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3 days ago
Elizabeth Fairleigh created a new topic CWC Ushers In New Era in Quality Office Furniture; Appoints Kyle Ryan in the forums.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . . .

CWC Ushers In New Era in Quality Office Furniture; [i]Appoints Industry Leader and Veteran, Kyle Ryan, as Principal [/i]

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 29, 2014. CWC www.c-w-c.com, the Southeast’s largest office furniture dealer and Atlanta’s only Herman Miller www.hermanmiller.com/ Certified Dealer, announces the appointment of Kyle Ryan as Principal. Kyle will lead the sales team and drive revenue for CWC offices in Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Chattanooga, TN.

Kyle comes with a unique skill set within the industry, having experience in both dealer distribution and manufacturing knowledge. As VP of Strategic Markets for Global - The Total Office. Kyle has been one of CWC’s top manufacturer representatives over the years. He has also successfully run dealerships in Nashville and Charlotte for Alfred Williams & Company. Kyle is a proven commodity.

The succession plan for Kyle’s new role as Principal at CWC began when Cindy Butler made her decision to retire. He will officially come on board on January 1, 2015.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kyle to our team at CWC. He will not only bring a tighter focus on customer relationship quality to our sales team, but he will be a great role model for our employees and vendors,” states President, Paul Conley.


“I am excited about this opportunity to work with my partners and teammates to further develop our already extensive furniture product and service offerings. My goal is to expand upon our current CWC reputation for building client trust, a trust so strong every customer knows our team has their back.”

Scott Marshall, Principal, responsible for Marketing, Architectural & Design, and Commercial Real Estate markets said, “Kyle’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the CWC Company family. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry. I’m confident Kyle will play a key role in providing and implanting high quality solutions for our clients.”


About CWC

CWC, Atlanta’s only Herman Miller Certified Dealer, has been serving the Southeast with quality office furniture solutions since 1929. Home of the Southeast’s largest showroom facility, CWC represents more than 300 of the world’s finest contract furniture manufacturers. For seven consecutive years, the company was named one of the Best Places to Work for seven consecutive years by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2011, CWC was recognized as the Number One Best Place to Work for Medium Sized Companies. CWC has six offices located throughout the Southeast, including Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Chattanooga, TN.

For more information, visit www.c-w-c.com/.

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11:41 AM
Callie Walker created a new topic TER to Honor Bill Nussey With John Imlay Leadership Award in the forums.
Technology Executives Roundtable to Honor Bill Nussey With John Imlay Leadership Award

Award Recognizes Nussey’s Outstanding Contributions to the Georgia Technology Community

ATLANTA – Oct. 28, 2014 – The Technology Executives Roundtable (TER), an association that consists of more than 120 CEOs, CFOs and general managers in Georgia’s technology community, announced that it will honor Bill Nussey, Chief Executive Officer of Silverpop, an IBM company, with the Fifth Annual John Imlay Leadership Award at an award ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina.

The John Imlay Leadership Award recognizes and celebrates individuals that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of the Georgia high-tech community. It is named in honor of John Imlay, Jr., chairman of Imlay Investments, who is credited with helping create two of Atlanta’s biggest tech industries – software and Internet security.

Nussey has 30 years of experience running technology and Internet companies. As CEO of Silverpop, Nussey has guided the company to become a leading digital marketing provider that offers cloud-based email marketing and lead management solutions.

“Bill’s leadership has greatly contributed to Georgia’s thriving technology industry,” said Asif Ramji, president of TER. “Through years of hard work, Bill has guided several technology entrepreneurs and companies to success, and it is a privilege to recognize him as this year’s recipient of the John Imlay Leadership Award.”

Nussey has been honored with numerous awards over the years, including Consulting Magazine’s Most Influential Consultant in the World, the Direct Marketing Association's Marketing Award of Excellence and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of A Quiet Revolution in Email Marketing and is a regular speaker at industry, business and academic events.

“I am truly honored to be recognized as this year’s recipient of the John Imlay Leadership Award,” said Bill Nussey, CEO of Silverpop. “Georgia’s high-tech community has grown tremendously over the years, and I am thrilled to be a part of its success.”

For more information about the Technology Executives Roundtable (TER), visit www.ter-atlanta.com/.

