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How Big is ‘The Big Picture’? About 4 Feet High and 8 Feet Long; Executives Use Live Graphics at Meetings and Conferences to Ensure Groups ‘Get It’

How Big is 'The Big Picture'? About 4 Feet High and 8 Feet Long; Executives Use Live Graphics at Meetings and Conferences to Ensure Groups 'Get It'

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 28, 2006

At your next business meeting, instead of minutes or bulleted lists, you may just get a picture. That’s because executives are using live graphics -- hand-drawn murals created during a meeting -- as a technique to build business plans, highlight goals and record ideas. A tool used by businesses and non-profit organizations, these “graphic records” hold an audience’s attention, while increasing understanding and improving retention.

“People don’t just think in words, we’re actually much more efficient at evaluating patterns, colors, sounds and smells,” says Martha McGinnis, President of Visual Logic, Inc. “To solve a problem or develop a strategy, my clients build a picture of their situation. Adding images to the words helps them process the information on many levels. And since the picture grows as each person contributes, people can think together -- kind of like having a bigger brain.”

During a meeting, participants watch as issues are recorded on a four- by eight-foot sheet of paper. As the graphic facilitator, McGinnis guides the discussion and nurtures the flow of insights, ideas, questions, and ultimately, decisions. As she connects related comments with swaths of color, the illustration takes shape and the ideas form a cohesive plan. She may even ask participants to sign the chart to strengthen their commitment to it.

“My goal is to capture the essence of what’s important,” says McGinnis. “When participants view the graphic later, they’ll remember whole conversations from just a few words and an image. People look at the chart and say, ‘Oh, now I understand.’ That happens a lot.”

Because it’s fun to watch, many think of graphic recording as entertainment. But McGinnis, who has an MBA and 20 years of business experience, explains: “that ignores the increased innovation and engagement during the meeting, and the biggest return on investment, which comes after people leave.” Instead of gradually forgetting what they’ve heard and discussed, her clients use printed and digital copies of murals to strengthen memories and share their plans. “You can review a chart in 2 or 3 minutes,” McGinnis says. “The important information is all there in one or two pages, like an executive summary.” For a wider audience, the murals help clients tell their story effectively in follow-up presentations and articles.

A typical full-day meeting fills four to eight wall charts, and a three-day conference can produce a dozen or more sheets to cover the walls of a conference hall or corridor. McGinnis says, “when people ‘walk the wall,’ they get a tremendous sense of accomplishment, and the meeting sponsor also benefits: each time a participant reads a chart, his memory of the event deepens, so he’s more likely to tell others about it, take action, or return next time.”

Visual Logic transforms everyday meetings and conferences into milestone events that bridge the gap from talk to action. Through process graphics and “high-fidelity listening,” programs and conversations become wall-sized murals that capture complexity, illuminate trends, spark insights and trigger powerful, long-lasting memories. Operating out of Atlanta since 2002, Visual Logic provides strategic meeting design and graphic facilitation services to a wide range of corporate and non-profit organizations. More information can be found on the company’s website,



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Education Providers ?Scrutinize? Network Traffic to Ensure Optimum Availability and Uptime for Students, Staff and Faculty

Education Providers ‘Scrutinize’ Network Traffic to Ensure Optimum Availability and Uptime for Students, Staff and Faculty

Sanford, ME (PRWEB) May 7, 2010

In the digital learning age, reliable and high-performance access to data networks is crucial to educational systems at both the K-12 and collegiate level. Aside from warding off bottlenecks and troubleshooting network and latency issues to ensure reliable data flow, educational IT departments must have complete visibility into high traffic-flows to watch out for questionable activity that may compromise performance or introduce vulnerabilities which pose risks to the school or district’s reputation.

To monitor network traffic for anomalies and ensure optimum availability and uptime to meet their educational goals, more than a dozen school districts, colleges and universities have turned to Plixer International’s Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow analysis software in the past year. New Scrutinizer clients in the K-12 space include Campbell County (WY) Schools, Park City (UT) Schools, Newark (NJ) Public Schools and the Dublin (OH) City School System.

In higher education, Harvard Medical School, Texas A&M, Flinders University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Babson College and Southern Polytechnic State University, among others, have all begun using Scrutinizer to track usage and ensure maximum availability across the network.

