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2 days ago
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic Springbot Offers Five Tips to Utilizing Trackable Links to Increase Revenue in the forums.
ATLANTA - April 22, 2014 - In the world of marketing where all activities are quantified and qualified, online marketing is evolving. Ecommerce marketers who want to determine the return on investment (ROI) and revenue attribution for every blog post, email outreach, social media post or online ad rely on tracking tools to quickly identify customer and prospect revenue opportunities.

"There's no room for guessing in the competitive online market and eCommerce retailers can't afford to waste their time or efforts on unsuccessful marketing campaigns," said Brooks Robinson, Springbot co-founder and CEO. "Even with the right marketing platforms and solutions in place, some online businesses are not utilizing these tools to their full capability. But when intelligent data is paired with the right marketing tools, online retailers see positive results and increasing revenues."

Springbot, an Atlanta based company which provides an eCommerce marketing platform to help online retailers grow their revenue, shares five tips to help online merchants fully utilize trackable links in all campaigns.

  1. Use eCommerce focused tools: There are a number of tracking tools available for monitoring everything from social media, sentiment, goals and more. However, an eCommerce specific tracking tool can provide owners with deeper and broader insights into every interaction with their brand through a streamlined dashboard with the metrics that matter to them the most, like which trackable links are increasing traffic, conversions and ultimately driving revenue.
  2. Implement tagging functions: To better serve their customers, online merchants must understand how their audience responds to the different product and category links. Through tagging, online merchants can better understand what type of call-to-action, content piece or author works best for each channel. For example, are Facebook fans more responsive to funny or educational posts? What type of engagement do promotional tweets generate? Who creates the best posts? Examples of popular tags include: funny, educational, promotional, or new product. Many stores also tag the name of the author to create an internal competition to determine who has the greatest impact.
  3. Identify the ROI across campaigns: For repeated marketing success, merchants want more than campaign analytics or email open rates. They want to know the ROI by determining which links are clicked (or ignored), and see the sales driven by those links. This is especially important for campaigns across multiple social media channels and other online marketing efforts such as emails, newsletters, blogs and more. Real-time insights enable merchants to respond quickly by adjusting campaigns to market changes and customer demands.
  4. Leverage detailed insights: Industry specific tracking tools enable online business owners to track marketing efforts with relevant and detailed metrics. Retailers need to know more than how many times a link was viewed. They want to know who viewed the link, where that viewer is coming from, the next actions that took place, whether or not that link drove site traffic, and if the link resulted in a purchase. Without the proper tracking tools in place beforehand, it's nearly impossible to determine the ROI of a specific link.
  5. Get a comprehensive marketing overview: Over time, trackable links paired with other marketing insights will provide retailers with a comprehensive look into the products customers are purchasing, the best channels to use and the types of offers they're most interested in. By understanding the ROI of each link, retailers can develop highly targeted marketing campaigns to increase brand loyalty and ROI.

To see how Country Club Prep followed these steps to exceed expectations and significantly increase ROI from trackable links, visit www.springbot.com/2014/03/springbots-mar...elps-online-revenue/.

About Springbot
Springbot delivers an eCommerce marketing platform to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Founded in 2012, Springbot is a Gold Industry Partner of Magento, an eBay company, and has combined the power of marketing automation and marketing analytics to deliver its Marketing RoboticsTM service. Our SaaS offering integrates and makes simple the data, content and multi-channel marketing tools (social, online, email, etc.) eCommerce SMBs need to drive more traffic, conversions and overall revenue. Springbot helps eCommerce SMBs grow their revenue by taking smarter, data-driven marketing actions.

To learn more information about Springbot, please visit http://www.springbot.com/.
03:45 PM
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic HomecareCRM Announces Agreement with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care in the forums.
HomecareCRM to enhance sales performance for nation’s largest hospice provider

ATLANTA – April 22, 2014 - HomecareCRM, the industry leader in customer growth solutions for the post-acute care industry, and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, have announced an agreement to deploy the HomecareCRM solution company-wide.

“In today’s ever-changing healthcare environment, we selected HomecareCRM because we needed a partner that truly understands the hospice industry and the specific needs of our company,” said Donald Gaddy, senior vice president of market development and sales with VITAS. “HomecareCRM’s advanced solution meets our needs for a technology that is designed for the hospice industry, integrates to our proprietary EMR solution, can be implemented across our entire sales organization, and leverages mobile technology with optimized knowledge transfer for better customer interactions. We look forward to a long partnership with HomecareCRM.”

HomecareCRM offers EMR integration to its clients, bolstered by Harvest, a unique claims database for lead generation, and unparalleled in the CRM industry space. EDGE, the company’s newest product, is the first and only healthcare-specific CRM solution using predictive intelligence to enhance sales performance.

“Integrating proprietary EMRs with our CRM solution for companies with multiple programs requires a level of experience that HomecareCRM has developed over time through hundreds of deployments,” said Keagen Brown, senior vice president of product and strategy with HomecareCRM. “HomecareCRM continues to be the solution of choice for hospices and other post-acute care healthcare organizations because we deliver the critical data and powerful tools needed by field staff to increase census and expand services into new areas.”

