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22Jul/130

“The Ansel Adams Gallery Upgrades to Konect Elite + Windows Server 2008 R2 with Ease

Calgary, AB (PRWEB) June 10, 2013

Konect software was an integral part of the solution to simplify and cut administrative costs. Migrating from our legacy system cut our annual administrative overheads by more than 75%. Konect also enabled us to use our systems remotely, which allows us to hire the optimally skilled (high, mid, low as needed) administrative employees where they are, rather than drawing from a limited pool (in terms of size and range of skills) in a remote, rural area. Matthew Adams, President

THE CHALLENGE

The Ansel Adams Gallery has been in business under the same family ownership since 1902. What started as a painters studio is now a destination for photographers and aficionados of Ansel Adams worldwide.

Operating out of Yosemite National Park, CA, the client has an interesting combination of requirements: they have a complex POS system that needs to be onsite, while NPS (National Park Service) requires that administrative functions be housed outside the national park. The client also has many multi-site workers the website is administered remotely, general administration is done remotely, accounting and bookkeeping are administered remotely, and high end art sales operates remotely.

The client had a VPN connection in place, which had created several complexities: regular communications interruptions, a much slower connection to workers at remote locations due to large amounts of data being pulled across the network, and the POS and accounting software were recommended to be on same server for optimal performance, which wasnt possible with that delivery model. It soon became clear that they needed a more robust solution that was able to handle all of these requirements, and yet still be simple to use and manage.

THE SOLUTION

Back in April 2008, The Ansel Adams Gallery purchased Konect Elite when migrating from UNIX

25May/120

Black Friday Predictions for 2008 from GottaDeal.com, Web’s Largest Black Friday Site

Oak Creek, WI (PRWEB) September 23, 2008

Having covered Black Friday extensively for the past five years, we at GottaDeal.com are in a better position than pretty much anyone else to offer predictions for this year. Over the years we've noticed trends in the deals offered by the major retailers and can offer a glimpse into what we believe will be the 2008 Black Friday deals and hot items.

HDTVs:

While HDTVs have been popular Black Friday items in the past few years, we expect that this holiday season will be the tipping point for HDTV purchases by the average consumer. Prices have dropped this year more than any previous year, and with the digital TV transition happening in a few months, a large part of the general public is looking to get a new HDTV, and this Black Friday should provide an amazing number of deals.

With HDTVs, there is a very large amount on variation in quality. In many cases, the lowest-priced models on Black Friday are stripped-down models made exclusively for that retailer's sale. In many cases they lack features and the quality components used to manufacture higher priced models. That doesn't necessarily mean that these deals aren't great - it's just a case of buyer beware. You should not expect $ 2,000 performance from a $ 500 HDTV.

The two primary types of flat panel HDTVs in the Black Friday ads will be LCD and Plasma. Plasma HDTVs tend to be cheaper going by cost per inch, but that is not always the case as there are some very high-end, highly rated plasma models out there. The maximum resolution of an HDTV is also something that you'll see in the ads. Most HDTVs will either be 1080p or 720p. These numbers represent the maximum lines of horizontal resolution that the TV can display at once. 1080p is the native resolution for things like Blu-ray, some video games and other sources, and being higher resolution means that these models will cost more.

On to price predictions. We fully expect to see 42" plasma and HDTVs in the $ 499 range this year. During the last few months on GottaDeal.com, we've posted deals for 42" HDTVs for under $ 700 in a few cases, so it's completely realistic to expect at least one retailer to have a deal under $ 500 on such a model. These cheaper HDTVs will likely be 720p and will lack features found in more expensive models. We expect prices on 50" plasma and LCD HDTVs to also fall this Black Friday, perhaps to somewhere around $ 699-749.

Stepping up to the full 1080p resolution will cost a little bit more, but in most cases it will be worth the extra cost when you factor in how long you will be using this HDTV and how most sources in the future (television, movies, video games) will be in native 1080p resolution. On GottaDeal.com we've posted 42" 1080p LCD HDTVs for under $ 800 recently, so it would not surprise us to see a 42" 1080p LCD HDTV in Black Friday ads for $ 599. 46" and 50" versions should be available for around $ 749 and $ 999 respectively.

Deals on smaller HDTVs (and standard TVs with the new digital tuners) will also be plentiful this year. 32" LCD HDTVs will be had for $ 349-399 and 37" models will be $ 499 or less. For those looking to replace smaller bedroom TVs with HDTVs, expect great deals on both smaller LCD HDTVs as well as standard tube TVs that now include the new digital ATSC tuners. Stores these days tend to not stock as many of these because of size constraints, but they will often make one-time purchases for Black Friday, so expect something like a 20" TV with digital tuner in the $ 79-99 range.

