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Weird not seeing Bill there. Anyway, everything old is new again, again.  Microsoft Azure is Hailstorm with a little more structure around the standards of XML Web services.  Even has an SDK.  With the advent of REST and the strong strides made in reliability, security and transaction support it made sense to try it again.  However, as Steve Wallace pointed out on Twitter, you still have issues of 1)Trust and 2) Not Built Here Syndrome.  This will be a hard sell. What am I talking about?  Azure is the new Software as a Service offering from Microsoft.  It is a 'cloud computing' (read: bunch of machines that use the Internet) environment where applications can easily be hosted with managed scalability.  You write an app, you put it on Azure, and then subscribers can get to it.  Like XBox marketplace, but for enterprise consumers.  Credit to Microsoft for doing what ... (more)

eCommera and PayPal partnership gets virtual tills ringing at House of Fraser

Added customer choice shows the value of a flexible ecommerce platform Ecommerce platform provider eCommera has joined forces with PayPal to offer integration of the popular consumer payment service with major retailers' current online payment methods. The first UK retailer to offer shoppers the PayPal option as a result of this partnership is House of Fraser. The introduction of PayPal, integrated with House of Fraser's existing ecommerce platform from eCommera, means consumers will be able to quickly process payments from one online wallet rather than submitting various card details each time. Ecommera expects many more retailers will follow House of Fraser's lead and start offering shoppers a PayPal option. Peter Callaway, Director of ecommerce, at House of Fraser, said: "We are committed to giving our customers choice, while providing the security and peace of mi... (more)

Centrix Software’s 365 iQ facilitates cost-savings by right-sizing Microsoft Office 365

WorkSpace 365 iQ enables informed decision making and productivity software cost-savings for migration to Microsoft® Office 365 Centrix Software forges global partnerships to deliver WorkSpace 365 iQ Centrix Software, workspace management solutions expert, has announced the latest addition to its WorkSpace iQ suite; WorkSpace 365 iQ. This option has been developed in response to the overwhelming demand from organizations looking to migrate their office suites to Office 365, and also from Microsoft partners managing the projects. They all want a usage analytics solution that helps them to optimise their investment in this cloud-based alternative to Microsoft Office. WorkSpace 365 iQ can save* customers thousands of dollars with features such as the profiling of users' SKU requirements and deliver projects faster by, for example, identifying the users who can move now,... (more)

Genesis Worldwide Provides Easy Access to Light-Steel Framing ERP Software Solution

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/25/09 -- Genesis Worldwide Inc. ("Genesis" or the "Company"), (TSX: GWI), a leading provider of "green" structural building products and technology in the light-steel framing ("LSF") industry, announces the launch of its Genesis Enterprise Management ("GEM") version 4.0, enabling the Company to now deliver "Software as a Service" ("SaaS"). GEM is an Enterprise Resource Planning ("ERP") software solution specific to the LSF industry. GEM allows Genesis' licensees and Genesis Solution Providers ("GSP") to manage the entire life cycle of LSF projects from a centralized and user-friendly platform. GEM provides complete process automation, enabling real-time measurement and tracking of customer deliverables from estimating, sales and purchasing through production, shipping, installation, invoicing, and field incident reporting.... (more)

Pioneer in SEO Technology Adds Top Sales Executive to Team

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/13/09 -- Conductor, Inc., a leading provider of search engine optimization technology and services, today formally announced the hiring of Keith Nealon as Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Nealon will lead worldwide sales and alliance operations for all of Conductor's enterprise SEO measurement and optimization solution products. Nealon joins a management team of former executives from ContextWeb, Apple, Yahoo! and DoubleClick, which is focused on developing and marketing Conductor's natural search optimization software as a service (SaaS) platform. "Keith is one of the most impressive executives I have had the pleasure of meeting. The depth of his experience and his drive to succeed will be tremendous assets," said Conductor CEO, Seth Besmertnik. "Keith's experience at Eloqua, where he helped scale the company from a small startup... (more)

South Florida Technology Alliance Presents, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: Keeping the Wheels on When Things Get Rough