About HomecareCRM
HomecareCRM, LLC, based in Atlanta, GA, is the premier growth partner of post-acute providers. Seamlessly integrating traditional customer relationship management with unmatched electronic medical record interoperability and medical claims data, HomecareCRM delivers quantum leaps in sales productivity and market insight. Provided via a world-class suite of mobile and web-based apps, no solution will delight your sales force and deliver ROI like HomecareCRM. Now in its 8th version, the solution has been implemented by healthcare agencies in 44 states. For more information about HomecareCRM and its recently announced EDGE product, please visit www.HomecareCRM.com or, for LongTermCareCRM, please visit www.LongTermCareCRM.com, or call 1-888-611-0912.

About VITAS
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. With headquarters in Miami, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 51 hospice programs in 18 states and the District of Columbia, including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. VITAS employs 11,487 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the patients’ homes, but also in the company’s 37 inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities for the elderly. At the conclusion of the fourth quarter of 2013, VITAS reported an average daily census of 14,364. VITAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE), which also operates Roto-Rooter, another wholly owned subsidiary. For more information, visit www.vitas.com.
10:05 AM
4 weeks ago
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic Engineers rank company and focused job sites as top resources in job search in the forums.
Engineers rank company websites and focused job sites as top resources when searching for employment, according to EngineerJobs.com survey
Survey shows HR professionals likely to use other methods to find engineers

ATLANTA – March 26, 2014 – When it comes to recruiting, human resource professionals often are challenged to find qualified engineers to fill job vacancies in their organizations, according to the 2014 EngineerJobs.com HR Professionals Engineer Hiring Survey of North American human resource professionals. Download the survey results at http://www.engineerjobs.com/HiringTrends.

Nearly three-fourths of survey respondents stated that engineering jobs are the most challenging position to fill. The level of difficulty is magnified for certain disciplines, specifically mechanical and electrical engineers which respondents stated were the toughest openings to fill.

In an effort to find qualified engineers, human resource professionals are turning to a variety of traditional and new channels to reach candidates. According to the survey, LinkedIn (at 75 percent) ranked as the number one method human resource professionals are likely to use to find engineers in 2014. The social networking site ranked slightly above employee referrals (74 percent) as the most likely used method to connect with potential engineering hires this year.

At the same time, engineers rated other channels to be more useful as primary methods of looking for jobs, according to a separate survey of engineers: the 2014 EngineerJobs.com Engineer Jobs Trends Survey. (EngineerJobs.com, the leading engineer job site in North America and Canada, conducted both of the blind surveys in February 2014.)

Focus is Fruitful

According to the survey of engineers, an overwhelming majority (69 percent) say focused job seeker websites are either very useful or somewhat useful if they were to look for a new job. Only specific company websites ranked higher at 72 percent.

“For many companies and organizations, finding qualified and experienced engineers is like finding a diamond in the rough – especially as the economy picks up,” said Shane Pike, CEO of EngineerJobs.com. “With the task of finding qualified candidates becoming even more difficult, human resources professionals literally need to be on the same page as qualified candidates when they are looking to make sure they connect at that critical, opportune time.”

Show Them the Work/Life Balance

Perhaps surprisingly, an overwhelming majority (91 percent) of engineers responded that work/life balance was very important or somewhat important when considering a new job offer – edging out compensation (90 percent) as the highest rated factor when considering a job offer. Human resources professionals ranked compensation as the top driver at 97 percent; with work/life balance ranking third at 81 percent.

An infographic with findings of the 2014 EngineerJobs.com HR Professionals Engineer Hiring Survey and 2014 EngineerJobs.com Engineer Jobs Trends Survey are available at http://www.engineerjobs.com/HiringTrends.

About the 2014 Engineer Jobs Trends Survey
EngineerJobs.com commissioned a blind survey of North American engineers in February 2014. Respondents to the online survey included a total of 1,816 engineers. Of that group, 28 percent were mechanical engineers, 27 percent were “other,” 21 percent were civil, 12 percent were electrical. Industrial, computer and software engineers rounded out the group of respondents. More than half of the respondents (54 percent) worked in the private sector. Thirty percent of the respondents worked for the public sector, with government and non-profit rounding out the organizational descriptions.

About the 2014 HR Professionals Engineer Hiring Trends Survey
EngineerJobs.com commissioned a blind survey of North American human resources professionals in February 2014. More than two-thirds (71 percent) worked in the private sector, with 32 percent of those working in the manufacturing and chemicals sector. Other represented sectors include government, energy and utilities, IT and technology and several more.

About EngineerJobs.com
EngineerJobs.com is the leading engineer job site in North America. Working with companies in various vertical markets, EngineerJobs.com helps organizations find talented engineers and IT professionals across various disciplines, including mechanical, industrial, civil, software and electrical. More engineers visit the site to find the right jobs to meet their skill sets and experience. For more information, visit www.engineerjobs.com.
Mar 26
1 month ago
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic PMG Principal Discusses Service Catalog Excellence at the 2014 HDI Confere in the forums.
WHO:
Joe LeCompte, principal for PMG, will present three sessions at the 2014 HDI Conference and Expo.

WHAT:
The first session in the service management track titled, “Enterprise Service Catalog: The Key to Cloud Success” will discuss practical steps to cloud success. The session will examine how top performing companies leverage the use of an Enterprise Service Catalog to deliver five critical cloud requirements:

  • “Single-Pane-of-Glass” user self-service
  • Role-driven service views described in business terms
  • Automated fulfillment and provisioning workflow across any provider, brokerage, or technology
  • Full integration with other enterprise systems
  • Mature financial management for billing and chargeback

Joe will present two sessions in the executive view track entitled, “Pushing the Envelope: More Than a Service Catalog (Part I)” and “Pushing the Envelope: Customer Success with the Enterprise Service Catalog (Part II).”