About Technology Executives Roundtable
Technology Executives Roundtable (TER) is an association for Georgia technology executives that provides CEOs, CFOs and general managers with the ability to maximize the value of companies through the exchange of top ideas, candid talk and a forum to share what is working, what is not and best practices to unlock business value. Monthly meetings feature speakers and panels of local and national experts covering topics such as strategic alliances, crisis management, non-conventional financing, M&A, intellectual property protection and other issues of interest to senior executives on company growth. For more information, visit www.ter-atlanta.com.
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Hailee Sosnowski created a new topic Farm Credit Services of America Boosts Customer Service Support with Aptea in the forums.
Atlanta, Oct. 27, 2014— Aptean customer Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) is a borrower-owned agricultural lending cooperative serving approximately 50,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents throughout Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Kansas. Based in Omaha, Neb., FCSAmerica is a member of the Farm Credit System, a network that supplies the nation’s agricultural industry with nearly one-third of its credit needs.

Before integrating Aptean’s Pivotal CRM solution in 2001, FCSAmerica’s loan asset growth among members was minimal. However, more than a decade later, the cooperative’s loan assets have grown from $6 billion to more than $21 billion with an average annual growth of 12 percent.

Today, FCSAmerica boasts industry leading scores in customer service and loyalty. The cooperative credits Aptean Pivotal CRM with helping to make this possible by providing FCSAmerica’s nearly 1,500 employees with an all-encompassing source of customer data and information. In fact, user adoption of Pivotal company-wide is more than 95 percent with front-line employees using the solution to “see” their customers from desktops, laptops and mobile devices.

“Pivotal is the nerve center of all things customer related at Farm Credit,” said Tom Dobbe, vice president, Farm Credit Services of America. “The solution is highly customizable and expertly uses detailed customer data to deliver a better quality of service, providing complete visibility of every customer’s history and account.”

Watch the FCSAmerica video case study to see the complete story.

“Today’s customers are more informed and connected than ever before,” said Matt Keenan, vice president of customer relationship management, Aptean. “Therefore, to remain competitive, financial institutions must work to manage customer relationships by providing high quality service and timely assistance. Our Pivotal CRM solution provides the means to help these institutions adapt and improve their processes.”

Aptean’s Pivotal CRM solution addresses a wide range of business challenges across all areas of CRM, including sales force automation, marketing management and service management. Designed to fit organizations of all sizes, the solution is easily configurable to meet compliance and local requirements as well as vertical market-specific issues, especially in the financial services and discrete and process manufacturing industries.

About Farm Credit Services of America
Farm Credit Services of America is a customer-owned financial cooperative proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With more than $21 billion in assets and more than $3.8 billion in members’ equity, FCSAmerica is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more at www.fcsamerica.com.

About Aptean
Aptean helps businesses profit, innovate and grow where the work gets done—in the call center, on the floor of the factory, at the end of the assembly line. That’s where Aptean’s CRM, Complaint Management, ERP and Supply Chain software applications enable nearly 5,000 customers to satisfy their customers, operate more efficiently and stay at the forefront of their industry. Aptean is where software WORKS. For more information, visit www.aptean.com.
09:08 AM
1 week ago
Pat Mahony created a new topic TAG Smart Energy Panel Discusses DC Microgrid Technology at Club E Oct 30 in the forums.
Featuring IP UtiliNET’s Sol Haroon as well as representatives from Clemson University and Oracle Utilities

(COLLEGE PARK) – Today, about 50 percent of household energy bills are tied up in powering electronic and digital devices, such as computers, laptops, lighting and LCD screens. Although most electronics today rely on direct current (DC) due to the introduction of direct current native microchip technology, electricity continues to be delivered from the power grid as alternating current (AC), which means AC must be converted to DC at the individual device level to power the piece of equipment. Average energy loss in this conversion process can be anywhere between 15% and 40%, according to a recent Yale study. DC Microgrids are smart grid technology which have begun to show promise as a more efficient way of reducing energy waste in the AC to DC conversion process. Energy is converted from AC to DC at the building level rather than the appliance level, thereby reducing overall power consumption and energy loss.

