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Blogging Systems Unveils New Version of Community Publisher, a Blogging Tool for Real Estate Agents and Brokers

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Richard Nacht, Blogging Systems CEO, Makes Available an Updated Version of Blog Platform at Brand New Day Conference, Speaks about Blog Growth and Predictions for Real Estate ProfessionalsCommunity Publisher helps real estate professionals capitalize on the interactivity of the blog phenomenon establishing relationships between themselves and their communities building an increase in brand awareness.ORLANDO, FL – March 23, 2006– Today at the Brand New Day Conference, Blogging Systems, a blogging platform provider serving real estate brokers, announced the availability of is newest version of Community Publisher, its flagship blogging platform.Blog use and creation is growing at a phenomenal rate. According to Technorati, a leading weblog authority, the blogosphere doubles about every 5.5 months. Technorati points to March 2006 as a month in which they tracked over 27.2 million weblogs. This number is nearly double the number of blogs they were tracking 5 months prior.“As blogs become an accepted communications medium, real estate agents and brokers are realizing they can capitalize on a tool that helps them increase community ties and build local brand recognition,” said Richard Nacht, CEO of Blogging Systems. “Community Publisher takes the networking leg work real estate professionals have been doing for years, and puts it online.”Community Publisher is a weblog (BLOG) which allows real estate professionals to create a branded, hyper-local news content website serving their local community. Because the Community Publisher blog enables interactivity, the return rate of visitors is higher than a typical website, which ultimately leads to top-of-mind recognition of the real estate professional who hosts the blog.A locally flavored blog, sponsored by a real estate broker, enables:• increased awareness via thousands of visitors each month• clear positioning as a key provider of local information• increased “touch points” with local customers and prospects• an additional revenue stream via community ads & sponsored linksDavid Crockett, President of The Crockett Team, Ltd., Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer, has experienced phenomenal success as a beta user of this service.“I have been using Community Publisher for 2 months and have seen amazing results,” said David Crockett, President at The Crockett Team Ltd. “Inviting others to participate in the local website has helped me build my reputation as a leading real estate broker in the Lake County Ohio community.”The newest version of Community Publisher is making its debut at the Brand New Day – 2006 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida hosted by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.Richard Nacht, who has over 20 years of experience in the real estate, finance and technology development industries, is speaking on a panel entitled “Keys to Increasing Web Traffic”. Richard plans to contribute valuable information to this discussion by explaining the blog phenomenon and what it can mean to real estate professionals.Session DetailsConference: Brand New Day – Annual 2006 ConferenceSession: Key to Increasing Web TrafficPanelist: Richard Nacht, CEO Blogging SystemsDate: March 25, 2006Time: 10.30-11.45Location: Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, 1500 Masters BoulevardChampionsGate, FL 33893About Blogging Systems Blogging Systems, a blogging platform provider, offers business professionals the blogging tools they need to increase valuable relationships, brand awareness and revenue by capitalizing on the interactivity and popularity of blogs. Blogging Systems’ flagship platform, Community Publisher, is designed to help professionals in the real estate and lending industries become leaders in their community thereby developing brand loyalty as well as increasing sales and margins.For more information about Blogging Systems’ innovative line of blog software or call 800-985-BLOG.

Magnum Technologies’ Business Service Management Software Now Available To International Market– Via Reseller Zosterops

