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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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William Porter created a new topic Customer Service in the forums.
" Poor Attitude Drives Customers Away, Says New Book from Veteran Atlanta Tech Author "


Atlanta------ September 19, 2014 ----- Well known Atlanta business writer William Porter announced publication today of his third business book, "What? It's Not All About Me? ( Attitude Matters ! )" a fresh new look at employee attitude and the traits that make up world class attitude, Coauthored with local business executive Powell David Porter, the new book lays out 7 key traits revealed by top employees about their award-winning habits for delivering great service time and again for today's demanding customers.

Based on just-completed interviews, surveys and past market research, the new book - which is sure to become an instant classic - is scheduled for release on the Kindle as an e-book early in 2015 and in hardback shortly there after.

William Porter is also author of the technology company classic and best seller about building profitable long term relationships with technology customers, " Quest for Loyalty", now available in soft back from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble Online. Porter is Founder and Former CEO of Atlanta company Porter Research and has been a sought after speaker, writer and general expert on Customer Service for many years now having lectured at top U. S. business schools including Emory University ( # 19 ranked U.S. Business School in 2014 ) in Atlanta and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( # 20 ).

Contact William Porter at bpwilliamaporter@gmail.com for further information.
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Elizabeth Fairleigh created a new topic PowerViews LIVE, Interactive Sales & Marketing Webinar Series, Debuts 10/28 in the forums.
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PowerViews LIVE, an Interactive Sales & Marketing Webinar Series, Debuts Oct. 28

Ardath Albee Kicks Off Series with New Twist on Lead Nurturing

ATLANTA (Oct. 16, 2014)—PowerViews LIVE, a video webinar series designed to help sales and marketing executives identify and conquer critical barriers to success, launches Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. EDT. The first installment is titled Persona-Based Continuum Marketing: It’s the New Nurturing and will be presented by industry thought leader, B2B marketing strategist and author Ardath Albee. Registration for the half-hour online event opens today. There’s no cost to attend, but attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants. REGISTER NOW: bit.ly/1wQiXDJ

Hosted by The Truth About Leads Author, Dan McDade of PointClear, the PowerViews LIVE webinars allow participants to learn from and interact with well-known authors, bloggers and sales and marketing influencers. The format of these monthly live video sessions incorporates 10 minutes of Q&A between audience members and the featured guest presenter following a succinct 20-minute roundtable discussion.

“We are pleased to offer this insightful series of webinars to forward-thinking revenue generation leaders,” said McDade, founder, president and CEO of the Atlanta-based prospect development firm. “We’ve assembled an impressive roster of sales and marketing visionaries, including Ardath, to join me in providing actionable information needed to succeed in increasingly challenging B2B sales and marketing environments.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to present the first PowerViews LIVE audience with a new take on nurturing,” said Albee, author of eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale and Digital Relevance: Developing Marketing Content and Strategies that Drive Results (to be released in January 2015). “Persona-based continuum marketing has tremendous potential to build engaged, profitable relationships across the entire customer lifecycle. This new approach to nurturing transforms the marketing and selling of complex solutions and helps organizations achieve significantly better business outcomes.”

Albee’s presentation also includes information on how organizations can escalate their ability to communicate value with effective, continuous and consistent initiatives that recognize evolving buyer needs. “We’ll take a closer look at how aligning communications with specific needs at every stage of the customer lifecycle accelerates the buying cycle,” she said. “Plus we’ll talk about how orienting those same communications based on buyers’ distinct decision-making styles can boost conversion.”

A drawing for five copies of Albee’s soon-to-be released book will be held at the end of the webinar.

