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In a recent post to the CCIF mailing list, Bob Marcus outlined the coming opportunties and challenges facing what he described as "Government Cloud Storefronts". In the post he described Vivek Kundra's (US Federal CIO) vision for the creation of a government Cloud Storefront. This Storefront (run by GSA) which will be launched Sept 9th and will make Cloud resources (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) available to agencies with in the US federal Government. (an $80+ Billion a year IT organization). What's also interesting is the US isn't alone in the vision of centralized access points for procuring Cloud services and related applications. Several other governments including the United Kingdom G-Cloud app store and the Japanese Kasumigaseki Cloud are attempting to do the same with Japan spending upwards of 250 million dollars on their initiative. Kundra, speaking at a recent conference... (more)

The Boston Red Sox Selects Ultimate Software’s UltiPro® Delivered through Software-as-a-Service

Ultimate Software (Nasdaq:ULTI), a leading provider of end-to-end strategic human resources, payroll, and talent management solutions, announced today that the Boston Red Sox, a professional baseball team based in Boston, MA, has selected UltiPro for human capital management (HCM), along with its performance management and recruitment feature-sets, all delivered through software-as-a-service (SaaS), in 2008. The UltiPro solution delivers strategic HR and talent management tools, a key selling point for Red Sox Vice President of Human Resources Mary Sprong, as she and the organization considered how to address the goal of streamlining operations. Sports teams have complex payroll requirements, with the number of employees often tripling during baseball season. The Red Sox were eager to obtain a more robust payroll engine as part of a comprehensive solution that also... (more)

SignalDemand Announces Next Generation Software-as-a-Service Price and Mix Optimization Platform for Manufacturers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/09/09 -- SignalDemand, the global leader in on-demand price and mix optimization software for manufacturers, today announced general availability of the next generation of its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) software platform. The company also reported that it surpassed a significant pricing milestone; over $25 billion in pricing decisions are now managed annually through the award-winning SignalDemand solution. The platform update includes several new features to the SignalDemand solution, including real-time customer, product and channel snapshots to support more profitable customer negotiations, enhanced ability to drill into the information underlying a price recommendation, and new analytics to measure forecast accuracy and value creation. "SignalDemand has long provided the best pricing recommendations to our sales and pri... (more)

Assessments of Global Talent Management Best Practices Reveals Concerns over Leadership, Performance Management, and Staff Retention

A new research bulletin based on assessments of more than 550 major organizations in 20 countries reveals substantial issues in talent management strategies compared to current best practices. Leadership succession planning, performance management, and the ability to adapt and retain staff skills in improving business conditions headed the list of executive concerns. In addition, the research found that more than 60 per cent of respondents believe their organizations’ talent strategies are not yet aligned with business priorities. The bulletin “Should your Talent Management Strategy Be Regionalized?” uncovers extensive evidence of serious gaps in companies’ HR and talent management capabilities. The bulletin is based on assessments conducted through a unique, multilingual online assessment tool – - hosted by StepStone (LSE:STPS) (O... (more)

Stonebranch Releases SOA Solutions for Infitran and Indesca

ATLANTA, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Stonebranch announced today a new release of Infitran(TM), its Intelligent Managed File Transfer solution, and Indesca(TM), its Independent Job Scheduling Agents solution, for SOA. Stonebranch's Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) solution extends Indesca and Infitran for application integration, messaging and integrated workload management. (Logo: (Logo: The Stonebranch SOA solution supports HTTP, SOAP and JMS, enabling organizations to leverage existing capabilities and modernize their infrastructure through SOA. With the addition of support for native MQ Series, Stonebranch continues to offer tools for modernization of legacy environments through SOA regardless of platform. Jon Gatrell, vice president of pr... (more)

ThreatMetrix to Demonstrate Leading Online Fraud Detection and Prevention Solution at Internet Dating Conference