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Magnum Technologies signs its first international reseller to provide the UK market with Service Level Management and ITIL Compliance Reporting to help prioritize IT activities based on the impact to the business. MINNEAPOLIS – March 23, – Magnum Technologies, the leader in Business Service Management (BSM), today announced it has signed an agreement allowing Zosterops, an Enterprise Operating System and Network Solutions provider to resell its BSM solutions in the United Kingdom.Zosterops is a leading distributor of software for enterprise operating systems and network systems in the UK and Ireland.“Magnum Technologies’ results-oriented and cost effective BSM solutions will provide the UK market with a more productive, less theoretical approach to ITIL adoption allowing ITIL practitioners to see business value much quicker,” said Colin Reardon, Managing Director of Zosterops. “We are excited to help Magnum Technologies break into the UK market, which – as the birthplace of ITIL – includes a large number of practitioners.”The partnership with Zosterops marks the first international reseller for Magnum Technologies allowing the company to further its position in the BSM marketplace.“The agreement to resell to the UK is the right move for Magnum Technologies,” said Mike Ducatelli, EVP of Sales & Marketing for Magnum Technologies. “We have solidified ourselves amongst the top BSM players in U.S.; it only makes sense to extend our offering to an international market.”Zosterops will resell the following Magnum Technologies’ Business Service Management Products:ADVANTAGE – Business Service Management SoftwareCAP-TREND – Capacity & Performance ReportingCOORDINATOR – Correlation & Root Cause AnalysisDIAGNOSEIT – Cisco Configuration & DiagnosticsAbout ZosteropsZosterops was founded in 2005 by software industry veteran Colin Reardon to bring European and North American products into the UK market.Zosterops currently represents APS|ENTERprise, a German company specializing in tools to improve the usability of enterprise batch scheduling products and Javelina Software, whose tools make the administration of Active Directory much simpler. Visit Zosterops at: Magnum TechnologiesMagnum Technologies develops software solutions that align IT operations with enterprise priorities. Magnum Technologies’ suite of automated management solutions includes DIAGNOSEIT®, COORDINATOR™, CAP-TREND® and its flagship product, ADVANTAGE®.Magnum Technologies’ 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. Magnum Technologies’ clients include US Army, BRG and Starz. Visit Magnum Technologies at

Package Testing Lab COO, Patrick Nolan, Becomes Chairman of ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, March 16, 2006 – Package testing expert, Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL, a leading package, product and material testing laboratory, has been elected Chairman of the ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging.The American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) created the D-10 on Packaging Committee in 1914 to discuss the revision and development of regulated packaging standards.“I am thrilled to be Chairman of the D-10 committee,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL. “By being actively involved in the development of packaging standardization, I am in a position to offer the best knowledge and quality of service to DDL’s package testing customers.”As Chairman of the D-10 Committee on Packaging, Nolan will be responsible for leading the twice yearly committee meetings that involve attending various technical sessions over a two day period.During the meetings, the committee is charged with the following tasks:1) Defining materials and processes for acceptable package and product delivery.2) Generating closely related shipping systems design criteria.3) Developing materials handling standards related to distribution, includingmeasurement of the packaging environment.4) Assessing the suitability of packaging related standards.5) Establishing standards on reuse, recycling and disposal of materials related topackaging.“The development of packaging standards is a lengthy process,” said Nolan. “The committee has much to discuss about terminology, practices, test methods, specifications, guides and classifications.”Patrick Nolan will Chair his first D-10 on Packaging Committee meeting in April 2006. 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.

Minco Releases Online “Sensor Configurator” to Streamline Customer Ordering Process and Provide On-Demand Product Information

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, March 13, 2006 — Minco, ( a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today released the “Sensor Configurator” – a configuration tool that allows customers to specify, price, and order Minco sensors, instruments and assemblies online in one easy process.The Sensor Configurator, located on the Minco website, enables the user to choose from a variety of different sensor or instrument models, or input a Minco part number, to begin the configuration process. From there, the user is able to specify the exact model needed, and configure it so the sensor will integrate perfectly into their application.“The Sensor Configurator ensures that the customer has total control over what sensor or instrument is needed”, said Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager. “Most of the time, each customer application is a little different, and this tools allow them to save time by configuring exactly what they need online, and order it right away”.All of Minco’s temperature sensors – probes, assemblies, HVAC/R sensors, flexible thermal-ribbons and thermal-tabs, miniature embedment sensors, stator winding detectors and sensor elements – are available to configure through this tool. A customer can also configure temperature transmitters, controllers, and indicators to piece together a complete sensing solution for turn-key operation in their application.Once the configuration is complete, customers can save time by ordering the products online through a secure shopping cart.“Minco is striving to give customers a multitude of outlets to purchase our products, and the Internet is the perfect way to streamline the configuration, pricing and ordering process”, said Knutson. “Within minutes, a customer can find the sensor and instrument they need, configure it to integrate into their application, and order it. This can save a lot of valuable time so our customers can concentrate less on ordering, and more on their work”.To use the Sensor Configurator, visit more information please contact Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager, Temperature Sensors Division, at 763-586-2904. About MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible 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. For more information go to