Service Catalogs aren't just for IT self-service anymore, and smart IT organizations are now leveraging their investment to other areas of the company. Joe will demonstrate how to spearhead moving a Service Catalog beyond IT and gain enterprise adoption as well as benefits such as handling data center management, employee onboarding and access provisioning. Customer success stories will also be shared.

WHEN:
Enterprise Service Catalog: The Key to Cloud Success– Session 603
Thursday, April 3, 2014
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. ET

Pushing the Envelope: More Than a Service Catalog (Part I) – Session 701
Friday, April 4, 2014
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET

Pushing the Envelope: Customer Success with the Enterprise Service Catalog Part II) – Session 801
Friday, April 4, 2014
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. ET

Booth #305

WHERE:
HDI Conference & Expo
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34746

CONTACT:
Joy Reddy, media contact
jreddy@arketi.com
(404) 929-0091, ext. 209

About PMG
More than 20 percent of the Global 100 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 requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
Mar 25
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic Complimentary Video-Based Ethical Awareness Tool for Aerospace & Defense in the forums.
SAI Global Compliance Offers Complimentary Use of Video-Based Ethical Awareness Tool to Aerospace & Defense and Manufacturing Organizations
Learning tools help firms manage changing regulations, meet compliance goals

PLAINSBORO, NJ – March 24, 2014 – SAI Global Compliance, the world’s leading provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) products, services and technology, is offering complimentary use of a video-based ethical awareness to aerospace and defense, and manufacturing organizations with global operations, through May 15, 2014.

The learning and awareness tool is ideal for organizations challenged by complex and frequently changing international regulations. By addressing specific challenges stemming from competition laws, conflicts of interest and anti-bribery guidelines, the complimentary solution helps compliance officers raise employee awareness and foster a culture of compliance.

“Global regulations including the UK Bribery Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and OFAC are fundamentally changing how aerospace and defense firms and other manufacturers conduct their businesses across borders,” said Tim Whipple, president of SAI Global Compliance. “Our video-based tools are widely used by organizations to mitigate regulatory risks by engaging employees and partners, raising awareness of questionable business practices and promoting ethical behavior.”

The complimentary offer is available at: http://compliance.saiglobal.com/ethical-awareness. Compliance officers interested in using the tool with their organization’s employees, partners and global distributors can do so at no cost and no obligation through May 15th.

About SAI Global Compliance
SAI Global Compliance provides a full range of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software applications, learning and awareness solutions and advisory services. With over twenty-five years’ experience and offices worldwide, we combine deep expertise with practical technology solutions to help thousands of organizations reduce risk, enhance compliance, streamline governance and make better decisions. For more information about our solutions and services, visit www.saiglobal.com/compliance.

Media Contact
Jackie Parker
Arketi Group
404-929-0091 ext. 220
jparker@arketi.com
Mar 24
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic PMG Service Catalog Suite Recognized in Gartner’s Service Catalog Report in the forums.
PMG Service Catalog Suite Recognized in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for IT Service Catalog Tools Report

Evaluation based on Strategy, Support, Execution and Investment

Atlanta, GA – March 21, 2014 – PMG, the smart choice for enterprise service catalog and business process automation software, saw overall ratings for its Service Catalog Suite (SCS) v. 7.4 increase in Gartner’s recently released 2014 “Critical Capabilities for IT Service Catalog” report, receiving a rating of “Good” for Product Viability, the highest rating given in the report.

Out of a total possible Critical Capability score of 45, PMG’s SCS received a 37, the highest overall score achieved in the report. It also received the highest score possible for integration to cloud provisioning. PMG’s Use Case scores were also the highest in the report, with increases in the following categories: overall, IT service catalog administrator, IT service catalog user, cloud catalog, and IT leadership. Product scores also improved up to one full point in the following areas: integration to cloud provisioning, service level expectations and performance norms, cost of service requests, and integration to other data sources & fulfillment tools.

“We believe our continued recognition by Gartner, as well as the tremendous success of our customers validates that PMG is a leader of enterprise service catalog solutions,” said Joe LeCompte, principal of PMG. “We credit our customers’ feedback and our team’s dedication to delivering the best solutions possible.”

PMG’s Cloud Accelerator (http://www.pmg.net/solutions/cloud/accelerator), which enables data center administrators and end users to easily request and manage virtual infrastructure in the cloud, contributed to high marks in the area of cloud provisioning, with the categories of integration to cloud provisioning earning a top score of 5 and cloud catalog use cases scoring a 4.5.

PMG SCS’s new theme and branding capabilities enable customization of the service catalog for a greatly enhanced user experience. According to the report, “user portals built using SCS’s theme and design wizards are modern and professional looking, resembling commercial websites with which end users will be familiar and comfortable.”

With prebuilt integration adapters, SCS is system agnostic and integrates with existing systems through a single pane of glass. PMG’s SCS can be deployed in an on-premise or a SaaS model, and provides for complete mobile access.

The “Critical Capabilities for IT Service Catalog Tools” report was published on March 17, 2014 by Gartner’s Jeffrey M. Brooks, research director in the IT Operations Management and Chris Matchett, principal research analyst working in Gartner's IT Operations Management team. The research assessed 15 IT service catalog tools across nine critical capabilities essential to the selection of the appropriate IT service catalog tools for the IT I&O organization.

