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ISO 11607 Revisions Webinar from DDL Describes Changing Requirements for Distribution of Medical Devices

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, April 28, 2006 http://www.testedandproven.com/webinars.html – DDL, a leading medical device package testing laboratory, is hosting the second of three free webinars on the upcoming revisions to the ISO 11607 standard – “Packaging for Terminally Sterilized Medical Devices.”The second ISO 11607 Revisions webinar from DDL, “Understanding Clause 6,” delves into clause 6 of the standard which focuses on a package’s ability to deliver a medical device to the patient without jeopardizing sterility or incurring defect.“Safe and sterile distribution of a medical device to the end-user is critical,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL. “Changes to ISO 11607 Clause 6 are intended to improve this process, but industry pro’s that do not understand compliance changes may find that their package or product fails when it comes to the testing lab.”“Understanding Clause 6” presented by Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL Inc, will cover how revisions to ISO 11607 Clause 6 will change compliance requirements for the following:• Test methods• Sampling plans• Materials & performed sterile barrier systems• Storage & transport regulations• Closure/seal evaluation• Accelerated aging protocols“Clause 6 will be the most changed out of all the ISO 11607 revisions,” said Nolan, “for example, an entire section will be added on the requirements for sterile fluid pathways.”The “ISO 11607 Revisions – Understanding Clause 6” webinar will air on three different dates:• May 17, 2006, 12 PM CST (1 EST, 10 PST)• May 23, 2006, 1 PM CST (2 EST, 11 PST)• May 25, 2006, 2 PM CST (3 EST, 12 PST)Register for the “ISO 11607 Revisions – Understanding Clause 6” webinar athttp://www.testedandproven.com/webinars.htmlYou can also listen to the first webinar in this series on the ISO 11607 Revisions on-demand at http://www.testedandproven.com/webinars_ondemand.htmlAbout DDLDDL 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 growing suite of PackServices: PackAdvice, a zero-cost package testing consulting service, and PackReview, a DDL approved certification to demonstrate compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7). DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California. http://www.testedandproven.com

Pacific Security Capital Commercial Real Estate Development Services Division Gets a Face Lift with Rick Dyer as New Managing Director

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Beaverton, OR, April 27, 2006http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com — Pacific Security Capital, a vertically integrated real estate services company, today named Rick Dyer as its new Managing Director of Development Services.Dyer, who joined Pacific Security Capital in 2005 as a Senior Project Manager, has played a defining role in growing the Development Services division. With more than 10 years of experience in a senior management role, Dyer is tenured in every stage of real estate, from the early phases of project vision through design, entitlements, marketing, sales, to construction delivery and occupancy.“I have performed in the capacity of Director on many projects, including mixed-use office parks, resort developments, retirement communities and multifamily communities,” said Rick Dyer. “This hands-on property development experience has put me in an excellent position to manage Pacific Security Capital’s growing Development Services division.”Dyer has successfully negotiated and administered the joint-venture development of a 150-unit multi-family project and a 200-unit retirement community, and has financed more than $200 Million in various asset classes throughout the United States.As Director of Development at Fidelity Properties, Dyer was responsible for entitling and designing two separate office parks containing more than 1.2 million square feet. As Director of Development for Intrawest Placemaking, he managed the development of a 61-unit mixed-use resort Condominium/Hotel, an Indoor/Outdoor Water Park and an 83-unit mixed-use resort Condominium/Hotel.“Dyer clearly possesses the type of Tier 1 talent that Pacific Security Capital really values,” said Louis Swart, Pacific Security Capital President. “He has excelled in a senior project management role at Pacific Security Capital and I have no doubt that with Dyer’s leadership, the Development Services division will only thrive.”To learn more about Pacific Security Capital’s commercial real estate development services, please visit www.PacificSecurityCapital.com or call 1-800-844-6085.About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital is a vertically integrated real estate services company providing advisory services, asset management, development services, commercial real estate loans, structured finance, landlord/tenant representation, and investment sales. Our mission is to add value to client initiatives at every level of the real estate cycle. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in major markets in North America. More information about the company can be found at www.PacificSecurityCapital.com.