The topic of DC Microgrid technology will be the subject of an October 30th, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Smart Energy panel presentation featuring Sol Haroon, IP UtiliNET’s Director of Energy Services. The event will be hosted at Club Entrepreneur Atlanta and also features Dr. Rajendra Singh, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University and Guerry Waters, Group Vice President of Product Strategy and Marketing at Oracle Utilities. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public, although pre-registration is required. For more information please visit: s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?P...11428216200&Info

Topics to be addressed by the expert panel include:

    The definition of DC Microgrid technology
    Real-world applications in Georgia’s schools, businesses and homes
    The challenges of widespread adoption of DC Microgrids
    The benefits of DC Microgrids

Club Entrepreneur is one of the first facilities in the state of Georgia to integrate DC Microgrid technology. Club Entrepreneur combines single mode fiber optics and DC microgrid technology on a sustainable network (SustaNET©) enabling management of all systems – LED lighting, high-speed Internet, telephony, heating/cooling and security - from one central module, which reduces cooling requirements and the need for electronic switches. The facility is home to IP UtiliNET, an Atlanta-based emerging technology company, and incorporates a number of sustainable technology solutions to reduce energy consumption while improving lighting, technology and security.

About IP UtiliNET
IP UtiliNET is an Atlanta based, veteran-owned professional services firm specializing in centrally managed communications, energy networks, product lifecycle solutions and security services. Offering site service solutions in 145 countries and 392 cities worldwide, IP UtiliNET partners with its clients to streamline operations, lower costs and enhance profitability for long-term environmental, social and financial benefit. Service offerings include single mode fiber LANvisn™ Passive Optical Networks (PON), facial biometric security, sustainable and renewable energy (SustaNET©) including LED lighting systems, and technology lifecycle services. For more information visit www.iputilinet.com.

For More Information
Pat Mahony, Director of Public Relations
IPUtiliNET, LLC
patmahony@iputilinet.com
Oct 24
Pat Mahony created a new topic The Modern Adversary, Targeted Threats and Endpoint Security in the forums.
The Technology Association of Georgia’s Augusta Chapter together with the TAG Infrastructure Society announce a special one-day conference entitled The Modern Adversary, Targeted Threats and Endpoint Security on Wednesday, November 5th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jaguar Student Activities Center (JSAC) main ballroom at Georgia Regents University in Augusta. The all-day event features panel discussions with top-ranked officials of the Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Headquarters at Fort Gordon along with key representatives from Georgia’s technology sector. For more information on this historic event and to register please visit: https://s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?PG=1521974182300&P=15219741911428288900&Info

The U.S. Army sees cyber threats as being just as important as other war challenges from the sea, land and air, and believes it is of critical importance to maintain a tactical advantage when protecting U.S. interests at home and abroad. The threat is real as cyber attacks continue to grow in volume and complexity. In response, and for the first time in its history, the United States Army will consolidate its cyber and network communications teams into one facility by establishing the Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon. The move from Maryland to Georgia improves operational efficiencies for the combined command center while providing one point of contact for cyber doctrine and capabilities development. While the Fort Gordon Cyber Command headquarters will focus its efforts on U.S. Cyber Command-directed missions, the move is also expected to increase demand for technology capabilities across the state.

The conference addresses a number of topical subjects including:

    What is Cyber Security and Why Should Business Care?
    What is the Mission of Army Cyber Security?
    What kind of Impact will the Cyber Security Command move have on Business and the State?
    What Involvement will Infrastructure have on Cyber Security and on Georgia’s Technology?


A number of expert panelists will address today’s cyber security challenges including:

Thom E. Tuckey, Col., U.S. Army (Retired) and Executive Director of the Central Savanna River Area Alliance for Fort Gordon in Augusta. Colonel Tuckey has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of the Army War College. For more than 30 years he has been an active member of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, The Association of the U.S. Army, and the Army Signal Corps Regimental Association.

Joanne Sexton, GRU faculty member, has 23 years of Navy IT-related experience and served as the first Commanding Officer of what is known today as Navy Information Operations Command Georgia – GRU. She holds a Masters of Computer Science, a Masters in National and Strategic Studies and is a certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Mark Baggett is the owner of Indepth Defense, an independent consulting firm that offers incident response and penetration testing services. Mark has more than 20 years of military and commercial experience in information security and is the author of SANS Python for Penetration Testers course (SEC573) and teaches classes in SANS Penetration Testing.

Doug Burks created the network security monitoring platform Security Onion based on 15 years of experience in the IT and cyber security industries. Today, Security Onion has over 100,000 downloads and is being used around the world to defend computer networks against attackers. Doug is also co-founder of BSidesAugusta, an annual Cyber Security conference held in Augusta.