Package Testing Lab, DDL, Hosts Series of Webinars on ISO 11607 Revisions – DDL Helps Packaging Pro’s Comply with New Requirements

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, February 27, 2006 – DDL, a leading package, product and material testing laboratory, is hosting a series of free webinars on how upcoming revisions to the ISO 11607 standard will impact packaging professionals. ISO 11607 is the foremost guidance document for validating packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices. The proposed revisions will mean a change in compliance requirements for package testing and validation.“DDL wants packaging professionals to be aware of the upcoming changes to the ISO 11607 standard,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL. “Understanding the imminent revisions could mean the difference between pass and fail when it comes to package validation.”The first webinar, “ISO 11607 Revisions,” presented by Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL Inc, will cover the following:- Background on the ISO 11607 standard- Overview of the proposed revisions- How the revisions will affect requirements foro Quality Systemso Sampling Planso Documentationo Sterilizationo Labelingo Storage & Transporto Test Methods- Details and implications of revisions to Clause 6.“Clause 6 of the ISO 11607 standard will encounter the biggest changes,” said Nolan. “Clause 6 is particularly important to packaging professionals because it provides the provisions for determining a package’s ability to deliver the enclosed medical device to its final destination without incurring defect.”The first ISO 11607 Revisions Webinar will air on four different dates:• Thursday, March 9, 2006 at 1 pm EST• Friday, March 10, 2006 at 2 pm EST• Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 12 pm EST• Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 11 am ESTRegister for the ISO 11607 Revisions Webinar at 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.

Computech Resources, An IT Consulting Services Firm Is Hosting A Technology Innovation Center Grand Opening – Featuring IBM, IDC Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Computech Resources, a certified IBM Premier Business Partner opens Technology Innovation Center that allows customers to experience and evaluate technology solutions prior to purchase.DE PERE, WI – Feb. 14, – Computech Resources, a leading IBM Premier Business Partner and IT Consulting Services firm, is hosting a grand opening event to launch their new IBM Business Partner Innovation Center on February 22, 2006 in De Pere, Wisconsin.The Grand Opening will feature Keynote Speeches from Robert E Vik – IBM. Mr. Vik is Program Director of the On Demand Sales Office. He is responsible for bringing IBM resources such as – research, technology, consulting, hardware, software, financing and sales – together to help IBM customers gain a competitive advantage.Jean S. Bozman – Vice President, Global Enterprise Server Solutions, IDC will also speak. Ms. Bozman has spent many years covering operating and server operating systems including Unix, Microsoft Windows NT Server, Novell NetWare and Linux. Prior to IDC, Ms. Bozman held positions at ComputerWorld, Information Week and News Day, a Pulitzer-Prize winning daily newspaper in New York.Break Out Sessions at the event will consist of highly interactive discussions about:-Intel® Server Virtualization with VMware®-Storage Virtualization with IBM SVC-IBM BladeCenter™-Portal TechnologyTours of the Computech Resources Technology Innovation Center will enable clients to touch, feel and experience the technology solutions that will support initiatives such as CRM, Server Consolidation and Virtualization, Storage Virtualization and Business Continuance prior to moving forward with the investment.“Allowing our customers the opportunity to experience and evaluate our technology solutions prior to purchase is essential to delivering our mission which is to provide enterprise solutions that reduce costs, increase revenues and minimize business risks,” said Mike Martin, Director of eServer Sales of Computech Resources.Computech offers the following services in order to help customers before, during and after an investment in technology solutions:-Technology Briefings-Demonstrations and Test Drives-Design Consultation-Proof of Concept-Implementation Assistance-Training-Customized WorkshopsJoin Computech Resources at the Grand Opening of their Technology Innovation Center.When: Wednesday, February 22, 20061 p.m. to 6 p.m.Where: Computech Resources, Inc.1375 West Main AvenueDe Pere, WI 54115 (located in the Ashwaubenon Business Centre)RSVP: Visit: www.computechresources.comEmail: npeters@compures.comCall: 877-500-3330About Computech Resources, Inc. Computech Resources, an IBM Premier Business Partner, is dedicated to providing high quality consulting services. With more than 70 professionals, they deliver enterprise solutions and services that reduce costs, increase revenues, and minimize business risk. By understanding customer’s needs, they can implement information technology strategies that align with business goals. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Computech extends its services with branch offices located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois. You can find out more about Computech Resources on their website at

