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    Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP further grows its Labor & Employment Practice with the strategic addition of Michael Taylor as shareholder in its Northern Virginia office.

    McLean, VA (PRWEB) July 18, 2017

    Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP further grows its Labor & Employment Practice with the strategic addition of Michael Taylor as shareholder in its Northern Virginia office. Taylor adds additional significant experience to the firm’s capabilities in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) legal services and will serve as chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s OSHA Group. He has wide-ranging experience with OSHA matters across the country and has served as general counsel to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the federal agency that handles trials and appeals of workplace safety and health disputes between OSHA and private industry.

    “Given his very targeted and unique experience, Mike is an excellent addition to our Northern Virginia and Labor & Employment teams,” said James N. Boudreau, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Practice. “His background and experience advising on OSHA, workplace safety, and health issues are going to be invaluable assets to serving our clients across the U.S. We are excited to welcome Mike to the Greenberg Traurig family and we look forward to working with him.”

    Taylor concentrates his practice on advising employers nationwide in a wide range of industries on matters related to OSHA. He has defended dozens of employers in enforcement litigation arising from significant injuries, fatalities, and other catastrophic workplace events. He also provides OSHA compliance counseling, OSHA inspection counseling, OSHA whistleblower representation, OSHA compliance audits, and OSHA due diligence reviews for clients.

    “I am proud to join Greenberg Traurig’s well known and respected team and provide my clients with an additional range of capabilities while being able to offer my niche experience to the firm’s impressive client roster,” Taylor said. He joined the firm from BakerHostetler where he was a partner.

    Taylor received his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and his B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Georgia. He is not admitted in Virginia. His practice in Virginia is limited to federal OSHA and proceedings before federal agencies.

    Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Practice

    Greenberg Traurig’s Global Labor & Employment Practice serves clients from offices throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Members of the practice have had numerous trial wins and are frequently called upon to handle complex, bet-the-company, and large high-stake cases, including class and collective actions. On the labor side, a leading group of lawyers regularly represents management with labor-relations matters. Labor & Employment team members assist clients with complex employment issues, and design practical, proactive strategies that can be readily implemented by today’s human resources professionals. The practice has been recognized by Law360 as “Practice Group of the Year” for Labor & Employment (2011 and 2013), and has received a regional award from American Lawyer affiliate, Daily Report, for “Litigation Department of the Year” in Georgia (Labor & Employment 2015-2017). In addition, the practice is recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of Labor and Employment Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Trade Secrets Litigation. Visit Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Blog for insights and analysis of the latest labor and employment developments, including legislation, regulations, cases, policies, and trends.

    About Greenberg Traurig’s Northern Virginia Office

    Greenberg Traurig’s clients rely on the more than 40 attorneys in the firm’s Northern Virginia office for multifaceted, broad-based legal services. Team members’ primary goal is to assist clients in addressing their legal needs, locally, regionally, or on a global scale. They work collaboratively with colleagues around the region, or across to Europe, the UK, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. And when a matter requires it, they do not hesitate to utilize the firm’s full slate of cross border resources. Clients come to the Northern Virginia office for their corporate and securities matters, real estate transactions, wealth management and tax planning, business immigration compliance, labor and employment issues, litigation cases, and government contract needs, among others. These include the top decision makers at tech companies headquartered in the region, as well as government contractors, health care organizations, high net worth individuals, and developers. Most of the firm’s Northern Virginia attorneys are admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

    About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.

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    G2 Crowd finds Patriot Payroll tops highest overall results ratings

    Chicago (PRWEB) July 18, 2017

    G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business software review platform, today released the the Summer 2017 Payroll Results Index report to help businesses quickly identify the payroll products with the highest rated results. Patriot Payroll received the highest overall results score with an 9.67 out of 10. The average score for the 20 products included in the report was an 8.23.

    A product’s Results score is calculated by a proprietary algorithm that factors in real-user satisfaction ratings for a number of user-related review questions. Software buyers can compare products in the Payroll category according to their Results scores to streamline the buying process and quickly identify the payroll products with the highest rated results based on the experiences of their peers. For vendors, media, investors, and analysts, the Index provides benchmarks for product comparison and market trend analysis.

    About the Payroll Results Index report:

    • The report is based on more than 1,946 reviews written by business professionals.
    • Of the 77 products listed in G2 Crowd’s Payroll category, the ranked products each received a minimum of 10 reviews and five responses for each of the implementation-related questions in G2 Crowd’s review form.

    About G2 Crowd, Inc.

    G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business solution review platform, leverages more than 170,000 user reviews to drive better purchasing decisions. Business professionals, buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software and services based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Every month, nearly one million people visit G2 Crowd’s site to gain unique insights. Co-founded by the founder and former executives of SaaS leaders like BigMachines (acquired by Oracle) and SteelBrick (acquired by Salesforce) and backed by more than $45 million in capital, G2 Crowd aims to bring authenticity and transparency to the business marketplace. For more information, go to

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    0 0 updates ezAccounting for latest income tax changes for Illinois accountants. Try it at no cost or obligation at

    Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    ezAccounting 2017 business software has been updated by in July due to the latest changes to Illinois income tax rates. The team at updated as soon as the notifications for changes were brought to the attention of the developers. The updates are offered at no cost to current customers.

    According to the state of Illinois, beginning July 1, income tax rates increase as follows:

    For individuals, trusts, and estates, the Illinois Income tax is increasing from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent.

    For Corporations (excluding S corporations), the Illinois Income Tax is increasing from 5.25 percent to 7 percent.

    "Programmers have just updated ezAccounting business software to abide by new income tax changes by the state of Illinois." explains Dr. Ge, President and Founder of

    Before purchasing the software, the developers at welcome consumers to download and test the application for up to 30 days at no cost or obligation. Visit for details and download.

    EzAccounting is one of the least expensive in-house accounting solutions for small businesses to track income and expense, process payroll, print checks, generate reports and print tax forms. Some unique features include:

    • Prints tax forms 941, 940, W2 and W3
    • Generates multiple reports for sales, orders, payroll and other business reports
    • Supports multiple companies with one flat rate on the same machine
    • No obligation download version
    • Free customer support for software product
    • Quick start guide available for new customers
    • Check verification not required
    • Supports after fact checks
    • Recurring check feature
    • Processes payroll checks for employees

    Priced at $149, EzAccounting software is affordable for any size business. Customers seeking a way to simplify business operations are welcome to start the no obligation 30-day test drive today at:


    Founded in 2003, has established itself as a leader in meeting and exceeding the software requirements of small businesses around the world. Offering payroll software, employee attendance tracking software, check writing/printing software, W2 software, 1099 software and ezACH deposit software. It continues to grow in the philosophy that small business owners deserve affordable, user friendly, and totally risk-free software.

