SportzPak Acquired by Celerant

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, recently completed the acquisition of SportzPak, a specialty management system. SportzPak provides services for team sports retailers, which will add to Celerant’s growing list of vertical markets.

“The acquisition of SportzPak furthers our efforts to apply our technology towards the individual needs of different vertical markets,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “By working with SportzPak, we develop expertise in the team/retail business, and our software will grow to reflect this expertise. As a result of this transition, the Sportzpak clients will benefit from the latest technology, while maintaining the high level of industry specific functionality they need to further their business. Obviously we are all very excited about the progress this new venture brings to everyone concerned.”

The SportzPak product, developed by Miami Valley Solutions, Inc. (MVS), has over 20 years of specialized experience in the sporting goods/team industry and is used by over 210 team dealers. The software itself was designed to meet the needs of the retail and or team dealer by providing control over margins and inventory, aiding in order fulfillment and establishing improved customer service.

“This opportunity to merge cutting edge technology and industry expertise should yield a win-win combination for the Sporting Goods Dealer,” said Greg Helman, MVS SportzPak President and Developer. “The sporting goods dealer will now have the opportunity for a high tech team/retail service including integrated e-commerce.”

Celerant Technology provides a completely integrated, advanced retail solution that reaches across a variety of retail markets. The combined experience and ingenuity ofCelerant and SportzPak will provide a more sophisticated solution to all of their clients, while maintaining excellent customer service and technical superiority. The acquisition ofSportzpak will allow Celerant to continue to grow and the company looks forward to pursuing additional acquisition opportunities of this nature.

About Celerant Technology
Celerant’s Command Retail is an advanced real-time retail management system, which manages all areas of retail including POS, Inventory Management, Warehouse, Distribution Center, Allocation, Multi-Channel/E-Commerce/Kiosk, Data Mining, and Back-office, in a single, integrated system. Our advantage is the flexibility of our Java platform, allowing Celerant professionals to conduct cost-effective analysis and adaptation based on the individual needs of each retailer. The result is a better system that meets the needs of retail businesses and gives them the tools to take Command of their success. For additional information regarding Celerant Technology go to www.celerant.com. For more information about the Command Retail Product, please visit www.commandretail.com.

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American Dictation Releases “Mastering Dragon Naturallyspeaking Professional” For Version 10

American Dictation Corporation, the leading retailer of professional digital dictation, transcription and speech recognition solutions in the USA, releases the latest version of its book, Mastering Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional,” now updated for Version 10. This latest edition of their widely popular self-instruction book is available today at http://www.Learn-Dragon-NaturallySpeaking.com.

The new Version 10 edition adds 40 new pages, plus updates existing chapters to include the latest changes to Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional, Legal and Medical versions. “We have worked hard over the past weeks integrating the new and exciting features of Dragon 10,” says American Dictation President/CEO, Bret Williams, “It was important to us to keep our customers and other Dragon users well equipped to take full advantage of all Dragon NaturallySpeaking has to offer.”

The book, according to the Web site, was developed to help people learn Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a powerful, yet somewhat complex software program. “Dragon is very powerful,” says Nick Williams, Senior Technical Engineer, “and because it is so powerful, it’s easy to miss many of its features and configurations is you don’t know what you’re looking for.” Dragon NaturallySpeaking is not distributed with comprehensive printed manuals.

“Mastering Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional” is one in a series of “Mastering” guides by American Dictation. Williams says there will be more coming soon on a variety of topics relating to digital dictation and voice-to-print technologies. The book series is produced by American Dictation Labs, a product testing, evaluation and training arm of American Dictation.

The new version is 237 pages and includes helpful hints from American Dictation Lab pros, alerts and warnings to help prevent costly mistakes, step-by-step instructions for all key tasks and guides for using Dragon with popular applications.

The book is a PDF file which can be purchased and immediately downloaded at www.Learn-Dragon-NaturallySpeaking.com. According to Williams, the book is usually priced at $49, but is available now at an introductory price of $29. “We’re also giving purchasers a very considerable discount on a special recording device that works especially well with Dragon,” says Williams.