Upcoming PowerViews LIVE video webinars include:
Nov. 12, 2014, 1 p.m. EST (registration open Oct. 24
Follow-up or Get Out of the Way
Taking the Lead on Leads
Dave Kurlan, business leader, international speaker, sales expert and author of multiple best-selling books, including Baseline Selling: How to Become a Sales Superstar by Using What You Already Know About the Game of Baseball
Koka Sexton, LinkedIn’s global senior social marketing director, marketing visionary, social expert, global speaker and founder of Social Selling University

Dec. 9, 2014, 1 p.m. EST (registration open Nov. 18)
Outbound is In
Why Strategic Calling Never Goes Out of Style
Matt Heinz, business leader, writer of the Matt On Marketing blog, and author of five books, including The Modern Marketer’s Field Guide and Successful Social Selling
Anthony Iannarino, entrepreneur, international speaker, sales leader/coach/consultant and author of The Sales Blog and numerous ebooks, including How to Crush It, Kill It, and Master Cold Calling Now

Jan. 6, 2015, 1 p.m. EST (registration open Dec. 16)
Psychographics
How to Factor Attitudes, Aspirations and Other Key Criteria into the Buying Process
Paul Gillin, writer, speaker, online marketing consultant and author of five books including The New Influencers and Attack of the Customers

Additional 2015 webinars are being created and will be announced as they are confirmed. For more information about the Oct. 28, 2014 webinar with Ardath Albee, and to register, visit PowerViews LIVE bit.ly/1wQiXDJ

About PointClear www.pointclear.com
Founded in 1997, Atlanta-based PointClear helps B2B companies drive revenue. PointClear closes the gap between marketing and sales—nurturing leads, engaging contacts and developing prospects until they’re ready to close. The company stands out because of its strategic approach to planning; the quality of its people; and a multi-touch, multi-media, multi-cycle prospecting process. This unique combination provides best-in-class client companies more predictable forecasts and more sales success. For additional information, visit PointClear’s blog ViewPoint | The Truth About Lead Generation or PointClear or call (877) 582-9909.

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Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic PMG Unveils Version 7.7 of Enterprise Service Catalog at FUSION 14 in the forums.
Booth #427

PMG Unveils Version 7.7 of Enterprise Service Catalog
at FUSION 14

WHAT
PMG will unveil the latest updates in version 7.7 of the PMG Enterprise Service Catalog (ESC) at Fusion, a premiere global service management conference. New features include improved integration in a single customer facing application to streamline applications and a new design to extend business process automation across the enterprise to increase efficiency and productivity.

PMG ESC (www.pmg.net/enterpriseservicecatalog/) is an award-winning solution and is consistently ranked the top IT Service Catalog on the market by leading industry analysts. Key features include the following:
  • Search Provider Framework - Enables integration and data transfer from applications such as ITSM suites, SharePoint, SAP and other enterprise applications.
  • Data Provider Framework - Integrates applications to share common data on forms, workflows and reports.
  • Theme Administrator - Sits above ESC’s powerful integration to enable customized design of the service catalog for a greatly enhanced user experience.

WHEN
October 19-22, 2014

WHERE
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

To learn more about the PMG Enterprise Service Catalog Suite, visit PMG at booth #427.

Contact:
Mary Rose Macaranas
404-929-0091 ext. 213
mrmacaranas@arketi.com

About FUSION 14
FUSION 14 is a collaborated event by itSMF USA and HDI after both organizations previously hosted separate service management conferences during the fall. itSMF USA, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of service management good practices by professional and academic practitioners, researchers, and leaders, partnered with HDI, a global association for IT service and technical support professionals and the premier certification body for the services support industry, to produce FUSION 14.

About PMG
A significant number of the Global 2000 relies on PMG to deploy enterprise service catalog and business process automation software that streamlines operations, reduces costs and improves efficiency. Our solutions transcend traditional IT service management boundaries giving business and IT professionals a smarter way to automate business processes ranging from IT financial management to identity management, employee onboarding and cloud provisioning. As a result, our clients handle shared services faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
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Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic PMG to Sponsor Hole at “Tee It Up 4 TechBridge” Golf Tournament in the forums.
Sponsorship helps TechBridge provide nonprofit organizations with technology expertise

Atlanta – October 16, 2014 – PMG, a provider of enterprise service catalog and business process automation software, is sponsoring a hole at “Tee It Up 4 TechBridge” to support a local nonprofit and the technology enablement of other nonprofit organizations. The charity event will be held on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth.