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    The sports and outdoor gear company has outgrown its manual demand planning and forecasting process and looks to Vanguard Software’s automated platform to improve forecast accuracy, inventory turns, and sales.

    Cary, NC (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    Vanguard Software signed a deal with Alliance Sports Group to automate the sports-gear maker’s demand forecasts while optimizing inventory and supply planning decisions.

    Vanguard’s Software is a leader in cloud-based solutions for Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Integrated Business Planning (IBP), forecasting, and advanced analytic modeling and simulation.

    Alliance Sports Group (ASG) is a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of sporting gear that sells under the brands NEBO, Bollinger, Quarrow, Solaire, WEATHERRITE, iPROTEC, and TRUE UTILITY. ASG products sell worldwide through large sporting goods chains, as well as through thousands of independent retailers. Products include outdoor lighting (flashlights, lanterns, etc.), fitness equipment and apparel, fishing gear and accessories, cycling accessories, firearm accessories, and more.

    “ASG selected Vanguard because they demonstrated that their application has the functionality, scalability, and reliability to allow ASG to improve our current and future forecasting efforts,” said Darren Anderson, IT Director for Alliance Sports Group. “They also demonstrated throughout the evaluation, selection, and beginning of the implementation process that they have a capable team who are dedicated to ASG’s success. We believe with the help of Vanguard’s software solution we will be able to maximize sell-through of products and increase our inventory turns,” Anderson said.

    About Alliance Sports Group

    Alliance Sports Group is a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of innovative, high-quality sports and outdoor products. The family of ASG brands includes NEBO, iPROTEC, Bollinger Fitness, Quarrow, Solaire, WEATHERRITE, and TRUE UTILITY. Alliance Sports Group is a supplier to independent retailers as well as the nation’s largest retail chains. The company has been in business over 40 years and is based in Grand Prairie, TX.

    About Vanguard Software

    Vanguard Software introduced its first product for decision support analysis in 1995. Today, companies across every major industry and more than 60 countries rely on Vanguard Software’s Integrated Business Planning (IBP), forecasting, and advanced analytic cloud platform. Vanguard Software is based in Cary, North Carolina.

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    eQuorum Corporation announces major new features in Version 9.6 of ImageSite, its flagship, comprehensive, yet affordable Document Management Solution (DMS)/”Lite” Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for manufacturers, architects, engineers, utilities, universities and government.

    Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    eQuorum Corporation announces major new features in Version 9.6 of ImageSite, its flagship, comprehensive, yet affordable Document Management Solution (DMS)/”Lite” Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for manufacturers, architects, engineers, utilities, universities and government. ImageSite is HTML5 based, making it accessible by any operating system or mobile device without client software or mobile apps. Version 9.6 will be available to customers starting July 24, 2017, and provides the user with a modern, contemporary, and intuitive front-end which supports many new features and enhancements.

    eQuorum continues to pace the industry with agnostic viewing of files, especially CAD and PDF formats. As these formats become more mainstream, and more complex, ImageSite is being upgraded to perform more viewing and publishing functions. Many of these functions have previously only been available using native applications which are often expensive and time consuming to distribute to a broad company audience. ImageSite provides extensive functionality with a single viewer employing the user’s local web browser.

    Scott Brandt, CEO of eQuorum, remarked, “As several file formats become more ubiquitous many users are being hamstrung in terms of the functionality they have when viewing, distributing, and publishing these files. The applications providers are clearly motivating casual users to download and learn their software, but we think a common viewer with intuitive functions allows all company users to access, download, collaborate, and print/publish with a single application.” He added, “We are also getting a lot of kudos from IT departments as we’re making their lives easier by not forcing client software deployment, eliminating Java requirements, and aggregating functionality from several other smaller programs into one application.”

    Major new features and enhancements in ImageSite 9.6 include:

    DWG enhancements:

    • View DWG files by layout name or model space
    • Turn layers or configured groups of layers on/off
    • Toggle Xrefs on/off
    • Flip displayed background from black to white and vice versa, without reloading files
    • View DWGs in monochrome or color
    • Optimized browser capabilities handling hi-res SVG versions of DWG files.
    • Download as PDF/ZIP: Convert ImageSite files, including different file types, to PDF, on the fly, and then download, either as a multi-page PDF or as a ZIP file
    • Document Compare: The document compare function has been upgraded to better display the differences between two versions of the same document, or two different documents
    • Search Enhancements: Additional search Boolean operators have been added, as well as Classic ImageSite’s search wildcards
    • Entire folder contents easily downloaded: With a simple right mouse click, everything in a folder can be easily downloaded
    • More Administration functions in ImageSite Desktop: All administrative functions for Security, Projects, Versioning, and System Settings are now available in Desktop
    • Plot Station printing/plotting now supports the new KIP System K controller line, including the KIP 860K, KIP 7770K, and the KIP 7900K Series

    About eQuorum

    Based in Atlanta, Georgia, eQuorum is the developer of the ImageSite suite of products, including an enterprise-wide document management and product lifecycle management system with departmental level pricing. ImageSite can be implemented as both an internal document management system and as a cloud-based collaboration solution with affiliates, customers, and vendors for a wide variety of industries. eQuorum provides solutions including its software, business workflow consulting, training, and implementation services to help customers quickly realize the productivity benefits of their solutions. For additional information regarding eQuorum’s products and services, please call 404.497.8110 or visit the company’s web site.

    ImageSite is a registered trademark of eQuorum Corporation.

    All other products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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    Company recognized as an innovator in delivering business efficiency consulting for professional services organizations

    Chantilly, VA (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    Silicon Review selected TOP Step Consulting to be a part of its annual Silicon100 publication. Silicon Review identifies and recognizing companies throughout the year for their accomplishments and innovations. The publication selected TOP Step to be a part of their annual Silicon100 edition because of their innovative approach to business system automation that helps their customers succeed in the fast-growing services economy.

    TOP Step Consulting enables and empowers professional services organizations to be profitable, scalable, and efficient through professional services automation, process enhancement, change management, and skill set training with a Customer First approach. This portfolio of services makes TOP Step Consulting one of the most complete solution providers in their market space today.