To access a complimentary copy of the Critical Capabilities for IT Service Catalog Tools, 2014, visit http://www.pmg.net/product-details/reviews/gartner-2014.

To view a social media version of this release, please visit: http://pitch.pe/1jc9Nec.

About PMG
More than 20 percent of the Global 100 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 requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.

PMG.net and PMG Service Catalog Suite are registered trademarks or trademarks of PMG.net. All other trademarks, brand names, or product names listed above belong to their respective holders.

Disclaimer:
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Mar 21
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic Nearly 60 Percent of Technology Firms Significantly Impacted by Obamacare in the forums.

Compensation Survey Examines Base Compensation, Bonuses, Benefits and Equity Ownership for Atlanta Technology Executives

ATLANTA, March 20, 2014 – Approximately 60 percent of companies participating in the Technology Executives Roundtable (TER) 2014 Atlanta Technology Executive Compensation Survey say they have changed their plans or programs or noticed a significantly greater increase in rates as a result of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

“With nearly 60 percent of survey participants experiencing the effects of Obamacare, it is likely that healthcare changes will continue to occur over the next couple of years,” said Asif Ramji, president of TER. “We are excited to offer the most complete technology executive compensation survey available, including everything from compensation and equity ownership to benefits packages.”

With the release of its fifth annual Atlanta Technology Executive Compensation Survey, TER, an association that consists of more than 120 Georgia-based CEOs, CFOs and general managers, is providing a unique service to its members and to the Georgia technology community at large. The study was underwritten by Arketi Group; ExecuLinks, Frazier & Deeter; Morris, Manning & Martin; Pritchard & Jerden; Silicon Valley Bank; and Wm. Leonard & Co.

The survey also found a significant difference in CEO salary based on company size. For companies with less than $50 million in revenue, the average CEO base compensation was $225,904 with a median of $212,500. For companies with more than $50 million in revenue, the average CEO base compensation was $390,857 with a median of $286,000.

Bonus Potential
With regard to bonus compensation, the study found target bonus potential for technology executives in 2013 ranged from an average high of $138,054 for CEOs to a low of $24,725 for the most senior development executive. Of the available 2013 bonus compensation, CEOs, COOs and presidents led the executive suite with $92,555, $73,705 and $59,660 of total bonus potential earned respectively.

Compensation Plans for 2014
For 2014, 71 percent of companies surveyed plan to increase base compensation. A careful analysis of individual company plans, however, reveals that 72 percent of those planning an increase will raise compensation 5 percent or less. Companies not planning an increase changed slightly from 31 percent in 2013 to 29 percent in 2014.

Executive Equity
In addition to base and bonus compensation, the survey provides information on equity ownership. For example, CEOs of companies with less than $50 million in revenue hold an average of 36.7 percent and a median of 25.5 percent of their respective companies, when including founders’ stock. CEOs of companies with more than $50 million in revenue hold much less of their respective companies, with an average of 15.8 percent and a median of 6.5 percent, when including founders’ stock.
Additional findings regarding stock options included:
  • The total stock available in the form of options was less than 5 percent for 43 percent of the firms and less than 10 percent for 60 percent of firms. Only 7 percent of firms allocated more than 20 percent of their total stock to an option program.
  • Only 22 percent of firms granted additional options to employees based on performance.

The survey is available exclusively to TER members and clients of TER survey sponsors. For more information on TER, visit www.ter-atlanta.com.

About the 2014 Atlanta Technology Executive Compensation Survey
The study was designed to identify executive compensation and company ownership among Greater Atlanta technology companies during calendar year 2013. Overall, 66 public and privately-funded technology companies across a wide range of market segments, including software, hardware and services participated in the survey. Companies participating in the study were led by Software and SaaS Developers (52 percent), Technology Consulting and other professional service firms (26 percent), Internet Services (9 percent), Hardware Developers (8 percent) and others (6 percent). The majority of firms were privately funded (76 percent) with private equity the most common source (21 percent), in business longer than five years (80 percent) and had 2013 revenue in excess of $2 million (79 percent). Most companies had less than $25 million in revenue (83 percent), with 21 percent under $2 million and 39 percent with $2-10 million. Only 8 companies (12 percent) had more than $50 million in revenue.

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.
Mar 20
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic EngineerJobs.com Releases Findings on Engineer Hiring Across the U.S. in the forums.
EngineerJobs.com Releases Findings on Engineer Hiring Across the U.S.
California, Texas and New York metro are top areas hiring engineers

ATLANTA – March 18, 2014 – A new report released by EngineerJobs.com, the leading job site for engineers in the United States and Canada, shows that engineers remain in high demand in California, Texas and New York, while certain demographic markets are hot beds for engineers in specific disciplines.

Taking the lead, research showed that Newark, Elizabeth and several other New Jersey cities are looking for software engineers. Currently, there are more than 10,000 software engineering vacancies in Newark alone.
Rounding out the cities and metro areas looking for software engineers are Westchester, N.Y; Rockville, Md., Menlo Park, Calif.; and Oakland, Calif.

“Certain markets like Northern California have long been known as meccas of opportunity for skilled IT workers and engineers,” said Shane Pike, CEO of EngineerJobs.com. “However, the openings for engineers in certain disciplines are equally great in other markets, like Newark and Houston. This shows that engineers in many sectors can look beyond the traditional markets to find their perfect job.”