“There are amazing nonprofits that could really benefit from the technology insights and services that TechBridge provides, so we’re happy to support such a cause,” said Joe LeCompte, principal at PMG. “We’re looking forward to participating in this year’s tournament and are glad to know that our sponsorship and participation helps provide the necessary tech support that nonprofit organizations need.”

Top Atlanta IT leaders will participate from companies including Cox, The Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting, SunTrust, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Pacific, GE Power & Water, NCR and AT&T to name a few.

The Atlanta chapter of the Society for Information Management (www.simatlanta.org) and Georgia CIO Leadership Association (www.georgiacio.org) will host the annual charity golf event. The event includes light breakfast, networking and a brief keynote in the morning. The tournament begins at 11:45 a.m. with a shotgun start scramble format and closes with a cocktail reception and awards at 5 p.m.

For more information about the tournament, contact Mark Farbman at Farbmanm@bellsouth.net.

About PMG
A significant number of the Global 2000 rely on PMG to deploy enterprise service catalog and business process automation software that streamlines operations, reduces costs and improves efficiency. Our solutions transcend traditional IT service management boundaries giving business and IT professionals a smarter way to automate business processes ranging from IT financial management to identity management, employee onboarding and cloud provisioning. As a result, our clients handle shared services requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
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Hailee Sosnowski created a new topic Aptean’s Pivotal CRM Earns TEC Certification in the forums.
Atlanta, Oct. 15, 2014 —Today, Aptean announced that its Pivotal Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution has been certified by the Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) online CRM Evaluation Center. The evaluation center enables users to compare product functionality based on TEC’s comprehensive model of CRM software. From the certification report:

“For marketing automation, Pivotal exceeds the average solution by more than 20 points, while scoring almost 30 points above the average in analytics and reporting,” said Ralucca Druta, research analyst at TEC. “Also, Pivotal surpasses the average solution in most sub-sections of the customer service and support module and registers above average scores for all sections within the extended CRM module.”

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.

TEC confirmed the capabilities of Pivotal CRM during recent TEC certification sessions. The solution was certified by TEC's Focus Indicator, the company’s method of gauging functionality, competitive differentiators and the focus of enterprise software products.

According to the report, Pivotal’s functionality addresses many needs, including:

• Analytics
• Collaboration
• Localization
• Compatibility
• Verticalization
• E-marketing
• Social CRM

A complimentary copy of the TEC Certification Report is available at http://www.technologyevaluation.com/research/certification-report/Aptean-Pivotal-CRM-Certification-Report.html

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Media Relations
Will Haraway, Aptean
+1.770.351.9600
william.haraway@aptean.com
09:22 AM
Savannah Weeks created a new topic THE INTERSECT GROUP BRINGS TECHONOMY TO ATLANTA in the forums.
NEW YORK and ATLANTA – Oct. 14, 2014 – It’s imperative for Atlanta businesses to be aware of technology’s impact and understand how to adapt to the changing pace of today’s world. The Intersect Group, a national staffing and consulting firm specializing in finance/accounting and technology, recognizes the need for Atlanta companies to embrace technology to ensure future success for our society, economy and workforce. In response, the company brought Techonomy to Atlanta to facilitate a discussion with thought leaders from the region surrounding technology’s role in today’s business environment.

Key themes included the importance of in-person interactions, networking, sharing, and constant, ongoing education. “It’s critical that our business world instill in its workforce the importance of being a lifelong learner, to best embrace technology and change,” states Rebecca Rogers Tijerino, CEO of The Intersect Group. “In order to propel organizations forward, we have to ensure our employees are prepared for the disruptive technologies available in the marketplace. For my team, it’s vital that we continuously challenge ourselves to provide our clients and candidates with the most valuable tools and assets to ensure future success.”