Development Services Expert to Lead Commercial Real Estate Services Firm – Pacific Security Capital Names Louis Swart as New President

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Beaverton, OR, April 24, 2006 http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com – Pacific Security Capital, a vertically integrated real estate services company, has named Louis Swart as its new company President.Swart, who has over 30 years of experience in commercial and institutional real estate, will focus on expanding the real estate portfolio in which Pacific Security Capital has a vested interest in order to develop properties on its own account.“The strategic focus of Pacific Security Capital is changing,” said Swart, “the commercial real estate industry is calling out for more vertically integrated real estate services firms and this is the direction in which Pacific Security Capital is headed.”Pacific Security Capital is in a unique position to be able to offer maximum productivity, create operating leverage and generate economies of scale, all seamlessly executed across multiple asset classes, practice areas and geographic locations.“Pacific Security Capital is dedicated to adding value to client initiatives at every level of the real estate cycle,” said Swart, “our core competencies spread across six major business units meaning that our clients do not have to worry about managing multiple vendor relationships.”Pacific Security Capital currently specializes in the following six core market segments:- Asset ManagementCapital Markets Services Commercial Real Estate Advisory ServicesDevelopment ServicesInvestment Sales Landlord Tenant RepresentationPrior to joining Pacific Security Capital, Louis Swart was the founder and president of Wedgwood Retirement Inns, Vancouver WA; the CEO of Retirement Corporation of America, Dallas TX; a division president and senior vice president of Genesis Health Ventures, Kennett Square PA; and president and COO of Regent Assisted Living, Portland OR.To learn more about Pacific Security Capital’s core areas of expertise in Commercial Real Estate Advisory Services, Capital Markets, Development Services and Investment Sales, please visit www.PacificSecurityCapital.com or call 1-800-844-6085.About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital is a vertically integrated real estate services company providing advisory services, asset management, development services, commercial real estate loans, structured finance, landlord/tenant representation, and investment sales. Our mission is to add value to client initiatives at every level of the real estate cycle. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in major markets in North America. More information about the company can be found at www.PacificSecurityCapital.com.

Package Testing Services Firm, DDL, Launches New Website As Educational Resource for Manufacturers&Packaging Professionals

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, April 21, 2006http://www.testedandproven.com/ – DDL, a leading package, product and material testing services firm, has launched a new website to offer manufacturers and packaging professionals an interactive educational resource.DDL recognizes that many manufacturers and packaging professionals are unable to keep up-to-date with changing compliance requirements and the implications for the testing of their package or product. DDL has re-designed its website to better serve the industry with educational information that will keep them on top of compliance.“The package testing industry is continually changing,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL, “DDL will be able to keep industry professionals up-to-date on the latest industry standards and testing requirements via advanced features now available on its website.”The new DDL website includes the following features:•    On-demand webinars•    Industry standards search capability•    Articles download•    PackReview startup kitDDL is currently running a series of three webinars on the forthcoming ISO 11607 revisions. These revisions will impact compliance requirements for package validation and the distribution of medical devices.DDL also offers a free PackReview startup kit to manufacturers looking to validate their package in compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7).“Manufacturers understand that they need to comply with industry standards, but the finer details can often be confusing,” said John Hart, CEO of DDL. “DDL’s PackReview startup kit is a concise, clear instruction manual on what manufacturers need to do to comply with ISO 11607 (clause 7).”You can visit the new DDL website at http://www.testedandproven.comRegister for the DDL on-demand “ISO 11607 Revisions” webinar at http://www.testedandproven.com/webinars_ondemand.html About DDL DDL 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 growing suite of PackServices: PackAdvice, a zero-cost package testing consulting service, and PackReview, a DDL approved certification to demonstrate compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7). DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California. http://www.testedandproven.com

Leading Business Service Management Software Provider, Magnum Technologies, Automates ITIL With Business Service Discovery Capability

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Magnum Technologies’ Business Service Discovery capability, for discovery and dependency mapping which automates ITIL and Service Level Management initiatives is set to be demonstrated at the itSMF Regional Event in Cincinnati, Ohio.MINNEAPOLIS – April 21, 2006www.magnum-tech.com – Magnum Technologies, the leading provider of Business Service Management (BSM) software, announced today that they will be demonstrating their Business Service Discovery capability of their ADVANTAGE BSM software next week at the itSMF regional event in Cincinnati, Ohio.itSMF helps organizations achieve operational excellence by introducing, developing and promoting IT best practices. Magnum Technologies, an itSMF member, supports the implementation of IT best practices, with special emphasis on ITIL.The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is currently the largest and most widely accepted set of IT best practices. Aligned with the best practices of ITIL, Magnum Technologies’ Business Service Discovery capability:

  • Automatically identifies every IT component
  • Maps the relationship between different IT assets
  • and how they ultimately – and most importantly – impact services delivered to business end-users
  • Recognizes and updates changes to the IT infrastructure
  • without requiring the overhead or administration of a software agent
  • Accelerates creation of a configuration management database (CMDB)

Press Release Optimization

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Search engine marketing guru, Lee Odden, will be addressing the value of integrating PR, SEO and blog marketing at the upcoming WebmasterWorld Pubcon conference next week in Boston.