While Black Friday is a great time to buy the loss-leader, lower-end HDTVs, if you are looking for a deal on a higher quality, name-brand HDTV, the best time to buy is typically in early to mid-December as retailers ramp up the deals to get those last minute sales before the holidays. And even if you miss those deals, the pre-Super Bowl TV deals are also very attractive.

Laptops and Desktops:

One of the biggest hot Black Friday ad items traditionally has been the ultra-cheap laptop. However times have changed drastically in the last few years. Back in 2005, the thought of a $ 399 laptop made grown men drool with anticipation. However as component and manufacturing costs have dropped, it's not all that uncommon to see a $ 399 laptop in a Sunday ad any week of the year, or offered at online retailers such as Dell.

The recent surge in popularity of a new wave of "netbooks" - stripped down, mini laptops with 7-10" screens - has also had a big impact on the overall laptop market and the deals we can expect on Black Friday this year. Desktop computers, while still popular, are not as "sexy" as they've been in the past. They have become almost disposable because of price drops and the fact that it doesn't take much in terms of features to handle what 99% of the general public uses a desktop for in their daily lives.

If you are considering purchasing a laptop on Black Friday this year, we can't stress enough how important it is to decide what features you need and what you will be using the laptop for. There will be cheap laptops, but if they don't fit your needs, as good of a deal they may seem on the surface, you will end up disappointed soon after you purchase it. Questions to consider: what size screen do you need? Is weight an important factor? What about battery life? Do you need to be able to burn DVDs on the laptop? Some parts of the laptop (such as RAM memory) can always be upgraded later on, but other components such as screen size, battery life and processor are usually permanent.

The "classic" Black Friday laptop the last few years has had a 15.4" widescreen LCD display, a low-level dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, 160GB hard drive and usually a combo CD-RW/DVD drive, along with standard features such as WiFi, modem and ethernet port. Laptops like these have been available all year long from retailers such as Best Buy, Circuit City and Staples for as low as $ 399. Therefore we predict we'll see this level of laptop in Black Friday ads for around $ 299 this year. We'll also predict an upgraded model with a faster Core 2 Duo processor, 3-4GB of RAM, DVD burner and larger hard drive for $ 399, and maybe less.

As for the new "netbooks", we expect those to also be discounted on Black Friday, as retailers will use the ultra-low prices to "shock" the average consumer who wasn't aware that these laptops even existed. We've posted deals on GottaDeal.com during the year for these netbooks for as low as $ 199. As with regular laptops, these mini machines vary greatly in specs and features. We expect to see the cheapest of these netbooks for around $ 149 this Black Friday, but there will be deals on models with better features. Realize that these are not meant to be your primary machine. They are great for light tasks such as web browsing and e-mail, but the small screen size and smaller keyboard make long-term use uncomfortable.

Desktop computers will continue to sell, however we're reaching the point of diminishing returns as any budget desktop bought last Black Friday will be just as good as most advertised this year. For 99% of daily tasks (internet, e-mail, homework, office work), it doesn't take more than a low-end desktop to handle these tasks. This year we expect a mid-level desktop (dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, DVD burner) bundled with a 19" or 20" LCD monitor to be in the $ 299 range. Upgrade to a faster processor, more RAM, bigger hard drive and a 22" monitor for $ 100 more.

We predict computer peripherals to be hotter this year than in previous years. Expect hot deals on LCD monitors - we are expecting 19" monitors for $ 69-79 and 22" models for possibly as low as $ 99. 24" models should be around $ 199 as well. With Blu-ray being the next-generation format winner, we expect some nice deals on both internal and external Blu-ray drives for PCs. Expect internal drives for $ 99 and external for $ 149. As with every Black Friday, expect a lot of deals on things like external hard drives, flash drives and mice/keyboard sets. These items always sell well on Black Friday and we expect those trends to continue this year.

GPS Systems:

GPS navigation systems were huge last year during Black Friday and we expect much of the same this year. There hasn't been much new innovation since last year, but prices have continued to drop as new models have been released. Garmin and TomTom have been the cream of the crop as far as sales and popularity this past year, with brands such as Magellan, Navigon and Nextar in the next class. We've posted deals all year on GottaDeal.com for GPS systems below $ 100. We expect to see a budget GPS system with 3.5" LCD display for $ 49 this year, and more name-brand, feature-loaded models for under $ 100.