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Celerant Named As A Validated Payment Application Provider Press

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, received confirmation that the company has been named as a Visa and PCI Certified vendor and is now included in Visa’s list of Validated Payment Applications.

“We are very proud to be recognized as a PCI Certified vendor,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO“Our software has been tested and re-tested to confirm adherence to the regulations required by the PCI Council. We consider it is important to provide our clients with peace of mind and security by ensuring that sensitive card holder information is kept private and have worked diligently to achieve this certification.”

The PCI Security Standards Council has a set of standard regulations that vary, depending on the size of the merchant. Before a merchant or vendor can be Visa certified, the PCI Council verifies that these regulations are met by reviewing the results of independent, third party tests of payment processing applications. After the testing is complete, the vendor or merchant may be qualified for certification.

According to the Overview of PCI Requirements, “PCI security standards are technical and operational requirements set by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to protect cardholder data.” It goes on to say, “The standards apply to all organizations that store, process or transmit cardholder data—with the guidance for software developers and manufacturers of applications and devices used in those transactions.”

As a certified provider of payment processing software, Celerant Technology is now able to present an even more advanced solution to its clients. By providing a payment module that has been empirically tested by third parties, Celerant ensures that merchants are receiving software that meets the standards of the PCI Council. For more information on the PCI Security Council and its regulations, go to www.pcisecuritystandards.org. To view the complete list of Validated Payment Applications as of November 15, 2009, visithttp://usa.visa.com/download/merchants/validated_payment_applications.pdf.

About Celerant Technology
Celerant’s Command Retail is an advanced real-time retail management system, which manages all areas of retail including POS, Inventory Management, Warehouse, Distribution Center, Allocation, Multi-Channel/E-Commerce/Kiosk, Data Mining, and Back-office, in a single, integrated system. Our advantage is the flexibility of our Java platform, allowing Celerant professionals to conduct cost-effective analysis and adaptation based on the individual needs of each retailer. The result is a better system that meets the needs of retail businesses and gives them the tools to take Command of their success. For additional information regarding Celerant Technology go towww.celerant.com. For more information about the Command Retail Product, please visit www.commandretail.com.

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SecureAuth integrates award-winning 2-factor authentication into IBM Tivoli Identity and Access Manager V1.0 and IBM Tivoli Unified Single Sign-On V1.0

MultiFactor Corporation, an innovator in 2 factor authentication, web application security and SSL VPN Authentication solutions, today announced that SecureAuth, its award-winning, 2-way authentication solution, has been integrated into IBM’s new Tivoli Identity and Access Manager V1.0 and IBM Tivoli Unified Single Sign-On V1.0.

The new IBM Suite provides the ability for the enterprise to allow access to network and web resources with federated single sign on, inside, outside and between organizations. SecureAuth strongly authenticates the user and provides the enterprise a valid session ticket that is used for access to a single application or across multiple domains and organizations.

“The combined SecureAuth and Tivoli Unified Single Sign On products enable the enterprise to securely and easily manage digital identity from the first user registration all the way through de-provisioning an inactive user,” said Garret Grajek, COO of MultiFactor Corporation. “SecureAuth integrates natively into Tivoli’s standard authentication policies utilizing native WebSeal authentication junctions. SecureAuth requires no additional coding for Tivoli integration.”

SecureAuth adds 2-way, client server authentication to the Tivoli offerings. This provides massive scalability of the Tivoli infrastructure which is often used to front-end large WebSphere applications. No additional database infrastructure is required in the SecureAuth model. SecureAuth utilizes the native directory store of the IBM TAMeb infrastructure. SecureAuth can also utilize MultiFactor Corporation’s unique array of web services to securely register end-users for the lowest possible user friction in their authentication experience.

MultiFactor Corporation is the leader in strong, simple to use, dual factor authentication. Its flagship product, SecureAuth, is a true plug-n-play authentication mechanism that allows secure access into the enterprise network and application resources. Enabling the enterprise to cost effectively harness the true power of the network. For more information or a demonstration of SecureAuth, please visit multifa.com.