Biomedical engineers, who are becoming increasingly more in demand, are likely to find openings in these cities: Cambridge, Mass.; Parsippany, N.J.; and Menlo Park, Calif.

The top cities for environmental engineers are Bethesda, Md.; Newark, N.J.; and Houston, Texas. And with the link, two of the top cities for computer engineers and electrical engineers are Fremont, Calif. and Rockville, Md.

For engineers looking to go west, a number of engineering disciplines are hiring in the San Francisco area. In Fremont, Calif., there are 2,822 openings currently available for electrical engineers and about 931 computer engineering jobs. In addition to computer hardware and software, the Bay Area also has about 642 mechanical engineering jobs available in the Fremont area, with Menlo Park, Mountain View and Palo Alto close behind.

The top nine states hiring the most engineers across the majority of disciplines include:

  • California
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Virginia
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • Florida

The District of Columbia also ranks in this top 10 list.

“As engineers remain in high demand, organizations need a strategic approach to finding and retaining engineers,” Pike added. “For engineers looking to move or change jobs, the outlook remains positive with many options and openings literally from coast to coast.”

For more information on this report, visit www.engineerjobs.com/magazine/2014/engin...bs-february-2014.htm.
For info on where the top software engineer positions are, visit www.engineerjobs.com/magazine/2014/where...re-february-2014.htm.

About EngineerJobs.com
EngineerJobs.com is the leading engineer job site in North America. Working with companies in various vertical markets, EngineerJobs.com helps organizations find talented engineers and IT professionals across various disciplines, including mechanical, industrial, civil, software and electrical. More engineers visit the site to find the right jobs to meet their skill sets and experience. For more information, visit www.engineerjobs.com.
Mar 18
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic Majority of IT Professionals Say Catalog Sprawl Increases Expenses in the forums.
Majority of IT Professionals Say Catalog Sprawl Increases Expenses, Risks According to PMG Catalog Sprawl Study

Survey finds a Single Pane of Glass most effective solution

Atlanta, GA – March 12, 2014 – Enterprise IT leaders are concerned over the growth of catalog sprawl and the resulting impact to their organizations according to the 2014 PMG Catalog Sprawl Survey of 236 North American corporate IT professionals.

Catalog sprawl is the condition encountered when organizations introduce multiple front end tools for employees to procure different types of services or to request help. Often the result of siloed departments or a lack of communication, IT departments may find the very tools designed to help streamline processes have become the biggest obstacles to consistency and continued efficiency.


A majority of IT professionals (71 percent) say they have up to five customer facing tools, which often include service desk, hardware and software provisioning, identity management, and onboarding and off boarding solutions.

“Catalog sprawl is hampering 43 percent of organizations today, and we expect this number to continue increasing in the future,” said Joe LeCompte, principal at PMG. “IT leaders have heard their business users’ cries about tool overload and realize a solution is needed. Progressive organizations are looking to adopt enterprise service catalog technology as a Single Pane of Glass solution that helps them eliminate catalog sprawl.”

According to the findings, the top challenges associated with multiple catalogs in use inside an organization include increased administration expenses (72 percent), decreased value of the service and offerings portfolio (60 percent) and increased software expenditures (52 percent).

Complete findings from the 2014 PMG Catalog Sprawl Survey, a blind survey of 236 North American corporate IT professionals conducted in February of 2014, are available at www.pmg.net/resources/download/catalog-s...-survey-2014/request.

Catalog Consolidation Critical
To address catalog sprawl, 59 percent of respondents are looking toward consolidating employee facing catalogs. The biggest hurdles to consolidation are:
  • Buy-in from business leaders (42 percent),
  • Legacy applications and software (37 percent),
  • Insufficient budget (35 percent),
  • Lack of IT staff expertise (33 percent) and
  • Buy-in from IT leadership (31 percent).

Single Pane of Glass to the Rescue
Sixty-seven percent of respondents believe achieving a Single Pane of Glass, one portal where users can find all of an organization's offerings from to A to Z, would enable IT to be more strategic. In fact, more than half (57 percent) of those surveyed believe a single interface is either important or very important to their organization.

Nearly all (95 percent) of IT pros felt a Single Pane of Glass approach to catalog sprawl would be effective within their organization. The top metrics by which they would rate impact of this strategy are usage, quality of consumption and service level impact.

Today, achieving that single interface continues to elude most organizations (73 percent). The biggest obstacles to executing on this strategy include a lack of leadership from top management and a lack of cooperation from end-user departments such as marketing, sales and HR.

For in-depth survey findings from the 2014 PMG Catalog Sprawl Survey which include shadow IT operations usage, visit www.pmg.net/resources/download/catalog-s...-survey-2014/request. To view a social media version of this press release visit http://pitch.pe/N1MKrY.

About the 2014 PMG Catalog Sprawl Survey
PMG commissioned a blind survey of North American IT professionals in February of 2014. Respondents to the online survey included a total of 236 IT leaders. Of that group, 48 percent were in IT management (managers, supervisors, directors, etc.), 40 percent were IT professionals (technicians, architects, engineers, administrators, analysts, specialists, designers, developers, etc.) and 13 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 44 percent having more than $1 billion in annual sales, 49 percent having more than 5,001 employees, and 69 percent having IT departments with 51 or more employees. Industries represented included computer technology, consulting, healthcare, financial service, manufacturing, and retail.