Brian Ozden is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and coordinator of the Augusta Resident Agency's Cyber Crime and Child Exploitation Task Force. Additionally, he investigates crimes related to Domestic Terrorism and felonies occurring on the Fort Gordon military installation. Special Agent Ozden serves as the Southern Team Leader for the Atlanta Division's Evidence Response Team and is a certified negotiator on the Atlanta Division's Crisis Negotiation Team.

Barry Hensley serves as the Executive Director, Counter Threat Unit at Dell SecureWorks.
The CTU Research Group is comprised of the nation’s top security experts who identify and analyze emerging cyber threats while developing rapid countermeasures in support of 3,100 clients worldwide. Colonel (Ret) Barry R. Hensley was also the former Director of the Army's Global Network Operations and Security Center (AGNOSC).

Ben Murphy is the Group Vice President of Threat and Vulnerability Management, SunTrust Banks and is responsible for leading a team of information security and data analytics professionals in network and information security, information security engineering, threat intelligence, vulnerability management, application security and other aspects of threat and vulnerability management. Ben has 14 years of information security experience in the financial services industry.

Colonel (Ret) Glenn A. Kennedy, II of Columbia County joined the U.S. Army in 1986, eventually retiring with the rank of Colonel and commander of the United States Army Garrison, Fort Gordon, Georgia in 2012. In 1999, Colonel (Ret) Kennedy was assigned to Germany where he served in the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) – Europe as Chief of the Regional Network Operations and Security Center and later as the Chief of Operations where he participated and deployed in support of several worldwide joint contingency operations including Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Walt Sprouse, CEcD, is the Executive Director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority. Walt is charged with the economic development strategy for Augusta-Richmond County. During his 25-year career in economic development, Walt has recruited more than $2 billion in new and expanding industrial investments, which has generated more than 22,000 new jobs.

Glen Whitley is the Director of Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Information Technology with prior experience as Senior Project Manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Executive Director of AeA Southeast Council, a non-profit technology association. Previous experience includes appointment as Vice Consul for Investment and later Consul for Trade and Investment for the British Consulate-General’s economic development team in the southeast.

Rodney Strader, Senior Director, Global Security Services at Elavon Financial Institution Solutions, offers deep experience in the security arena, currently overseeing data security at Elavon. Previous positions include serving as a regional security officer for Sony DADC, providing network security for R.L. Polk & Company and serving as CISO at T-Systems North America.

How can business and the state of Georgia benefit from technology improvements resulting from the creation of a new command center? Find out by joining us on November 5 in Augusta, as we explore the U.S. Army’s approach to cyber security in the U.S. and abroad. To register visit: s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?P...11428288900&Info

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 19,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 32 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit: http://www.tagonline.org.

About the Augusta Chapter of TAG
The Augusta chapters' mission is educating, uniting, promoting, and influencing Georgia's technology community in the greater Augusta area. Explore the Augusta Chapter of the Technology Association of Georgia. Find educational and networking events in Augusta.

About TAG Infrastructure
The TAG Infrastructure Society’s mission is to become the expert resource for companies interested in locating their business within the state of Georgia. We believe that maintaining a comprehensive technology report on Georgia's road, power, water, real-estate and fiber infrastructure, along with the services enabled by these resources, makes Georgia the logical choice for the next high-tech industry destination. For more information visit: http://www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/infrastructure/.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Pat Mahony
Mahony Communications
Board Member, TAG Infrastructure
patriciam1723@gmail.com
Oct 24
Pat Mahony created a new topic U.S. Army, Cyber Security and Business Against a Common Foe in the forums.
The Technology Association of Georgia’s Augusta Chapter together with the TAG Infrastructure Society announce a special one-day conference entitled U.S. Army, Cyber Security and Business Against a Common Foe, on Wednesday, November 5th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jaguar Student Activities Center (JSAC) main ballroom at Georgia Regents University in Augusta. The all-day event features panel discussions with top-ranked officials of the Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Headquarters at Fort Gordon along with key representatives from Georgia’s technology sector. For more information on this historic event and to register please visit: https://s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?PG=1521974182300&P=15219741911428288900&Info

The U.S. Army sees cyber threats as being just as important as other war challenges from the sea, land and air, and believes it is of critical importance to maintain a tactical advantage when protecting U.S. interests at home and abroad. The threat is real as cyber attacks continue to grow in volume and complexity. In response, and for the first time in its history, the United States Army will consolidate its cyber and network communications teams into one facility by establishing the Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon. The move from Maryland to Georgia improves operational efficiencies for the combined command center while providing one point of contact for cyber doctrine and capabilities development. While the Fort Gordon Cyber Command headquarters will focus its efforts on U.S. Cyber Command-directed missions, the move is also expected to increase demand for technology capabilities across the state.

