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Data On-Demand Expert Evolving Solutions Announces Record Growth

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Responds to Changing Technology Needs with Storage & Server VirtualizationMinneapolis, MN – February 24, 2005 – Evolving Solutions, a data on-demand and server virtualization expert, has announced record growth for the fiscal year 2004.Since its inception in 1996, Evolving Solutions has grown from a husband and wife team into a $45M IBM Premier Business Partner with 47 employees and an onsite TotalStorage Solution Center (TSSC).Jaime Gmach, President, attributes Evolving Solutions’ success to its ability to provide innovative solutions for complex customer data center environments with constantly changing technology needs.”Not only does Evolving Solutions have expertise in systems design and planning, project management and complete IT implementation, but we also provide ongoing post installation support services to ensure that our clients achieve maximum performance from their applications.’In addition to offering complex solutions such as High Availability (HACMP), Tivoli Storage Management and high-end Storage Area Network implementations, Evolving Solutions is at the forefront of virtualization technology.Evolving Solutions was recently awarded Finance & Commerce Magazine’s 2004 Innovator of the Year award for its breakthrough storage & server virtualization solutions.Named a 2004 fastest growing company in both CRN Magazine and the Business Journal, Evolving Solutions anticipates increased growth in 2005 as it continues to penetrate the medical market with server & storage virtualization solutions.About Evolving SolutionsEvolving 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 TotalStorage™ Solution Center (TSSC) onsite. For more information about Evolving Solutions, please call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at

MDRG Appoints DDL Package Testing Engineer As New VP

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Medical Device Industry Experts Partner in Twin Cities CoalitionScott Levy, DDL Package Testing Engineer has been appointed Vice President of Twin Cities Based Medical Device Resource Group (MDRG), to build and foster the MDRG’s reputation as a leading industry resource.Minneapolis, MN, February 24, 2005 – The Medical Device Resource Group (MDRG), a Twin Cities-based coalition of service providers to medical device companies, has appointed Scott Levy, DDL Inc. Package Testing Engineer, as its new vice president.The Medical Device Resource Group is a coalition of Twin Cities-based companies that together offer the broad expertise needed to successfully develop and market a medical device. The MDRG helps medical device developers, manufacturers and marketers to find the right partners in order to deliver their medical device to market on schedule.As a medical device industry expert and MDRG member since the coalition’s inception in 2001, Mr. Levy is delighted to have been unanimously elected as vice president.”I believe in the potential of the MDRG and the powerful direction in which it is heading,” said Mr. Levy. “There is enough horsepower and expertise in this group to bring a medical device all the way to market.”As package testing engineer at DDL Inc. testing services, Mr. Levy recognizes the massive growth occurring in the medical device industry. Medical device package testing currently constitutes 80% of DDL’s overall package testing business.”With the implementation of stricter regulations, many medical device manufacturers are struggling to understand what they have to do to validate their packaging,” said Mr. Levy. “The MDRG is exactly the resource that medical device manufacturers need in order to grow their awareness of package testing, validation and other industry procedures.”DDL Inc. testing services will be partnering with fellow MDRG members, WebLabel and Quality Tech Services, at the upcoming Healthpack 2005 Tradeshow, where they will be debuting their “don’t gamble with your packaging” promotion.HealthPack 2005, March 23-24, San Antonio,Texas at the Hilton Palacio del Rio. Register here.About DDL Inc. DDL offers expert product testing, package testing and material testing services includingShock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL testing services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California.Contact DDL at or call Scott Levy at 952-941-9226 ext.115.About MDRGThe Medical Device Resource Group (MDRG) is a coalition of Twin Cities companies that together offer the broad expertise you need to get new medical devices to market – and support them once they’re launched. For more information, visit

National Arbitration Forum Release: Ernst&Young Study Shows that Consumers Fare Better in Arbitration than in Traditional Lawsuits

