Exanet Selects Chelsio Adapters


Exanet’s customers enjoy speed, high performance, fast access, less wasted time and higher productivity with Exanet’s software and hardware, leveraging Chelsio 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters.


“Because of the nature of our software technology, we can automatically install the fastest cards into standard, off-the-shelf hardware,” says Yossi Ben-Shoshan, Exanet’s CTO and EVP Product. “We recognize that Chelsio has the fastest cards on the market, so it seemed natural to pair our best-of-breed technologies.”


NorDx Uses InforSense


NorDx, one of the leading independent clinical labs in the U.S. northeast and a member of the MaineHealth system, signed a deal with InforSense Ltd.


The production InforSense system is fully implemented and in active use at NorDx. It was implemented in three weeks and is expanding rapidly as new use cases and applications are defined and implemented. InforSense is used at NorDx to: extract data from billing, laboratory results, patient and cost data sources; create and load data marts to enable analysis for quality measurements; assess pay for performance goals and payment of payer reimbursements. The system also automates the generation of clinical, reimbursement and billing reports for the 35,000 patients and over 200,000 plus tests performed each month.


“The system is proving very effective and easy to use – even our billing analyst is building her own workflows to answer ad hoc questions from the Finance Director and Leadership Team,” said Denis Rochette, Director IT, NorDx.


The Container Store Declutters with Texas Memory Systems


The Container Store, a retailer specializing in storage and organization, deployed Texas Memory Systems’ latest solid state disk technology to help manage the high volume of Web site traffic resulting from a feature on The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Storage and organization products from The Container Store were featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show in November. This stimulated demand and caused a huge increase in web visitors to www.containerstore.com. This surge in traffic would have caused the Web site to slow down and potential customers to give up. However, in anticipation of the increased traffic the company installed a Texas Memory Systems RamSan-440 solid state disk.


"We knew our IT infrastructure was about to be slammed and that we would need a quick and effective way to handle an unprecedented level of concurrent visitors to our site. We needed equipment from Texas Memory Systems in a hurry and they were there for us. Since the show aired on November 13th, our new infrastructure is helping us take maximum advantage of the exposure," said Tom Birmingham, CTO at The Container Store.


New Zealand’s Alliance Group Selects New Unisys Server


New Zealand-based meat processor and exporter Alliance Group expanded its 30-year relationship with Unisys to become the first organization in the world to install Unisys recently released ES7000 Model 7405R Enterprise Server.


Under the terms of the agreement, Unisys will supply and install two ES7000 Model 7405R servers and two EMC CX3 Storage Area Networks, enabling Alliance Group to consolidate and virtualize its server environment. The new servers will be used to replicate the Microsoft applications hosted at Alliance Group’s production site to its disaster recovery site via EMC’s RecoverPoint, CX3 Storage and VMware software solutions. This will help create business continuity for the company’s Microsoft Windows and Novell Netware environments.


“The Unisys ES7000 Model 7405R servers will support mission-critical applications, including our email, file and printer servers, along with web servers that manage customer access to company information,” said Kevin McCrone, chief information officer, Alliance Group. “We anticipate that they will both boost our operational efficiency and enhance our ability to serve a growing number of clients more quickly.


Pepper Hamilton Uses Recommind for Information Management


Pepper Hamilton LLP, a multipractice law firm with more than 500 lawyers in seven states and the District of Columbia, chose Recommind's MindServer platform as the information management solution to automatically organize and make accessible and usable Pepper Hamilton's knowledge and highly specialized expertise.


Recommind's MindServer platform is a conceptual search and auto-categorization layer that automatically integrates an enterprise's critical information repositories, enabling fast, easy access to relevant information and expertise.


RiverCross ATS Selects SunGard


RiverCross ATS selected SunGard’s Assent to clear and settle trades on its fully-automated dark pool.


RiverCross ATS, launched in May 2008 by Susquehanna International Group, LLP, is an independent, agency-only alternative trading system that offers the sell-side continuous crossing services for both block and nonblock orders in a secure environment. RiverCross will use SunGard’s Assent to help increase post-trade efficiency, while also helping to decrease miscellaneous infrastructure requirements.


“RiverCross selected SunGard because of its willingness to provide a custom-designed clearing system in Assent,” said Paul Onderdonk of RiverCross. “We are experiencing growth in volume and need a reliable, efficient clearing system, as well as a scalable architecture that can handle increasing capacity needs.”


Salvation Army Southern Territory Chooses Blackbaud 


The Salvation Army Southern Territory chose Blackbaud Enterprise CRM as its centralized database to support the sharing of cross-division information, facilitate improved reporting and streamline operations.


At a national level, The Salvation Army raised $2 billion in 2007 and recently ranked second in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s "Philanthropy 400" list of organizations that raise the most funds from private sources. Although TSAS is a recognized leader in raising support to expand its mission, it will be faced with the tough job of bridging the gap between donations and the rising demand for services in the coming years due to the economic downturn.


“Blackbaud Enterprise CRM was the clear choice for The Salvation Army Southern Territory. Built on the .NET Infinity platform, the solution is extensible and will be able to handle the high volume of data that our organization requires. Most important, the solution will empower our users to easily access only the data they need based on each of their specific job functions,” said Commissioner Max Feener, who leads TSAS. “It was not only the technology that led us to Blackbaud, but their people and their expertise with federated organizations. Blackbaud has the experience to support integrated fundraising for large organizations and the knowledge to help us spread best practices throughout the Territory.”