With GPS systems, we recommend reading as many reviews as possible from current owners before choosing a model. You'll also want to investigate if it is possible to update the maps on the device, and what that will cost you. Many of the budget, no-name models will not have this ability. With GPS systems, we firmly believe that if you are willing to pay an extra $ 50-75, you can get a lot more features and you'll be much happier with your purchase down the line.

Audio & Video:

Since last Black Friday, Blu-ray has won the next-generation format war over HD-DVD, and therefore we expect some nice deals on Blu-ray players and movies on Black Friday. Recent comments from the Blu-ray industry leaders indicated that while prices won't be slashed dramatically, we fully expect Blu-ray players to appear in at least one Black Friday ad for $ 149. Buy 1 Get 1 Free deals on Blu-ray movies are also predicted to help speed up the adoption of this new media format.

Along with Blu-ray, home theater systems will also be popular as retailers attempt to get those consumers who are purchasing a new HDTV to make it a complete home theater by adding a receiver and speakers. Budget 5.1 channel home theater systems should be listed in Black Friday ads for as low as $ 49.00. Add an integrated DVD player for $ 69. As with most electronics, you get what you pay for with these systems. In most cases you are better off using the built-in speakers in your TV instead of buying one of these cheap home theater systems.

iPods and MP3 players are always a hot seller on Black Friday. Apple recently introduced new versions of their popular iPods. In most cases, retailers cannot advertise iPods at prices lower than the standard MSRP, so expect to see promotions such as free accessories, free iTunes cards or free store gift cards with the purchase of these music players. Accessories for iPods are also expected to see big price cuts. This includes items such as alarm clocks, docking speaker systems, automotive accessories, cases and headphones. Deals on MP3 players from manufacturers such as SanDisk, Creative, Archos, Samsung, Sony and others should be attractive as they continue their futile attempt to gain market share from Apple.

Cameras, Camcorders & Digital Frames:

While a few years ago digital cameras were a huge Black Friday item, these days nearly everyone has one and so it takes more than just a cheap price to get people to open their wallets. As one of the most popular online deal sites, we believe digital camera deals are usually better during the year than they are on Black Friday. While going through the ads each year, we always notice cameras on "sale" for prices much more than they can be ordered online. So if you are considering a digital camera, we suggest you follow our online deals instead of relying on Black Friday.

Digital camcorders are becoming a little more popular as features are added and both prices and sizes are reduced. The new wave of compact HD-capable camcorders are very popular, but we expect prices to keep them from being a big hit this year. Next year, however, we expect HD camcorders to be a huge Black Friday seller once prices have dropped. You can expect to see entry-level, no-name HD camcorders in Black Friday ads this year for around $ 99, but we'd strongly advise against getting one of these cheaper models as the quality will not be acceptable. Standard MiniDV camcorders will be in the ads starting at around $ 129 for name-brand models, and those would be a better choice until name-brand HD camcorder prices drop.

Digital picture frames hit mainstream last year and it seemed like every store had at least one in their ad, regardless of if they were an electronics store or not. Prices on these have fallen drastically as well. We've posted deals on GottaDeal.com during the last few months for under $ 30 for digital frames. In the ads this year we expect 5" frames for $ 20, 7" frames for $ 30 and 10" frames for $ 60. The matching digital photo viewer keychains will also be advertised, probably for as low as $ 5. Again with these, you get what you pay for.

Online Black Friday Deals:

We can't stress enough that to get the best deals on Black Friday or any other day of the year, you have to check online first. At GottaDeal.com we post hundreds of new online deals each week and our forum members post even more every day on the message boards. On Black Friday @ GottaDeal.com, we'll have a continuously updated list of Black Friday ad items that can be purchased online at Black Friday prices. We urge our visitors to order as many ad items as possible online before leaving the house. It'll save you time, hassle and space in your trunk.

We do expect online retailers to continue to offer amazing deals this quarter as well as they compete with the brick and mortar retailers. Expect big sales and online-only coupons from retailers such as Amazon.com, Overstock.com, RedTag.com, SmartBargains.com, DeepDiscount.com, ShoeBuy.com and many, many others. And to keep track of these deals, just bookmark our home page at GottaDeal.com where we'll keep you updated on the latest deals throughout the day, every day of the year.

