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From tomorrow Cloud Computing and Virtualization are going to be center stage, 18-19 May, at the Prague Hilton as the Czech Republic plays host to Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009, co-located with Virtualization Conference Europe 2009 - the first conference outside the USA in SYS-CON's world-beating series of events devoted to the two hottest interlinked topics in Enterprise IT today. Speakers and attendees alike are converging on Prague from all over Europe, and indeed many are even flying in from the USA and other continents in order to familiarize themselves with where exactly Europe is located on the Cloud/Virtualization spectrum right now. Here is a round-up of speakers, arranged by country of origin. View the Full Schedule Here Register Today and Save €450 ! From the Czech Republic: Roman Stanek - Founder & CEO, Good Data Session Title [click for full details]: ... (more)

Petrotranz Announces Contract With Penn West Energy Trust

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/15/09 -- Petrotranz Inc., announced today that Penn West Energy Trust (Penn West), North America's Largest Conventional Oil and Natural Gas Producing Income Trust, has signed an agreement to use its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based Crude Oil Transportation System (COTS). Under this agreement, Penn West has implemented the Petrotranz COTS Facility Portal to help manage their pipeline assets. COTS allows producers, facility operators (pipelines, truck terminals, cleaning plants) and marketers the ability to forecast shipping volumes, capture production information, reconcile delivered quantities, and complete and submit delivery forecasts online each month. Preceding this agreement, Penn West was already a committed Petrotranz customer utilizing the Petrotranz COTS Producer Portal since September 2008. "We are extremely pleas... (more)

Twitter Teams with ExactTarget to Connect With Top Brands at Super Bowl 46

Twitter and global interactive marketing provider ExactTarget announced today the companies are partnering to host some of the world’s top brands for Super Bowl weekend at ExactTarget’s Global headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. Building on a more than three-year relationship between the companies, leaders from ExactTarget and Twitter will host executives from top consumer and technology brands, providing a central hub for socially savvy marketing leaders to connect in downtown Indianapolis. “Twitter has been a catalyst for change, fueling brands’ ability to connect with consumers in real time online,” said Scott Dorsey, ExactTarget co-founder and chief executive officer. “Through our Social Media Lab in San Francisco and the continued evolution of our social media management solution SocialEngage, we’ve developed a deep relationship with Twitter and look forwa... (more)

BidSync Launches New Corporate Website to Support Bold, New Offerings and Corporate Growth

AMERICAN FORK, UT -- (Marketwire) -- 03/07/12 -- BidSync, a national leader in government e-procurement and e-sourcing software, today announced the launch of its newly re-designed and branded website: As a key component in the strategic marketing efforts geared towards future success, the newly designed website allows BidSync to better serve the needs of its rapidly growing client list. In addition to a completely re-designed website, BidSync has also launched its new integrated purchase-to-pay solution, BidSync ProcurePointe™. ProcurePointe™ is a first-of-its kind solution, specifically designed for city, county and state government agencies to seamlessly manage all their purchasing needs in a single, comprehensive solution deployed in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environment. BidSync ProcurePointe™ provides complete e-procurement management in a ... (more)

Cyan's CyPortal Adds Programmability, Expands Functionality and Scope to Enable Software-Defined Metro Networks

PETALUMA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/20/12 -- Cyan today announced that CyPortal(SM), a key component of the Cyan 360 software suite, has rapidly evolved to support expanding service requirements and key operational attributes as part of a strategic role in the emerging software-defined metro network. Key milestones and recent enhancements to CyPortal include: Monitoring over 20,000 wireless backhaul and business service endpoints for service level agreement (SLA) conformance Expansion of monitored services to include IP and ATM services -- as well as Ethernet Compatibility with more than a two-dozen products from more than ten vendors Expanded functionality from passive (view-only) customer portal, to virtual Network as a Service (NaaS) management portal allowing wholesale and Enterprise customers to self-activate authorized tests Published API allowing service provid... (more)