The conference addresses a number of topical subjects including:

    What is Cyber Security and Why Should Business Care?

    What is the Mission of Army Cyber Security?

    What kind of Impact will the Cyber Security Command move have on Business and the State?

    What Involvement will Infrastructure have on Cyber Security and on Georgia’s Technology?

A number of expert panelists will address today’s cyber security challenges including:

Thom E. Tuckey, Col., U.S. Army (Retired) and Executive Director of the Central Savanna River Area Alliance for Fort Gordon in Augusta. Colonel Tuckey has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of the Army War College. For more than 30 years he has been an active member of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, The Association of the U.S. Army, and the Army Signal Corps Regimental Association.

Joanne Sexton, GRU faculty member, has 23 years of Navy IT-related experience and served as the first Commanding Officer of what is known today as Navy Information Operations Command Georgia – GRU. She holds a Masters of Computer Science, a Masters in National and Strategic Studies and is a certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Mark Baggett is the owner of Indepth Defense, an independent consulting firm that offers incident response and penetration testing services. Mark has more than 20 years of military and commercial experience in information security and is the author of SANS Python for Penetration Testers course (SEC573) and teaches classes in SANS Penetration Testing.

Doug Burks created the network security monitoring platform Security Onion based on 15 years of experience in the IT and cyber security industries. Today, Security Onion has over 100,000 downloads and is being used around the world to defend computer networks against attackers. Doug is also co-founder of BSidesAugusta, an annual Cyber Security conference held in Augusta.

Brian Ozden is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and coordinator of the Augusta Resident Agency's Cyber Crime and Child Exploitation Task Force. Additionally, he investigates crimes related to Domestic Terrorism and felonies occurring on the Fort Gordon military installation. Special Agent Ozden serves as the Southern Team Leader for the Atlanta Division's Evidence Response Team and is a certified negotiator on the Atlanta Division's Crisis Negotiation Team.

Barry Hensley serves as the Executive Director, Counter Threat Unit at Dell SecureWorks.
The CTU Research Group is comprised of the nation’s top security experts who identify and analyze emerging cyber threats while developing rapid countermeasures in support of 3,100 clients worldwide. Colonel (Ret) Barry R. Hensley was also the former Director of the Army's Global Network Operations and Security Center (AGNOSC).

Ben Murphy is the Group Vice President of Threat and Vulnerability Management, SunTrust Banks and is responsible for leading a team of information security and data analytics professionals in network and information security, information security engineering, threat intelligence, vulnerability management, application security and other aspects of threat and vulnerability management. Ben has 14 years of information security experience in the financial services industry.

Colonel (Ret) Glenn A. Kennedy, II of Columbia County joined the U.S. Army in 1986, eventually retiring with the rank of Colonel and commander of the United States Army Garrison, Fort Gordon, Georgia in 2012. In 1999, Colonel (Ret) Kennedy was assigned to Germany where he served in the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) – Europe as Chief of the Regional Network Operations and Security Center and later as the Chief of Operations where he participated and deployed in support of several worldwide joint contingency operations including Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Walt Sprouse, CEcD, is the Executive Director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority. Walt is charged with the economic development strategy for Augusta-Richmond County. During his 25-year career in economic development, Walt has recruited more than $2 billion in new and expanding industrial investments, which has generated more than 22,000 new jobs.

Glen Whitley is the Director of Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Information Technology with prior experience as Senior Project Manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Executive Director of AeA Southeast Council, a non-profit technology association. Previous experience includes appointment as Vice Consul for Investment and later Consul for Trade and Investment for the British Consulate-General’s economic development team in the southeast.

Rodney Strader, Senior Director, Global Security Services at Elavon Financial Institution Solutions, offers deep experience in the security arena, currently overseeing data security at Elavon. Previous positions include serving as a regional security officer for Sony DADC, providing network security for R.L. Polk & Company and serving as CISO at T-Systems North America.

How can business and the state of Georgia benefit from technology improvements resulting from the creation of a new command center? Find out by joining us on November 5 in Augusta, as we explore the U.S. Army’s approach to cyber security in the U.S. and abroad. To register visit: s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?P...11428288900&Info

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 19,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 32 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.For more information visit: http://www.tagonline.org.