LOS ALTOS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/21/10 -- ThreatMetrix™, the market and technology leader in device identification for preventing online fraud, today announced that it will be exhibiting in Booth 506 at the Internet Dating Conference, January 27 - 29, in Miami, Florida. The Internet Dating Conference is the largest trade show for the online dating, matchmaker and social networking industry. Online dating and matchmaking is over a $1.1 billion dollar industry in the U.S. alone, according to IBISWorld (, the world's largest independent publisher of U.S. industry research. Not only does today's online dating market attract people looking to meet, unfortunately it also attracts scammers, both foreign and domestic, who use fake profiles, hiding their true identities, to persuade unsuspecting members to send money, credit card information or other co... (more)

Ideas International Limited 2011 Half-Year Profit Outlook

Ideas International Limited (ASX:IDE) wishes to advise that it anticipates a profit after tax for the six months ending 30 June 2011 of between $825,000 and $925,000. This compares with after tax profit for the same period last year of $744,176. Revenues at the half-year are forecast to be between $4.2 million and $4.4 million compared to $4.046 million as at June 30 2010.  Stephen Bowhill, CEO and Managing Director of Ideas International Limited (IDEAS) commented “We continue to see strong usage of our services across our client base, an IT sector that is in full health again, the demand for our subscriptions globally to help in analysing costs and benefits of data centre equipment is strong and we retain an ability to increase prices for our unique sets of subscriptions because most of our clients are large global companies that also benefit from a weaker US Dollar... (more)

Pacific Controls Acquires Infotility Inc., to Become the World Leader in Intelligent Software Agents for the Smart Grid

DUBAI, UAE, January 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Control Systems, the leading provider of cloud computing services for energy management, today announced the completion of its strategic acquisition of Infotility, a pioneer of Grid Agents. The acquisition brings together two pioneers of using intelligent software agents, known as 'bots', to control and manage engineering systems. It will create a unique capability to deliver Smart Grid services in real time on a unified platform, one that has been long awaited in the industry.   Pacific Controls is the world's leading provider of remote energy management solutions for buildings and utilities, based on cloud computing and M2M technology.  The company has developed intelligent Gbots to control and monitor a wide range of systems and processes in real time with no human intervention. Infotility is the leading provid... (more)

Sciforma Selected by NETGEAR(R), Inc. for Global Project and Portfolio Management

LOS GATOS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/01/12 -- Provides consistency, automation, efficiency Facilitates integration and collaboration Easy to use with flexibility to customize Sciforma Corporation, the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) software innovator, is proud to announce that its Project and Portfolio Management tool has been adopted by NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative home networking, storage, security and digital media products to consumers, businesses and service providers. With products sold in approximately 28,000 retail locations around the globe, and through more than 37,000 value-added resellers, NETGEAR needed a solid PPM program to control, monitor and track its entire portfolio of projects. Sciforma's PPM software is a flexible and easy-to-use tool that offers extensive insight into all projects and resources acros... (more)

Universal North America Chooses iPartners’ Business Intelligence Solution

iPartners, the leading provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) business analytics solutions to the property & casualty (P&C) insurance industry, today announced that Florida-based Universal North America (Universal) has chosen iPartners’ Insurance Scorecard to provide business intelligence and full-service reporting and analytics for Universal’s new in-house claims processing environment. Delivering the solution through Software as a Service (SaaS) model, iPartners is able to meet Universal’s aggressive early Q2 production timeframe. In addition to the P&C expertise and business content built into the iPartners Insurance Scorecard, Universal was looking for a solution that could be tailored to their specific reporting needs without compromising the project timeline. Bringing claims processing in-house, Universal needed a way provide an effective method to track cl... (more)

OneDesk rolls out integrated worklogs to help manage workplace productivity

Latest release integrates automated worklogs for seamless, real-time project and productivity tracking MONTREAL, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - OneDesk Inc., provider of the world's first and only unified platform for product managers, innovators, engineers, marketers and support, is pleased to announce the addition of comprehensive Integrated Worklogs. OneDesk eliminates manual reporting, improves team efficiency and provides managers real-time visibility into team and individual work productivity. OneDesk's Unified Product Platform bridges the gap between product teams and unifies employees, business partners and customers to create market-driven products and services. OneDesk currently integrates several applications including: Social Media Monitoring & Engagement, Customer Feedback and Idea/Innovation Management, Help Desk,  Product, Project and Requirements Man... (more)