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The South Florida Technology Alliance, an organization promoting the growth, success and awareness of the South Florida technology community, is hosting an event May 28 discussing business continuity and disaster recovery. Hurricane season begins June 1, making disaster recovery and business continuity planning a top priority for many South Florida businesses. The SFTA is bringing together a panel of senior IT executives to share the practical realities of preparing for the worst. Topics being discussed with include how to keep critical departments functioning, ensuring delivery of key systems, leveraging computer architecture, virtualization, cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS). "We want people to understand the critical differences between recovery planning and keeping business running, as well as how ... (more)

Wireless Matrix Partners with TOA Technologies

Wireless Matrix Corporation (TSX: WRX), a leader in mobile resource management (MRM), today announced a joint marketing agreement with TOA Technologies. TOA is an on-demand software provider that manages mobile workforces, automating everything from routing to planning, scheduling to dispatch, and communicates time of arrival to customers waiting at home for service appointments or deliveries. By integrating TOA’s mobile workforce management solution with Wireless Matrix’s FleetOutlook®, customers can marry GPS data from Wireless Matrix with TOA’s solution to provide real-time information to track service fleets and increase productivity. “TOA Technologies is a tier-one provider of mobile workforce management applications that put customer satisfaction at the forefront,” said Rich Carlson, CEO and president, Wireless Matrix. “TOA Technologies is solving one of the ... (more)

EcO15 Has Selected Air2Web to Power Mobile Alerts When Connecting Residents with Local Job Opportunities

Within this down economy, the mission of EcO15 is to connect the residents of Southeast Indiana with new job and continuing education (CE) opportunities within the fields of manufacturing, healthcare, and hospitality/tourism. Now, Residents can receive Mobile alerts with new job and CE opportunities, powered by Air2Web. By providing their mobile number on the website/DIDI Campaign link, residents and students can opt-in to Mobile and start receiving text alerts as new positions are available in their desired field. EcO15 uses Air2Web’s CampaignPRO Mobile SAAS solution to manage their ever changing and frequently updated Mobile Campaign by allowing the non-profit to easily self-manage the development of the messages on their end. Since new job and CE opportunities are available for a limited period of time, delivery windows can be set when communicatin... (more)

Alert Logic Names Gray Hall As CEO

Alert Logic, an award-winning provider of cloud-based IT compliance and security solutions, today announced that Gray Hall, Alert Logic board member, has been named to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Hall will also be appointed as Chairman of the Alert Logic Board of Directors. In his new role, Hall will be responsible for leading the company through its next phase of continued expansion and growth, building on the company’s history of strong revenue and customer growth. "I am excited to take on this new role at Alert Logic. We are already positioned among the leaders in the fast-growing IT compliance and security market, and our unique cloud-based delivery model makes Alert Logic the platform of choice for market leadership over the next several years,” said Hall. "Our cloud-based solutions, featuring our outstanding log management and threat... (more)

Accenture, Aggressor, Collaborative Solutions and Towers Perrin Lead Sponsorships for Workday's Third Annual User Conference: Workday Rising

PLEASANTON, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/06/09 -- Workday, Inc., the leader in enterprise-class SaaS-based Human Resources (HR) and Financial solutions, today unveiled details of Workday Rising 2009 San Francisco. The three-day event, October 18-21 at the Palace Hotel, will feature more than 50 educational and collaborative sessions to help human resources, finance and technology professionals optimize their Workday deployments. What's New -- More than a dozen Workday consulting and technology partners will sponsor the event including: Accenture, Aggressor, Collaborative Solutions, Towers Perrin, Jeitosa Group International, OmniPoint, Primitive Logic, BTRG, Ceridian Tax Services, Cornerstone OnDemand, DayNine Consulting, Deloitte Consulting, Knowledge Infusion, NETtime Solutions, OneSource Virtual HR, RCM Technologies, Taleo, Wise Consulting Associates and Xactly Corpo... (more)

HealthWorldWeb LLC Announces Availability of Healthcare Social Decision Support Platform and Launches as a Showcase of the Technology

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthWorldWeb LLC has launched, the next generation social software platform that comes alive with intelligent recommendations from healthcare consumers with initial focus on user-generated content and physician recommendations. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: (Photo: ) The new destination site serves as a showcase of HealthWorldWeb's core technologies that uniquely merge intelligent decision support platform with powerful communication tools, twitter integration, social and semantical search and up-to-date NPI verified database of over 2 million healthcare providers. The enhanced communication and social search platform builds upon the standard features such as blogs, ... (more)