About PMG
More than 20 percent of the Global 100 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 requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
Mar 12
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic PMG Webinar Shares Recent Catalog Sprawl Research Findings in the forums.
WHO:
Cesar Fernandez, director of Product Solutions for PMG, will present a webinar session titled, “Catalog Sprawl: IT Gone Wild.”

WHAT:
Today, savvy IT organizations have introduced multiple catalog-type tools for customers to procure any type of required service or to request help. The upside is that catalogs provide an enhanced user experience, but the downside is that multiple customer facing tools start to crowd the IT infrastructure. The result: catalog sprawl. IT’s enthusiasm to offer numerous customer facing catalogs creates unintended consequences, such as confusion for customers, poor integration and collaboration, and increased support and maintenance costs.

PMG’s latest research uncovered that catalog sprawl is a trend quickly gaining momentum, with 71% of IT professionals managing a plethora of customer facing tools. All of these siloed catalogs hinder productive and efficient work environments. The solution: leverage a single pane of glass and ‘consolidate to collaborate’ within your organization.

Join Fernandez as he dives into the research findings, as well as the solutions to catalog sprawl. During the webinar, attendees will:
  • Review the research findings from the 2014 PMG Catalog Sprawl Survey, including top concerns and biggest obstacles to overcome catalog sprawl
  • Understand the downside of poor integration and orchestration and how they can be avoided
  • Discover how an Enterprise Service Catalog can provide a ‘single pane of glass’ for all IT and business services for your organization
  • Learn how an Enterprise Service Catalog can help control costs

WHEN:
Thursday, March 13, 2014
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:
Register now to attend this webinar. To learn more other recent PMG webinars, click here.

CONTACT:
Joy Reddy, media contact
jreddy@arketi.com
(404) 929-0091, ext. 209

About PMG
More than 20 percent of the Global 100 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 requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
Mar 10
3 months ago
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic PMG Webinar Explains What Every CIO Needs to Know About the Impact of Cloud in the forums.
WHO: Cesar Fernandez, director of Product Solutions for PMG, will present a webinar session titled, “Cloud Sprawl Impact: What Every CIO Needs to Know.”

WHAT: There is growing apprehension among Enterprise IT leaders over the unauthorized use of the public cloud by business units within the enterprise. Security and compliance concerns are driving corporate crackdowns on the rogue use of cloud services, which have an additional negative impact on corporate budgets and operations.

However, the demand for cloud continues to rise as it offers faster deployment and delivers a better value. Given this, CIOs need to understand how the ever-increasing use of cloud services affects the most critical factors of their IT infrastructure and services: scalability, manageability, security and profitability. During the webinar, Fernandez will review:
  • The findings from the recent 2013 PMG Cloud Sprawl Survey, including top cloud concerns, applications that are most often being prevented by IT, and the outlook for cloud in the coming months
  • How savvy IT departments are finding better ways to offer enterprise-grade cloud services to ensure security and profitability
  • Why it's critical that solutions to offer cloud services be easily manageable and able to scale across the enterprise

Register now to attend this webinar. To learn more about this and other PMG webinars, click here.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

CONTACT: Joy Reddy, media contact
jreddy@arketi.com
(404) 929-0091, ext. 209


About PMG
More than 20 percent of the Global 100 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 requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
Jan 16
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic PMG Achieves Record Company Growth in 2013 in the forums.
PMG released latest version of enterprise service catalog, garnered industry recognition for solution and thought leadership efforts

Atlanta, GA – Jan. 7, 2014 – PMG, the smart choice for enterprise service catalog and business process automation software, announced today record end of year results for 2013. Over the past year, PMG experienced a 30% increase in company growth with new employees and customers, as well as a greater solution adoption among its existing customer base. Additionally, both new and current customers are expanding their service catalog enterprise-wide, particularly into the areas of cloud management, IT financial management, and identity management.

Enjoying continued industry recognition, PMG was recognized in Forrester Research’s “Master The Service Catalog Solution Landscape In 2013” report released in June 2013. Of the 19 solutions examined, PMG SCS met the criteria in all maturity categories and was one of only five solutions to meet all three maturity levels. PMG was also named a TAG Top 40 Innovative Technology Company by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Georgia’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry.

During 2013, PMG released version 7 of its Service Catalog Suite (SCS), making it easier than ever to extend PMG SCS across the enterprise. An improved user interface allows users the ability to more easily manage the solution, provides dynamic branding for multi-tenancy and extends the catalog to mobile devices. Additionally, PMG’s new data provider framework allows for easy integration to systems both internal and in the cloud.

One large worldwide conglomerate is focusing on their employee’s end user experience by leveraging the PMG enterprise service catalog as a ‘single pane of glass’ for all of their employee needs. In addition to providing IT and business requests, the catalog is now an overall portal to access resources from their support and training sites.

Another PMG customer now provisions building access cards to all facilities in multiple countries, while a leading university customer provisions cable TV services to dormitory rooms and cell phones to university staff.

A continued trend of moving the catalog into other shared service departments was also evident this past year, with several customers extending the catalog into the human resources departments. This logical integration provides streamlined onboarding processes for new employees.

“PMG is a game changer. It’s all about providing great value,” said Duane Guenard, program manager for Service Management at Analog Devices, Inc.