Techonomy, launched by Chief Techonomist David Kirkpatrick, former technology editor of Fortune magazine and author of The Facebook Effect, provides content and programs focused on technology and how it has become a central part of the economy in which we operate and the society in which we live. The experts at Techonomy view business through a different lens. They are evangelists for technology and their mission is to conduct conversations about what is happening in business and society because of the rapidly accelerating rate at which the technology landscape is evolving.

“Change is accelerating more than ever before. Smart people are taking the tools available to them and putting tinder on the fire of change,” explains Kirkpatrick. “We firmly believe there is nothing that happens in our world that cannot be better understood if you look at it through the lens of how technology is a part of it. What makes this exciting for us is that no one understands what is going on now, or can predict what will happen next. Conversations are urgent and necessary.”

The breakfast discussion, in conjunction with TAG, was held on Thursday, Oct. 2nd. Event commentary can be viewed on Twitter by searching the hashtag #TechonomyATL.

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About The Intersect Group
Founded in 2006, The Intersect Group is a different and better business partner dedicated to people. We apply a relationship-driven, flexible delivery to serve CFOs, CIOs, CTOs, their organizations, as well as F&A and Technology staff. The company creates unparalleled value for clients by combining industry-leading consulting capabilities with comprehensive staffing and recruitment services. Clients trust The Intersect Group to deliver results based on deep expertise and proven resources within finance, accounting, and information technology. Through The Intersect Group’s flexible delivery approach, clients get the right solution at the right time to accelerate success and achieve mission-critical objectives. The Intersect Group's growing workforce, now in excess of 1,000 employees, serves clients nationwide from offices in Atlanta, Ga. and Dallas, Texas.

About Techonomy
Techonomy Media Inc. is an American conference and media company founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York, NY. Techonomy organizes the annual invitation-only thought leadership Techonomy conference, which focuses on how the accelerating advancement of technology is transforming business and can help address the world's pressing needs. It is led by David Kirkpatrick (author), a former technology editor of Fortune. Business and tech executives such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, and Ray Kurzweil and Eric Schmidt of Google have all participated. Its current advisory board consists of Marc Benioff of Salesforce, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, and Padmasree Warrior of Cisco, among others.
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Hailee Sosnowski created a new topic Ingenious Med Mobile Developers Win Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational in the forums.
Mobile app connects cancer survivors via relationship building tools


ATLANTA, Oct. 14, 2014– Ingenious Med today announced that three members of the company’s mobile development team received first place in the Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational, a month-long hack-a-thon designed to allow teams of programmers, developers and coders to develop mobility solutions for national nonprofit organizations.

Three senior developers comprised team MTM-Hack, which created MyCSN, an app developed for the American Cancer Society. The app, which consists of message boards, real-time messaging, mapping and an experience tracker, allows for easy, quick and fun relationship building and enables cancer survivors to connect through the My Cancer Survivor Network.

“As soon as I learned about the Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational, I knew that we would be able to put our development skills to use to do something truly good and meaningful,” said one of the MTM-Hack members. “While we worked many long hours to create MyCSN, it is worth it to know that our app has the potential to help millions of cancer survivors.”

Thirteen teams participated in the Hack-Back, creating mobile solutions for the American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Points of Light. As one of five finalists selected, MTM-Hack was named the overall winner after each team presented their final product on Sept. 23 at the 2014 Mobility Live Conference, hosted by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more about MTM-Hack’s MyCSN app visit www.mtm-hack.com.

About Ingenious Med
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 provides an award-winning platform that automates the workflow of care teams in inpatient and outpatient environments across the country.