For more information, please visit Black Friday @ GottaDeal.com

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23Mar/120

Consona Corporation Kicks Off 14th Annual User Conference, Consona Connect 2008, in Las Vegas


Indianapolis, IN (Vocus) October 15, 2008

Consona Corporation (Consona), a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and customer relationship management (CRM) software and services for the enterprise, today announced its 14th annual Consona Connect user conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The event is designed to help attendees elevate their business performance and gain continuous value from their software solutions through networking forums, product training workshops, new product showcases, customer panels and keynotes, advanced technical sessions, and roundtable discussions.

"For 14 years, Consona Connect has successfully brought together customers, partners and product experts to provide invaluable networking, consulting and training opportunities," said Consona CEO Jeff Tognoni. "With the knowledge gained at Consona Connect, our customers have been able to achieve greater value from their product solutions and a clearer vision of how to respond to their most critical business challenges."

This year's conference offers Consona's KNOVA, Onyx, DTR, Made2Manage, Cimnet Systems, Encompix, Intuitive and AXIS customers an unprecedented lineup of sessions, led by Consona's product experts and professional services team members.

"The conference provided a good opportunity to meet with other customers, share experiences, and gain insight into what we could expect from the product in the near future," said Consona customer Cherry Tun-Smith of ING Clarion.

"We are entering our third year of using our Consona solution and we continue to be amazed and comforted by continued support regarding any issue we need to address," said Consona customer Carla Lammers of Ram Industries Inc. "In addition to this kind of support, the conference provides us with the opportunity to learn from instructors and other users."

This year's nearly 900 attendees can choose educational breakout sessions based on their product and version, job function, interests, unique needs, industry or level of system expertise. Course topics range from topical issues and industry trends in to basic courses that provide users with ideas to further leverage their systems. Product experts, from Consona and its network of technology partners, are on hand to help attendees address specific business challenges. Free one-on-one consulting sessions also are available to walk through product-related questions.

At the conference, Consona will honor 17 companies with the prestigious Summit Award, which recognizes customers who have been able to reinvent their businesses or achieve a tremendous return on investment as a result of using one or more of Consona's solutions. Other customers will be honored for their participation in Consona's extensive product feedback programs or years of partnership with Consona. Still other customers will highlight their success using Consona's solutions by becoming presenters in keynote sessions.

For additional information on Consona Connect 2008 or to download a Consona Connect 2008 brochure, please visit http://www.consonconnect.com.

About Consona Corporation

Consona Corporation (Consona, formerly known as M2M Holdings Inc.) is a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for the enterprise. Consona is dedicated to becoming a valued business partner by helping each and every customer continuously improve business processes over time. Toward this mission, Consona invests in the people, processes, technology and tools needed to provide its customers with a unique combination of customer care; product fit; a broad range of consulting, IT and business services; and industry expertise. Consona serves more than 4,500 customers worldwide and across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, health care, high tech, and local government. Battery Ventures and Thoma Bravo jointly own Consona. For further information, visit http://www.consona.com, e-mail info @ consona.com, or call (888) 8 CONSONA.

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15Jul/110

Call for Papers Now Open for the Web3D 2008 Symposium — To be Held at SIGGRAPH 2008

Call for Papers Now Open for the Web3D 2008 Symposium -- To be Held at SIGGRAPH 2008










Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2008

Call for Papers now open for the Web3D 2008 Symposium, to be held August 9th and 10th, 2008 at SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. Thirteenth in the series, the Web3D 2008 International Symposium will address a wide range of topics covering 3D graphics and related media on the Web. The annual Web3D Symposium is a major event, which unites researchers, developers, experimenters, and content creators in a dynamic learning environment. Attendees share and explore methods of using, enhancing, or creating new 3D Web and Multimedia technologies, such as (but not limited to) X3D, VRML, COLLADA, Croquet, MPEG4, MPEG7, Java3D, and Canvas3D. The symposium will also focus on recent trends such as interactive 3D graphics and applications on mobile devices.

Ecosystems of tools & techniques are evolving for standards-driven technologies. Web 3D technologies leverage the latest informatics tools such as XML-based solutions, web services applications, and graphics hardware innovations to deliver solutions across many domains. Topics include languages, tools, rendering techniques, human-computer interaction, networked and mobile devices and innovative applications.