Food Pantry, Ltd Improves Profitablility with ARC Retail Business Intelligence


Food Pantry, Ltd a Hawaii-based retailer operating more than 100 stores in diverse retail formats, selected ARC Retail Business Intelligence 5.8, a retail performance management solution from Manthan Systems, for optimizing their business decisions and identifying opportunities to improve profitability.


Being a specialized performance management suite for retail, ARC Retail Business Intelligence 5.8 will provide Food Pantry data-driven decision-making capabilities to improve their merchandising decisions, optimize promotions performance, improve inventory and replenishment decisions, and analyze performance of brands.


Food Pantry Business Intelligence Director Wendy Reeve said, “In these turbulent economic times, we need to compete smarter with faster, better business decisions. ARC Retail Business Intelligence will provide our managers the analytic edge they need to provide better value.”


U.S. Senate Inproves Mailing with Satori Software


The U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms selected Satori Software, Inc. to provide an address validation and mailing software solution made up of MailRoom ToolKit and Bulk Mailer software.


Furthermore Satori Software Professional Services has been contracted to implement the integrated solution, provide necessary customization and maintenance for up to five years.


In order to be awarded the contract, vendors were required to provide a proposal to deliver a commercially available mailing name and address validation software, including installation, configuration and customization to meet Senate requirements. The new solution will need to identify and remove invalid addresses from lists, provide accurate ZIP coding information, sort the list to achieve postal discounts and output the list to the high-speed ink-jet and other printers used in the Senate.


Whitehorse Press Rapid Gains Insight with Analytics 


Whitehorse Press is using Rapid Insight Analytics software to better identify customers who are more likely to buy its motorcycle gear and related products. With Rapid Insight, the company analyzes data on all of its customers with just a couple of mouse clicks to make its targeted marketing program more efficient, saving tens of thousands of dollars each year in printing and postage costs.


“Rapid Insight Analytics has allowed us to maintain sales levels with fewer catalogs and flyers mailed, saving money on printing and postage,” said Dan Kennedy, founder of Whitehorse Press. “With the average rented prospect list offering a paltry one to two percent return, mining our house list for the best possible buying candidates has been a crucial goal. Analytics makes it easier for us to make informed decisions, predict potential outcomes and more effectively leverage our financial resources.”


Foxwoods Plays Strong Hand with SAS and Netezza


Foxwoods Resort Casino chose the Netezza Performance Server data warehouse appliance and SAS Marketing Automation software to analyze its gaming and hotel data to better serve its 40,000 daily customers.


In conjunction with Netezza, Foxwoods is expanding its data mart to collect more detailed gaming data and customer demographics for use in micro-targeted marketing campaigns, special offers and comps. With SAS, Foxwoods will be able to analyze data more closely and as a result will be able to make more precise business decisions that will enhance the company’s marketing strategies.


“When you’re welcoming 40,000 people every day, developing strong customer relationships is crucial to persuading them to come back,” said Michael Kutia, director of hospitality systems at Foxwoods. “Netezza’s extreme speed, coupled with SAS Marketing Automation, enables Foxwoods to get to know our customers like never before. The insights gained from SAS and provided by our Netezza appliance let us alert customers of special offers that they’ll care about and make them feel a part of the Foxwoods family.”


SAS Visual Data Discovery is the Ticket for StubHub


StubHub, the eBay company that reinvented the ticket resale market, is reinventing how it targets customers with software from SAS.


Using SAS Visual Data Discovery for Midsize Business, StubHub business analysts quickly and graphically evaluate customer behavior, creating clusters of like-minded consumers for targeted outreach.


“We needed a user-friendly data mining and analytic solution that provided better value. And we needed to build predictive models. SAS Visual Data Discovery meets our needs perfectly,” Ming Teng, StubHub’s head of analytics, said. “We get the desired results with less time and effort.” 


VMware Helps Riverstone Residential Grow its Business


Riverstone Residential Group, the largest privately owned residential management company in the U.S., virtualized nearly its entire Windows application environment on VMware’s management and virtualization platform, VMware Infrastructure 3.


RRG manages over 192,000 apartment units in 29 states and the District of Columbia. The company’s acquisition strategy resulted in a compound annual growth rate of more than 100 percent. That rapid growth put a heavy strain on the company’s server and storage area network resources and pushed its datacenter to the limits.


“We can’t say enough great things about VMware,” said Ty Brewer, chief information officer at Riverstone Residential. “It’s been a big part of our company’s success. We now have the flexibility and scalability to support our rapid growth. Instead of seven to10 days to buy, install and configure a new box, we can provision new VMs in less than an hour. That makes IT much more responsive to the business. And the pooling of virtual resources has eliminated concerns about disk failures. In fact, VMware Infrastructure has performed so well that it’s now a core component of our disaster-recovery strategy.”


Pioneer Investments Selects DataFlux


Pioneer Investments selected DataFlux technology to analyze, monitor and integrate its financial data. By incorporating the DataFlux Data Quality Integration Platform, the organization is able to take a more proactive approach to data management.


The company selected the DataFlux Data Quality Integration Platform to analyze the data at the onset, validate data expectations and, ultimately, monitor its databases to recognize out-of-norm data conditions.


“Data management is of the utmost importance in the financial services industry, and data profiling and data monitoring are very actionable ways to ensure you’re addressing data quality,” said Jeff Shortis, chief data officer of Pioneer Investments. “With DataFlux, we are able to validate our data expectations in advance and successfully integrate the data into the appropriate databases. This frees up staff and, in turn, our IT budget – valuable resources which can be utilized on other priority IT projects.”

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