Building on its thought leadership, PMG executed two surveys of IT professionals, focusing oncloud sprawl and examining Enterprise IT through the rise of enterprise app stores and growth of IT as a Service (ITaaS).

One of PMG’s surveys, The 2013 PMG Cloud Sprawl Survey of 234 North American corporate IT professionals, earned two PRSA Phoenix Awards for survey research and media efforts that positioned PMG as an enterprise IT thought leader.

“The growth we have experienced over the past year is a testament to the dedication of our staff as well as the continuing demand for enterprise service catalog solutions,” said Joe LeCompte, principal of PMG. “Our customers have experienced success using the service catalog within the IT department and are now extending these capabilities into other departments and even making the catalog accessible to their external vendors. We expect to see this trend continue throughout 2014.”

To view a social media version of this release, visit http://pitch.pe/1kPhGGg.

About PMG
More than 20 percent of the Global 100 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 requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
Jan 07
4 months ago
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic Arketi Group Showcased on Adobe Muse Site of the Day in the forums.
Arketi Group’s Very Special 12 Days of Christmas to be Featured Christmas Day

ATLANTA – Dec. 24, 2013 – Arketi Group, a high-tech business-to-business public relations and digital marketing agency, will be featured on Adobe® MuseTM Site of the Day on Dec. 25 for the agency’s interactive holiday card.

Arketi Group’s Very Special 12 Days of Christmas is a fun take on holiday infographics envisioned by Arketi’s creative team. Sites selected for display on Adobe Muse Site of the Day are created exclusively with Adobe Muse and exhibit strong visual design and usability, interesting and timely content and an innovative use of Muse features.

“We are thrilled Adobe Muse selected Arketi’s holiday card as the Site of the Day feature for Christmas day,” said Jim Densmore, associate creative director at Arketi Group. “While we had fun creating our very special 12 Days of Christmas for our firm’s friends and clients it also lets us showcase our innovative design skills and creative thinking.”

Adobe Muse software enables designers to easily create and publish HTML5 websites without writing code. Part of Creative Cloud, Adobe Muse users have access to familiar design apps such as Adobe Photshop, Illustrator and InDesign when creating interactive and professional websites.

To view a social media version of this news release, click here.


Arketi About Group
Arketi Group is a public relations (PR) and digital marketing firm that helps business-to-business (BtoB) technology organizations accelerate growth through intelligent strategy, public relations, messaging, branding and demand generation. Consistently recognized by BtoB magazine as one of the nation's “Top BtoB Agencies,” Arketi helps its clients use marketing to generate revenue. Companies benefiting from this approach to BtoB marketing include Brickstream, Intradiem, PMG, SAI Global and Xerox. For more information, call 404-929-0091 ext. 202 or visit www.arketi.com.
Dec 23
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic SAI Global Compliance Survey of Gift Policies Finds Most Organizations Man in the forums.

Exceptions to Gift Policies Seldom if Ever Granted

PLAINSBORO, NJ – Dec. 19, 2013 – Nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of North American-based organizations require employees to report on gifts offered or received from clients and vendors and many outline acceptable and unacceptable gifts. More than a quarter (26 percent) of organizations never grant exceptions to their gift giving and receiving policies, while 52 percent of organizations rarely do so according to the 2013 SAI Global Snapshot on Gift Giving and Receiving, a survey of 299 North American corporate compliance officers and ethics professionals.

“The holiday season brings increased risks associated with the giving and receiving of gifts to the forefront,” Tim Whipple, president of SAI Global Compliance. “Clearly, many organizations are taking a hard-line stance on exceptions that could give rise to these risks and they are also utilizing registries to improve visibility and establish a comprehensive record to help mitigate the risks.”

Additional survey findings reveal that while 54 percent of organizations don’t set a limit on the frequency with which employees can give or receive gifts, many policies do spell out which gifts are acceptable. Promotional items, such as pens and calendars, are always acceptable in 48 percent of organizations, followed by food, which is always acceptable in 22 percent of organizations.

Other “always” acceptable items included flowers (21 percent), meals (17 percent) and desk/office accessories (16 percent). Most of these aforementioned items were also typically acceptable “under certain conditions.”

According to respondents several items are overwhelmingly never acceptable including:
  • Gifts cards, certificates or cash equivalents - 65 percent
  • Trips and travel - 60 percent
  • Electronics and cameras - 57 percent
  • Crystal - 56 percent
  • Wine and spirits - 50 percent


SAI Global Compliance, the world’s leading provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) products, services and technology, commissioned the survey in December to coincide with the holiday season. Complete findings from the survey as well as additional resources can be found on the SAI Global Compliance Conflicts-of-Interest Resource Center at: http://compliance.saiglobal.com/community/conflicts-of-interest.

“Now is the perfect time to remind employees about organizational gift giving and receiving policies,” said Whipple. “As we enter a new year, we recommend organizations review their policies to ensure they clearly correspond to their organizational values and pertinent compliance obligations.”

When looking at the specific limits on gift values employees can give without approval, 35 percent of organizations capped the amount at “modest” or at less than $25. Ten percent had a cap at less than $50 and 12 percent of organizations capped the amount at less than $100 value. In some organizations, (20 percent), gifts are never allowed, while 14 percent of organizations require specific approval.

For limits on the value of gifts employees can receive without specific approval, the findings showed 38 percent of organizations capped the amount at “modest” or at less than $25. Thirteen percent have a less than $50 value and 18 percent of organizations cap the value at less than $100. Employees are not allowed to receive gifts in 17 percent of the organizations.

