Atlanta, GA – April 16, 2013. B2B Technologies, an IT Professional Services firm and Microsoft® Gold Partner specializing in business productivity, infrastructure, messaging and cloud solutions, is proud to announce its adoption of Project GRAD Atlanta, Inc. The adoption comes as part of TechBridge’s newly launched Adopt-a-Nonprofit program. TechBridge is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our community by leveraging technology solutions that empower nonprofits.
"TechBridge is thrilled to once again bring together the resources of Atlanta’s IT community with the technology needs of a nonprofit," said James Franklin, TechBridge CEO. “We have received an overwhelming response to our recently launched Adopt-a-Nonprofit Program which directly pairs TechBridge’s corporate partners with our nonprofit clients. Sponsors commit to split technology costs with the nonprofit for one year as well as provide skilled IT volunteers who perform monthly site visits at the nonprofit’s office. Corporations may also choose to sponsor a project such as a database implementation or technology upgrade.”
The nonprofits that are part of this program are TechBridge clients, many of whom receive regular infrastructure management services typically delivered remotely using monitoring tools. The relationship with their Adopt-a-Nonprofit sponsor allows them to have onsite maintenance on a regular basis saving on their overall technology costs, or a nonprofit can receive assistance with a project implementation or technology upgrade. “Project GRAD Atlanta is pleased and honored to participate in TechBridge’s Adopt-a-Nonprofit program. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with B2B Technologies to improve our technological infrastructure and capabilities as we find more innovative ways to increase our efficiency of and effectiveness through our use of technology.”
TechBridge’s Adopt-a-Nonprofit Program provides a unique opportunity for local companies to positively impact nonprofits whose cause appeals to them while offering volunteer opportunities for IT staff to further their professional skills. “This is a great partnership for B2B. We are a big supporter of TechBridge and the work it does supporting nonprofits in Georgia. We also provide consulting services to school districts across the country. This partnership is a natural fit for us to help serve the Atlanta education community,” says Frank Fuerst, CEO.
About B2B Technologies B2B Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Partner providing business productivity solutions using SharePoint, Business Intelligence, Messaging and Office 365. B2B is also a Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner, Microsoft's new certification for partners providing Office 365 implementation and migration services. B2B's mission is to help its customers improve productivity, reduce risk and maximize the return on their IT investments. Connect with B2B Technologies on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Project GRAD Atlanta is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to collaborate with the Atlanta Public Schools in order to increase the number of students graduating from high school and college. Project GRAD Atlanta implements and supports research-based college readiness and access programs in high schools, and provides scholarships and academic support to students on college campuses, where the combined impact makes a real difference. Project GRAD Atlanta provides up to $4,000 in college scholarships to all students who qualify, and helps these students access appropriate financial, social and academic resources and support so that they can successfully graduate from college. Project GRAD Atlanta is proud to be a scholarship-granting organization that has awarded over $2 million in scholarships, to date. For more information, visit our website at www.projectgradatlanta.org.
TechBridge is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging technology to empower the nonprofits that impact our community. TechBridge has provided IT consulting and outsourcing services to hundreds of nonprofits—helping them harness the productivity gains long since enjoyed by the corporate sector—by connecting the needs of nonprofits with the skills and financial resources of the technology community. The Digital Ball, TechBridge’s signature fundraising gala, brings together Atlanta’s technology community to celebrate the impact technology can have in strengthening our community and to award a deserving nonprofit with the annual Technology Innovation Award given by Accenture. For more information about TechBridge, the Digital Ball and the Technology Innovation Award, please visit www.techbridge.org.
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[ATLANTA, GA- USA] — February 28, 2013 —] B2B Technologies, today announced it has qualified as a member of the Cloud Deployment Program, a program designed to assist Microsoft Corp. partners in building a capable cloud deployment practice enabled to aid enterprise customers’ transition to the cloud using Microsoft technologies. By becoming a Cloud Deployment partner, B2B Technologies has gained access to a variety of training, support and marketing benefits.
B2B Technologies, an IT Professional Services firm and Microsoft® Gold Partner specializing in business productivity, infrastructure, messaging and cloud solutions is proud to join the highest ranks of Microsoft Cloud Partners across the country. As one of four designated within the state of Georgia, there is clearly a distinction made for this elite group of professionals trained to handle the most difficult migrations from any legacy system to Microsoft’s Office 365.
“We are proud to be one of the first participants in the Microsoft Partner Network Cloud Deployment Program. It demonstrates our commitment to delivering Microsoft cloud solutions and will provide us with even more resources to assist our customers with their transition to the cloud,” said Frank Fuerst, CEO of B2B Technologies.