    President and CEO Jodi Cicci attributes the company’s success to a talented staff coupled with experience gained by working with more than 300, mostly global, clients, “It is an exciting time for us. We are now into our 10th year and never before have we seen the services sector grow so quickly. It is more important than ever for companies that want to achieve accelerated growth and profitability to manage the lifecycle of the services they offer and deliver in a more effective and efficient way”, says Jodi Cicci. “We believe we are uniquely positioned to help those who are beginning to re-think their business models in terms of the services economy”.

    Jodi Cicci began TOP Step Consulting in 2007 to provide solutions to an underserved Professional Services industry. She saw the need for business efficiency solutions for this industry that comes with a unique set of challenges of managing a profitable services business. Since 2007, TOP Step Consulting has grown year over year in both revenue and number of clients. Also, they have expanded their practice areas that include NetSuite OpenAir, FinancialForce PSA, PSA System Integration and Expansion, and this year Kimble PSA.

    TOP Step regularly attends and sponsors many events and conferences throughout the year to both keep abreast of trends within the Services industry as well as to support their mission to enable and empower Professional Services organizations. One of the primary tenets of the TOP Step Consulting culture is to share knowledge and educate the professional services community. TOP Step delivers a successful webinar series providing three webinars each month that range from Professional Services business operations best practices to Professional Services Automation tool-specific webinars that provide tips to improve the use and adoption of NetSuite OpenAir and FinancialForce PSA systems. Also, TOP Step continually publishes eBooks, best practice white papers, and tips for the adoption of process efficiency and technology on their website.

    About TOP Step Consulting

    TOP Step Consulting improves business efficiency and productivity for Professional Services business operations. They help clients achieve their profitability goals allowing them to focus on building their business. Their team has extensive experience in professional services business operations, professional services automation (PSA), and project management. They have served over 300 organizations across the globe and have been awarded “Best of the Best” by SPI Research and named as one of the fastest-growing private companies by Consulting Magazine and Inc. 5000. To learn how TOP Step Consulting brings operational efficiency to Professional Services visit

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    Sundance Vacations converts to Concord Servicing Corporation's Technology platform.

    Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    Concord announces the addition of Sundance Vacations to Concord's technology platform. "Sundance Vacations' complex portfolio made for an excellent conversion to Concord," said VP of Business Development, Kyle Derry. "We evaluated several servicing and technology solutions, including third-party servicing companies, and by far Concord was the best choice. Their technology platform and insight into our unique servicing requirements stood above all other options," explained SuAnn Ritter, Chief Technology Officer for Sundance, on the decision to move to Concord. Sundance CEO John Dowd added, "Concord transitioned our complicated portfolio of 28,000 loans with accuracy and professionalism. We're already experiencing the benefits of their superior servicing and collection tools in our portfolio performance."

    Concord Senior Vice President, Evan Green, reflected, "Two years ago, we converted a very large portfolio with over 100,000 consumer obligations from another third-party servicer in the timeshare industry, for whom the size and complexity of that portfolio had been greater than the servicer could adequately handle, we understand. Our advanced preparations and system enhancements were similar to the effort and knowledge required to successfully convert Sundance Vacations. I'm confident that our dedication to complex and large clients' portfolios significantly influenced Sundance's decision to move to Concord."

    About Concord:

    Concord Servicing Corporation presently services over 1.8 million unsecured consumer obligations with a portfolio size of approximately $4 billion. More than 190 dedicated professionals are located between company headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mexico City, Mexico with satellite offices in Florida and New York. For more information on Concord, visit

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    The Virtual Customer Assistant, Helen, has commenced her job duty in the form of a chatbot communicating with thousands of Octopus users in Hong Kong Cantonese

    Hong Kong (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    Continuous Technologies (CTINT), a leading communication solutions provider recently implemented its Virtual Customer Assistant in the digital customer service channels of Octopus Cards Limited (OCL). The Virtual Customer Assistant, Helen, has commenced her job duty in the form of a chatbot communicating with thousands of Octopus users in Hong Kong Cantonese with Creative Virtual’s V-Portal™ technology at the back.

    The CEO of Octopus Holdings Limited, Mr Sunny Cheung, is delighted to see the service launch. “Octopus is used by a wide range of customers. To meet the changing demand of customer service, an intelligent omni-channel customer engagement environment is essential. We have to develop new services and products addressing customers’ needs.”

    Around-the-clock Cantonese Virtual Customer Assistant

    The Virtual Customer Assistant, Helen, appears in the instant messaging box in the Customer Service section of the Octopus website. Available 24/7, Helen is responsible for answering questions in Cantonese on Automatic Add Value Service and Loss Octopus Reporting. To cater for the needs of users who prefer to communicate in colloquial Cantonese, Helen, equipped with natural language processing capability, allows users to ask questions in free form. It is integrated with a knowledge-base system to provide the right answer. In the near future, English language will also be included in this service and Helen will learn to answer other enquiries.

    “We will continue to develop new customer service channels to facilitate the communication between Octopus and its customers especially in the virtual business environment,” says Ms Cora Cheung, Operations and Service Director of Octopus Cards Limited.

    Enhancing Digital Engagement

    Virtual Customer Assistant gives customers instant access to information and customer support anytime, anywhere while providing convenient and seamless customer experience. This technology has been proven to improve customer engagement and reduce customer support costs whilst also providing unique customer insights for organisations. The Virtual Customer Assistant solution provided by CTINT and Creative Virtual is powered by robust multi-lingual natural language capabilities, to enable intelligent, conversational service for all customer demographics.

    Mr Ian Wong, CEO of Continuous Technologies says, “We are honoured to take part in the implementation of Virtual Customer Assistant of Octopus. We will continue to take the Virtual Customer Assistant to the next level, enhancing the user experience of more people.”

    “Customers are increasingly turning to digital channels and self-service as their first point of contact for information and support,” says Mr Chris Ezekiel, Founder & CEO of Creative Virtual. “Forward-thinking companies like Octopus recognise this and are leveraging conversational chatbots to improve their digital engagement.”