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Based on consumer arbitration data spanning four years from the National Arbitration Forum, this independent study conducted by Ernst & Young confirms that consumers win 55% of the time in arbitrations against businesses, and that consumers find the arbitration process beneficial for resolving legal claims. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) February 23, 2005 — The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a newly released study of consumer lending cases conducted by Ernst & Young, entitled Outcomes of Arbitration. An Empirical Study of Consumer Lending, confirmed that consumers found the arbitration process to be beneficial in resolving legal claims, and that reports that consumers are disadvantaged by contractual arbitration are clearly erroneous. The observations from the study as noted in the Executive Summary state:

  • Consumers prevailed more often than business in cases that went to an arbitration hearing. A review of the National Arbitration Forum cases that resulted in an arbitration decision shows that consumers are more likely to prevail than the business involved in the dispute; 55 percent of the arbitrations were resolved in the consumer’s favor. This compares favorably with similar results in state courts across the nation.
  • Consumers obtained favorable results in close to 80 percent of the cases that were administered by the National Arbitration Forum.

Watermark Learning Announces Business Analysis Certificate Program

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Offers Business Analysis, Project Management Certificates Through College-Level CoursesMINNEAPOLIS – February 17, 2005 – – Watermark Learning, a leading project management and requirements training company, today announced the launch of its new Business Certification Program which, upon completion of a series of college courses, will award business professionals with Business Analysis and Project Management training certificates.“The Watermark Learning Business Analysis certificate not only addresses analysis and modeling techniques,” said Richard Larson, PMP and Principal, Watermark Learning. “It also demonstrates how to effectively clarify roles and responsibilities, respond to varied agendas and influence outcomes with confidence.”The Watermark Learning Business Analysis training certificate can be obtained in as little as twelve days in a series of integrated courses.Required courses include:• Consulting Skills for Dynamic Business Analysis• Rapid Requirements Analysis Techniques• Business Process Analysis• Use Case Modeling, and• Project Management EssentialsBusiness Analysis students are required to participate in one of the following elective courses:• Business Analysis Using UML• Data Modeling• Facilitation Skills Workshop, or• Software Testing for Business Analysts“Many Project Management professionals feel they are managing too many projects with too little time, too few resources and lack of executive support,” said Elizabeth Larson, PMP and Principal, Watermark Learning. “As a result, projects can spin out of control and grind to a halt.”The Watermark Learning Project Management training certificate is designed to help business professionals achieve business goals by learning how to more effectively solve business problems, accurately communicate project needs in a timely manner as well as plan and estimate appropriately.The Watermark Learning Project Management training certificate can be obtained in as little as nine days. To obtain the certificate, students must participate in these required courses:• Project Management Fundamentals• Gathering Business Requirements: Whose Project is it Anyway?• Estimating sand Scheduling ProjectsProject Management students must choose one of the following elective courses:• Facilitation Skills Workshop• Iterative Project Management: Plan your Risks or Risk your Plan• Risk Management• PMP Certification Preparation• Microsoft Project for Project ManagersStudents will receive continuing education credits (CEUs) for each class in which they participate. Classes can be taken as public courses in Minnesota or Arizona or are available as private, customized offerings through onsite corporate training.Project Management Business CertificateLearn more information about the Watermark Business Project Management Business Certificate at or call 800.646.9362.Business Analysis CertificateLearn more information about the Watermark Business Business Analysis Certificate at or call 800.646.9362About Watermark LearningWatermark Learning is a leading project management and requirements analysis training and skill development company. It offers training and mentoring on Project Management, Business Requirements Analysis, Leadership, and Software Development including UML training. Clients include professionals from Wells Fargo Bank, 3M, GMAC/RFC, Minnesota Life, ING/Reliastar, MetLife, State of Minnesota, and other Fortune 500 and smaller organizations.###

