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Magnum Technologies Unveils COORDINATOR 4.0 Enhanced Management Software – Reduces Downtime with Rapid identification and Resolution of Complex Networking Issues

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Enhanced Management Software Accelerates Automated IT Fault, Discovery and Correlation Management Capabilities for Complex Core Network InfrastructuresMinneapolis, MN, June 27, 2005 http://www.magnum-tech.com — Magnum Technologies, a leading developer of information technology (IT) management software for measuring and improving the business impact of IT, today announced the launch of the latest version of its COORDINATOR software solution.COORDINATOR 4.0 extends the reach of COORDINATOR software within large-scale enterprises to include remote locations, which permits quicker identification and resolution of system and networking events that could disrupt business operations across the entire enterprise.“The new COORDINATOR 4.0 significantly extends and strengthens the original management capabilities and benefits of COORDINATOR,” said Tim Hadden, Chief Technology Officer of Magnum Technologies. “With COORDINATOR 4.0 large-scale enterprises can now quickly deploy our software capabilities and more rapidly resolve network and system issues.”Magnum’s COORDINATOR provides network professionals the information they need in minutes to identify and resolve the root cause issues behind both system and network events. COORDINATOR gathers network topology data from enterprise management platforms such as IBM NetView; discovers and displays additional Multi-Layer device information; and builds a more complete and up-to-date topology map that helps network and system administrators pinpoint problems more quickly.Once installed, COORDINATOR 4.0 immediately identifies non-IP addressable, layer 2 ports and blades, and relates that information to the layer 3 information already recorded in the enterprise management platform This gives the network and system administrator a fuller understanding of the entire environment, and the status of each device.“The release of COORDINATOR 4.0 is one of many significant product enhancements planned for the entire Magnum product suite this year,” said Mike Ducatelli, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Magnum Technologies. “With this pipeline of new releases, we are quickly becoming the market leader in not only network management but management of all IP based components, such as IP based Storage and Voice over IP VOIP devices.”COORDINATOR 4.0 also includes the following features:- Layer 2 Discovery – automatic discovery and maintenance of layer 2 devices- Visualization of a combined layer 2 and layer 3 topology including:- Visual depiction of the physical connections- Understands the relationship between Layer 2 and Layer 3 devices- point-to-point path trace between 2 devices in the network- VLANs Views- Enhanced Fault detection – Port status monitoring and active polling for full coverage- Root Cause Analysis Events – Eliminates manual root cause isolation- Maintain Switch Device Status – Map shows the root cause location of events- Discovery Report – Port information and physical connections for switches- Impact Report – Identifies impacted devices due to switch outages- Status Report – Shows availability status of switches and ports- Physical Display of a combined Layer 2 and Layer 3 network layers, point-to-point and VPN connections.- Enhanced Graphical User Interface – shows relationships between Routers, Switches & Systems- Powerful Polling Engine – enables monitoring of redundant path networks for more concise root analysis of their events and the impact on business operationsFor more information on COORDINATOR™ 4.0. or Magnum Technologies’ suite of IT management solutions, including ADVANTAGE®, CAP-TREND& DIAGNOSEIT®, visit www.magnum-tech.comAbout Magnum TechnologiesMagnum Technologies develops software solutions that align IT operations with enterprise priorities. Magnum’s suite of automated management solutions includes DIAGNOSEIT®, COORDINATOR™, CAP-TREND® and its flagship product, ADVANTAGE®. Magnum’s software solutions are designed to easily integrate with and enhance the effectiveness of existing management platforms by monitoring and measuring IT performance from a line-of-business perspective. To learn more about Magnum Technologies, visit www.magnum-tech.com.# # #

Publicity Stunt

Friday, June 24th, 2005

32 year-old Brit, Jeremy Butler, has taken dating to the next level – he is inviting girls to apply to be his girlfriend.

He has handed out more than 200 fliers advertising the “vacant position of his girlfriend” (Experience an advantage but not essential). This weekend, he will be setting up his stall on Crouch End Broadway, in north London, where he hopes girls will come to apply and interview for the vacant position.

See full article here.

This latest stunt is the next step in the evolution of the dating game. We have already seen the dating scene evolve from the Lonely Hearts column of the newspaper to speed dating, dating agencies and “it’s only lunch”. Advertising for a girlfriend is the latest demonstration of many people’s frustration with the dating scene.