About MultiFactor Corporation
MultiFactor Corporation is pioneering the delivery of the strongest, proven
2 factor authentication, web application security, IPSec and SSL VPN security methodologies in an easy-to-deploy, low-maintenance product called SecureAuth™. This tokenless, browser-based authentication solution generates and validates client- and server- side certificates without PKI. SecureAuth represents the evolution of a technology that, for more than two decades, has remained the de facto standard for identity and access management technology. More secure than hardware or software tokens, SecureAuth is inexpensive to acquire, deploy and manage. MultiFactor Corporation’s innovation and its development of real-world security solutions draws from a diversified team of cryptographers, network and Web application specialists and certified security engineers. For more information, please visit multifa.com.

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Celerant Ranks #1 for Mid-Size Retail software Vendor

RIS News released the 2008 LeaderBoard Study, an annual ranking of the top retail software vendors worldwide, which Celerant Technology Corp. ranked as the fourth best retail software overall. Celerant also ranked as the #1 retail software for the mid-size vendor category.

“For the second year in a row, we are honored to be selected within the top four retail software vendors,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “This year we are especially proud to be ranked as the top mid-size retail software vendor. At Celerant we always strive for excellence by developing innovative retail software that allows us to stay ahead of the competition. Above all else, we seek to create advanced retail software and provide a customer-centric solution that enables our clients to more efficiently and cost-effectively operate their retail businesses.”

In addition to providing a highly developed application, Celerant has an intensive focus on its customer satisfaction. This is exemplified through its #1 ranking in all of the following mid-size categories: Leader in Installation/Integration, Leader in Ease of Administration/Maintenance, Leader in Recommendation, and Leader in Overall Performance. Celerant also ranked #2 as the Leader in Quality of Service, Leader in Quality of Support and Leader in Customer Satisfaction. By focusing on its client base and working to develop a strong customer-centric system, Celerant is able to excel within every aspect of the company.

“When you isolate Customer Satisfaction from the other Top 20 Leaderboard criteria a new picture emerges. In this view, customer-centricity is king,” stated Joe Skorupa, Editor-In-Chief of RIS News. Celerant has excelled in every customer-centric category and is a “rock star in the critical area of Customer Satisfaction.”

RIS received 639 valid votes from 199 retail voters who reviewed 84 individual software vendors for this study, ultimately selecting the top 20. The RIS LeaderBoard Study measures a combination of the technical superiority and customer satisfaction of retail software vendors. The votes are taken from qualified retailers during a three-week period in September and the results are shared in December of the same year, after it is tallied by a third-party research firm.

About Celerant Technology Celerant Command Retail is an advanced real-time management system, which manages all areas of multichannel retail including POS, inventory, warehouse, distribution center, allocation, E-Commerce, mail order, kiosk, datamining, and back-office, in a single, integrated system. Our advantage is the flexibility of our Java platform, allowing Celerant professionals to conduct cost-effective analysis and adaptation based on the individual needs of each retailer. The result is a better system that meets the needs of retail businesses and gives them the tools to take Command of their success. For more information regarding Celerant Technology, go to www.celerant.com. For information on the Command Retail product, visit www.commandretail.com.

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Simwalk Transport Is The World’s First Passenger Flow And Station Optimization Simulation Software Package Combining Pedestrian Simulation And Transit Station Dynamics

In a world first, Savannah Simulations AG has released SIMWALK Transport, the most powerful software solution, based on the leading pedestrian simulation software package SIMWALK, for simulating and analyzing all passenger movement issues in train, metro and bus stations.

SimWalk Transport is the first commercially available software package to optimize passenger comfort and efficiency, station design and related objects (platforms, passages, stairs, escalators, elevators etc.), as well as efficiency of timetables, passenger transfer times and connections. In addition, it provides analysis of evacuation and emergency issues. Based on its leading pedestrian algorithm, SimWalk Transport is the comprehensive simulation solution for passenger flow analysis and station development.

