Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Secure Designs' Vulnerability Management Solution Provides Simple, Affordable Way to Drive Down Network Security Risk

GREENSBORO, N.C.--Secure Designs Inc., (http://www.securedesigns.com) -- a leader in managed IT security solutions for small to mid-sized businesses (SMB) -- has introduced new, cloud-based Vulnerability Scanning software that makes security assessment and remediation affordable and easy. The solution reduces upfront costs and empowers even the most resource-constrained IT departments to drive down security risks and improve productivity.

Lake Norman Bags & Brews Festival Getting its Happy Fix® May 3rd

APEX & MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Positive lifestyle company Happy Fix® (www.happyfix.com) is bringing its message on the road to the Lake Norman Bags & Brews Festival May 3rd at the Central Greenway at Mooresville Town Square in support of the inaugural fundraiser for the Captain Mark McDowell Memorial Foundation. Happy Fix® will be selling quality, sought-after products people love at the event, including uber-comfy apparel and fun accessories. “We’re honored to be supporting this event and the Captain Mark McDowell Foundation,” Stacy Menzies, Happy Fix® president said. Captain McDowell grew up in Mooresville and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. An F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, Captain McDowell died July 17, 2009 in a crash in Afghanistan, flying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Bags & Brews Festival was designed to help raise money to establish a yearly scholarship at South Iredell High School, McDowell’s alma mater, in addition to assisting other charities and public schools with needed funds.

Governor McCrory Launches Major Workforce Development Initiative

SANFORD, N.C.--Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined state officials today in announcing "NCWorks," a major initiative that will promote one consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across North Carolina.

Utilities Closing Analytics Skills Gap with SAS® Software, Research Grant

CARY, N.C.--Utilities lack a strong pipeline of data scientists to tackle tough industry-business concerns. Analytics leader SAS has stepped up with a research and software grant, including energy forecasting technologies, to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC). Multidisciplinary engineering coursework combined with practical data applications are expected to attract new students to the field.

Who's Running the Show?

by David D. Menzies 
When your car breaks down, are you good enough with automotive repairs to fix it yourself, or do you take it to a garage? It's a simple question of whether or not you value hiring a qualified individual to do a job that you are not prepared to handle yourself. A couple of recent events got me thinking about a similar error many small business owners make: putting the future of their businesses in the hands of individuals unqualified to manage their growth. On the surface, you might think this would be a no-brainer; I mean, how could a smart business owner, who put inordinate amounts of blood, sweat, and tears into starting their business, possibly get into the position where money is pouring out the door into poorly planned business development efforts, run by individuals with little or no experience in such area?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Raleigh Creative Services Agency Brings Superhero to Life for CenterEdge Software

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Innovative creative services agency The Marketing Machine (theMmachine.com) recently introduced a new force for good, rivaling the likes of Spider-Man, Batman, Superman or the X-Men: Max, the tireless champion of entertainment centers far and near. The agency has published a case study on Max, a superhero developed for CenterEdge Software, to help promote the company’s industry-leading point-of-sale, reservation, inventory and ticketing solutions.

Red Hat Announces New Training Course for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the immediate availability of a new OpenStack training course, Neutron Networking with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The new course uses a hands-on lab atmosphere to provide IT professionals with the skill-sets they need to implement and maintain OpenStack deployments. Aimed at helping enterprises build their teams' readiness to adopt and use Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the course takes an in depth look at the technology and how organizations can fully reap the benefits. The OpenStack Networking (Neutron) training course is available via traditional and virtual classrooms and on-site private team training. In the coming weeks, the new course will be available via self-paced online learning for added flexibility and convenience.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

FTC Warns Small Businesses: Don't Open Email Falsely Claiming to be From FTC

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Federal Trade Commission is warning small businesses that an email with a subject line “Pending consumer complaint” is not from the FTC. The email falsely states that a complaint has been filed with the agency against their company. The FTC advises recipients not to click on any of the links or attachments with the email. Clicking on the links may install a virus or other spyware on the computer.

OrthoCarolina Improves Patient Care and Image Quality With 9 Viztek DR Systems

RALEIGH, N.C.--Viztek, the leading provider of complete digital software and hardware diagnostic imaging solutions, announces today that OrthoCarolina, a leading independent academic orthopedics practice serving North Carolina and the Southeast, has chosen the Viztek U-Arm and Leggera Wireless DR (Direct Radiography) systems to support higher standards of patient care and improve overall efficiency. A full service orthopedic practice with more than 250 medical providers and 33 office locations, OrthoCarolina experienced nearly 1 million patient encounters in 2013. The practice supports over 30 sports teams, participates in more than 50 community organizations, and works with national organizations to make advances in healthcare a reality.

Thinking Big: Innovators to Discuss Big Data Analytics Applications at April Meeting

RALEIGH, N.C.--What do doctors treating tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa and corporate executives struggling to gain market share for their new product have in common? The opportunity to use big data. The effective application of big data analytics to research can help a variety of organizations from virtually all industries make better decisions before investing significant resources, whether it’s selecting which novel potential drug to pursue, choosing how to position a new product or determining where to expand a company’s operations. It all starts with asking the right questions and tapping into “unstructured” data sources—like blogs and press releases-- that industry databases can’t decipher and typical search engines take too long to process.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

CARY, N.C.--The Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council has named LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems as one of 100 recipients of the 2014 Enterprise Technology Leadership Award. LORD MicroStrain earned the award for its custom-designed Quality Management module, an integral part of the company's Product Lifecyle Management (PLM) system. PLM tracks a product from inception through design, manufacture and sales, centralizing information to efficiently integrate all involved parties. Now in their tenth year, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are entered into 11 categories and are evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. Nine of the ML Awards categories are for outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company. Two categories recognize the achievements of individual manufacturing leaders.

Coventor Enhances SEMulator3D Virtual Fabrication Platform

CARY, N.C.--Coventor®, Inc., the leading supplier of virtual fabrication solutions for semiconductor devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), today announced the immediate availability of the SEMulator3D® 2014 software platform. The latest version of the integrated modeling tool enhances the visibility, accuracy and performance with which engineers can analyze next-generation manufacturing technologies, and dramatically reduce the time and cost of traditional build-and-test silicon learning cycles in the 3D era.