“Microsoft continues its commitment to helping partners succeed in the cloud through the Cloud Deployment Program. As a member of this program, B2B Technologies will gain access to the tools and training necessary to provide cloud solutions that solve current business challenges,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “Through induction into the Cloud Deployment Program, B2B Technologies has proven its dedication to moving forward in the cloud era through attaining the necessary technical and deployment training and sales experience.”
The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in its ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.
About B2B Technologies
B2B Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Partner providing business productivity solutions using SharePoint, Business Intelligence, Messaging and Office 365. B2B is also a Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner, Microsoft's new certification for partners providing Office 365 implementation and migration services. B2B's mission is to help its customers improve productivity, reduce risk and maximize the return on their IT investments. Connect with B2B Technologies on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
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HEALTH IT FINALISTS NAMED FOR INTEL INNOVATION AWARD Winner to be Announced at Health IT Leadership Summit on December 4, 2012
ATLANTA, November 8, 2012 – Four finalists have been named for the Intel Innovation Award, a part of the 2012 Health IT Leadership Summit (www.HealthITLeadershipSummit.org) that will take place on December 4, 2012. This is the second year for the award, which recognizes companies developing leading-edge technology and unique approaches to improving health, as well as healthcare delivery and processes.
The impact of innovation on healthcare is a cornerstone of the Summit, which will feature two panel discussions focusing specifically on the topic. “Innovation: Improving Cost and Quality” covers the application of technology, analytics and automation to improve the cost and quality of care; and “Innovative Approaches” looks at how landmark programs are leveraging innovative technology to improve access to quality care, particularly for rural areas most in need.
“The companies that have been named finalists should be very proud. It’s a tremendous honor,” said David Hartnett, Vice President Economic Development, Bioscience-Health IT, Metro Atlanta Chamber. “This level of innovation is representative of the technologies and advancements being made here in Atlanta, the nation’s health IT capital.”
“Given the number of quality nominations, it has been a difficult process for the judges,” said Wayne Myers, chairman for the 2012 Summit. “We saw very diverse examples of technology and marketplace innovation, each making a positive impact in regards to the challenges facing the health industry.”
The 2011 Health IT Leadership Summit brought together a sell-out crowd of more than 600 business leaders, healthcare providers, and public and private organizations. The Health IT Leadership Summit was created by three organizations, all dedicated to supporting the growth of the Health IT industry: the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and TAG Health, which is a society within the Technology Association of Georgia.
The Health IT Leadership Summit runs from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on December 4, 2012 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Additional information and registration: www.HealthITLeadershipSummit.org.
TAG Education Collaborative Announces Additions to the Board of Directors to Help Expand Their Reach into Middle Schools
ATLANTA (November 1, 2012) –TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), the charitable organization established by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) dedicated to preparing the next-generation workforce through better education and real-life job experiences, today announced the addition of Stephanie Street and Greg Gálvez to the TAG-Ed Board of Directors.
“Stephanie Street and Greg Gálvez bring unique backgrounds that will enhance our ability to reach more students and engage them in STEM education activities. These individuals share a passion for education, and we are excited to welcome both of these quality executives to our board,” said Chris Reinking, Founding Partner with Jabian Consulting and TAG Education Collaborative Board Chair.
Stephanie Y. Street is Senior Vice President, Human Resources at OFS Fitel LLC. Street has been instrumental in establishing OFS’ strong commitment to education and has led the way in placing almost a dozen students from TAG-Ed’s Summer Internship Program into positions that help the student grow professionally while adding value to the company.
Street is an accomplished human resource professional who began her career as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. In the Army, she held various leadership positions, including commanding a tactical signal company in Europe. Notably, she is also Airborne qualified. Her civilian career has included progressive levels of leadership responsibility with major companies across diverse business sectors. In her current role within OFS Fitel, she has established an internship program that has become the model of others to follow.
Stephanie is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). She also certified as a facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and holds an Executive Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Southern California.
As an accomplished mentor and public speaker, Street devotes much of her time to the development of others, lending her talents to individuals and organizations dedicated to fostering positive human interactions. Street holds a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Morgan State University, and an M.S. degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.
Greg Gálvez is an entrepreneur with a successful track record building brands around the world. He held leadership roles at American Hospital Supply, Baxter International and The Coca-Cola Company, where he led several business units and introduced multi-cultural sales & marketing capabilities. As founder and general manager of neXstep Beverages, LLC, he led a start-up dedicated to capturing niche opportunities with premium, imported beverages; leveraging Coke’s global trademarks, formulas and consumer insights.