Authors are invited to submit their work (short or full papers) for review by the international Program Committee. Both research and applications papers are of interest to Web3D 2008. The papers must be innovative and contribute to the advancement of 3D Multimedia technologies on the Web. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Interactive 3D graphics and immersive systems for servers, desktop and thin clients,

High-performance 3D graphics for Virtual Worlds, MMOs, Augmented Reality, and interactive on-line gaming

Animated humanoids and complex reactive characters (e.g. avatars)

Integration and interoperation with 3D Documents and Web/Multimedia technologies, including the Semantic Web

Methods for modeling and rendering complex geometry, structure and behaviors

User-interface paradigms and interaction methods for real-time 3D graphics and virtual environments

Innovative 3D graphics applications for Web/Multimedia in industry, science, medicine, and education

Authors are invited to submit full papers of up to 9 pages (including figures and references) or short papers of up to 4 pages (including figures and references) in PDF format via the Symposium Submission Site, http://www.web3d.org/conferences/web3d2008/call/. Accepted papers will appear in the Symposium Proceedings, published by ACM Press.

Important dates to note:

Papers:

April 7: Web3D Papers Submission deadline

May 21: Accept/Reject notifications go out to authors

June 4: Camera ready submissions to ACM for publication

Registration:

SIGGRAPH Registration System to open in Feb/March.

Bookmark http://www.web3d.org/conferences/web3d2008/ for symposium updates.

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8Jul/110

Collins College Graphic Design Student Wins Only Student ADDY at the 2008 ADDY(R) Awards Held in Phoenix

Collins College Graphic Design Student Wins Only Student ADDY at the 2008 ADDY(R) Awards Held in Phoenix











TEMPE, Ariz. (PRWEB) February 26, 2008

    Colinares, who is in her senior year, submitted a class project where she created a corporate identity campaign for her own clothing company. Her campaign included a business plan, logo, company and product brochures, signage, and packaging.

The ADDY(R) Awards honor creative excellence in nearly every area of advertising and are the only major national creative competition with three rigorous levels of judging--at the local, regional and national levels.

The Student ADDY Awards spotlight up-and-coming talent, recognizing and honoring outstanding creative work done by students of accredited U.S. educational institutions. All work submitted in the Student ADDY Competition is subject to the same rules and guidelines and submission requirements as the professional ADDY Competition. Entering students must be enrolled full or part-time in an accredited U.S. college. Additionally, work must be created while students are still enrolled in school. Students cannot be employed in the advertising industry.

According to Dana Veirs, Colinares's graphic design instructor who encouraged her to enter the contest, "This is a quite an achievement for a student to accomplish on their own. We are extremely proud of Venessa and are excited to have her represent Collins College at this year's ADDY(R) Awards."

About Collins College

Collins College, a school of design and technology, provides students with a career-focused education. Approximately 2,000 students from across the nation attend Collins College. Collins offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Game Design, Visual Arts with a major in Game Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Film & Video Production, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Associate degrees are offered in Information Technology, Digital Video Production, and Graphic Design. For more information, visit http://www.collinscollege.edu.





















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4Jul/110

SmartDraw 2008 Breaks All Records –Helps Users Create Business Graphics Faster than Ever Before; Users Across the Globe Applaud New Features for Flowcharts, Org Charts, Floor Plans, and More

SmartDraw 2008 Breaks All Records --Helps Users Create Business Graphics Faster than Ever Before; Users Across the Globe Applaud New Features for Flowcharts, Org Charts, Floor Plans, and More










San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 6, 2007

SmartDraw.com today announced that sales for SmartDraw have broken all previous sales records, both for new copies and for upgrades to existing SmartDraw owners. "Sales in September 2007 were up by more than 100% from a year ago," said Paul Stannard, CEO SmartDraw.com. "Sales of site licenses are our fastest growing segment. IT directors and users everywhere are recognizing the leap forward in usability and value that SmartDraw 2008 represents, and are choosing SmartDraw instead of Visio."

SmartDraw 2008, launched in September, is the first program that automates the task of creating business graphics such as flowcharts, org charts, floor plans and more. The new version is packed with exciting, helpful features that continue to draw admiration from both first-time users and long-time fans.

"Not only has SmartDraw saved us thousands in graphic design fees, but it has totally transformed our company," said Jeff Gordon, CEO of Amplio Consulting. "It's the best investment we've ever made."

Popular new features include LiveMaps, which captures live map data from the internet, allowing users to incorporate roads, regions, zip codes, and satellite images into their drawings; as well as Image Charts, which use images and pictures instead of standard bars, lines and circles…just like USA Today.

Users also love the new Express Charting feature, which allows users to create real charts and graphs of every kind, without having to make a spreadsheet first. Users simply pick a chart and type the data directly into the bars, or drag the bars to represent the right values.