Commercial Real Estate Investment Bank Addresses Foreign Investment into U.S. Commercial Real Estate Assets

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Beaverton, OR, June 23, 2005 http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com — Pacific Security Capital (“PSC”), a leading commercial real estate investment bank, headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, provides strategic insight into the considerations surrounding foreign commercial real estate investments of U.S. real estate assetsCommercial real estate in the United States has historically been recognized as a favored asset class that has yielded steady appreciation without the fluctuations that are characteristically present in competing asset classes. This, in turn, has long made commercial real estate an attractive investment to foreign investors. The political and economic stability of the U.S., the absence or threat of government appropriation or nationalization, and the recognition of the historical strength of the US Dollar have no doubt also been contributing factors to the lure of foreign investors.Having years of commercial real estate lending experience, Mike Myatt, the Executive Managing Director of commercial real estate investment bank Pacific Security Capital, provides insight that “given the attractive market characteristics described above, there has been a tendency for foreign investors to allow the sense of urgency surrounding the placement of funds. Thus, the desire to maintain competitive yields to drive their entry in to US commercial real estate markets.”Myatt adds that “while resulting in great velocity with respect to time to market considerations, this scenario is regrettably akin to letting the tail wag the dog. If either ignored or misunderstood, navigating the complexities of international real estate finance with respect to the structuring of foreign investment into the US commercial real estate market can lead to a veritable plethora of increased costs and risks.”Experience shows that a rush to place capital on the part of foreign investors will result in the selection of the wrong assets in the wrong markets and in a resultant sub-par investment performance. This scenario coupled with poor tax planning, insufficient infrastructure and the lack of a hedging strategy has caused many a horror story about what can happen to foreign investors with an ill-conceived investment strategy.To maximize returns, create operational leverage and manage economic risk the foreign investor should assess the following items prior to expatriating capital into US investments:- Financially engineer a business model that leverages the best of both foreign and domestic strategic tax planning;- Assess the need for, and cost of currency hedging;- Determine best practice methodology for accessing deal flow in alignment with investment strategies;- Understand the increased costs and complexities of logistics and operations;- Choose a business model that will lend itself to maximizing US capital markets accessAbout Pacific Security Capital Pacific Security Capital is a leading commercial real estate investment banking firm providing commercial real estate loans, structured finance, investment sales and advisory services. The combination of direct lending, advisory, intermediary, corporate and professional services, syndication and acquisition services consistently allow PSC to rank among the leaders in the industry. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with other offices in major markets in North American and Europe. More information about the company can be found at http://www.PacificSecurityCapital.com.# # #

New Home Construction Boot Camp Seminars Offered by The Allen Mortgage&Real Estate Group and MW Johnson Construction – Helps Home Buyers Build for the First Time

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

St. Paul, MN, June 23, 2005 http://www.NewHomeBootCamp.com — The Allen Mortgage and Real Estate Group, a leading Minnesota Mortgage Broker today announced that it is working with MW Johnson Construction, a local home builder, to offer New Home Construction Boot Camp Seminars designed to ease the frustration and anxiety of those building for the first time.As home building becomes more complicated and expensive, more and more first time home builders are looking for educational instruction from many sources including parents, online venues and home building professionals.“Witnessing the growing number of those building for the first time, who are also first time homebuyers, has been amazing to us,” said Cindy Allen, mortgage broker, Allen Mortgage and Real Estate Group. “We began to realize that there is a clear need for home building education. This is why we are working in conjunction with MW Johnson Construction to offer the New Home Construction Boot Camp seminar.”The New Home Construction Boot Camp seminar offers home buying tips such as what type of property tax benefits are offered to new builders, insight into custom design, how to understand the differences between warranties, what types of new building materials are trends and which are here to stay.“What many new home builders do not realize is that they can accumulate equity during the building process,” said Melissa Johnson, New Home Consultant, MW Johnson Construction. “For this reason, we educate and offer examples during the boot camp about how seminar attendees can build equity for themselves.”The New Home Construction Boot Camp seminar also offers answers to basic building information questions including:- What qualities and credentials should I look for when choosing a builder?- How should cost overruns be estimated?- Should I believe the builder’s construction timeline?- Does it cost more to build in the winter?- What types of permits are necessary?- What is the most effective way to communicate with a Job Superintendent?Seminar attendees are raving about how the New Home Construction Boot Camp seminar has taught them to effectively build a new home.“I learned that you don’t have to already own a home to be able to build a new one,” said Hildah Makori, New Home Construction Boot Camp attendee. “A first time homebuyer can afford to have one built too.”“The Construction schedule sheet that explained the different phases of the construction process and how long each phase would take, was a very big help,” said Joshua Peterson, New Home Construction Boot Camp attendee.Anyone interested in learning more about building a home can register to attend upcoming New Home Construction Boot Camps hosted in the following MN communities at www.NewHomeBootCamp.com:June 27 – WoodburyAug 25 – Eden PrairieSept 21 – LakevilleOct 20 – BloomingtonNov 15 – BlaineDec 14 – Apple ValleyAbout The Allen Mortgage and Real Estate GroupThe Allen Mortgage and Real Estate Group, home of the First Time Homebuyers Boot Camp, has been a leading MN mortgage broker and mortgage lending company for nearly 20 years. With a commitment to first time homebuyers, the team at the Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group commits to sharing the truth about the home buying process.Find out more on the home buying process and home buying tips at www.The-AllenGroup.com.The Allen Mortgage and Real Estate Group also resells its First Time Homebuyer and New Home Construction Boot Camp curriculum via www.TradeWinMarketing.com.MW JohnsonMW Johnson Construction is regarded as one of the Twin Cities largest and most reputable family owned builders and has been building locally since 1971. Over the past 34 years they have worked with families building their first home to those building their multi-million dollar dream homes and are committed to giving all of them the same level of service. Building on their site or yours they are currently constructing homes from St Cloud to Rochester, Mankato to Baldwin, WI and everywhere in-between – and most recently even into Southern Florida.For more info contact Melissa Johnson at e-mail protected from spam bots or 952-892-3544# # #