About the Augusta Chapter of TAG
The Augusta chapters' mission is educating, uniting, promoting, and influencing Georgia's technology community in the greater Augusta area. Explore the Augusta Chapter of the Technology Association of Georgia. Find educational and networking events in Augusta.

About TAG Infrastructure
The TAG Infrastructure Society’s mission is to become the expert resource for companies interested in locating their business within the state of Georgia. We believe that maintaining a comprehensive technology report on Georgia's road, power, water, real-estate and fiber infrastructure, along with the services enabled by these resources, makes Georgia the logical choice for the next high-tech industry destination. For more information visit: http://www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/infrastructure/.
Oct 23
Alankar Tayal uploaded a new avatar. Oct 23
Sam Patrick created a new topic EDTS Ranks Among Fastest Growing Companies in South Carolina 2014 in the forums.
Augusta may be "home" to EDTS, a regional IT services company specializing in managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure for Southeastern businesses.

But growth in the company's South Carolina offices in Greenville and Columbia has propelled EDTS to be named #23 among South Carolina’s Fastest-Growing Companies for 2014. Winners in the competition were announced October 21st at a luncheon attended by hundreds of business and governmental leaders in Columbia, SC.

“This honor reflects the growing regional recognition of EDTS as an IT service provider that is committed to providing the highest level of support to our growing client base,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS. "All of us at EDTS are proud to have earned this recognition and we are committed to keeping our clients’ business networks running at the highest levels of performance and efficiency.”

EDTS was one of a select few IT service providers among the 2014 statewide honorees, with the list seeing representation from logistics, financial services, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and software development organizations. The awards are presented annually by The Capital Corporation, Scott & Company CPAs, Wells Fargo, McNair Attorneys, and other sponsors.

From scores of entries spanning dozens of communities and industries, the companies were selected on the basis of income and employee growth in a process overseen by statewide accounting firm Scott and Company CPAs and the investment bank, The Capital Corporation. To be eligible for consideration, companies must:

• Have been in operation for at least three full fiscal years
• Have reported revenues of at least $3 million ($50 million in assets for financial institutions) in the most recent reported year.

Company rankings were based on the three most recently completed fiscal years at the time of nomination. Nominees were judged on financial growth and employee growth over the three-year period from 2011 - 2013. Scott & Company’s CPAs inspect company tax returns and federal employee tax filings to verify income and employee growth over the period.

“We were impressed with the energy and passion we saw on the site visits,” said Don Mobley, Columbia managing partner of Scott and Company CPAs. “We are encouraged about the outlook for the continued growth and success of these companies and for our state.”

The keynote speaker of this year’s ceremony was Jack Jones, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.

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ABOUT EDTS
Founded in 1999, EDTS has over 50 professionals serving clients 24/7/365 across the Southeast from offices in Augusta, GA and Columbia and Greenville, SC. A full service technology consulting firm, EDTS specializes in networking, security and managed IT services for business. The firm helps customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology. EDTS was recently named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for the fifth consecutive year, and has been honored as one of the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina on multiple lists. Visit them at www.edtsolutions.com.
Oct 23
Kate English uploaded a new avatar. Oct 22
Hailee Sosnowski created a new topic North Bridge Growth Equity Acquires Majority Stake in Ingenious Med in the forums.
Investment to Accelerate Growth of Leading Cloud-Based Mobile Point of Care Platform


ATLANTA, Oct. 22, 2014 – Ingenious Med, provider of the premier patient encounter platform, today announced that it has secured a majority stake investment from North Bridge Growth Equity, a leading growth equity firm focused on investing in high-growth technology companies. Atlanta-based Ingenious Med provides the leading cloud-based, patient encounter platform, IM1, in the healthcare industry. The solution automates physician and care team workflow at the point of care, unifying communication, coding, revenue, and business and clinical intelligence into a single, easily integrated solution that can be accessed through mobile devices or the Web.

Ingenious Med serves 25,000 users at 900+ healthcare facilities across the U.S., including seven of the 10 largest hospitalist management companies as well as the top three health systems.

With recent healthcare reform, hospitals and practices all over the country are facing the challenge of improving care while lowering costs. With its cloud-based technology, Ingenious Med can increase efficiency, quality of care, and revenue in three meaningful ways: care team coordination and collaboration, charge capture, and real-time insights into patient and physician data.