Gálvez now owns and operates the PROSHRED Security franchise in Georgia. This system introduced secure mobile data destruction to protect companies from information privacy and intellectual property risks. He also runs The Gálvez Group, a private investment firm, which partners with brand-driven entrepreneurs.
A native of Chicago, Gálvez received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He currently serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Georgia and as a volunteer in their financial literacy education program reaching middle and high school students.
“The addition of Stephanie and Greg to our board is instrumental to TAG-Ed’s mission. Their expertise will enhance our ability to attract students earlier to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” said Jim Denny, president of Navicure and board development chair for TAG-Ed.
“TAG-Ed has undertaken a strategy to expand our reach into middle schools, and Stephanie and Greg’s experience working with the education community will be very helpful in broadening our efforts to engage younger students in STEM education initiatives,” added Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed.
About TAG Education Collaborative
TAG Education Collaborative initiatives include an internship program for high school students interested in technology careers, two web-based team challenges for high school students interested in health IT and/or web design, and the Vine Event, a fundraiser launched in 2009 which has raised more than $160,000 to support STEM education. The TAG Education Collaborative provides programs to feed information to middle and high school students to generate interest in S.T.E.M. education and technology careers. Through partnerships with other programs providing hands-on activities, TAG-Ed fosters student and teacher interest in technology, and promotes the opportunities available in technology careers. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or email@example.com.
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 17,800 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 31 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 (S.T.E.M.) 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/.
TAG Unveils Winners of the 2012 Excalibur Awards Awards Recognize Best Use of Technology for Business and Education
ATLANTA (October 26, 2012) – Winners of the 2012 Excalibur Awards were announced today during a special ceremony at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel that attracted an audience of more than 400 leaders from Georgia’s business community. The Excalibur Awards, presented by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) in collaboration with the Business and Technology Alliance of TAG (B&TA), recognize the Georgia companies and organizations demonstrating the best use of third-party technology to overcome challenges and improve processes in business and education.
“We are truly pleased to honor the recipients of the 2012 Excalibur Awards,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “Technology innovation is occurring across companies and organizations of all sizes throughout the state of Georgia. We believe celebrating these tech-enabled companies and organizations strengthens our message of Georgia’s emerging position as a national leader in technology.”
The 2012 winners are:
Small: JodyJazz, Inc.
Jody Espina has created unique, high quality saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces to meet the needs of discerning professionals and students alike. As a noted Jazz Educator, Jody has seen firsthand what the right mouthpiece can do for a student’s sound, improvising and overall self confidence. The transformation is often amazing. “A Mouthpiece for Every Player” - Offering six completely distinct models in many facings enables JodyJazz to satisfy players at all levels. The goal of JodyJazz was to manufacture in house the award winning DV series mouthpieces which were being made in a machine shop out of state, allowing them to both increase quality and production capacity and also importantly to facilitate the more effective design and prototyping of new models.
Mid-Sized: Hi-Rez Studios
Not long ago, slow networks and servers were restricting gamers’ ability to enjoy fast-paced multi-player games online. To meet their business and customer requirements, Hi-Rez implemented a “bare metal cloud” hosting solution offered by Atlanta-based IT infrastructure provider Internap. With Internap’s bare metal cloud solution, Hi-Rez is achieving higher economic efficiencies—and the superior performance that its customers demand—with the high levels of flexibility and scalability that conventional cloud services offer.
Large: Home Depot
The Home Depot and other retailers continue to face continuous and arbitrary increases in the interchange fees charged by the traditional retail credit card companies, much of which has continued due to a lack of competition in the card industry. Additionally, PayPal has long been known for its leadership in the online payments sector, but developing a solution for the brick and mortar environment was a completely new space with numerous challenges, one of the greatest being the need to develop a solution that would be relatively easy and efficient for retailers to deploy across large networks. The Home Depot implemented PayPal for customers to use in a variety of ways, from their PayPal card, to mobile devices, to “hands free” transactions. The end result is a payments technology that provides unique convenience, speed and security for shoppers, while meeting the unique needs of brick and mortar retailers.
Educational and Creative: Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC)
The Solomon Project is a new way to teach students the knowledge and skills traditionally taught in freshman college composition and research classes. It deeply engages students in the learning process while ensuring their mastery of educational outcomes related to critical reading and thinking, problem-solving, research, collaboration, and effective oral and written communication. By turning the courses into immersive mystery/adventure games in which the students are characters and active agents, the project directly addresses the problems of low student interest and limited academic success in traditional “gatekeeper” classes required in the post-secondary core curriculum. Students in Solomon Project classes find themselves in a narrative that unfolds in real-time, in the classroom, across campus, over their phones, and especially online.