DDL West Package Engineer Named VP&Treasurer of New IOPP Chapter – Package Testing Lab Helps Form Southern California Division

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Costa Mesa, CA, June 23, 2005 http://www.testedandproven.com/DDL-West.html – DDL West, a CA-based package, product and material testing laboratory, today announced that Package Engineer, Michael Foster, has been appointed Vice President and Treasurer of the new Southern California chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP).Foster, who has played an integral part in forming the Southern California IOPP chapter, will be responsible for the chapter’s financial records and budget development, along with assisting the President and Programs, Meetings and Publications Chair.“The IOPP is the World’s largest packaging association,” said Foster. “With the Californian packaging industry continually expanding, Southern California really needs a chapter of its own.”The Southern California Chapter will be the 51st Chapter of the IOPP, an association which currently has more than 5,000 members and 150 corporate members.“DDL West is particularly excited to be involved in the development and management of the new IOPP chapter,” said Foster, “since the IOPP shares DDL’s commitment to serving the educational needs of the packaging community.”For more information on the new Southern California IOPP chapter, visit: http://www.iopp.org/pages/index.cfm?pageid=152For expert advice on package testing, visit http://www.testedandproven.com or call Mike Foster at (714) 979-1712 ext. 16.About DDL West:DDL West offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including Shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL package testing clients find value through its zero-cost package testing consulting service, Pack-Advice. For more information, visit http://www.testedandproven.com or call Mike Foster at (714) 979-1712 ext. 16.# # #

Pacific Security Capital Appoints Theddi Chappell as Director of Its Commercial Real Estate Advisory Services Group

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Beaverton, OR, June 20, 2005 http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com – Pacific Security Capital (“PSC”), a leading commercial real estate investment bank, headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, announced today that it is continuing to expand its commercial real estate advisory services practice by hiring new Director, Theddi Wright Chappell.Chappell is a LEED Certified Professional with extensive experience in both national and international investment analysis and consulting services, having worked on projects throughout the US, in Canada, Europe, and Australasia.”We are very pleased to have acquired the services of such a well respected professional,” said Mike Myatt, Executive Managing Director of Pacific Security Capital. “In addition to working with our domestic clients, Theddi furthers our commitment to support our international clients through her former experience as Managing Director for Landauer Australia.”Pacific Security Capital’s commercial real estate advisory services practice offers the following services in North America and the European Community:- Market and Economic Feasibility Studies;- Asset, Market or Loan Research;- Letters of Opinion and Fairness Opinions;- Risk Management Analysis and Strategy;- Owner’s Representation Services;- Strategic Planning for Properties and Portfolios of Properties, and;- Financial Engineering and Modeling Services.“Through Pacific Security Capital’s international platform and vertically integrated solutions, our commercial real estate advisory services practice is growing at a very rapid pace,” said Myatt. “In today’s competitive investments sales market, our clients find that they are in need of quality research and information more than ever.”To learn more about Pacific Security Capital or PacificEliteTM please visit www.PacificSecurityCapital.com or call 1-800-844-6085About Pacific Security Capital: Pacific Security Capital is a leading commercial real estate investment banking firm providing commercial real estate loans, structured finance, investment sales and advisory services. The combination of direct lending, advisory, intermediary, corporate and professional services, syndication and acquisition services consistently allow PSC to rank among the leaders in the industry. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with other offices in major markets in North American and Europe. More information about the company can be found at www.PacificSecurityCapital.com.