    About Continuous Technologies International Ltd

    CTINT was founded in 1989 with headquarters in Hong Kong and offices in four cities in Mainland China. Its focus is on providing information and communication integrated solutions for enterprises to optimise their business process performance. CTINT has vast experience in automating manual process of different industries by introducing new technologies. It has a clear vision to deliver excellence in all aspects of the user experience. For more information, please visit

    About Creative Virtual

    Creative Virtual, winner of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Innovation 2017, is a global leader in self-service solutions that enable anywhere, anytime customer engagement between brands and their customers. For more information about Creative Virtual, please visit

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    DMG Productions explores recent developments in automation and technology.

    (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    The renowned Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr., TV series, will broadcast a new episode on FOX Business, Saturday, July 22, 2017 @5:00pmET.

    In this episode, Innovations will feature SUN Automation Group® and its mission to design, build and deliver innovative, quality solutions and provide unparalleled service to enhance customer value, while creating a great place to work.

    Next, the show will explore NSK and their pivotal role as global bearing product partner to the wind energy industry. Viewers will learn about NSK’s commitment to research and development, and its ongoing approach to bearing product development – tribology, material engineering, numerical simulation, and mechatronics – and it’s direct relationship to solving specific application problems such as those commonly occurring in wind turbine gearboxes.

    MateMotto, a design company who uses TECHNOWOOD for building applications, will also be explored. The show will discuss its durable, sturdy and attractive cosmetic wood alternative that won’t degrade even in harsh outdoor conditions. It will also educate about the product’s natural wood coating, which is used to provide the appearance of natural wood, resulting in a product that has the refined warm look of wood, yet the durable characteristics of aluminum.

    Finally, the series will take a look at recent developments in firearm safety, by featuring Santa Cruz Gunlocks. Spectators will learn about Santa Cruz Gunlocks’ dedication to serving first responders, police officers, and the armed forces who protect and assist our country every day, and how these products enable them to carry firearms in a highly accessible, yet secure manner.

    “This episode will enlighten and entertain audiences on the latest advances across a number of industries,” said Michael Devine, Senior Producer for the Innovations Series. “We look forward to exploring how automation and technology is transforming our world.”

    About Innovations & DMG Productions:

    Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr., is an information-based series geared toward educating the public on the latest breakthroughs in all areas of society. Featuring practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike, Innovations focuses on cutting-edge advancements in everything from health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more.

    DMG Productions (responsible for creating the Innovations show) includes personnel specialized in various fields from agriculture to medicine, independent films to regional news and more. Our field producers work closely with experts in the field to develop stories. This powerful force enables us to consistently produce commercial-free, educational programming that both viewers and networks depend on.

    For more information visit: or contact Michael Devine at: (866) 496-4065 or via email at: info(at)

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    Yund to oversee business development and customer success for one of Cincinnati’s fastest growing companies.

    CINCINNATI, OH (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    STACK Construction Technologies is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Yund to its leadership team. As Senior Vice President of Sales at STACK, Jeff will be responsible for customer development and support including overseeing new client sales, training, implementation and ongoing customer service.

    A dedicated team leader, Jeff has held Sales Management positions serving a variety of industries with responsibility for growing and scaling sales and customer support teams. Jeff prides himself on developing the people and processes necessary to achieve world-class customer service programs resulting in exponential organizational growth. Prior to joining STACK Construction Technologies, Jeff served as Vice President of Operations for ProLink Healthcare.

    "I could not be more excited about the opportunity to join the team here at STACK," said Yund. "Having spent the last 5+ years building sales and service teams in a commoditized industry, to find a company like STACK - where providing value for customers is coupled with a truly disruptive technology - is really invigorating."

    "After meeting the leadership, exploring the product and spending time with the current team, I know that STACK is ready to help more clients win more profitable work by saving significant time in their takeoff and estimation processes. Phil, Justin and the development team have honestly built a game-changing platform and I'm really looking forward to getting STACK in the hands of GCs and Subcontractors everywhere."

    Away from the office, Jeff serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Parks Foundation in Hamilton County and enjoys playing golf, softball and other outdoor activities with his wife, Chrissy, and son, Nolan. Jeff received his B.A. in Public Administration from Miami University, Ohio.


    About STACK Construction Technologies:

    STACK Construction Technologies provides the first and only truly cloud-based takeoff and estimating software for professional construction contractors. Through a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use SaaS platform, STACK is transforming and streamlining the bid process for contractors of all sizes, ultimately helping them to win more profitable work. Using the latest in web technology, STACK empowers users to quickly and accurately measure digital plans, collaborate with team members, customize materials and pricing and finalize project estimates. STACK integrations aim to infuse users with greater efficiency and estimating accuracy than ever before while also improving access to the real-time project data needed for continuous growth. Visit to learn more.

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    Awarded a 10-year prime contract, DCS will provide command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) support

    Aberdeen, MD (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    DCS Corporation(DCS) announced that it has been awarded a 10-year prime contract to provide command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) support to the US Army and other federal customers. DCS was one of just 16 large businesses awarded an unrestricted Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Service (RS3) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. A total of 387 offers were received by the Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground for this opportunity, resulting in 16 large and 39 small business awards.

    The RS3 contract provides for wide-ranging services in the areas of engineering; research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E); logistics; acquisition and strategic planning; and education and training. Several key DCS service areas are offered under RS3 including program management, acquisition planning, engineering, integration and interoperability, modeling and simulation, studies and analysis, technology insertion, test and evaluation, developmental test support, advanced technology development and demonstration, evaluation of technology applications, test support, prototyping and fabrication, software development, and system integration.     

    “This is an important win for DCS,” commented Bill Protzman, DCS Executive Vice President. “The flexibility of the RS3 contract and breadth of its work scope will expand our ability to provide our core competencies to the Army and other customers in the DoD market space.”

    The RS3 contact consolidates several large Army contracts, including the Rapid Response - Third Generation (R2-3G) and Strategic Services Sourcing (S3) contracts, and has a maximum value of $37.4 billion. Awards were announced May 15, 2017. The sole bid protest was dismissed by the General Accounting Office (GAO) on July 7.

    About DCS

    DCS offers advanced technology, engineering and management solutions to Government agencies in the ground vehicle domain. The transformative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit that characterize our 1,000 plus employee-owners allow DCS to ensure the success of each client’s mission and actively contribute to the well-being of the Nation. To learn more about DCS, please visit

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    Strong Background in Workforce & RPO Solutions Bolsters Hire Velocity's Client-Focused Team

    Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    Hire Velocity, a leader in total workforce solutions and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), welcomes seasoned sales executive Sarah Haskin to the role of Enterprise Sales Executive. Haskin’s vision for national client relationship building, sales, and strategic planning positions her to drive business growth and meet client goals.