The Solomon Project leverages a wide range of easily available technologies to maximize student engagement and performance on multiple levels and in a variety of ways. Ultimately, the project will help revolutionize hybrid education and the ways academia approaches learning in common core-curriculum classes.
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 17,800 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 31 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/.
About The Business and Technology Alliance of TAG
The Business and Technology Alliance of TAG is focused on addressing the challenges of today's fast paced marketplace by bringing together business leaders and technology innovators to address key business issues. Their mission is to foster business innovation through the exploration of technological advancements and the ways in which these technologies can help corporations in all industries to solve complex problems and be more competitive. For more information, visit www.tagonline.org/tag-business-technology-alliance.php.
Top Execs Support Moderate Government Role in Technology,
Support Policies Expanding Access to Capital and Workforce Development
With Election on the Horizon, TECNA Polls Execs on Tech & Policy Issues
ATLANTA, OCTOBER 25, 2012-- Today, TECNA, the Technology Councils of North America, in partnership with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), unveiled a national survey finding that two-thirds (66 percent) of top technology and business executives prefer that government have some role in promoting innovation and growth in the tech sector. As we head into the 2012 election, six in 10 (58 percent) of top executives say the government should be doing more to expand access to capital for start-up and high-growth companies.
"With federal, state and local elections on the horizon, it is critical that all the candidates sit up and take notice: businesses want our government to take a modest but constructive role, such as opening the door to new sources of capital, so that private tech firms can innovate and succeed. Lawmakers should also note that, although many executives feel confident in their own businesses ability to succeed, they are quite concerned about the state of the economy overall," said TECNA President and Technology Association of Georgia CEO Tino Mantella.
Key national findings:
• Education and workforce development are key policy issues: Nearly half (49 percent) of the senior executives listed STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education at the K-12 level to be a top policy priority, while 42 percent hope to expand their pool of trained tech workers by placing career, technical and vocational education on par with traditional degree programs.
• More than half of businesses are planning to increase investments: Our survey found 59 percent of respondents are looking to expand technical staffing levels; 58 percent are looking to expand investment in new products or business lines; 55 percent are planning on expanding marketing/advertising expenditures and 52 percent are planning on expanding technology expenditures.
• Business sentiment is expected to improve, although there is concern for the overall economy: Nearly three quarters (72.1 percent) of the top executives we spoke to expect their businesses to improve over the next six months, while just over half (53percent) expressed concerns about the economy’s stalled recovery.
Key regional findings:
"This survey also shows us that if a state provides the right business environment, startups and other businesses will flourish," Mantella explained. “It’s not surprising that executives who feel the economy is improving took a moderate view on government involved in business while those who take a negative view of our economic climate favor a low level of government involvement.”
“It is critical that the voice of the tech community be heard on Capitol Hill, and in statehouses across the country,” said CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux. “By working with TECNA to poll its members, we can provide a more complete picture about how different states and regions perceive the ingredients needed to make the tech industry grow. This in turn helps to better educate members of Congress and state lawmakers on the issues that matter most to the technology and business community.”
• More executives in the Northeast want the government to take some role in increasing access to capital: Two thirds (66percent) of executives in the Northeast support a government role in expanding access to capital for startups or high-growth companies, compared to 58 percent in the Midwest; 58 percent in the Southeast; and 51 percent in the West.
• The Midwest leads in placing a priority on a simplified and corporate tax structure, including closing corporate tax loopholes: More than half (57 percent) of the executives we spoke to in the Midwest rated a simplified tax structure as a high priority, compared to 45 percent in the Northeast, 46 percent in the Southeast and 48 percent in the West.
• All regions agree their state and local governments are representing them well or “just okay”: The Northeast leads with 39 percent of top execs say their state and local governments represent them well, while 44 percent of execs in the Southeast said their local lawmakers were “just okay.” Executives in the Midwest were the most unhappy with their lawmakers – 33 percent said that their state and local governments were doing a poor job representing the tech sector.
About the Survey
The data for this quantitative study was collected via an online survey conducted during October 2012. A total of 926 senior (C-level) US IT and business executives belonging to one of the regional technology associations affiliated with the Technology Councils of North America participated in the survey. The margin of sampling error at the 95 percent level for the results is +/-3.3 percentage points. Sampling error is larger for subgroups of the data.
The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents almost 50 IT and Technology trade organizations who, in turn, represent more than 16,000 technology-related companies in North America.
TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry.
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. Visit www.comptia.org/home.aspx or follow CompTIA at www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia.
TechVoice is a newly-formed partnership of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations. Collectively, we represent thousands of technology companies across the country employing millions of workers. We are dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the grassroots tech community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation and job creation.