Microsoft expands connected car push with patent licensing

Microsoft’s push into the connected car space has moved up a gear with a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota. The world’s second-largest auto maker will have access to a range of Microsoft patents as part of the deal announced this week.

Rather than trying to build a high-tech automobile of its own, Microsoft is focusing on providing carmakers with the tools they need to create smarter vehicles and the Toyota deal is the first of what it hopes will be a series of such agreements.

Microsoft offers an entire suite of cloud services aimed at aiding the development of internet-enabled automobiles and is also integrating its Cortana virtual assistant into cars alongside PCs, phones and other devices. In the future, a connected car could become a rolling extension of a user’s office, with Office 365 integrations.

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Microsoft expands cloud management licensing to include on-premises tools too

Microsoft Monday announced that customers can now purchase a joint licensing agreement for its cloud-based Operations Management Suite and its on-premises System Center infrastructure manager.

Packaging these separate but related management platforms will encourage customers to use public cloud resources and make it easier to manage hybrid clouds.

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Salesforce Expands Data Analytics to Next Generation Business Apps

Wave Sales Overview1 225x300 Salesforce Expands Data Analytics to Next Generation Business AppsIn many popular consumer applications a user can take immediate action if he has obtained important information from large amounts of data. For business applications, it appears that, directly taking action in response to a data analysis not so easy. This often occurs because the analysis may be not coming from relevant data sources or because it directly not linked to the tasks. The result is sluggish business decisions at the expense of the operating results.

Salesforce.com has set the goal of providing businesses with a more user-friendly analysis tools for the reason mentioned above. Last week, the leader of the CRM service provider has unveiled a series of apps tailored to specific activities or roles. Among them is the introduction of Sales Wave Analytics, a tool for business, which will be the first to be delivered.

Earlier this year, Salesforce.com had already made a series of updates for its mobile platform Wave Analytics Cloud, and last month the company had added a new tool focused on big data. This time, the latest round of Wave Analytics Apps applications is intended to extend the cloud analytics capabilities by providing the prepackaged templates that can meet specific needs according to use, with the ability to provide a meaning data appropriate to the context.

The applications instantly integrate CRM data in appropriate role models to accelerate deployment. They will also highlight the historical trends and making full year comparative from any terminal. Because Wave Analytics Apps applications are built natively on Salesforce1 platform, predefined data flows will not only postpone automatically, but also to update all parameters associated with these changes in Salesforce.

Sales Analytics Wave is the first app in the series delivered by the firm. It will allow business to benefit from new forecasting management tools, sales pipeline, performance and more. Preconfigured templates included in the application will allow users to explore all Salesforce sales data. It will cover sales pipeline management and forecasting so that they can give access to quarterly results and will allow to follow team performance.

The top management of the business operations may, for example, use this tool to have a real-time analysis of sales pipeline and cross this information with the sales performance of products directly from the mobile phone to determine if these forecasts should be revised or not.

The Sales Wave Historical Analysis function allows sales managers themselves to create the database in no time from any device with an analysis of historical data. As a result they no longer have to wait for the results of business analysts.

The Wave platform is vertically integrated with Salesforce’s cloud analysis platform. In addition, the data does not need to be sorted for analysis, because the Wave platform includes a schema-free architecture. This allows all employees to intuitively explore full datasets and display the results in dashboards and graphs.

The tool will be available on iOS for iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch. Additional languages ??and other compatible devices will be added to the list later.


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Snaptrends Expands Data Set with Addition of Russia-based VK



The all NEW 4.0 platform from Snaptrends is here!


Snaptrends, the most powerful location-based social media insights platform, announces it has integrated with Russian-based VK, the 8th most popular social networking site in the world with more than 280 million user accounts. Approximately 70 million social users in Russia, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan use the platform daily to connect with each other, share photos and news events, play games, create groups and more.

“VK is a fast-growing social network with its volume of data increasing daily, all of which is valuable to many of our U.S. based clients,” says Todd Berry, vice president of Engineering at Snaptrends. “VK is a terrific addition to Snaptrends as we continue to expand our data sets globally to meet customer demand. With VK, we can bring a new source of information from another part of the world to our clients so they get the most comprehensive coverage.”

The larger data platform combined with Snaptrend’s ability to process massive amounts of data means customers benefit from location-based searches worldwide. Snaptrends is able to translate content into over 80 languages and offers localized translation in many languages, including Russian. Virtually every industry can gain valuable insights into their customers, industries, competitors and brands with data from social media, particularly when location is considered.