    With extensive experience in the human capital industry, Haskin brings unique vision and knowledge to the areas of program development, account management, and client relationships. “Sarah has a very strong track record of success in workforce solutions, and she is known for her expertise across multiple disciplines in understanding clients and delivering comprehensive solutions,” said Jennifer Beck, Hire Velocity CEO. “Throughout Sarah’s career, her #1 priority has always been client satisfaction, making her an exceptional addition and great fit for the Hire Velocity team. We are thrilled that Sarah will be driving our sales in workforce solutions.” In her new role, Haskin will oversee relationships with key accounts and will manage projects and collaborative team efforts to meet sales goals.

    Haskin’s previous experience includes serving as Vice President of National Accounts for TRC Staffing. While there, she created a national accounts team and built a client portfolio that grew to $13 million in annual revenue over eighteen months. She has also served as Practice Director of National Accounts at Corestaff/Impellam North America and Vice President of Operations at Guidant Group/Impellam North America. Her responsibilities in those roles included budget management, client program management, and compliance program development.

    Haskin graduated from the University of West Georgia. As part of the Hire Velocity team, her vision and passion for excellence will promote the company mission to provide the highest quality services for clients.

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    About Hire Velocity

    At Hire Velocity, we are passionate about designing talent strategies that transform organizations, and make the impossible possible for our clients. By combining high quality delivery teams with the most advanced recruiting and social media tools, we utilize two of our greatest assets—our talent and technology – to discover, measure, maximize, and deliver results. To learn more, please visit us at

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    VMS market has grown six percent over 2016; Costco and brick and mortar ecommerce post sizable share gains while CVS and Food Channel lose ground

    Shelton, CT (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    Online sales for vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) surged 20 percent growing from $2 billion in 2016 to $2.4 billion in 2017, according to TABS Analytics’ 10th Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements Study. Much of the growth is due to the performance of brick and mortar online retailers, which outpaced Amazon and other pure play outlets in growth and gained almost 19 percentage points in online transaction share. Brick and mortar stores sales of VMS grew three percent. TABS Analytics estimates the annual U.S. VMS market grew 6 percent over 2016 and now stands at $13.5 billion in sales annually.

    “This is really a breakout year for Walmart’s online sales of VMS which have helped propel the online sales for the VMS category to a ten-year high of 17 percent of all sales,” said Dr. Kurt Jetta, president and founder of TABS Analytics. “Walmart also made substantial online gains in share in baby products in our study earlier this year which is corroborated by its recent earnings report which showed its online sales rising 63 percent in the company’s first fiscal quarter.”

    Although Amazon grew its number of transactions by almost 15 percent, it experienced a major nine-point loss in share as the gains did not keep pace with brick and mortar retailers’ online gains in purchases, which nearly tripled from last year.

    “With our last three studies in baby care, personal care and vitamins there is mounting evidence that brick and mortar retailers, particularly Walmart, are carrying a larger load at bringing ecommerce retail to the masses,” said Jetta. “Prior TABS studies have shown a limited market for consumer packaged goods online, primarily focused on upscale consumers. We are now seeing brick and mortar gain share in ecommerce by expanding the demographic base and offering a broader assortment of mainstream brands to online shoppers.”

    TABS Analytics’ VMS study was conducted in May 2017 by Caravan, part of ORC International, and was developed to examine trends regarding what types of vitamins and nutritional supplements are purchased, how frequently they’re purchased and at which outlets they are purchased. The survey panel included 1,010 geographically and demographically dispersed consumers. This was the 10th year that VMS survey was conducted, having started in the spring of 2005 and 2008, and then every year since 2010.

    Key findings from the study:

    •     Online sales are strong and growing. Online purchasing for VMS grew dramatically, increasing 20 percent over 2016, led by significant increases by brick-and-mortar retailers’ online sales, especially Amazon and Walmart are the number one and number two online retailers for VMS with Amazon accounting for an estimated 4.5 percent and accounting for an estimated 1.6 percent of all market transactions in the category.
    •     VMS category shows signs of maturity. Over the past several years, growth has been modest, with the exception in the recent surge in ecommerce in past year. Mass market (food/drug/mass/club/dollar or FDMCD) sales growth doubled to four percent in 2017 due to pricing and volume growth. However, there have been no new types of VMS products that have exhibited sustained growth, and channel shifts have moderated overall.
    •     VMS volume and dollar sales grow. VMS category purchase penetration reached an all-time high of 78 percent for the TABS study. Following two years of relatively flat growth, VMS sales volume increased slightly as a result of greater purchasing by heavy buyers and higher penetration from those who purchased just one or two types of products regularly. Dollar sales for the category grew six percent to $13.5 billion.
    •     Heavy buying gains momentum. Heavy buying increases (consumers purchasing 3 or more types) were driven by: gains from very heavy buyers (6 or more types purchased), younger buyers (ages 18-54) and women.
    •     Income not a deciding factor. Unlike in the baby products market and other CPG categories where higher income influences purchasing, income doesn’t have a material impact on VMS purchases, except in the lowest income group.
    •     Adult multivitamin reverses declines, with niche products making first-time appearances. Adult multivitamins increased this past year, reversing a three-year decline. This year’s survey also includes two new categories - hair/skin/nail multivitamins and brain supplements - both which appear to be types with niche appeal with eight percent and two percent of adults purchasing these types, respectively.
    •     Vitamin outlet trends since 2005 track broader trends in retail. FDMCD penetration grew by 15 percent from 59 percent of adults to 68 percent of adults. Specialty outlets (such as natural food or nutritional specialty outlets) saw a slight decline in penetration from 19 percent to 18 percent and ecommerce penetration went from nine percent to 13 percent.

    TABS Analytics 10th Annual Vitamin Study is now available here.

    “With ten years of VMS studies and data to draw from, VMS is showing all the characteristics of a mature category so 2018-2020 gains should moderate to the plus three to four percent range, assuming pricing of plus two percent. At this level, continued dramatic growth in ecommerce would, by definition, come at the expense of brick and mortar store sales although we have not seen that shift yet,” said Jetta. “With only one year of the recent ecommerce surge, however, continued dramatic growth in ecommerce is not assured.”

    10th Annual Vitamin and Minerals Supplements Study Webinar

    TABS Analytics will be hosting a free webinar today at 2 p.m. Eastern to present the results of the study.