Ingenious Med stands as the industry leader in the revenue and data capture space, serving more than 25,000 users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. Now, fifteen years after its foundation, Ingenious Med continues to break new ground, developing useful, useable solutions to increase the quality and coordination of care, protect and bolster revenue, and most importantly of all, put physicians’ time where it is needed most: with their patients. Find out more at www.IngeniousMed.com
Oct 14
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic Automation is Vital to Drive Business Value Say IT Leaders According to PM in the forums.
Survey finds that while automation enhances customer experiences, increases productivity, speed demands are stressing IT’s abilities and resources, putting business benefits at risk

Atlanta – October 14, 2014 – IT executives are bullish on their ability to drive business benefits through the automation of business processes according to the 2014 PMG IT Automation Survey of 304 North American corporate IT professionals.

Amid increasingly strained corporate IT departments, the successful use of enterprise automation is believed to be one way to help organizations meet business objectives. That is if IT can overcome the roadblock of disparate systems and shadow IT efforts to automation.


Nearly all IT professionals responding (98 percent) say the automation of business processes is vital to driving business benefits in today’s corporate environment. In fact, many respondents report automation is already helping them meet business objectives related to enhancing the customer experience (61 percent), increasing productivity gains (59 percent), sharing knowledge (52 percent) and delivering new products (46 percent).

“Moving the automation of business process from IT departments and the often lofty vision created by consultants to everyday acceptance and use within companies is starting to become a reality,” said Joe LeCompte, principal at PMG. “Today 87 percent of IT departments are saying they are aligned with their organizations’ business goals. Combine that with the increased availability of drag-and-drop business process management and control tools, the outlook for true enterprise automation is very bright.”

How bright? When asked to predict the major trends in the automation of business processes, IT executives say:
  • Automation will change the way virtual and cloud environments are managed (82 percent),
  • Self-service automation will serve the entire organization (73 percent),
  • Automation will reduce the cost of IT operations (68 percent), and
  • Automation will automate big data and data integration (65 percent).

While the majority of IT pros are confident (61 percent) in their department’s ability to provide automation solutions, nearly four out of five (78 percent) report the speed demands placed on IT department today “leave little time to be more than order takers,” “are stressing IT’s abilities and resources” and “are putting business benefits at risk.”

It is clear there is some work to do to get many organizations ready for true business process automation. When asked to name roadblocks to IT automation within the enterprise, those topping the list included:
  • My organization does not have a holistic approach, and ad hoc automation done in silos creates points of incompatibility (59 percent),
  • My organization does not have mature business processes to automate (49 percent), and
  • Business owners are creating their own automated solutions with non-standard or incorrect tools (48 percent).

“Shadow IT is also an issue for businesses looking to automate,” says LeCompte, “with IT leaders saying that 44 percent of the time business departments deploy automation solutions without IT’s knowledge. This is an issue IT needs to take the lead on curbing.”

The survey found today the majority of business leaders, 54 percent, bring IT into the planning and deployment process. LeCompte says that’s good, but not good enough. Additionally after more than a decade of preaching the strategic importance of IT, only 45 percent of business leaders are viewed by IT executives as knowing how to use technology to improve operations and gain a competitive advantage.

On the lighter side – and perhaps a sign of the demands being put on IT departments – 52 percent of the IT pros surveyed said they most often eat lunch at their desk. Among the group of the techno-elite, only 7 percent have used much hyped virtual currency bitcoin.

Finally, the tech buzzword IT executives would like to put to rest is Big Data (33 percent) and [anything] as a Service (29 percent).

For in-depth survey findings from the 2014 PMG IT Automation Survey, visit http://www.pmg.net/?p=7520. To view a social media version of this press release visit http://pitch.pe/1uQE8Z6.

About the 2014 PMG IT Automation Survey
PMG commissioned a blind survey of North American IT professionals in September of 2014. Respondents to the online survey included a total of 304 IT leaders. Of that group, 53 percent were in IT management (managers, supervisors, directors, etc.), and 15 percent were senior IT executives (CIO, CTO, vice president, etc.). Company size ranged from less than $200 million in revenue to more than $3 billion, with 45 percent having more than $1 billion in annual sales, 45 percent having more than 5,001 employees, and 57 percent having IT departments with 51 or more employees. Industries represented included computer technology, consulting, finance/accounting, healthcare and manufacturing.