“Colleges and universities, in particular, have a unique requirement to monitor bandwidth consumption in order to ensure proper usage among students,” said Michael Patterson, Scrutinizer product manager with Plixer. “Scrutinizer helps them keep tabs on network activity and pinpoint spikes, down to the individual user level, that may indicate inappropriate behavior—like peer-to-peer sharing or illegal downloads—or a technical problem in the system. Without a system like Scrutinizer, schools risk getting caught up in sticky legal or technical issues that could harm their reputation.”

Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow Analyzer provides complete visibility into all network activity from a single, easy-to-use interface that makes it easy to see a top-level overview or dive deeper to get more granular detail on specific traffic patterns and hardware performance.

“Scrutinizer allows us to quickly and easily drill down into host protocols from a single pane of glass to analyze all traffic passing to and from our campus hosts and the Internet,” said Peter Rounds, network engineer with Syracuse University, a long-time Scrutinizer user. “It has a brilliant reporting feature that allows us to overlay our campus network topology on a Google map to get an accurate, spatial representation of core equipment deployed across campus, and we can zoom in and out, and see real-time link utilization with drill-down capability.”

Scrutinizer not only enables network data traffic monitoring, but also monitors and reports metrics on its hardware vital statistics, such as CPU usage and disk space and provides historical usage trend data to help with capacity upgrade planning and provisioning. Seamless compatibility with virtual servers helps to ensure optimum performance, as additional server resources such as CPU, memory and disk space can be allocated “on-the-fly.”

“We’re about 75 percent into the migration from physical hardware to virtual servers,” Rounds said. “Traffic analysis to and from our virtual servers is a challenge. With Scrutinizer however, analysis of both physical and virtual servers is easily performed. Our server administrators have expressed their appreciation for a tool that reports in great detail traffic to and from their hosts.”

Rounds noted that Scrutinizer’s intuitive setup makes it easy to get up and running in about an hour and the user-friendly web interface makes the system easy to learn and quickly navigate. The unique MyView interface allows individual users to build their own Scrutinizer “home page” by configuring a custom view with the data they choose to see upon log in.

The Matrix, Scrutinizer’s graphical view of top-traffic hosts, illustrates at a glance, which nodes are communicating with each other in real time. Typically found only in packet analyzers, Scrutinizer is the first NetFlow analyzer to bring this technology to the NetFlow and sFlow markets, complete with color-coded path lines indicating traffic direction.

Scrutinizer’s support for Network Based Application Recognition (NBAR) reveals the actual application used by the communicating hosts, allowing users to drill deeper to identify which specific applications are consuming bandwidth over the port—such as Skype, Pandora, Facebook or Twitter apps.

In addition to the education arena, Plixer’s NetFlow and sFlow analysis solutions are used to monitor traffic across some of the largest data networks in the world, including those of Blue Cross, Citizens Bank, Visa, Intel, Cisco Systems, Chase, Paramount Pictures, AGFA, Turner Broadcasting, ABN AMRO and more.

For more information about deploying Scrutinizer across an education enterprise network, visit

About Plixer International, Inc.

Plixer International, Inc. develops and markets network traffic monitoring and analysis tools to the global market. All of the tools are built from the ground up with valuable feature sets and ease of use in mind. Plixer tools have been used to analyze and troubleshoot irregular traffic patterns by IT professionals with some of the largest networks in the world, such as CNN, The Coca-Cola Company, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Regal Cinemas, Raytheon and Eddie Bauer. For product and sales information, contact Plixer International, Inc. at 1 Eagle Drive, Sanford, Maine, via telephone (207) 324-8805, fax (207) 324-8683.

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Philip Morris USA Selects Sucid For Load and Performance Testing Of SAP BW Application; Sucid Identifies Key Changes Required To Ensure SAP Reliability and Performance

Philip Morris USA Selects Sucid For Load and Performance Testing Of SAP BW Application; Sucid Identifies Key Changes Required To Ensure SAP Reliability and Performance

Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 25, 2005

Sucid Corporation, the leader in SAP testing, announced today that Philip Morris USA has selected Sucid to provide the products and services for load, stress and performance testing of a new Philip Morris SAP Business Warehouse (BW) application.

The application to be tested was developed by IBM for Philip Morris. Wholesaler data is gathered, normalized and loaded into the SAP Business Warehouse. The SAP BW system holds three years of distribution information, and two terabytes of storage are required to house the information.