SIMWALK TRANSPORT has been developed in close cooperation with its Scientific Advisory Board, world leading experts in pedestrian and traffic simulation. The product has already encouraged requests from public transport officials and consultancies around the world.

One unique selling point is that SimWalk Transport is the only software fully specialised on public transport transit facilities and passenger flow analysis. It includes the most comprehensive set of features – as for example integration of timetables and network simulation analysis – that sets it apart from non-specialised software.

Alex Schmid, managing director at Savannah Simulations AG, “In developing SimWalk Transport we have reacted to an extensive market pull as rail, metro and bus operators of all sizes are troubled by increasing passenger demand over the next years that cause massive problems for transport operations and facility management.

“Simulating and analyzing passenger flows is a missing gap in transport analysis so far,”continues Schmid, “and with SimWalk Transport we’re offering a comprehensive tool to improve station operations and passenger security and efficiency.” Station operators and planners constantly have to adapt transit facilities to the increasing capacity needs of public transport. Most if not all changes directly influence or are influenced by passenger issues like changing trains, transfer times, walking comfort or dwell times.

SimWalk Transport allows to analyse the impact of different planned station layouts (additional platforms, passages, stairs, other objects etc.) on passenger flows, be it a new planned station or a station refurbishmment. Highly important objects like platforms as well as under- and overpasses can be analyzed according to Levels of Service and other comfort and security measures.

Designed by transportation engineers for transportation engineers, SimWalk Transport fills this operational gap by allowing to simulate realistically every single passenger with its station specific behavior – boarding and alighting, dwell time, connection transfer, shopping etc.

For the first time, an integrated, comprehensive simulation solution helps transport planners and railway authorities to include passenger movement issues into their operational planning of stations, for example by evaluating dwell times or by optimizing timetables.

About Savannah Simulations AG
Savannah Simulations AG, a swiss based simulation company, is a leading provider of advanced geosimulation software and spatial modeling and simulation services. Geosimulation is concerned with the design and application of spatial models and simulation software to solve real world problems in geographic contexts.

From simulation of pedestrian flows to urban planning, from evacuation simulation to supply chain optimization, we apply the science of simulation and optimization to discover opportunities and solutions in complex spatial environments.

Savannah Simulations AG has a network of consultants and international resellers who offer the company’s products along with services such as ongoing customer support, training, integration consulting and product customization.

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TLA Technologies Offers Hosted CRM for Small Businesses’ Current Economic Needs

TLA Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner, announced the availability of award-winning Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 4.0 as a hosted solution for their small business customers (less than 25 computer users). The hosted solution gives small businesses an alternative to incurring the costs and technology overhead of hardware, installation, and software maintenance. TLA Technologies now provides hosted Dynamics CRM as Software as a Service (SaaS) over the Internet to clients through a low cost of entry and a monthly service fee. Small businesses can have CRM technology that was previously just available to large organizations, and at a reasonable price.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers are experiencing a bigger demand because they offer lower costs compared to traditional in-house software vendors.

TLA Technologies is reaching out to customers in this current economic climate to ensure that businesses have the best solutions for Customer Relationship Management in their organizations. This new offering creates a win-win situation for their customers, and their customers’ clients, enabling companies to boost their business, streamline their customer service management operations, and help grow their companies at a conservative cost.

“We think it’s important in today’s business climate to offer Software as a Service, using Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM product”, says Deborah Lassa, Vice President. “It means we are able to offer our clients business value every day, with an innovative approach backed by the Microsoft name.” Lassa and TLA President Eric Harrison know that current economic conditions are creating challenges for companies in getting financing for large investments, such as software and hardware. They have been helping their customers since 2002 use technology to achieve Return on Investment (ROI) effectively and efficiently.

With SaaS Microsoft Dynamics CRM, TLA Technologies is responsible for managing the servers, the software, and the backups for their customers. The hosted CRM solution frees customers from purchasing, and maintaining hardware and software. Another financial benefit they offer their customers is the ability to manage costs more efficiently by adding users to Dynamics CRM on an as-needed basis. Lassa and Harrison use Dynamics CRM themselves, saying the software is easy to use and works seamlessly with Microsoft Office products. They use their Dynamics CRM in-house expertise to support client requests.