    Throughout 2017, TABS Analytics is conducting six studies across the consumer packaged goods industry including personal care, baby, vitamin, food and beverage, household products, and beauty. More information about TABS studies is available at

    About TABS Analytics

    Operating since 1998, TABS Analytics, based in Shelton, Conn., is a technology-enabled analytics firm. Its mission is to simplify and improve the way analytics are conducted in the consumer products industry. TABS offers cloud-based software analytics and applications solutions, including TABS Insight® and TABS Total Insights™, for CPG manufacturers that integrate, harmonize, and analyze sales and marketing data. Additional services include TABS CatMan Advantage™, an outsourced category management solution, TABS WorldView™, a global business intelligence tool, and TABS Promo Insight™, a cloud-based software and consulting service that helps companies measure, plan and optimize trade spending. For more information, please call 203-446-8837, email robertbaldwin (at) tabsanalytics (dot) com or visit

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    Brown and Caldwell, a leading environmental engineering and construction firm, today announced that IT strategist Steve Dills has joined the firm as Senior Vice President, Digital Services. From enhancing client outreach in the digital realm and implementing the latest in cybersecurity measures, to optimizing the company’s workflow and collaboration tools, Dills’ scope will be broad and benefit employees and clients alike.

    Walnut Creek, California (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    Steve Dills joins Brown and Caldwell as SVP, Digital Services

    Environmental firm hires IT strategist to advance digital evolution

    Brown and Caldwell, a leading environmental engineering and construction firm, today announced that IT strategist Steve Dills has joined the firm as Senior Vice President, Digital Services.

    From enhancing client outreach in the digital realm and implementing the latest in cybersecurity measures, to optimizing the company’s workflow and collaboration tools, Dills’ scope will be broad and benefit employees and clients alike.

    “Digitization is advancing at breakneck speed, and it's critical that we have executive leadership charting our digital course,” said Craig Goehring, Brown and Caldwell CEO. “We found Steve’s experience a natural fit for our vision and direction, and his passion for serving clients matches our own.”

    Along with Brown and Caldwell’s strong virtual company model, Dills said he was impressed with the value Brown and Caldwell places on team collaboration and the investment the firm has made into its robust information systems architecture.

    “The current business and information era requires organizations to operate with extreme velocity, clear transparency, and precision in their communications and information-sharing,” Dills said. “Brown and Caldwell’s collaborative culture is flourishing and with this winning mindset they are succeeding within these new and necessary dimensions.”

    Dills started his career in environmental engineering before transitioning to IT leadership for several multinational companies where he earned a reputation as a strategic and results-driven innovator. Most recently, Dills was Global Vice President of Information Technology at the Gates Corporation, which employs 14,000 people in 100 locations across 30 countries.

    Dills has a master’s degree in industrial design and systems engineering and a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, both from the University of Michigan. Dills is based in Denver and can be reached at sdills(at)brwncald(dot)com or (303) 968-2024.

    About Brown and Caldwell

    Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Brown and Caldwell is a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm with 45 offices and 1,500+ professionals across the country. For more than 60 years, our creative solutions have helped scores of municipal, federal and private agencies successfully overcome their most challenging water and environmental obstacles. As an employee-owned company, Brown and Caldwell is passionate about meeting our clients’ needs and making a difference for our environment and communities. For more information, visit

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    SmartGift’s first of its kind pay later online gifting platform earns ‘Best in Category’ honors

    New York, NY (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    SmartGift has been recognized as a 2017 Pay Awards winner in the Gift Card Innovation category including Best-In-Category Honor by Paybefore. For 11 years, Pay Awards has conferred the most prestigious recognition of excellence in prepaid and payments technology worldwide. SmartGift was selected by an expert judging panel that evaluated a stellar field of global nominees.

    “SmartGift’s team has been working relentlessly to bring the best gift product to market that delivers exceptional value to our merchant partners and transformative experiences for their customers,” says Monika Kochhar, CEO, SmartGift. “We are honored to win this prestigious award. Gift commerce is a huge untapped opportunity for retail and we are excited to be leading the category. I am thrilled by the direction and velocity that we are seeing on SmartGift’s performance and growth of accounts.”

    “The shift to digital means that consumers will demand deeper, more intelligent commerce experiences,” said Amy Neale, vice president, Mastercard Start Path. “The SmartGift model is reimagining what’s possible in connecting consumers to truly personalized digital interactions with retailers.”

    “We’re excited to see Commerce.Innovated. alumni SmartGift receive this recognition for their innovative pay later model. Paying for a gift after the gift recipient has selected their perfect item makes sense for the customer, while merchants benefit from a powerful gift commerce platform and rapid go-to-market integration,” says Reetika Grewal, Head of Payments Strategy and Solutions, Silicon Valley Bank. “SmartGift is making great progress and we look forward to their continued successes.”

    “SmartGift is helping retailers tap into consumer demand for social and digital gifting experiences that can deliver the same excitement of traditional gifting while ensuring recipients receive the perfect gift,” said Loraine DeBonis, editor-in-chief of Paybefore and chair of the Pay Awards judging panels.

    The Best-in-Category honorees, will be profiled in the Pay Magazine – Awards Issue this fall.


    SmartGift is a gift commerce and marketing platform. We brought the first of its kind technology to IR50 consumer brands that lets gift recipients customize or exchange their gift online, and the gift sender pays after the gift recipient has selected the perfect item. Our over-the-top platform drives incremental revenue, customer engagement, satisfaction and loyalty, and turns merchant partner sites into all-year-round go-to gift shopping destinations. Merchants across all ecommerce platforms can get up and running on our platform with minimal effort in as little as two weeks. SmartGift graduated from the Commerce.Innovated 2016 program. Follow us on Twitter @SmartGiftIt.

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    Employers turn to MCPO to enhance employee payroll experience, retain talent

    DALLAS (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    The Multi-Country Payroll Outsourcing (MCPO) market is one of the fastest growing markets in the HR outsourcing space, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 19 to 23 percent between 2014 and 2016 to cross the US$1.5 billion mark. This momentum is likely to continue for the next two years due to the rising appreciation for the MCPO value proposition and increasing provider maturity, according to Everest Group.

    Enhancing employee experience with payroll processes is likely to become a key driver for MCPO, particularly because talent retention has become a vital and challenging business requirement.