As you probably realize by now, I am greatly in favor of integrating all of these marketing tactics to achieve the most impact on a company’s bottom line.

“Traditional public relations initiatives can improve results significantly by leveraging online exposure opportunities, ” says Odden. “For example, many pitching efforts are lacking impact because they don’t take into account the fact that press releases are documents that can get indexed and ranked by search engines. Press releases that are optimized effectively can improve media coverage and also assist search engine rankings.”

Lee has written a very insightful article on press release optimization. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of the article “The Lowdown on Press Release Optimization,” click here.

Magnum Technologies Offers the Holy Grail of IT Service Management to CIO’s

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Underscores, via New White Paper, how ADVANTAGE Business Service Management (BSM) Software supports ITIL Best Practices Magnum Technologies’ ADVANTAGE Business Service Management Software Aligns IT Departments with Business Objectives. Offers Business Service Discovery, Service Level Management, ITIL Compliance Reporting and Multi-Layer Correlation which helps to prioritize IT activities based on the impact to the business, and true integration with third party management tools.

MINNEAPOLIS – April 13, 2006www.magnum-tech.com – Magnum Technologies’ Business Service Management Software bridges the gap between the IT Department and the business and in doing so delivers the Holy Grail of IT Service Management to its customers.

Jean-Pierre Garbani, Forrester Research, Vice President of Computing Infrastructures and Security group states that, “Aligning IT with business objectives and showing the value of IT to the business is often seen as the Holy Grail by many CIO’s.”Service Level Management is a key discipline of the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) which provides businesses with a customizable framework of best practices to achieve quality service and overcome difficulties associated with the growth of IT systems.“The ability to connect the IT department to the business and create an increase in IT productivity while decreasing cost is what senior level executives demand,” says Mike Ducatelli, executive vice president, Magnum Technologies. “Magnum Technologies’ BSM offering delivers that exact connection and also allows for efficient and streamlined ITIL adoption.”Magnum Technologies, in a newly released whitepaper entitled “Leveraging Magnum Technologies’ ADVANTAGE ® Software to Achieve Your Service Level Management and ITIL Initiatives” identifies the following CIO demands:

H.M. Cragg Co. Helps Businesses Prepare For Storm Season Offering Strategies To Keep Critical Business Systems, Such As Computers And Databases, “Power Up” And Prevent Revenue Loss

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

H.M. Cragg Offers ‘Six Strategies to Keep Your Spring “Power Up” During Storm Season’

H.M. Cragg Co. provides companies with smart, cost-effective strategies to maintain power during the upcoming storm season via battery maintenance, surge protection and Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS).MINNEAPOLIS – April 12, 2006 www.hmcragg.com – H.M. Cragg Co., a MN-based provider of quality power solutions including Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) and batteries, today announced their efforts to help businesses retain reliable power during the upcoming storm season.Power outages due to the electrical spikes and surges that result from lightening storms can lead to significant financial losses for businesses. Specifically, they can cause any of the following systems to go down:

  • computers – productivity and revenue is lost when computers crash unexpectedly
  • phones – customer service stops and orders are lost when phones are dead
  • point of sale – when a company can’t process a sale, revenue is directly impacted
  • database – when prospect information is corrupted or lost and can’t be accessed, the sales cycle can be delayed

Search Marketing Expert Lee Odden Reveals How Search Engine Optimization, Blogs and PR Provide a Competitive Edge

