection and condition status monitoring. The ability to optimize small form factor tags with all the necessary technical elements, including a reliable signal, the message information and enough signal power has given birth to the wireless technology area called Micro-Wireless. Micro-Wireless solutions now encompass numerous applications, including automatic asset management, personnel and vehicle automatic access control, advanced workforce management and emergency evacuation accounting and wireless-based condition sensing. Other wireless technologies such as cell phones, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are not well suited to these solutions because of their cost, size and power consumption. Micro-Wireless transmissions occur in the 315-433 MHz UHF frequency band, are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and do not require separate licensing. Axcess’ unique Micro-Wireless implementation is based on a “dual-active” architectural design, where the wireless tags lie dormant until activated by a pre-programmed condition or by movement through a wireless activation field at a doorway or other control point. Alternatively, the tags can beacon at regular intervals for easy accounting. Axcess’ battery-powered (also called “active”) Dot tags include bar codes and short range Electronic Product Code (EPC) RFID capability along with long range transmission capability of up to 1000 feet. About Dot Platform Dot, the world’s smallest, most powerful, lowest cost battery-powered wireless computer, is based on a revolutionary system-on-a-chip (SOC) technology design. Axcess’ invention combines a processor, memory and wireless communications into one chip about the size of a grain of rice. It is as powerful as the first personal digital assistants (PDAs). It runs for years on a watch battery, stores at least three pages of information in memory and communicates to the world at high speed, all at a low cost. Within this single, low cost chip, Dot combines the beneficial elements of today’s monolithic technologies such as RFID, RTLS and wireless sensing. Dot technology incorporates a battery powered, software definable wireless receiver that is compatible with multiple global regulations, including the Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class I and Gen II (passive RFID) standard. Dot, the only FCC approved hybrid micro-wireless solution, is a single wireless source common to multiple industry standards and supporting virtually all industries including the military, manufacturing, enterprise, oil and gas, utilities, education and government. Axcess offers a developer’s kit royalty free to licensed registered developers. Opening the architecture is expected to add to the already broad use of the Dot technology. Axcess recently announced the industry’s first Smart Wireless Sticker. Photos of Dot and the Smart Wireless Sticker are available for the media. About Axcess International Inc. Axcess International Inc. (OTCBB: AXSI) delivers wireless intelligence through real-time business activity monitoring solutions that improve productivity, security, safety and revenue growth. The systems derive wireless intelligence from automatic advanced workforce management, workflow management, asset monitoring and distributed sensing. Its revolutionary and patented Dot micro-wireless technology platform combines RFID, RTLS and wireless sensing for better decision-making and control throughout the enterprise. Axcess is a portfolio company of Amphion Innovations plc (AIM: AMP). For more information on Axcess, visit www.axcessinc.com. This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts.

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