    “Talent retention is one of the biggest challenges employers face today, and the payroll process is a crucial employee touch point, so employers are ramping up their investments in technology to provide a more sophisticated user experience,” said Anil Vijayan, practice director at Everest Group. “This includes getting rid of multiple sign-ins; presenting a consistent look, feel and function across all pages; offering fast-loading and friendly interfaces; providing dynamic visualizations of data; and, of course, ensuring reliable, easy-to-use mobile access.”

    Enterprise buyers also are becoming increasingly aware of the other key benefits that the MCPO construct provides:

    • better control and visibility of payroll operations across multiple countries through consolidated reporting and analytics
    • compliance with regulations, particularly as repercussions of failed compliance have become harsher and the legislative landscape is changing rapidly
    • cost reduction, directly through labor arbitrage and technology as well as through efficiencies derived from centralization, standardization and vendor consolidation

    Everest Group explores these findings and others in a recently published report: “Multi-Country Payroll Outsourcing (MCPO) – Annual Report 2017 – Evolution of Drivers and Enablers in a Rapidly-growing Market.” This research provides a comprehensive analysis of the global MCPO market, including buyer adoption trends across geographies, regional trends, emerging solutions and the service provider landscape.

    Additional key findings in this report include:

    • North America and Europe are relatively more mature and bigger MCPO markets, and they accounted for a large chunk of the global deal activity. Asia Pacific and Latin America are emerging as strong MCPO markets on their own. Local buyers in these geographies, especially Asia Pacific, are playing an important role in shaping these markets.
    • In terms of buyer size, smaller firms continue to dominate the MCPO market adoption through simple deals spanning a few countries.
    • The MCPO market is mostly industry-agnostic. Services, hi-tech and IT, and manufacturing are the leading adopters of MCPO globally, with industries such as healthcare and energy showing promising upticks.
    • While core payroll subprocesses such as “gross-to-net,” payroll distribution and reconciliation remain fundamental to the construct, ancillary processes such as those for contact centers and time-and-attendance are also increasingly being included.
    • Emerging areas of technology investment include analytics, automation and enhancing employee experience through UI improvements. Other major areas of investment include enhancing in-country and multi-language capabilities and meeting compliance needs.

    About Everest Group

    Everest Group is a consulting and research firm focused on strategic IT, business services, and sourcing. We are trusted advisors to senior executives of leading enterprises, providers, and investors. Our firm helps clients improve operational and financial performance through a hands-on process that supports them in making well-informed decisions that deliver high-impact results and achieve sustained value. Our insight and guidance empowers clients to improve organizational efficiency, effectiveness, agility and responsiveness. What sets Everest Group apart is the integration of deep sourcing knowledge, problem-solving skills and original research. Details and in-depth content are available at


    Andrea M. Riffle, Everest Group


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    aioTV, an all-in-one metadata, curation, and personalization software development company, has developed MetaGenerator, an artificial intelligence (AI) solution designed to harvest metadata from video content.

    Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    WeatherNation TV, Inc., the leading 24/7 local, regional and national television weather news service is the first to use the solution. Featuring weather news, hyper-local weather, satellite/radar maps, and live severe coverage, WeatherNation wants their viewers to easily access their video content as it happens.

    “We are excited to be able to make our weather segments easily discoverable for the masses,” said Michael Norton, President, WeatherNation TV, Inc. “MetaGenerator will enable us to make that happen while maintaining efficient internal workflows.”

    Using Natural Language Processing (NLP), aioTV’s MetaGenerator uses WeatherNation’s existing video data to fill in fields like title, description, context, dates, keywords, tags, categories, topics and other desired reference points. MetaGenerator also automatically creates human readable descriptions and titles allowing WeatherNation to archive video with descriptive metadata so that it can be easily surfaced in the future.

    “MetaGenerator enables content owners to use the information from the video assets they already own to harvest valuable information,” said Mike Earle, CEO of aioTV, “We are happy to provide WeatherNation with this solution so their customers can easily search and discover accurate and timely information.”

    For more information on MetaGenerator, visit


    About aioTV

    Founded in 2010, aioTV is an all-in-one metadata, curation, and personalization software development company. By enabling video operators, content owners and apps to build world-class video software solutions, aioTV makes it easy to turn metadata into relevant, accurate, and personalized video experiences for consumers. One of the early pioneers of metadata management, content packaging, and distribution, aioTV remains at the forefront of innovation of the ever changing television landscape. aioTV is headquartered in Denver, CO, USA, with design and engineering facilities in Halifax, NS, Canada.

    For further information, photos, and interviews, please contact:

    Dawn Morrison, Marketing and Social Media Manager, aioTV


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    The oldest and most reputable high traffic drug and alcohol rehab information site on the Web,, is pleased to announce Seasons in Malibu, a World Class Addiction Center in Malibu, California has joined’s Preferred Provider Program. Seasons in Malibu is a CARF-accredited, dual-diagnosis drug and alcohol rehab and addiction treatment center at the forefront of treating opioid and alcohol abuse with their renowned One-On-One Doctorate Level Therapy.

    Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 19, 2017, the leading online directory and community site since 2000 for people seeking reliable treatment information for alcoholism and substance abuse, today announced the World Class addiction treatment provider, Seasons in Malibu, is now a Preferred Provider. The dual-diagnosis drug rehab and addiction treatment center treats addictions such as alcoholism, opiate addiction, cocaine addiction and prescription drug abuse. As the premier online resource helping the public find the best treatments, care and information for alcoholism and substance abuse, being a Preferred Provider on allows Seasons in Malibu to substantially reach more people seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction for themselves, friends or loved ones.

    “We’re thrilled to have a treatment provider of the caliber of Seasons in Malibu join us as a Preferred Provider,” said Dr. Harold Jonas, President and founder of “It will allow more people who are struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse the opportunity to access their World Class addiction treatments.’s Preferred Provider Program ‘weeds out’ non-certified programs and simultaneously helps support the new laws against illegal advertising. We are the first in the nation to do so.”

    About Seasons in Malibu

    California-based Seasons in Malibu was founded on the idea to create a rehabilitation center that not only helped people in addiction but actually improved the state of addiction treatment resources for everyone. Seasons brings together the best minds and resources to create something truly new, better, and at the leading edge in the treatment of addiction and its co-occurring disorders. Seasons’ recovery program has been full or near full since its inception, taking people in from across North America and the rest of the world and helping them and their families address, understand, and manage the disease of addiction. Seasons conducts studies of outcome, creating new tools to assess families, patients, and their aftercare, and synthesizes the latest understanding of systems and network science into the treatment of addiction. In client surveys, more than 95% of Seasons’ clients say they would recommend Seasons in Malibu to a friend or loved one. Visit for more information.