Pacific Security Capital Relocates Corporate Headquarters

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Office Size Doubles, Accommodates Record Company GrowthBeaverton, OR – February 10, 2005 Pacific Security Capital (PSC), a leading provider of commercial real estate loans, structured finance and advisory services, today announced that it has relocated its corporate headquarters to accommodate record company growth.Pacific Security Capital has responded to the increased nationwide demand for commercial real estate finance and advisory services by recently expanding into the California market with the opening of its Newport Beach office, and relocation of its corporate headquarters to a larger location.”In an industry where 20 percent sequential year-over-year growth is considered exceptional, we experienced more than 100 percent growth in origination volume between 2003 and 2004,” said Mike Myatt, Pacific Security Capital executive managing director.In addition to accelerated market demand, Pacific Security Capital’s growth has also been driven by solid recruiting efforts nationwide that have resulted in more than a 40 percent staff growth.”Our clients are fiercely loyal to Pacific Security Capital and in turn deserve the commitment we have made to keep pace with their needs,” said Myatt. “We have long taken the approach that our clients’ needs are critical in our strategic planning, which is demonstrated by our positive response to requests for increasing focus on portfolio lending and professional services.”About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital (PSC) is a leading commercial real estate investment banking firm. PSC provides debt, equity and hybrid capital for the acquisition, development, construction, renovation, bridge, mezzanine, and permanent financing of commercial real estate projects located in the United States and most parts of Canada requiring more than $3MM in financing. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with other offices around the United States. More information about the company can be found at more about the Pacific Security Capital Preferred Borrower Program, PacificElite™ at or call 1-800-844-6085Pacific Security Capital’s headquarters are now located at:Pacific Security Capital8905 SW Nimbus AvenueSuite 400Beaverton, OR 97008###

Information Risk Modeling Firm myC.R.O. Solutions Launches myC.R.O. Technology Risk Modeling Tool

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Offers Only Quantitative Method to Measure, Manage Technology RiskMINNEAPOLIS – February 10, 2005myC.R.O. Solutions, a firm dedicated to improving the way businesses manage technology risk, today launched myC.R.O., the only quantitative information risk modeling tool which provides a predictive view of technology risk based upon a network’s core software.myC.R.O. helps CEO’s, CIO’s and Security Officers to stop managing technology risk in a reactive mode, and start managing a predictive risk environment.Beyond the current threat management paradigm, myC.R.O. interrogates the structure of a network and assesses the inherent risk based on a multi-dimensional analysis of the fundamental components of the network, providing clients with understanding of the flaws and weaknesses that exist over and above known vulnerabilities..Using a consistent and repeatable process, myC.R.O. provides the referential integrity necessary to help clients understand the performance their security investments are having over time.myC.R.O. is the perfect risk modeling solution for businesses attempting to address HIPAA SOX and other compliance regulations. Subscribing to myC.R.O. over time establishes both a baseline performance indicator and relevant performance metrics that demonstrate ongoing governance effectiveness.”One of our healthcare clients is currently undergoing a HIPPA audit and they’ve been told they have 72 items to execute,” said KoniKaye Jeschke, myC.R.O. CEO. “With the myC.R.O. modeling capability, the client is able to model the impact that each of these 72 tasks will have on the healthcare organization’s risk. With these visual risk models, the executive team will be able to make more informed risk management decisions than they are currently able to.””myC.R.O. gives us a tool to gauge our internal security risk,” said Paul Iverson, First Minnesota Bank CIO and Risk Security Officer. “it also helps us identify necessary system changes which can improve security audits”.Because myC.R.O. provides a consistent, repeatable and measurable approach to evaluating technology risk, executives, auditors and IT professionals now share a common tool that enables them to know they are making the right technology risk funding and implementation decisions over a sustained period of time.Learn more about myC.R.O. Solutions at or call 763-377-3241.About myC.R.O. SolutionsmyC.R.O. Solutions is dedicated to applying process maturity and quality assurance principles to technology risk management, planning and implementation. KoniKaye Jeschke, president and ceo, was recently awarded the Finance-Commerce 2004 Innovator Of The Year award for development of myC.R.O., a breakthrough approach to quantifiably modeling business technology risk.###

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