"SmartDraw delivers communications, clarity, and the ease of looking good fast," said Dave Bartek, IBM. "I recommend it all the time…I am an evangelist for it!"

More than two million people have downloaded and used SmartDraw to create graphics such as flowcharts, org charts, family trees, floor plans, forms, timelines and more. Unlike other graphics programs that provide you with a blank screen and expect you to draw, such as Visio, with SmartDraw you start with a template that is specifically designed to create the type of illustration that you need. You enter your information and SmartDraw does the rest: building the graphic automatically using built-in rules and professional design themes to guarantee polished, presentation-quality results in just a few minutes. It draws for you!

"I've been a Visio user for years, but given the time and support constraints on my team, I needed software that was easier to learn," said Darren Tidwell, Network Administrator. "I wanted a tool that would help me solve my problems without wasting time or money. SmartDraw does this."

Readers can check out a complete list of new features and download a free trial of SmartDraw from the company's website (http://www.smartdraw.com), and may also purchase online. Individual licenses start at $ 297. The company also provides variety of options for multiple-seat licenses, including an annual subscription agreement for company-wide usage starting at $ 2995.

About SmartDraw.com

SmartDraw.com is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software and the first program that makes it possible for ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes. Each year more than two million people install and use SmartDraw and the company counts more than half of the members of the Fortune 500 as loyal customers.

Founded in 1994, SmartDraw.com is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. In addition to SmartDraw 2008 for general business and home use, the company also offers SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions which include graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. For more information on the company or to download a free trial of SmartDraw, please visit http://www.smartdraw.com.

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28Jun/110

SmartDraw 2008 Named “Most Innovative General Business Software” at the Software Innovation Awards

SmartDraw 2008 Named "Most Innovative General Business Software" at the Software Innovation Awards










San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2008

SmartDraw.com today announced that SmartDraw 2008 has won the title of "Most Innovative General Business Software" in SoftwareCEO's annual Software Innovation Awards. The winners were announced at the Software Marketing Perspectives Conference & Expo on May 7-9 in Santa Clara, CA.

"This year's SoftwareCEO Software Innovation Awards competition featured more than 90 entries, a record number," said David Sommer, chief operating officer, CompTIA, and publisher of SoftwareCEO. "That's testament to the creativity and vibrancy of the software market, which continues to produce products and services that deliver real business value to customers. By winning a SoftwareCEO Software Innovation award, SmartDraw has demonstrated it is at the forefront of innovation. On behalf of the worldwide membership of CompTIA and SoftwareCEO, I am pleased to recognize their achievement."

"We are honored to receive recognition for the way SmartDraw has revolutionized graphics software," said Paul Stannard, SmartDraw.com CEO.

SmartDraw, popular software downloaded by more than 2 million people every year, is the first program to automate the creation of business graphics such as flowcharts, mind maps, floor plans, project charts, org charts, and more. Unlike other graphics programs that provide users with a blank screen and expect them to draw, such as Visio®, with SmartDraw users start with a template that is specifically designed to create the type of illustration they need. Users enter the information and SmartDraw does the rest: building the graphic automatically using built-in rules and professional design themes to guarantee polished, presentation-quality results in just a few minutes. And, in the rare case that users need extra help, SmartDraw offers free customer support to all users.

SmartDraw offers a variety of licensing options and programs, including educational pricing. A free trial is available at http://www.smartdraw.com and includes both online and telephone technical support.

About SmartDraw.com

SmartDraw.com is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software and the first program that makes it possible for ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes. Each year more than two million people install and use SmartDraw and the company counts more than half of the members of the Fortune 500 as loyal customers.

Founded in 1994, SmartDraw.com is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. In addition to SmartDraw 2008 for general business and home use, the company also offers SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions which include graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. For more information on the company or to download a free trial of SmartDraw, please visit http://www.smartdraw.com

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26Jun/110

ad:tech Industry Awards Program 2008 Kickoff

ad:tech Industry Awards Program 2008 Kickoff










San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 4, 2007

ad:tech expositions, LLC (http://www.ad-tech.com), the leading organizer of conferences and exhibitions for the interactive marketing community worldwide, announced the kickoff of the ad:tech awards program. For more than a decade, the awards program has recognized talented visual and technology designers who demonstrate excellence in interactive marketing. The start of this program also marks the start of our Call for Submissions period. Creative submissions are now being accepted for the following categories: Interactive Ads and Campaigns, Optimization/Search Strategy, and Web Sites. The award winners will be honored at the 11th annual evening award ceremony, scheduled to take place at the 2008 ad:tech San Francisco exposition.