“Since our inception as a physician-led company, Ingenious Med has had tremendous success with the widespread adoption of our workflow enhancing solutions,” said Dr. Steven Liu, founder and chief medical officer of Ingenious Med. “The company entered into a period of explosive growth five years ago, establishing itself as a robust enterprise and major player in the market. The North Bridge investment will help accelerate the company’s disruptive impact and growth as we further expand our clinician alignment offerings.”

“There’s a great cultural and strategic fit between the two teams, and we couldn’t be more excited about the value of North Bridge’s knowledge and deep experience in healthcare,” said S. Hart Williford, CEO and president of Ingenious Med. “Our internal slogan at Ingenious Med is styled after NASA’s, we strive to ‘dare mighty things.’ This mindset is also part of North Bridge’s DNA and we expect the significant acceleration of our growth through the ‘North Bridge Effect’ to improve our value to healthcare systems and organizations around the country.”

North Bridge managing director, Doug Kingsley, and principal Roshen Menon are joining the Board of Directors of Ingenious Med.

“We are excited to partner with the world-class team at Ingenious Med to tackle what is still a 90 percent paper-based market with a solution that has the ability to generate billions of dollars in savings across the healthcare spectrum,” Kingsley said.

Menon added, “Ingenious Med’s tireless focus on enabling and enhancing provider workflow at the point-of-encounter has been key to the company’s success and the adoption of its solutions by leading hospital systems. As the market continues to move toward value-based care, these solutions will become even more critical. We look forward to supporting the company’s mission of continued innovation and delighting its customers.”

Also joining the Ingenious Med board is George Lynn with more than 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive for provider organizations. As the former president and CEO of AlantiCare, he helped establish southeastern New Jersey’s premier integrated healthcare network. Lynn also served as a two-term chairman of the American Hospital Association.

About Ingenious Med
Ingenious Med provides the leading patient encounter platform, a cloud based, Web and mobile point-of-care solution that automates the workflow of care teams in the areas of care coordination, charge capture, and advanced analytics. Ingenious Med develops useful, useable solutions to increase the quality of care, protect and bolster revenue, and most importantly of all, put physicians’ time where it is needed most: with their patients. Founded in 1999 by a group of physicians that sought to use technology to address the unanswered needs of the healthcare providers with useable solutions, Ingenious Med stands today as an industry leader, serving more than 25,000 users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. www.IngeniousMed.com

About North Bridge
North Bridge Growth Equity, and its affiliate North Bridge Venture Partners, actively partner with founders and entrepreneurs of market leading companies, who are using technology to disrupt and reinvent big markets. With $3.8 billion of capital under management, the firm has funded more than 170 companies creating many billions in market value. Among those firms are Acquia, Actifio, Clarity Software Systems, Dyn, Demandware, Proto Labs, Starent Networks, Seniorlink, Smart Pak and Valence Health. The firm has offices in Waltham, MA and Palo Alto, CA. To learn more about North Bridge go to www.northbridge.com.
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ATLANTA, GA – October 22, 2014 – Cirrity, a leading channel-only secure cloud solutions provider, was again ranked among the world’s Top 100 Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), according to Nine Lives Media’s fourth-annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 report. The Top 100 CSPs generated more than $23.4 billion in combined cloud services revenues in 2013, up nearly 44 percent from what they reported the previous year. www.talkincloud.com/tc100.

"The cloud service business has grown dramatically, and Cirrity is helping to lead that growth," said Dan Timko, President and Chief Technology Officer of Cirrity. "We are proud to make this prestigious list for the second consecutive year after launching.”

Cirrity is a channel-only cloud services provider that enables partners to sell more cloud services by providing a secure and highly available platform plus an unmatched level of sales solutioning, deployment and support. Partners leverage Cirrity’s “as a service” solutions, which include vStream™ disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), remote desktops as a service (DaaS), secure hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions (IaaS) and backup as a service (BaaS), to easily and cost-effectively expand and differentiate their service offerings.

The Talkin’ Cloud 100 report is based on data from Talkin’ Cloud’s online survey, conducted January through May 2014. The Talkin’ Cloud 100 report recognizes top cloud service providers based on such metrics as annual cloud services revenue growth (both in actual dollars and in percentage growth rates).

