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SPS Commerce, Leading SAAS EDI Service Provider Appoints Former Amazon.com Financial Executive as its New CFO

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Kim Nelson Joins B2B Integration SaaS Company to Set Financial Strategy and Lead Communications to its Investor CommunityMinneapolis, Minn., Nov. 27, 2007 – SPS Commerce, the leading provider of SaaS EDI services announced today that Kim Nelson has joined the company as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this role, Ms. Nelson will set SPS Commerce’s financial strategy including planning and budgeting, as well as manage the company’s communications with its investors and the financial community at large.Prior to joining SPS, Ms. Nelson served as Finance Director at Amazon.com. During her seven years at Amazon.com, she managed the investor relations department, overseeing quarterly communications of financial results, shareholder meetings, and SEC documents. In addition, Ms. Nelson held financial leadership positions in its Worldwide Applications and Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis groups.“Kim Nelson has more than 18 years of experience in financial planning, budgeting and forecasting, and most recently investor relations for high-growth and Fortune 500 companies,” stated Archie Black, President and CEO of SPS Commerce. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing the financial strategies and communications for high-growth companies. We are pleased to add her expertise and leadership to our executive team.”About SPS CommerceSPS Commerce provides a comprehensive communication solution to every partner in the supply chain. More than 12,000 retailers, manufacturers and 3PLs have selected SPS Commerce as their outsourced provider to automate and integrate their trading relationships. Using the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, SPS Commerce dramatically lowers setup and on-going costs, along with the time and risks of traditional EDI software by outsourcing the entire B2B communication process. The company’s offerings leverage its multi-tenant architecture, multi-party sharing, comprehensive knowledge of hundreds of retailer’s business processes and specifications and integration expertise with a variety of accounting, merchandising and ERP systems including Oracle, NetSuite, SAP, Epicor, Great Plains, QuickBooks, Macola, MAS 90/200 & 500, Microsoft Business Solutions applications, Peachtree and many more. SPS Commerce is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For additional information, please contact SPS Commerce at 866-245-8100 or visit www.spscommerce.com.SPS Commerce is a registered trademark of SPS Commerce Inc. SPSCommerce.net and the SPS Commerce logo are the property of SPS Commerce, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders.###

New Senior Housing Development by Ecumen and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Brings Catered Living to Idaho

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Senior housing, fully integrated with a suite of onsite assisted living services, to support independent living and serve as a model for other churches and communities. Sandpoint, ID (PRWEB) November 15, 2007 — http://www.ecumen.org – Aging services provider Ecumen, one of the country’s largest non-profit senior housing companies, has collaborated with First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint and other Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) partners to break ground on Idaho’s first catered living senior housing development in Sandpoint, Idaho. Luther Park at Sandpoint will be physically connected to First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint and will open in November of 2008.Catered living communities by Ecumen integrate senior housing focused on independent living with a suite of on site assisted living services. The catered living design focuses on promoting successful aging by enabling seniors to stay as independent as possible in a community they love even when they need assisted living services or memory care.The senior housing development Luther Park is a multi-dimensional collaboration of Ecumen and its partners within the ELCA. First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint is the owner while Ecumen will develop and manage. The development’s primary lender is the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA, with additional financing being provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.”It is a wonderful example of collaboration, in the best sense of the word,” states First Lutheran Pastor Dave Olson. “This new housing option is a tremendous opportunity to enhance intergenerational relationships, nurture lifelong learning, provide spiritual nourishment and deliver health services that help people live as fully and as independently as possible.”The catered living model has helped to ensure pre-leasing of nearly three-fourths of Luther Park’s residences. The model includes spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments, added to other amenities such as a grand fireplace gathering area, library and media center, community meeting rooms, a salon and barber shop and outdoor walking paths.”Catered senior living is a product that our customers enjoy for a number of reasons,” states Dana Wollschlager, director of real estate development for Ecumen. “It allows people to right size their home and not spend time and money on home upkeep. It creates a vital neighborhood and it engages people socially while providing peace of mind for our customers via health care services on site.””Luther Park is designed around the ideal of building a community and making Sandpoint a great place to grow and grow old,” continues Pastor Olson.Ecumen, based in Shoreview, Minnesota, is one of the country’s largest non-profit senior housing, services and development companies. Ecumen’s “Changing Aging” blog can be found at www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/.About EcumenEcumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members.###

Leading SaaS EDI Service Provider SPS Commerce Leverages Oracle’s Software-as-a-Service Platform

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

SPS Commerce Deploys its Multi-Tenant Services on Oracle Platform for Superior Reliability and ScalabilityMinneapolis, Minn., Nov. 13, 2007 – SPS Commerce, the leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), announced today that it leverages the Oracle SaaS Platform, comprised of Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Enterprise Manager, for all of SPS’ hosted supply chain services. With more than 12,000 suppliers, retailers, 3PLs, freight forwarders, sourcing companies and other supply chain partners using SPS’ services daily, SPS Commerce needed to simplify its systems integration and increase overall system flexibility, reliability, and throughput. In 2007, the company transitioned to the Oracle SaaS Platform to support its growing EDI outsourcing services.By choosing the Oracle SaaS Platform, the company has experienced the following short and long-term benefits to its EDI services:

  • Allowed the company to confidently process 3 million transactions monthly and scale to meet increasing demand
  • Reduced processing time for individual documents by 80%
  • Improved error handling, notifications, and document-tracking capabilities
  • Minimized the workload for the tech support team by helping them easily identify problems and resolve issues
  • Automated processes to reduce manual labor

'Is Tape Dead'As A Data Backup and Recovery Solution? Asks Evolving Solutions

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Expert insights offered in article and gathered in exclusive survey, offer insights on data and storage consolidation that are resonating throughout the IT industry. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 8, 2007 — Evolving Solutions, a leading data backup and recovery and storage consolidation provider is sharing crisp new thoughts on data backup with the article and corresponding survey “Is Tape Dead?””Is Tape Dead?” , penned by Evolving Solutions Director of Professional Services Chris Taylor, delves into the current and evolving mind swell surrounding data backup and recovery. By shining a light on the very realistic pros and cons to both tape and disc storage techniques, Taylor helps solidify a creative and practical approach to data storage that includes both.”One way to address both the need for faster restores and a solution for longer term storage and archiving of data is to utilize both tape and disk,” states Taylor in the article. “For example, critical backup data can be stored on disk for rapid restore, a copy of the critical data can be copied to tape, and less critical data can be staged to disk and then written directly to tape. Using this method, less critical data can be staged to tape over time while mission critical data is available for rapid restore.”Taylor’s article is striking a chord throughout the industry. According to recent survey results compiled by Evolving Solutions, a large percentage of leading IT decision makers are heeding this combination approach, and seeing not only better data management, but disaster preparedness.In evaluating their firm’s individual data backup and recovery needs however, decision makers always must first answer the question of practicality. For example, how critical a component is tape storage to their data storage solution when paired with newer disk storage technologies?While firms ponder this, how does Taylor answer his over-arching question, Is Tape Dead?”Tape isn’t dead; it has just changed its positioning in the lifecycle of data storage,” continues Taylor.”Going forward the IT firms who balance a powerful collaboration between these two solutions will be those that most effectively match the right service levels to the appropriate costs associated with the value placed on the data.”Readers are invited to share their thoughts on Is Tape Dead? at www.evolvingsol.com/istapedead.About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions is an open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Tivoli Storage Manager and Disaster Recovery Solutions. 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.Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions, Inc.Elm Creek Business Park3989 County Road 116Hamel, MN 55340www.evolvingsol.com# # #

 
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