SIGMA Marketing: 5 Ways to Add Value to Affinity Marketing

SIGMA Marketing Group, the customer intelligence-driven, direct and digital marketing services firm, shares five ways businesses can strengthen profitable relationships with affinity partners. “Delivering excellent service and strong partner financial gains are critical for sustaining a long-term – and highly profitable -- relationship with affinity partners,” said Jim Dellavilla, EVP of SIGMA Marketing Group. “But in the increasingly competitive affinity partner marketing world, this is just not enough; businesses need to explore value-add services they can provide to their partners. Here are five that have proven particularly successful for our clients.” 1. Reach out to Members: Surveys With today’s SaaS and cloud-based survey capabilities, surveys can be quickly and effectively deployed using a variety of tools. Member organizations exist to serve their membershi... (more)

ClearSlide Raises $28 Million in Expansion Capital

ClearSlide today announced that it has raised $28 million in Series B funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), with participation from existing investors Greylock Partners and Felicis Ventures. Byron Deeter, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, and John M. Jack, former Chief Executive Officer and President of Fortify Software, have joined ClearSlide’s board of directors. ClearSlide transforms enterprise sales teams by giving them a single, modern, cloud-based platform on which to communicate with their customers and prospects, whether in-person, over the phone, or via email. Companies use ClearSlide’s analytics to keep their sales teams on message, identify and standardize best practices, and optimize collateral. For sales reps, ClearSlide removes technology friction, encourages teamwork, and highlights customer interest. ClearSlide is 100% focused on provi... (more)

ExactTarget Announces Public Offering and Partial Release of Certain Lock-Up Agreements

ExactTarget (NYSE:ET), a global provider of cross-channel interactive marketing solutions, announced today a public offering of 6,500,000 shares of its common stock. Certain existing stockholders of ExactTarget propose to sell an aggregate of 6.5 million shares of common stock. The underwriters for the offering will have a 30-day option to purchase from the selling stockholders up to an additional 975,000 shares of common stock, on the same terms and conditions. ExactTarget will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares in the offering. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities and Stifel Nicolaus Weisel are acting as joint book-runners for the offering, with RBC Capital Markets, Pacific Crest Securities, Canaccord Genuity and Raymond James acting as co-managers. In connection with the proposed offering, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Deutsche ... (more)

In Ongoing Effort to Make Cloud Hosting Accessible to Small Business, Infinitely Virtual Expands Basic Support Options

As part of its continuing effort to make cloud hosting accessible and affordable to small and midsize businesses, Infinitely Virtual, a leading provider of virtual server cloud computing services, has introduced its “Basic + Support” tier of services, adding an array of enhanced support features at a low monthly per-user price of $9.99. The new Basic + Support tier includes software installation, user management, file system permissions management and unlimited data restores. These new features expand the company’s popular Basic Support program, which is automatically included with every Infinitely Virtual hosting plan, at no additional cost. Among the basic services: 24x7 phone and web support; complete case management; virtual hardware and operating system maintenance; managed firewall service with unlimited rules changes; limited data restore, and support for ser... (more)

Data Management and Analytics Solutions Drive the Adoption of Application Development & Deployment Software, According to IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) today released the Application Development & Deployment (AD&D) forecast component from the Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker. The AD&D market is expected to generate revenue of $80.6 billion in 2012, which represents growth of 3.7% over the 2011 revenue of $77.8 billion. The collective outlook for the overall AD&D market is for moderate growth in 2012 due to slower than expected sales in the second half of the year followed by a return to higher single-digit growth in 2013 and beyond. The Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker monitors more than 330 software vendors in the AD&D markets, across a total of 49 countries globally. Information provided include biannual market size, vendor share, and forecast data for the twenty-three functional markets that comprise the AD&D software market, which are grouped by the following seco... (more)

SunGard Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Results

SunGard, one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2012. For the fourth quarter, revenue was $1.13 billion, down 2% year over year. Currency had no material impact on fourth quarter revenue growth. Operating income was $196 million in the quarter, up 33% year over year, driven by a 7% decline in total costs and expenses, and operating margin was 17.3% for the quarter. Adjusted operating income was $321 million, up 3% year over year, and adjusted operating margin was 28.4%, up 1.4 points year over year. Adjusted EBITDA was $406 million, up 3% year over year, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 35.9%, up 1.7 points year over year. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income are non-GAAP measures and are defined in Notes 1 and 2 in the Notes attached to this release... (more)