Don Knox, VP of ad:tech Global states, "We are thrilled to launch the 2008 Awards Program and look forward to reviewing new creative that is truly original and inspirational. With the huge success of the revitalized 2007 program, we are excited to see what is in store for 2008!"

An elite panel of judges will select the Limelight Award winners for each category within each Group. Two new categories were added to the Web Sites Group for 2008, Best Micro Site and Best User Defined Experience.

The 2008 Awards Program consists of the following groups and categories:

Group: Interactive Ads

Best Banner Ad

Best Interactive Broadcast Ad

Best Large Format or Overlay Ad

Best Next Generation Ad

Best Use of Rich Media

Group: Interactive Campaigns

Best Affiliate Marketing Campaign

Best Branding Campaign

Best Business-to-Business Campaign

Best Consumer Campaign

Best Direct Response Campaign

Best Email Marketing Campaign

Best Integrated Campaign

Best Mobile Campaign

Best Multi-Cultural Campaign

Best Social Media Marketing Campaign

Best Word of Mouth Marketing Campaign

Group: Optimization/Search Strategy

Best Campaign Optimization

Best Search Engine Optimization Strategy/Campaign

Best Search Marketing Strategy/Campaign

Group: Web Sites

Best Business-to-Business Marketing Web Site

Best Business-to-Business Transaction Web Site

Best Business-to-Consumer Marketing Web Site

Best Business-to-Consumer Transaction Web Site

Best Micro Site

Best User Defined Experience

Additionally, award winners will also be selected for the People's Choice Award, voted by the public, and for the Industry Achievement Awards.

"The quality of the submissions for the 2007 ad:tech awards was simply stunning. It was refreshing to see such innovative and creative work being done in the digital medium, with such obvious talent and hard work behind it. If interactive has been in the shadow of broadcast in the past, this year's submissions proved that this is no longer the case. Interactive has hit the prime time," states Awards Executive Panel member, Ron Belanger, VP of Agency Relations Yahoo! Search Marketing.

To submit creative to this awards program, please visit: http://www.ad-tech.com/awards/

About ad:tech: ad:tech expositions, LLC is the leading organizer of conferences and exhibitions for the interactive marketing community worldwide. ad:tech produces the world's largest interactive marketing events held in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, London, Paris, Hamburg, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. ad:tech is produced by dmg world media; based out of the company's headquarters in Larkspur, California. For listings of exhibitors, speakers, events and upcoming conference offerings, visit http://www.ad-tech.com.

About dmg world media: An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media produces over 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports. dmg world media employs 700 people and maintains a worldwide presence through more than 30 offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, the United Arab Emirates, China, India, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. dmg world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom. Additional information on dmg world media can be found at http://www.dmgworldmedia.com

Contact:

Caroline Giovando Lindley

caroline(at)ad-tech.com

415.464.8527

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20Jun/110

Bestselling Authors Stephen R. Covey and Ram Charan to Speak at FranklinCovey Executive Leadership Summit December 8 to 12, 2008 : Leadership Program Features Authors of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Bestselling Authors Stephen R. Covey and Ram Charan to Speak at FranklinCovey Executive Leadership Summit December 8 to 12, 2008 : Leadership Program Features Authors of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done












SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) November 19, 2008

Covey, bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Ram Charan, bestselling author of Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done will not only give keynote addresses at the leadership program, but they will interact directly with attendees in work sessions. Other speakers will include Robert Whitman, CEO of FranklinCovey, Bill Bennett, senior vice president, leadership practice, FranklinCovey, Mette Norgaard, senior leadership consultant, FranklinCovey, and author of The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work, and Michael Simpson, senior strategy execution consultant, FranklinCovey. The leadership program's curriculum also includes content from other global leadership experts, including Jack Welch, Fred Reichheld, Clayton Christensen and others.

View a complimentary video webinar that features Bennett talking about the important role that leadership plays in the current volatile economic climate by visiting http://www.franklincovey.com/turbulenttimes. Bennett also discusses the upcoming leadership program and the benefits of attending.

"Motivating people to achieve greatness in today's 'Knowledge Worker Age' requires a leader to understand the "whole person" – tapping into body, heart, mind and spirit. Only then, can leaders connect employees' motivations and knowledge to unleash potential," said Covey. "Then, the ability for leaders and their teams to execute on their organizations' highest priorities comes naturally."