Magnum Technologies Adds New Vice President to Management Team – New Senior Executive Leads Sales&Marketing of ADVANTAGE® Software

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

New Senior Executive, Michael Ducatelli, Brings Extensive Industry Experience to Leading IT Management Software Firm to Lead ADVANTAGE® Sales & Marketing Initiatives.Minneapolis, MN, June 16, 2005 http://www.magnum-tech.com – Magnum Technologies, a leading provider of information technology (IT) management software for measuring and improving the business impact of IT, today announced that industry veteran, Michael Ducatelli, has joined the company as its new Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.Prior to joining Magnum Technologies, Mr. Ducatelli served as the Director of Sales of the Sales Retail Business Unit of Lawson Software in St. Paul, MN, where he led a sales organization that realized significant increases in license sales during his tenure.“Mr. Ducatelli has proven expertise in IT management solution sales,” said Gregory Crow, Magnum Technologies’ CEO. “With Magnum’s rapid growth and the launch of our marquee product, ADVANTAGE®, Mr. Ducatelli’s arrival is right on schedule as we start the sales and marketing initiatives.”Magnum Technologies’ flagship ADVANTAGE® software allows large and mid-size enterprises to monitor and measure the business impact management of their IT performance. ADVANTAGE® depicts the overall health of network, system, and application resources both from a business-centric point of view and from a service level agreement compliance perspective via a user-configurable dashboard.“I am excited to lead sales and marketing of ADVANTAGE®,” said Mr. Ducatelli. “ADVANTAGE is a breakthrough management solution that will allow IT managers, corporate and business unit executives to view IT performance from 2 perspectives – in terms of the impact to the lines of business and IT functions.”For more information on ADVANTAGE® or Magnum Technologies’ suite of IT management solutions, including CAP-TREND®, COORDINATOR™ & DIAGNOSEIT®, visit www.magnum-tech.comAbout Magnum TechnologiesMagnum Technologies develops software solutions that align IT operations with enterprise priorities. Magnum’s suite of automated management solutions includes DIAGNOSEIT®, COORDINATOR™, CAP-TREND® and its flagship product, ADVANTAGE®. Magnum’s software solutions are designed to easily integrate with and enhance the effectiveness of existing management platforms by monitoring and measuring IT performance from a line-of-business perspective. To learn more about Magnum Technologies, visit www.magnum-tech.com.# # #

myC.R.O. Solutions Launches Sarbanes-Oxley Gap Analysis Capability

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Comply™ Surpasses Reporting Requirements, Gives Enterprise ViewNew York, NY, June 15, 2005 www.MyCROSolutions.com – myC.R.O. Solutions, a leading technology risk measurement and management firm, today announced the introduction of the new myC.R.O. feature Comply™, which clearly quantifies the gap between the regulatory requirements set forth by Sarbanes-Oxley and a public company’s existing enterprise technology environment.With Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) carrying significant penalties, hefty fines and even jail time, more and more American companies are looking for tools and services that help to clearly convey to customers, employees and shareholders how they are assuring that their companies are being run in honest and ethical manners.“The challenge currently exists for corporate executives of public companies to find cost-effective tools that clearly identify to what degree their entire enterprise is – or is not – Sarbanes-Oxley compliant,” said KoniKaye Jeschke. “This is why we are receiving such positive feedback to the Comply feature of the myC.R.O. risk measurement and modeling tool.”With Comply, myC.R.O. Solutions is leading the way to help public corporations effectively meet and even exceed required SOX reporting criteria.Outcomes of Comply include the following:GAP ANALYSIS which quantifies how near to, or far from, SOX compliance the company actually isRISK MITIGATION INSIGHT which includes detailed visual reports and illustrations of how each potential technology change will result in more, or less, compliance with SOXAUTOMATED REPORTING which continuously illustrates how each change in enterprise technology has served to narrow, or widen, the SOX compliance gap“No other risk measurement tool or consulting service has the ability to conduct the objective and consistent measurement of Comply’s ongoing automated reporting function,” said Chuck Buckley, myC.R.O. Solutions, EVP. “Only with Comply, can public organizations visually simulate how a technology change moves a company closer to – or further away from – SOX compliance.”The new Comply feature will debut at the June 15 – 16, 2005 Robert Frances Group “Reducing Risk, Restoring Trust: A Leadership Role for IT” Summit in the New York City Puck Building.To meet and exceed Sarbanes-Oxley reporting requirements contact myC.R.O. Solutions about Comply™: www.mycrosolutions.com or call 763-377-3241.About myC.R.O. SolutionsmyC.R.O. Solutions is dedicated to applying process maturity and quality assurance principles to complete enterprise technology risk management, planning and implementation. myC.R.O. Solutions has developed the proprietary Risk Analysis Engine (RAE) product and its supporting Comply™ module. KoniKaye Jeschke, President and CEO, was named a Finance-Commerce 2004 Innovator of The Year for development of a breakthrough approach to quantifiably model business technology risk.###