About PMG
A significant number of the Global 2000 rely on PMG to deploy enterprise service catalog and business process automation software that streamlines operations, reduces costs and improves efficiency. Our solutions transcend traditional IT service management boundaries giving business and IT professionals a smarter way to automate business processes ranging from IT financial management to identity management, employee onboarding and cloud provisioning. As a result, our clients handle shared services requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
Oct 14
Chad McCroskey created a new topic TAG Athens Hosts Technology Town Hall in the forums.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



TAG Athens Hosts Technology Town Hall

Area business and government leaders, technologists and media are encouraged to attend.

ATLANTA (October 10th, 2014) –The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry and the TAG Athens Chapter, will be hosting a Technology Town Hall meeting 3:30 PM Wednesday October 8th at FourAthens, which is located at 165 E Dougherty Street in Athens. The meeting is the last of several that TAG and its Chapters have been holding around the state over the past few months.

The Technology Town Hall serves as an informational forum about the critical issues and policies that are important to the emerging technology communities in Georgia. Attendees will be able to learn about legislative activities from the 2014 session, as well as preview initiatives for the upcoming 2015 Georgia General Assembly.

Leaders invited to participate in the Athens meeting include:



Senator Bill Cowsert, District 46
Senator Frank Ginn, District 47
Representative Spencer Frye, District 1114
Representative Alan Powell, District 32
Representative Regina Quick, District 117
Representative Tommy Benton, District 31
Representative Bruce Williamson, District 115
Representative Chuck Williams, District 119


Area business and government leaders, technologists and media are encouraged to attend the meeting.



“TAG has worked diligently over the last several years to create opportunities for technology companies and startups throughout Georgia,” said Heather Miner, TAG Senior Director of Government Affairs and Statewide Activity. “Our Athens technology town hall meeting is meant to serve as a bridge between our emerging technology sector and the legislators that represent the area.”



For more information about the Athens Technology Town Hall Meeting please contact Heather Miner: heather@tagonline.org.





About TAG Athens Chapter

The Athens chapter, comprised of over 390 individual and organizational members, strives to educate, promote, and unite Georgia's technology community in the Athens area which includes Watkinsville, Monroe, Jefferson, Hartwell and more.



Learn more: www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/Athens/





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 23,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence 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.



Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit www.tagedonline.org/.
Oct 13
Carrie Crabill created a new topic Atlanta Technology Angels Expands By Starting Gwinnett Chapter in the forums.
Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA) announced today the launch of its first chapter outside of the city of Atlanta, the Gwinnett Angels. In conjunction, the organization named Dan King as a new ATA board member, who will be focused largely on cultivating the Gwinnett chapter. The Gwinnett Angels is supported by the Partnership Gwinnett, the community and economic development initiative of Gwinnett County, in response to the growing pool of startups and investors located outside of the Perimeter.

“We are excited to be expanding our reach to cultivate new opportunities for angel investors and entrepreneurs in Gwinnett. We expect that the increased exposure will lead to a growth in deal flow as well as larger capital raises which benefit our members and our entrepreneurs,” explains Bernice Dixon, President and Chairman of ATA. “With the addition of Dan King to our Board of Directors and the working relationships we’ve developed with Partnership Gwinnett our new chapter is launching with a strong foundation.”

King is highly active in the Gwinnett community and is a retired King & Spalding partner. He practiced actively for 30 years and during that time served as the leader of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group for a number of years. With his long standing presence in the region, King’s addition to the Board will drive further awareness to the Gwinnett Angels.

“Entrepreneurial activity is experiencing growth all over the metro-Atlanta area and recently we’ve seen a significant increase in Gwinnett,” states King. “The Gwinnett Angels chapter of ATA will conveniently serve a number of startups and investors who call our county home. I’m proud to be joining the board at such a pinnacle time of growth.”