ISO 11607 Revisions Will Impact Packaging Compliance Requirements – Package Testing Expert, DDL, Offers Advice to Packaging Pro’s

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, January 26, 2006 – DDL, a leading package, product and material testing services laboratory, is offering advice to packaging professionals as to how ISO 11607 revisions will affect their business.

DDL COO, Patrick Nolan, is involved in the AAMI/ANSI/ISO Sterilization Packaging Working Group, which is responsible for drafting the Technical Information Report (TIR) for the ISO 11607 revisions.

“It is really important that packaging manufacturers and engineers understand just how the ISO 11607 revisions will affect compliance requirements for their packaging,” said Nolan. “Even small changes to sample size requirements can significantly impact the package validation process.”

The proposed revisions will affect the following aspects of package testing and validation:
• Sample requirements
• Testing methods used
• Requirements for validation
• Documentation
• Labeling

DDL Package Engineers are offering a free PackAdvice consultation service to their package testing customers to ensure that they understand the compliance implications of the revised standard.

“Many manufacturers find the package validation process confusing as it is,” said Nolan, “DDL plans to make the change in compliance requirements as smooth as possible for its customers, while making sure they clearly understand how their business will be affected.”

Minco Enhances HVACR Product Suite with New Relative Humidity Sensor – Offers Building Automation Industry One-Stop-Shop&Greater TCO

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, January 23, 2006 – Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, is broadening its building automation product offerings with the launch of its new Relative Humidity Sensor.

The Relative Humidity Sensor is designed to guarantee system accuracies of +/- 1% in a previously unavailable economical manner. Since Minco is also a temperature sensor manufacturer, it is able to offer its customers a more comprehensive sensor package than its competitors.

“Relying on one vendor for multiple sensing parameters eliminates costly sourcing exercises and the cost of issuance of purchase orders,” said Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager, Sensors Division & HVACR Industry. “One-stop shopping also allows lower transactional costs, lower installation time and greater reliability, which all add up to ideal total cost of ownership.”

The launch of the Relative Humidity Sensor not only enhances Minco’s building automation product offering, but it also establishes Minco as a sensor product one-stop-shop that offers both customer ease and cost efficiency.

“Minco has found that customers that require temperature sensing, oftentimes require humidity sensing as well,” said Knutson. “Minco is now in a position to offer customers a full-service sensor package that ultimately saves them money.”

Minco Launches Thermal Vial™ Temperature Sensing System – Responds to Industry Need for Advanced-Capability Building Automation Systems

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, January 18, 2006 – Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, has launched its Thermal Vial™ Temperature Sensing System to provide accurate measurement and documentation of freezing, process and storage methodology.

Designed and manufactured for the HVAC and building automation markets, the Thermal Vial Temperature Sensing System builds on existing Minco sensors with additional options such as vial size, multiple thermowell configurations, loop powered indication and three levels of calibration accuracy to ensure that customer requirements are always satisfied.