New Minco 384-Hole Heater Responds to Industry Move to 384-Hole Microplate – New Proprietary Non-Mechanical Routing Technology Tackles Uniform Heating Challenge

Monday, June 13th, 2005

New Minco 384-Hole Heater Responds to Industry Move to 384-Hole Microplate – New Proprietary Non-Mechanical Routing Technology Tackles Uniform Heating Challenge Minco today announced the release of a breakthrough 384-hole heater, which provides critical temperature uniformity across a 384 well Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) sample block.New York, NY, June 13, 2005 — MD&M East – Minco, (www.minco.com/384) a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical medical applications, today announced the release of a breakthrough 384-hole heater, which provides critical temperature uniformity across a 384 well Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) sample block.“As thermal cycling machinery in the IVD market rapidly moves from a 96-hole to a 384-hole microplate, steal rule dies are becoming less effective for the development of smaller heating components,” said Brian Williams, Minco Marketing Manager. “Minco engineers recognized that alternate routing techniques, used to develop components in our flex division, could produce the substantially smaller heating components required to effectively work within the tight dimensions of the 384-hole microplate.”This proprietary Minco technology enables extremely tight hole-to-hole tolerance allowing for near perfect registration of the Minco 384-hole heater to a PCR sample block. The seamless fit of the heater provides superior heat transfer critical to fast temperature cycling environments. It also enables an unobstructed view of the reaction process because, what can be large, heating components are eliminated.The Minco 384-hole heater contains an etched Thermofoil™ element which also encourages heat uniformity as reagents are cycled through high-throughput PCR thermal well steps of denaturing, annealing and extension.“Minco recognizes that the IVD market is continually reducing size, adding features and increasing the sophistication of temperature cycling machinery,” added Williams. “Minco engineers are committed to developing heaters that produce higher throughput, optimal uniformity and tighter dimensional tolerance.”The Minco 384-hole heater can be constructed with a broad array of insulation materials depending upon its client’s emissivity needs.The 384-hole heater is available with an integrated thermistor, or RTD, and can be custom profiled to match any system. For more information about the 384-hole heater please contact Brian Williams, Marketing Manager, at 763-586-2903, or visit www.minco.com/384.About MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble Thermofoil™ Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services. http://www.minco.com# # #

Minco Releases New Pipette Heating System for Immunoassay Applications – Thinnest Etched-foil Heater on the Market Eliminates Need for Supporting Heat Sources

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Minco today announced the release of the thinnest immunoassay pipette heating system available.New York, NY, June 13, 2005 — MD&M East – Minco, (www.minco.com/pipette) a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical medical diagnostic applications today announced the release of the thinnest immunoassay pipette heating system available.“Prior to the development of the Minco Pipette heating system, medical diagnostic professionals experienced difficulty in maneuvering immunoassay applications,” said Brian Williams, Minco Marketing Manager. “In order to facilitate accurate immunoassay readings, Minco engineers developed a pipette heater designed to function without additional bulk such as tubular heaters, fans and other supporting framework.”At a mere .003” (.076 mm) thick, the Minco Pipette heating system is the thinnest, lightest and most flexible pipette heater on the market today. The heater also features an extremely fast warm-up time from room temperature to body temperature in under a second.The new Minco pipette heater boasts the use of Thermofoil™, a Minco-developed etched-foil heating technology, which when combined with polyimide insulation, wraps completely around a .060” (1.52 mm) pipette.When a Pipette is completely wrapped by the new Minco Pipette heater, the temperature of the blood or biological chemistry can be kept at a uniform and accurate heat level. This means that the time necessary to adjust temperature is reduced and money is ultimately saved.“The new Minco pipette heater is a tangible demonstration of Minco’s dedication to providing the medical diagnostic community with complete thermal, sensing and packaging solutions designed to shorten medical diagnostic supply chains and decrease time-to-market,” said Williams.For more information regarding Minco’s pipette heaters, please contact Brian Williams, Minco Marketing Manager, at 763-586-2903, or visit www.minco.com/pipette.About MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble Thermofoil™ Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services. http://www.minco.com# # #

 
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