“Most companies today are using information from social media to direct marketing, sales and communications strategies,” says Berry. “The location-based social media data Snaptrends can tap into means clients get more targeted data for faster response, more informed business decisions and more flexibility in how they use the data. The global scale and increasing amount of social media data out there requires a solution that can sift through irrelevant data so only what matters most rises to the top.”

About Snaptrends

Snaptrends takes you inside the conversation, strips away the noise and illuminates the social media relevant to your business, organization or community. This information builds a clear view of social conversations when and where they unfold, the influencers driving those conversations, and why; ultimately giving you the ability to make more informed decisions and take more effective actions.

Founded in 2012, Snaptrends is a private company tucked in “Silicon Hills,” the rolling hills surrounding Austin, Texas. At the intersection of two hot industries – cloud-technology and social media, Snaptrends is the leading provider of location-based social insights to organizations worldwide.

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NexTec Group Expands Cloud ERP Offering

With a growing need for mid-market cloud ERP solutions, NexTec Group is proud to announce the addition of Acumatica Cloud ERP to their expanding portfolio of ERP products available to their clients.

“As an ERP provider, it’s our job to research and provide the best solutions for our clients,” said Eric Frank, President and co-founder of NexTec Group. “Adding cloud-based Acumatica ERP to our portfolio allows us to provide more freedom of choice and flexibility for our clients due to its strong financial, distribution, CRM, and project accounting modules.”

Jon Roskill, CEO of Acumatica, said: “We are excited to welcome NexTec Group into our Acumatica community. NexTec is a successful and well-regarded company with all the qualities we look for in a partner. We look forward to helping them grow their practice with our award-winning Cloud ERP product.”

NexTec Group is a leading provider of technology for business, delivering comprehensive ERP, CRM and BI solutions targeted to the unique needs of our clients. With more than 20 years of experience, NexTec Group works to address the industry challenges faced by food and beverage companies, manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, professional service agencies, government organizations, healthcare facilities, non-profits, financial service firms and oilfield services.

Acumatica is a leading provider of cloud business management software that empowers small and mid-sized businesses to unlock their potential and drive growth. Built on the world’s best cloud and mobile technology and a unique customer-centric licensing model, Acumatica delivers a suite of fully-integrated applications, powered by a robust and flexible platform.







Tolles Career & Technical Center (OH) Expands Online Student Application System from InfoSnap to Include a Customized Registration Solution


Austin, Texas (PRWEB) June 18, 2015

The Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio, expands its partnership with InfoSnap by moving the center’s registration process online. In addition to InfoSnap providing the career and technical center with an online application solution that increased submissions by 25%, an intuitive registration solution will be added to streamline both processes. Seamless integration between InfoSnap and ProgressBook Suite (PBS), the center’s student information system, will result in accurate and up-to-date student data by the first day of school.

“It is our goal to implement transparent and automated solutions. InfoSnap is keeping us in the forefront of cutting-edge technology by customizing our solutions to significantly increase productivity, accuracy of data, and family happiness,” notes Lee Wirick, Associate School Coordinator at Tolles.

The online registration solution will provide families with an easy-to-use process for enrolling and registering their child/children at their own convenience. Families who have more than one child within the school system can ‘snap’ data from one student to another. The use of SmartForm™ technology, an intuitive tool built into the solution, will collect relevant data based on previously entered information or choices (grade, activities, medical history, etc.). The data submitted by families is reviewed, polished, and formatted to meet the center’s policies and then delivered into PBS.

Achieving success with the application solution from InfoSnap prompted Tolles Career and Technical Center to incorporate registration in this online process.

Forty four user profiles are integrated into the application platform. Once a student applies, the counselor at the appropriate school is notified to sign in and complete pertinent information. After counselors conclude their portion of the application process, tags are generated, alerting registrars to log in and complete the next step. “The transparency is constant and we have significantly increased the number of applications we receive,” said Wirick.

Wirick adds, “We looked at several companies and ultimately selected InfoSnap because of the customization they provide. We weren’t pushed into a style that we could not alter. The ability to design and develop a solution to meet our unique needs, and seamlessly integrate that product into PBS, is invaluable,” states Wirick.

About InfoSnap

InfoSnap®, Inc. is the leading provider of cloud-based registration management solutions, including online Application, Admissions, School Choice/Lottery, New Student Enrollment, Annual Student Registration, and Staff Registration, designed specifically for Pre K-12 independent, charter, and public schools. All solutions are backed by dedicated solution specialists, supporting both administrators and families. InfoSnap was founded in 2000 and serves a growing client base of 10,000+ Pre K-12 schools around the world. For more information, visit InfoSnap.com.






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