“Penton and Talkin’ Cloud congratulate Cirrity,” said Charlene O’Hanlon, Senior Executive Editor and Executive Managing Editor of Talkin’ Cloud. “The Talkin’ Cloud 100 represents those companies leading the way in the cloud space at a critical point in the maturation of the market.”

About Cirrity
Cirrity is a channel-only cloud service provider with locations throughout the continental United States. With industry leading SLAs and high performance infrastructure, combined with a security and compliance focus, we provide partners and their customers with a secure and highly available platform to leverage the advantages of cloud computing. Cirrity provides exceptional service with the goal of building long-term, mutually successful relationships. www.cirrity.com
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Lynn Hood Cirrity Again Ranked Among Top 100 Cloud Service Providers Talkin’ Cloud 100 Report Identifies World’s Top Cloud Computing Companies ATLANTA, GA – October 22, 2014 – Cirrity, a leading channel-only secure cloud solutions provider, was again ranked among the world’s Top 100 Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), according to Nine Lives Media’s fourth-annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 report. The Top 100 CSPs generated more than $23.4 billion in combined cloud services revenues in 2013, up nearly 44 percent from what they reported the previous year. http://www.talkincloud.com/tc100. "The cloud service business has grown dramatically, and Cirrity is helping to lead that growth," said Dan Timko, President and Chief Technology Officer of Cirrity. "We are proud to make this prestigious list for the second consecutive year after launching.” Cirrity is a channel-only cloud services provider that enables partners to sell more cloud services by providing a secure and highly available platform plus an unmatched level of sales solutioning, deployment and support. Partners leverage Cirrity’s “as a service” solutions, which include vStream™ disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), remote desktops as a service (DaaS), secure hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions (IaaS) and backup as a service (BaaS), to easily and cost-effectively expand and differentiate their service offerings. The Talkin’ Cloud 100 report is based on data from Talkin’ Cloud’s online survey, conducted January through May 2014. The Talkin’ Cloud 100 report recognizes top cloud service providers based on such metrics as annual cloud services revenue growth (both in actual dollars and in percentage growth rates). “Penton and Talkin’ Cloud congratulate Cirrity,” said Charlene O’Hanlon, Senior Executive Editor and Executive Managing Editor of Talkin’ Cloud. “The Talkin’ Cloud 100 represents those companies leading the way in the cloud space at a critical point in the maturation of the market.” About Cirrity Cirrity is a channel-only cloud service provider with locations throughout the continental United States. With industry leading SLAs and high performance infrastructure, combined with a security and compliance focus, we provide partners and their customers with a secure and highly available platform to leverage the advantages of cloud computing. Cirrity provides exceptional service with the goal of building long-term, mutually successful relationships. www.cirrity.com Oct 22
Hailee Sosnowski created a new topic Aptean, Citizens Financial Group to Discuss Customer Experience Story in the forums.
Atlanta, Oct. 21, 2014 —Aptean and Citizens Financial Group will share insight on customer experience in a free webinar titled “Transforming Customer Feedback into Customer Loyalty” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at 2 p.m. EDT. The webinar, moderated by Bob Fernekees, publisher of CRM magazine, will feature a discussion with Lori Dillon, executive vice president of Customer Experience and Brand Loyalty for Citizens Financial Group, and Matt Keenan, vice president of Customer Relationship Management for Aptean.

The discussion will provide financial services organizations with best practices and insights on utilizing customer relationship management systems to efficiently respond to feedback, strengthen loyalty programs and differentiate their companies via elevated service levels.

Webinar attendees will learn:

• How to develop a strategy for gathering and responding to customer feedback
• How to effectively reduce customer complaints and boost engagement
• How to foster relationships that garner brand loyalty

To register to attend “Transforming Customer Feedback into Customer Loyalty,” on Oct. 22, 2014 at 2 PM EDT, visit: http://www.destinationcrm.com/Webinars/Details.aspx?EventID=673&src=ap1.

In addition, a complete guide to navigating financial regulations and compliance guidelines can be found on Aptean’s Financial Regulations Hub.

About Aptean
Aptean helps businesses profit, innovate and grow where the work gets done—in the call center, on the floor of the factory, at the end of the assembly line. That’s where Aptean’s CRM, ERP and Supply Chain software applications enable nearly 5,000 customers to satisfy their customers, operate more efficiently and stay at the forefront of their industry. Aptean is where software WORKS. For more information, visit www.aptean.com.
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