Gwinnett Angels is a seamless and logical extension of ATA, offering members all of the same resources and opportunities as the current organization. Members interested in joining the angel network will gain access to top emerging companies across a broad range of industries and have the opportunity to network with a group of committed accredited angels. With the addition of this chapter, entrepreneurs also have the opportunity to increase awareness of their company’s funding needs to a broader audience across metro-Atlanta.

“Working with ATA to form Gwinnett Angels is a significant move for our county,” states Mark Farmer, Director, Entrepreneurship & Information Services, Partnership Gwinnett. “The entrepreneur ecosystem has grown dramatically here in Gwinnett. There is a significant need to support these efforts, and we know that the Gwinnett Angels, in partnership with ATA, will open the doors for new business opportunities.”

To learn more about Atlanta Technology Angels or Gwinnett Angels, please visit www.angelatlanta.com or www.thegwinnettangels.com.

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About Atlanta Technology Angels
The Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA), recognized as one of the nation’s top angel networks, is an organization comprised of 120 accredited investors and sponsors. ATA is a member led investment network that sources, performs due diligence, invests and provides post deal stewardship for early stage technology companies in Georgia and the Southeast. ATA ranks in the top 10 networks in the U.S. in portfolio size, members and opportunity flow and invests in technology based companies with large market potential. In 2014, ATA grew its reach to open a chapter in Gwinnett. To learn more, please visit www.angelatlanta.com.

About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is Gwinnett’s economic and community development initiative. A public-private partnership, the initiative targets the retention and expansion of existing Gwinnett businesses in addition to the development of new business in five key target sectors: Health Sciences & Services; Information Technology Solutions; Advanced Manufacturing; Supply Chain Management; and Headquarters/Professional Services. The ultimate goal is to promote economic wealth & diversification, increase education and workforce excellence, improve quality of life and heighten visibility through marketing and outreach programs for the entire Gwinnett community. For more information on Partnership Gwinnett, the internationally award-winning community and economic development initiative, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.
Oct 13
Sam Patrick created a new topic EDTS Again Earns Honors on CRN Fast Growth 150 List in the forums.
EDTS, a full-service technology consulting firm which provides managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure solutions to Southeastern businesses, has been named for the second straight year to the 2014 CRN Fast Growth 150 list. The Fast Growth 150 list recognizes those solution providers that have been the fastest growing nationally over a two-year period from calendar year 2011 to calendar year 2013.

Fast Growth 150 companies are considered some of the best and brightest of the technology channel — companies that have managed to fight strong economic challenges to achieve impressive revenue growth over the past two years.

“The solution providers recognized in CRN’s Fast Growth 150 list have successfully navigated the industry’s economic upheaval and have adapted their businesses and grown despite the significant changes that evolving technologies like cloud computing, collaboration and mobility have created in the IT space,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. “It is our pleasure to recognize them for their accomplishments and draw attention to them as leaders in today’s IT channel.”

The solution providers on this year's Fast Growth 150 list had just over $7 billion in combined annual revenue in 2013, and averaged a two-year growth rate of 102.6 percent.

“This honor reinforces a growing national recognition of EDTS and is directly attributed to our team focus on delivering IT services to help our customers attain the highest level of success possible,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS. "All of us at EDTS are proud to have attained this top national ranking as we work each day to keep client networks protected, optimized, and running at peak performance.”

To be eligible, companies must be headquartered in North America; founded before December 31, 2009; be an independent company; and have a primary business as an IT solution provider, and not as a vendor or distributor.

CRN is a market leader in channel news, business intelligence, and strategy for the North American IT channel. Its multi-media platform includes a magazine, website and tablet app or mobile to reach channel audiences however they want to engage. To learn more about CRN, visit www.crn.com.


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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 managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure solutions to Southeastern businesses. The firm helps customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology. EDTS has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for five consecutive years, and honored among the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina on multiple lists. Learn more at www.edtsolutions.com.
Oct 10