    Since December 2000, has been the leading online directory and community site for those seeking reliable treatment information for alcoholism and substance abuse. As a premier online resource, the site provides high quality education, information and help to the public. Designed to be easily used by addicts, as well as their family, friends or loved ones, is the starting point to find the best treatment and care as well as information on financial and clinical topics. As the pioneer in providing online addiction and recovery services information, remains as the most reputable, succinct, comprehensive and user-friendly site for anyone who needs quick access to treatment programs, detoxification centers, halfway houses, sober houses and an array of other addiction treatment services and programs. Get Sober. Stay Sober. For more information contact Myrin New at 561-295-3204, or visit

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    The initial set of confirmed judges in the 7th annual program includes editors and writers from top-tier business, consumer and technology publications, returning from last year’s panel

    New York, NY (PRWEB) July 19, 2017

    Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from a wide spectrum of top-tier publications, announced today the first set of judges in its 7th annual North American awards program. The 26 judges announced today are all returning from last year’s Best in Biz Awards judging panel.

    Best in Biz Awards’ uniqueness stems, in part, from the composition of its judging panels. Only writers, journalists, and contributors to business, consumer, financial, trade and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, are invited to serve as judges each year. Structured this way, Best in Biz Awards’ judging panel can best leverage the expertise, experience and objectivity of its influential and independent members to determine award winners.

    The 26 judges so far confirmed to participate in the Best in Biz Awards 2017 panel include:

    1.    AdWeek, Angela Natividad

    2.    Associated Press, Kim Cook

    3.    Atlanta Tribune, Kamille D. Whittaker

    4.    Bismarck Tribune, Kat Bryant

    5.    Business News Daily, Nicole Fallon

    6.    Chip Design Magazine, Dave Bursky

    7.    CIO Dive, Naomi Eide

    8.    Consumer Affairs, Mark Huffman

    9.    ECT News Network, Jack Germain

    10.    Entrepreneur, Linda Lacina

    11.    eWeek Channel Insider, Frank Ohlhorst

    12.    Forbes, Hugh McIntyre

    13.    Freelance, Kevin Casey

    14.    Healthcare Innovation News, Mari Edlin

    15.    Inc., Douglas Cantor

    16.    Investment Advisor Magazine, Melanie Waddell

    17.    King Features Syndicate, Dale Dauten

    18.    L.A. Biz, Annlee Ellingson

    19.    Lab Reviews, Jonathan Roubini

    20., Ellen Cannon

    21.    Rockstar Finance, J. Money

    22.    Security Products Magazine, Ralph C. Jensen

    23.    Tech-Gaming, Robert Allen

    24.    Tripwire, Joe Pettit

    25.    Wired, Christopher Null

    26.    WLRN, Gina Jordan

    Short biographies of the initial 2017 judges can be found on the Best in Biz Awards website at:

    Additional judges returning from other years’ panel will be confirmed in the next weeks. As in prior years, the full judging panel will be officially revealed during the late entry period (August – September). Judging in Best in Biz Awards 2017 will take place in October and early November, with the judges’ scoring tabulated to determine winners for each category. Winners will be announced on November 29, 2017.

    Entries in Best in Biz Awards 2017 are being accepted until the regular entry deadline on July 28 and the late entry deadline on September 29, 2017, in 65 categories, including Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Most Customer Friendly Company, Best Place to Work, Executive Team, Technology Department, Executive of the Year, Finance Executive, Enterprise Product, Consumer Service, Most Innovative Product – Healthcare, Best New Product – SMB, Product Line, App, PR Campaign, Event and Website of the Year.

    About Best in Biz Awards

    Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards, Inc. has made its mark as the only independent business awards program judged each year by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications. From Aflac to YMCA, past winners in Best in Biz Awards span the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the world economy to Shark Tank participants, mom-and-pop shops, and some of the most innovative start-ups. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 65 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and PR and media. Entries in the 7th annual Best in Biz Awards are currently being accepted until the final deadline on September 29, 2017.

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    MSPs and Incident Responders using OnPage and ConnectWise Manage now have direct control over SLAs from their mobile device

    Waltham, MA (PRWEB) July 20, 2017

    OnPage, the industry’s leading mobile critical messaging and Incident Alert Management System, today announces its enhanced integration with ConnectWise Manage. ConnectWise Manage is the ticketing solution used by 2 out of every 3 incident responders to manage their customers’ critical events. With the enhanced functionality, OnPage can now streamline the incident resolution lifecycle and provide ConnectWise Manage ticket updates from within the OnPage application on a mobile phone.

    “The OnPage – ConnectWise integration was a great success from its initial release about a year ago” said Judit Sharon, CEO of OnPage Corporation. “We are proud to be the solution of choice for so many MSP organizations and happy to enhance the integration to improve SLAs”.

    With the enhanced integration, OnPage eliminates the need for multiple processes and allows MSP incident responders to update the status of a ticket with the simple click of a button on their OnPage application from the mobile device. Responders can also effectively manage their SLAs and create ticket updates in real-time, which increases the accuracy of post-incident reporting.

    Improving Visibility

    With the new integration, MSP Incident responders not only ensure full visibility into the incident when they write back to the ConnectWise Manage ticket from their OnPage application, but also receive multiple options for managing their SLA from their mobile device:

    “In Progress” – Allows incident responders to acknowledge the incident and indicate that they are working to resolve the incident.

    “Closed” – This important feature signals that the incident has been resolved and that the responder can move on to the next ticket.

    All updates to the ConnectWise Manage tickets are done in real time. A thread of all replies from the OnPage application to the ConnectWise platform are saved within the ticket to make the process of post-incident reporting and incident management more effective.

    About OnPage

    OnPage is the industry’s leading Incident Alert Management Platform. Built around the incident resolution lifecycle, the OnPage platform enables organizations to get the most out of their digitization investments, ensuring that sensors and monitoring systems have a reliable means to escalate important issues to the right person immediately.

    OnPage’s escalation policies, redundancies, and scheduling algorithms ensure that a critical message is never missed. Infinitely more reliable and secure than emails, text messages and phone calls combined, OnPage reduces incident resolution time thereby improves the productivity and digital operations of your business.

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