Microsoft’s CRM software excels at providing small businesses sales, marketing, and customer service information to deliver more agility and profitability. It is the tool of choice for improved customer service, insightful marketing communication, and streamlined sales processes. Companies can customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, by choosing just the functionality they need.

The Gartner Group, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, “forecast CRM spending this year (2007) will exceed $7.4 billion, a 14% increase from 2006, and predicted CRM software spending will grow to more than $11.4 billion by 2011, as reported in BtoB Magazine in their October 8, 2007 online issue.

About TLA Technologies
TLA Technologies, a Microsoft Business Solutions Specialist, has earned its competency, recognized by Microsoft, in Dynamics CRM. TLA is a premier provider of software development, implementation, integration and strategic Information Technology solutions for their clients. Since 2006, TLA Technologies has been helping clients in the Florida area boost their business, and streamline their operations. Before 2006, Lassa and Harrison owned HSI Technologies, offering custom software and IT support services.

More information on TLA Technologies and their services can be found at www.tlatechnologies.com. To learn more about how you can use hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 in your company, please contact Deborah Lassa at 813-217-4327, Extension 101, or dlassa@tlatechnologies.com.

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Building the next generation of the web data graph where relevant information will be less searched for, but more organically found in context

LinkedWords (LW) is an innovative contextual platform built upon millions of English words and phrases organized into contextual categories, paths, pages and URLs using basic semantics whose mission is to maximize contextual linking among web sites across the Web.

By using strategic linked words to connect millions of web documents and content areas to each other on contextual, meaningful and relevant principles, LW is helping web sites become more visible and be found in context on Web while linked in sites are efficiently sharing targeted communities, users, visitors and reach to potential clients all for free.

LW’s ultimate mission is to build the next generation of the web data graph where relevant information will be less searched for, but more organically found in context while both web sites and common users will then be still relying on, but be less dependent upon today’s search engines.

The Problem it tackles

With the rapid increase of the number of web sites (over 100M*) and so does the cost of indexing and classifying them there will be more and more web information (possibly billions of pages) that will simply be left in the darkness (the invisible web) where neither algorithmic robots nor people will find it.

Having more relevant sites on Web linking to your site is known to be effective for staying visible in tomorrow’s web, but just like with today’s mass search engines already struggling to keep it up with the ever growing amount of information on Web the situation with small to mid level sites seems even worse when trying to have third party sites link back to them, let alone in context. Even for sites that think they are successful in obtaining links from third party places the natural limitations are still in place and unless they are top brands or already popular on web their chances of having more than 100 sites linking back to them are very slim and it would take them years to achieve that.

The Solution

Today’s social networking sites are effectively optimizing your contacts and connections with relevant people in your life, helping you reach to and stay connected with more family members, friends, colleagues and experts from within your professional life, altogether and in a larger scale (you can establish endless number of connections) instead of you doing it on your own. Contextually linked in people are efficiently sharing targeted information, ideas, knowledge, opportunities and reach to potential clients all for free.

LinkedWords does the same for your web site’s information – maximizing the contextual linking for it with relevant sites helping you reach to and stay permanently connected with more content areas with the same context, altogether and in a much larger scale (you can establish endless number of contextual links**) than what you would potentially be able to do on your own. All this results in your website becoming more visible for smart robots and be found in context by humans on web. Contextually linked in sites are efficiently sharing targeted communities, users, visitors and reach to potential clients all for free.

* Data 2005 -> news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4325918.stm
* Data 2006 -> edition.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/11/01/100millionwebsites

** Depends on the number of content areas your site has (e.g. a site with 2000 pages can possibly create up to 6000 contextually linked words that can potentially connect that site to 600,000 [6000 linked words result in 6000 contextual listings at LinkedWords and each page with contextual listings at LW can contain 100 relevant listings on average from other sites] relevant content areas across the web while site with 1M pages can possibly have at least 3M contextual links in LW that can potentially connect to virtually endless number of relevant content areas across the web)

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