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Boston, MA, April 7, 2006 http://www.toprankmarketing.com – Search marketing expert, Lee Odden, President of TopRank Online Marketing, will be speaking at the upcoming WebmasterWorld Pubcon conference in Boston, April 18 – 20, 2006.Odden will outline how the integration of online public relations tactics with blog marketing and search engine optimization can deliver a distinct advantage to marketers who desire to build high brand awareness and increased sales online.Traditional public relations initiatives can improve results significantly by leveraging online exposure opportunities. For example, many pitching efforts are lacking impact because they don’t take into account the fact that press releases are documents that can get indexed and ranked by search engines. Press releases that are optimized effectively can improve media coverage and also assist search engine rankings.Business blogs can be very effective tools for communicating with prospects, clients and journalists. Blogs are also inherently search engine friendly and when properly optimized, can provide a significant boost to a web site’s search engine rankings.“Companies can gain a competitive marketing advantage by integrating search engine optimization with tactics such as press releases and blog marketing,” said Lee Odden. “The marketing synergy created by integrating SEO, blogs and press release optimization provides a tremendous advantage over traditional PR by itself.”Lee is joined on the panel by David McInnis, founder and CEO of PRWeb, an industry leading news wire service, Robin Liss, Founder and President of Camcorderinfo.com and Lawrence Coburn, President of RateItAll, Inc.Join Lee Odden and his distinguished colleagues at WebmasterWorld Pubcon 2006 to find out more information on how integrating SEO, blogs and online PR can have a positive impact on increasing prospect inquiries, sales and online brand visibilitySession: “Public Relations”Date: Wednesday April 19Time: 10:15 – 11.30 am ESTLocation: Hynes Convention Center, Salon D, Boston, MARegister for WebmasterWorld Pubcon 2006 at http://www.pubcon.com/register.htmGet more information on integrating blogs, SEO and online PR plus a copy of “The Lowdown on Press Release Optimization” by Lee Odden at http://www.misukanisodden.com/Integration.phpAbout TopRank Online MarketingTopRank Online Marketing (www.toprankresults.com) is an industry leading search marketing agency offering integrated search engine optimization, online public relations and blog marketing services. TopRank has been listed as a top ten world-wide SEO firm by topseos.com and Promotion World and is the only Minnesota search marketing firm included in Marketing Sherpa’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization Firms.Founded in 2001 by veteran online marketer Lee Odden, TopRank is a member of the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO.org), the Search Engine Marketing Council of the Direct Marketing Association (the-DMA.org), and serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA.org). Odden publishes the award winning Online Marketing Blog and his articles frequently appear on WebProNews, Search Engine Guide, Search Engine Journal, ISEDB, AllBusiness.com, Lockergnome and numerous business publications on the topics of SEO, blogs and online PR. Odden has also been quoted in U.S. News, The Economist and DM News and speaks at Search Engine Strategies, WebmasterWorld Pubcon, ACCM, eComXpo and DMA conferences.

IT Architect, Evolving Solutions, Wins Prestigious IBM Beacon Award – Sweeps Systems&Technology Category for Best IBM TotalStorage on Demand Solution

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, April 6, 2006 http://www.evolvingsol.com – Evolving Solutions, a leading data on demand and storage/server virtualization expert, has been named winner of the “The Best IBM TotalStorage On Demand Solution” award in the annual IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards competition, honoring IBM Business Partners for their innovation, customer satisfaction and outstanding achievements in providing on demand business solutions.In a $3 million deal centered around Storage Virtualization and Information Lifecycle Management, featuring IBM TotalStorage and eServer hardware with Tivoli storage management software, Evolving Solutions was engaged to help design, supply and implement a customized system infrastructure at a local hospital. The data on demand environment was configured for optimal performance and enabled continued system performance monitoring.“The successful design and implementation of this data on demand solution has proven Evolving Solutions’ ability to help clients reduce operating costs through expertly designed storage solutions,” said Jaime Gmach, Evolving Solutions President & CEO.As a result of Evolving Solutions’ storage infrastructure deployment, the Twin Cities hospital expects to reduce operating costs, improve staff productivity, and improve patient care.“Judges selected Evolving Solutions, Inc as the winner in this category based on its ability to deliver cutting edge innovative value to customers while working closely with IBM to both benchmark and extend those solutions and technologies,” said Donn Atkins, General Manager, IBM Global Business Partners. “Evolving Solutions, Inc is combining technology expertise with business insight to help their clients innovate on important business issues and realize real efficiencies.”For more information on Evolving Solutions’ Beacon Award-winning data on demand solution, visit http://www.evolvingsol.com/IBM-award-2006.htmAbout Evolving SolutionsProud to have been recently named a CRN Magazine Fast Growth 100 Company, Evolving Solutions is an open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Data On Demand, Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Evolving Solutions is an IBM Premier Business Partner with a Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC).For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at www.evolvingsol.com/BPIC.htmlAbout IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards:862 nominations were judged by a team of leading industry journalists, analysts, and IBM executives, who selected winner and finalists in 36 award categories. These IBM Business Partners were honored during the IBM PartnerWorld 2006 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 12 – 15.For more information on Evolving Solutions’ Beacon Award-winning data on demand solution, visit http://www.evolvingsol.com/IBM-award-2006.htm

 
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