FranklinCovey's research shows that leadership greatness in organizations is based on four primary outcomes they must achieve:

Sustained superior performance – The ability to generate breakthrough results, time and time again. Intensely loyal customers – Clients, vendors and partners who aren't just satisfied, but are devoted to the organization's continued success. Winning culture – A workplace in which employees can contribute their highest and best talents. Distinctive contribution – The legacy for which the organization is known will continue for years to come. The leadership program will focus on helping executives learn to achieve: Proven leadership behaviors that create immediate and lasting change, how to harness passionate leadership in employees to help them to achieve specific business objectives. They will implement this practical learning on the Monday they return to work. They will begin doing things differently to achieve immediate results.

The leadership program will also focus on four leadership imperatives that leaders must implement for employees to make their highest and best contributions:

Inspire Trust. Great leaders create personal credibility and earn the legitimate trust of others. Clarify Purpose. Great leaders work effectively with others to create a clear and compelling purpose that is focused on customer needs – strategically aligned and financially viable. Align Systems. Great leaders build the organization's capability to consistently achieve its goals, attract and retain talent, improve work processes, and develop intense customer loyalty. Unleash Talent. Great leaders tap the full potential and contribution of each individual, respecting all the dimensions of the "whole person." Additionally, attendees at the leadership program will:

Gain insights on current, relevant leadership challenges through open discussion with peer participants. Gain the "time and space" to focus on the most pressing leadership challenges or opportunities facing their organization. Increase their capacity to execute and achieve their most critical organizational results. Achieve the highest loyalty and contribution of their team members in achieving critical goals. Learn how to create four essential systems that drive enduring, measurable results Learn how to measure and earn the intense loyalty of their customers. Learn how to help others achieve their full potential. Improve the trust others have in them as a leader. Prior to attending the leadership program, attendees will participate in pre-work, including defining a personal leadership challenge or opportunity on which they want to focus during the program. They will take a Leadership Quotient (LQ) assessment to measure their leadership capabilities, which includes feedback from their manager, direct reports, and peers. Based upon the assessment data, they will complete an action plan during the leadership program. The plan will target behaviors that will bring them the best results once they return to their organization.

Summit Registration and Pricing:

For more information or to register for the leadership program, visit http://www.franklincovey.com/leadershipsummit. The investment to attend is $ 8,500 per participant. Group rates apply at $ 6,500 per participant from the same organization. To speak with a FranklinCovey representative about further discounted rates call 1-888-705-1776.

About FranklinCovey

FranklinCovey (NYSE: FC) is the global consulting and training leader in the areas of strategy execution, leadership, customer loyalty, sales performance, and individual effectiveness. Clients include 90 percent of the Fortune 100, more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, thousands of small- and mid-sized businesses, as well as numerous government entities and educational institutions. FranklinCovey has 40 direct and licensee offices providing professional services in 147 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.franklincovey.com.





















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18Jun/110

TradeTech USA 2008, The Premier North American Equity Trading Summit

TradeTech USA 2008, The Premier North American Equity Trading Summit










New York (PRWEB) March 20, 2008

At TradeTech USA, over 500 senior-level traders convened at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York to deliberate liquidity issues and new technologies and tools in the constantly evolving global economy.

The three day TradeTech USA 2008 kicked off with a pre-day in Asset Management Performance Summit, focused for buy side executives. Through roundtable sessions and panel discussions, asset managers and hedge fund delegates had the chance to interact with their peers and get an understanding of what trends to be aware of in the buy-side trading industry.

Highlight of the main conference days included an innovative "Buy Side Exclusive Head Trader Think Tank" roundtable session, moderated by Merrill Lynch, where head senior buy side traders from all types of investment trading firms had the opportunities to breakdown their strategic goals, discuss their specific challenges and take away actionable strategies on how to create more efficient and profitable trades. The roundtable also promoted networking opportunities between conference attendees.

President of Citadel Execution Services, Matt Andresen gave an insightful and energetic session on Electric Trading in the New Market Structure. While John C. Bogle, Founder of The Vanguard Group Inc. talked about the "Just Principles of Trade".

The next TradeTech event is TradeTech Derivatives USA, which takes place in May 12-14, 2008 in Bridgewaters, NYC. Please visit the website for more information, http://www.wbresearch.com/tradetechderivativesusa/ .

Contact:

Sara Wessman

Executive Director, Worldwide Business Research

646-502-3236

sara.wessman @ wbresearch.com

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