Under the agreement, Sucid provided a SaaS (Software as a Service) license to the Sucid Process Modeler, Sucid Load, Sucid Analytics and Sucid Reports products, as well as the professional services needed to deliver a complete solution. Sucid modeled 165 transactions representing 20 areas of data analysis, scaling from 20 to 300 concurrent users using both stateful and stateless HTTP models.

Working with IBM and Philip Morris, Sucid identified operating system changes, SAP kernel changes and SAP instance tuning opportunities to enable a smooth application rollout. Sucid’s testing also identified opportunities to rebuild data aggregates that would reduce memory and CPU consumption by the application.

“We are very pleased to partner with Philip Morris USA to help ensure SAP application quality and business continuity,” said David Wilson, President and CEO of Sucid Corporation. “Philip Morris has been a great customer for us and has played an important role in helping us to enhance and extend our SAP test automation product line.”

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For more information, please visit the Sucid website at

About Sucid

Sucid Corporation is the leading provider of SAP test automation products, services and solutions. Sucid products deliver SAP functional, regression, load, performance and security testing without the complexity and expense of test script development and maintenance. Sucid solutions enable SAP customers to continuously ensure SAP application quality and business continuity, significantly cut testing costs, reduce the time required for testing, and convert the test expenditure from a throw-away cost into a leveraged investment. Sucid Corporation is a private company based in Austin, Texas.


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MorethanIP 10 Gigabit IP Solutions Ensure First-Pass Silicon for Astute Networks? Next Generation ASSP Advanced Storage Processors

MorethanIP 10 Gigabit IP Solutions Ensure First-Pass Silicon for Astute Networks’ Next Generation ASSP Advanced Storage Processors

Munich, Germany, (PRWEB) September 26, 2006

MorethanIP, GmbH, a world leader in Ethernet and Networking semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) Cores software, today announced that Astute Networks, a leading storage and networking IC supplier, used MorethanIP’s IP core for 10 Gigabit Ethernet to develop Astute Network's AN2000 and the AN2004 processors, the industry’s most highly integrated multi-protocol storage processors.

“We worked with MTIP to accelerate development of our next generation ASSP’s,” said Keith Klarer, Vice President of Engineering at Astute Networks. “When we were looking for a partner to provide the 10 Gigabit Ethernet IP for AN2000 and the AN2004 processor, MorethanIP was the obvious choice thanks to their fully UNH-certified IP coupled with their lower risk solution and commitment to quality and support.”

“10Gigabit Ethernet is a fast-growing market and first-pass success is essential for companies to succeed,” said Francois Balay, MorethanIP President and Chief Executive Officer. “Designers are finding that it is critical to work with IP that is silicon production proven and portable across multiple technologies such as FPGA, structured ASIC and conventional ASIC”.

Pricing and Availability

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet MAC Core is available now for FPGA, Structured ASIC and Standard Cell ASICs and is fully certified by UNH and in silicon. For more information on MorethanIP solutions please visit

About MorethanIP

MorethanIP, founded in 2000, is an expert in design and IP for high-speed communications, serial backplane and embedded system technologies. This includes design, specification and implementation of standard products, system architectures and customer-specific solutions. Combining its methodology with proven technical expertise based on over ten years of industry experience in hardware and software design, MorethanIP generates rapid design cycles to meet time-to-market, functional and budgetary objectives.

About Astute

Astute Networks develops storage processors, application and protocol software, and reference designs for the storage array OEMs and sub-system suppliers. In addition, Astute actively partners with subsystem and software vendors to provide OEMs a turnkey solution. Astute’s processors offer order of magnitude cost and power savings, and are as easy to program as a general purpose CPU. Founded in April 2000 and headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Astute is backed by venture capital firms including BA Venture Partners, Dali Hook Partners, Tallwood Venture Capital, Seven Rosen Funds, and USVP. Additional information is available at

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A2Z Keywording Launches Keyword Perfect? 2.0 Image Tagging Studio to Ensure Photography Professionals Are Never at a Loss for Words

A2Z Keywording Launches Keyword Perfect™ 2.0 Image Tagging Studio to Ensure Photography Professionals Are Never at a Loss for Words

Tivoli, NY (PRWEB) October 18, 2010

A2Z Keywording, specialists in the practice of professional image keywording, today announced the launch of Keyword Perfect™ 2.0, a highly efficient sales tool that enables photographers, stock photo agencies, archivists and other imaging professionals to tag their photo libraries using a comprehensive dictionary of searchable keywords, ensuring that their images are as accessible as possible to potential buyers. First developed as the in-house engine around A2Z Keywording's successful keywording service, Keyword Perfect is now available to pro photographers as a means to quickly input relevant tags and, with a minimum of keystrokes, generate dozens of associated keywords that make their work more likely to be identified by stock agencies and other image buyers.