Nearly all of the organizations use a variety of channels and training methods to educate employees on gift giving and receiving policies. The most commonly used methods to share these policies include:
  • Internal code of conduct or employee handbook - 78 percent
  • Stand-alone policy - 55 percent
  • Online - 45 percent
  • As part of travel and entertainment policy - 29 percent


Nearly two-out-of-three (64 percent) organizations provide annual updates or reminders to employees on gifting policies. Ethics professionals report doing this through:
  • Training courses - 74 percent
  • Periodic reminders or ongoing communications - 72 percent
  • Employee handbook - 71 percent


About the 2013 SAI Global Snapshot on Gift Giving and Receiving
SAI Global Compliance commissioned a blind survey of chief compliance officers and ethics professionals in December 2013. Respondents to the online survey included a total of 299 executives. Of that group, 31 percent reported their organizations have more than $3 billion in sales and 53 percent had 5,000 or more employees. The plurality, 40 percent, was from public companies and the industries represented included healthcare, financial services, insurance, health insurance, manufacturing and more.

More details on the 2013 SAI Global Snapshot on Gift Giving and Receiving can be found at: compliance.saiglobal.com/community/conflicts-of-interest.

About SAI Global Compliance
SAI Global Compliance provides a full range of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software applications, learning and awareness solutions and advisory services. With over twenty-five years’ experience and offices worldwide, we combine deep expertise with practical technology solutions to help thousands of organizations reduce risk, enhance compliance, streamline governance and make better decisions. For more information about our solutions and services, visit www.saiglobal.com/compliance.

Media Contact
Joy Reddy
Arketi Group
404-929-0091 ext. 209
jreddy@arketi.com
Dec 19
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic PMG Hosts Cloud Accelerator Webinar On Getting Secure and Compliant in the forums.
PMG Hosts Cloud Accelerator Webinar On Getting Secure and Compliant Virtual Infrastructure

WHO: Cesar Fernandez, Director of Product Solutions

WHAT: According to 69% of IT Pros, the hybrid cloud is the wave of the future within their organizations. And while cloud applications are deployed faster and deliver better value, they also raise concerns around security and compliance – especially when they are secured outside of IT.

To ensure organizations maintain a firm grip on cloud sprawl, they must begin by leveraging a service catalog to automatically provision service offerings. From there, organizations can empower their data center administrators to quickly create new virtual service offerings and manage machine builds – all without having to rely on support from the service catalog administrator. And once provisioned, end users can manage the details of their own machines.

By providing a single, central point for ordering, provisioning and managing all virtual infrastructure, organizations can ensure governance and security.

Register Now to join PMG for the launch of the PMG Cloud Accelerator. In this 30-minute webinar, we’ll illustrate the features of the new solution, including:

  • Machine Build
  • Machine Management
  • User Management
  • Dashboard and Reporting
  • User Self Service

WHEN: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET

CONTACT: Joy Reddy, media contact
jreddy@arketi.com
(404) 929-0091, ext. 209

About PMG
More than 20 percent of the Global 100 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 requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
Dec 12
Mary Rose Macaranas created a new topic http://www.pmg.net/solutions in the forums.

PMG Service Catalog Suite enables data center administrators and end users to easily request and manage virtual infrastructure

Atlanta, GA – Dec. 9, 2013 – PMG, the smart choice for enterprise service catalog and business process automation software, today launched the PMG Cloud Accelerator. The Cloud Accelerator enhances the PMG Service Catalog Suite by delivering out-of-the-box functionality for the self-service provisioning of virtual infrastructure, such as servers, workstations, software and supporting components.

PMG provides a centralized, unified catalog of services across the enterprise through the intuitive, familiar interface of online commerce. Instinctively easy to use, the new Cloud Accelerator empowers data center administrators to quickly create new virtual service offerings and manage machine builds – all without having to rely on support from the service catalog administrator. This allows data center administrators to focus on their core competency – data center management – rather than managing the details of the service catalog. Additionally, end users are able to manage the details of their own machines, without having to contact the data center administrator.

The Cloud Accelerator’s intuitive interface consists of machine build, machine management, user access to machines and a main console with dashboard reporting metrics. Data center administrators create templates of service offerings with defined components that include pricing optional approvals, with easily configured optional tiered levels within templates and flexible pricing. Once provisioned, data center administrators and end users are able to manage power operations and the details of machine configurations.

“PMG Accelerators are designed to provide out-of-the-box functionality with prebuilt templates and workflows to get new service offerings incorporated into the service catalog more quickly and efficiently,” said Joe LeCompte, principal of PMG. “With the Cloud Accelerator, data center managers can better meet their customers’ virtual needs, helping to greatly reduce cloud sprawl, which ensures governance and security within the organization.”

The Cloud Accelerator is premiering today at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, NV. A Silver Sponsor of the conference, PMG will be demonstrating its latest capabilities in booth #319. UnitedHealth Group, a PMG customer, will also be featured at the conference, speaking to their success in the cloud and with the PMG Service Catalog Suite.

Learn more about the PMG Service Catalog Suite and the PMG Cloud Accelerator. To view a social media version of this release, visit http://pitch.pe/1gKxwS8.

About PMG
More than 20 percent of the Global 100 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 requests faster with fewer manual processes and less reliance on staff intervention. For more information, please visit pmg.net.
Dec 09

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