“Minco recognizes that facilities with critical environments and processes are in need of building automation systems with advanced capabilities,” said Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager, Sensors Division & HVACR Industry. “Facility managers and systems engineers are looking for something that will provide more accurate monitoring, alarming, logging, and control. Standard HVAC sensors do not have the capability to perform to these advanced standards.”

The Thermal Vial System not only ensures that processes and storage temperatures are accurately measured and controlled, but it also removes the need for in-house calibration and simplifies the validation process.

ADVANTAGE®, Business Service Management Software from Magnum Technologies Lights the Way for Starz Entertainment Group VongoSM Launch

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Magnum Technologies’ ADVANTAGE® Business Service Management Software monitors Starz Entertainment Group LLC’s (SEG) entire IT infrastructure to give IT and Business personnel proactive insight into how technology fault and performance affects, and will impact, deployment of SEG’s newly- released Vongo service.MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 11, 2006 – Magnum Technologies®, the leading provider of IT Business Service Management software, today announced its role as a critical enterprise-wide IT infrastructure monitoring software solution provider, which has enabled the successful launch of Starz Entertainment Group’s Vongo service.In order to successfully offer more than 1,000 movies and video selections and a live streaming Starz TV channel to subscribers using broadband or wireless-enabled devices, Starz Entertainment Group relies solely on Magnum Technologies’ Business Service Management (BSM) software for not only monitoring its infrastructure, but for also monitoring key services provided by its partners.“Magnum Technologies deployed ADVANTAGE®, a superior business service management and information technology monitoring system, that gave us the critical data necessary to adjust our infrastructure and processes in real-time in order to support our goal of the ultimate Vongo experience,” said Richard Brownrigg, vice president of technology for SEG. “A surprising benefit of ADVANTAGE® is its powerful ability to see issues in our partner environments that could ultimately impact the SEG business applications.”The ADVANTAGE® BSM system was deployed at SEG in order to detect and immediately notify operations and business staff of any technology issue that could ultimately affect the operation of the Vongo-branded entertainment system. Not only is the product currently effective in the real time performance monitoring of IT and its associated business impact, but it was also used during development to fine tune different portions of the infrastructure and partner integration prior to launch. This has enabled SEG to focus on Vongo end user performance, guaranteeing customer’s seamless wireless entertainment satisfaction.“The entire deployment of ADVANTAGE® Business Service Management software was executed with a focus on supporting the SEG rollout of ITIL best practices,” said Gregory Crow, Magnum Technologies CEO. “ITIL was one of the requirements which presented a need to create an industry first, real time dashboard view of how IT performance measures against true business goals. ADVANTAGE® is satisfying this requirement for SEG while monitoring their service level goals for the launch of their breakthrough Vongo entertainment service.”Success of the ADVANTAGE® BSM deployment was initially celebrated when system and database performance, as well as network loads, could be quantifiably measured prior to – as a baseline of performance – and again after full production cutover to the Vongo process.ADVANTAGE® was installed with the vision of integrating with SEG’s Remedy system so that when there is an incident within the IT infrastructure, a trouble ticket is issued. ADVANTAGE® can then decipher the threat of the incident and translate how it will impact the Vongo production process and ultimately affect subscribers from a customer care/billing perspective. Within seconds of this automated analysis, ADVANTAGE® communicates the severity of the infrastructure or partner incident to the appropriate IT personnel.The ADVANTAGE® rollout within SEG was also leveraged as the system to measure and manage the performance of its Voice over IP (VoIP) installation and currently serves as a cornerstone for a future planned Configuration Management Database (CMDB) deployment.About 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. Magnum Technologies clients include Fort Sam Houston, BRG and Starz. To learn more about Magnum Technologies, visit StarzStarz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States. SEG offers 13 digital movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® channels with approximately 14 million and 25 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment Group airs more than 750 movies per month across its pay TV channels and is a forerunner in offering its subscribers advanced services such as Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand(R) and Vongo [SM]. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE: L, LMCb),

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