Attendees of the PhotoPlus Expo (Oct. 28-30, 2010, New York) are invited to visit the A2K Keywording booth (#177) to view demonstrations of Keyword Perfect and obtain trial versions of the software.

With an easily mastered user interface running on top of a powerful platform that includes A2Z Keywording's proprietary keyword dictionary and thesaurus, Keyword Perfect imports digital images into its workspace and displays them in a convenient filmstrip pane. Users can then keyword each image by selecting any number of pre-defined and/or user-generated tags, representing not only the image's physical contents, but also its less tangible elements such as time of day, photo style, concept, emotion and activity. The keyword engine then reads each assigned tag and adds a number of logically associated keywords, eliminating significant input time while ensuring that the images are thoroughly and accurately identifiable to discerning image buyers.

"After all the time, effort, and emotion that goes into creating great images, properly editing them and preparing them for the market, photographers still need to ensure that their images will be seen by potential buyers, regardless of how broad or specific a search those buyers might conduct," said Alexander Zane, president of A2Z Keywording. "The only way to ensure maximum success is to tag each image comprehensively, but no photographer wants to spend precious hours manually keywording or fumbling with a dictionary and thesaurus. With Keyword Perfect, we took the system we used to produce accurate keyword matrices for as many as 200,000 images per year and made it available to everyone. We're confident that the results will be a true revelation to both veteran photographers and those new to image tagging."    

As more photographers make their work available to image buyers and additional content floods the marketplace, it is absolutely vital to properly keyword images to ensure they are searchable by the most appropriate audience. To increase the accuracy of Keyword Perfect, A2Z Keywording developed a powerful set of automated checks that guide users through a structured review of their work to catch oversights or inconsistencies. This feature, comprising more than 300 individual checks, helps avoid the human errors that are common in manual keywording. And since Keyword Perfect manages keywords in a central dictionary and reviews all work in a structured process, it delivers an unsurpassed level of consistency.

"A2Z Keywording has long provided a critical service to stock houses like ours by keywording large batches of images quickly and accurately, and I admit that I've been somewhat envious of their capabilities in the past," said Monika Mosch, managing director of the stock agency goZOOMA. "With Keyword Perfect, anyone who relies on high keyword quality can achieve professional results in less than half the time it would take to input manually. The software is powerful, yet easy to work with; clearly A2Z Keywording has honed this product to meet the specific requirements of both photographers and image consumers who search through large volumes of stock images."

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements

Starting today, Keyword Perfect is available for purchase at at a list price of $ 249.00. A special introductory launch price of $ 199.00 is available through Dec. 31, 2010 and a free trial version is available.

-- PC Requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista recommends utilizing a quad-core processor. Minimum 2 GB RAM, recommended 3 GB.

--Apple Requirements: Intel Macintosh 2.5 GHz dual core CPU with 2GB minimum RAM (4GB is recommended) running Mac OS 10.5.x (Leopard).

--Minimum 15-inch monitor.

About A2Z Keywording

A2Z Keywording are specialists in the practice of professional image keywording, having created keywording databases for stock photography agencies and publishing companies for more than a decade. With the release of Keyword Perfect 2.0 in 2010, A2Z Keywording has expanded its presence in the stock photo industry by offering individual users the same comprehensive and efficient keywording engine that has driven its business for more than 15 years.

Using a proven methodology, A2Z Keywording's service and technology transcribe virtually every detail of a given image - not just its personal subject and object, but the unique emotions, concepts and photographic styles that give the image its character and make it stand out in a crowded marketplace. Companies who have worked with A2Z Keywording include Meredith Publishing; Reader's Digest;; Direct Stock; Hemera Inc.; American Showcase; Solus Images; Corbis; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Chelsea House Publishers.

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