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Paperless Workflow Monitor From Metafile Enables Chief Financial Officers Ability To Make Real-Time Improvements to Fiscal Strategy

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

CFO’s and finance managers remain updated regarding every crucial financial detail within their companiesRochester, MN February 19, 2009 — – Metafile, a Minnesota-based content management firm dedicated to providing financial innovations via paperless financial automation solution MetaViewer, has debuted the MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor.  Designed as an advanced information management solution, The MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor provides CFO’s consistent, real-time updates regarding the state of their companies financial processes.It is crucial for CFO’s, whose primary responsibility is to ensure the fiscal well-being of their company, to be updated consistently on each detail that makes up the big financial picture of their company.  Details necessary for the CFO to monitor include everything from invoices approaching deadline to processes that may be stalled in workflow.  Because of a CFO’s overwhelming need for information, they often find themselves overly reliant on paper-based reports.“Like a virtual desktop dashboard, the MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor provides paperless reports regarding a company’s critical financial workings,” states Jim Mandt VP of Technical Services for Metafile.  “Much like the gauges of an engine provides instant feedback on engine performance, the MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor provides instant full visibility for all financial processes.”With its color coded alerts detailing a company’s complete financial picture, the MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor enables CFO’s to dynamically adjust their company’s fiscal strategy based on the most current information available.Specific benefits of the MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor include:•    Effortless identification of invoices approaching deadline or stalls in financial processes•    Customized alerts enabling CFO’s to match their dashboard to their company’s specific reporting metrics and processes•    Instant drill down to specific documents associated with the alerts•    Viewing of vital information from a SharePoint Desktop or via the internet“By monitoring and reporting on information from every department and every source, the MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor ensures CFO’s are no longer forced to spend valuable time digging through reports or consulting with subordinates to uncover the current financial picture of their company,” continues Mandt.  “By providing a real-time view of critical financial processes, the MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor can help ensure a more efficient CFO and a more efficient company overall.”More information on Metafile’s MetaViewer Document and Workflow Monitor is available by visiting Metafile’s dedicated MetaViewer website.About MetafileMetafile Information Systems, Inc. provides paperless workflow automation solutions via its customizable content management solution MetaViewer. A privately held software development and integration firm, Metafile has helped the financial departments of companies such as Winn Dixie, Gate Petroleum, Wellborn Cabinet and Allied Beverage streamline accounts payable and accounts receivable processes for over 25 years. More information on Metafile and MetaViewer may be found online at

Paperless Automation Solution From Metafile Enables Chief Financial Officers To Instantly Analyze Fiscal Direction Of Companies

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Green IT&Energy Efficient Data Centers Equal Cost Avoidance For Businesses, Per Evolving Solutions Data Center Leaders Interview Series

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

‘Data Center Leaders’ blog interview series shares insight from Microsoft’s Toby Velte, PhD, regarding the bottom-line benefits of green IT practices for businessesMinneapolis, MN February 18, 2009 — — Evolving Solutions, a leading business continuity and data disaster recovery solution provider, is alerting businesses to the benefits of green IT and energy efficient data centers, by sharing insight from Microsoft’s Toby Velte, PhD, in its “Data Center Leaders” blog interview series.”Data Center Leaders: Green IT Equals Data Center Cost Avoidance With Toby Velte, PhD” represents a recent conversation between Velte and Evolving Solutions’ head blogger Judie Van Keulen.  In the interview, VanKeulen looks to Velte to help shatter stereotypes regarding the green movement by focusing on how the power and cost savings benefits of these practices directly contribute to a company’s bottom-line.Velte, a Global Technology Strategist with Microsoft, is a passionate advocate for green IT practices, having co-authored the book “Green IT: Reduce Your Information System’s Environmental Impact While Adding to the Bottom Line.”  To best position green IT against an almost inevitable backlash, Velte ensures any discussion on this topic focuses on a business’s bottom-line.”Green IT and energy efficient data centers represent significant cost savings potential for businesses by dramatically reducing a company’s power needs.  Unfortunately, green IT practices also carry with them the ‘fad’ label for many businesses,” states Van Keulen.  “One of the main questions I had for Velte was how best green IT can be sold as a legitimate business strategy, in the face of it being seen by many as a passing business whim.”Velte answered in kind:“By way of an oversimplification, organizations can look at green IT projects through two lenses:•    Being driven by corporate responsibility or altruism•    Like any other IT project, in terms of the pressures of capitalism“I try to cast each green IT project through the latter.  If we can’t produce the most fantastic ROI for these projects they will ultimately not be funded and carried out and I want (like others who appreciate the environment) to get these projects funded and completed.”Velte also revealed that by taking advantage of the power savings associated with green IT practices, many companies will experience even greater cost savings by eliminating the need to build new data centers.  The main beneficial factor behind a company’s ability to hold off building new data centers is the marked increase in efficiency green IT practices bring to current data centers.“While the need for more storage and speed are omnipresent, power is no longer cheap and ubiquitous,” concludes Velte.  “Using green techniques, the enormous cost associated with building a new data center can be deferred for years or eliminated altogether.”Evolving Solutions’ complete interview with Microsoft’s Toby Velte, PhD, may be found on Evolving Solutions’ Evolving IT blog. Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions architects and implements IT solutions that assist businesses in the utilization of technology to help achieve corporate goals. Specializing in server and storage virtualization, server and storage consolidation, Tivoli Storage Manager Software implementation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning and implementation; Evolving Solutions is an IBM 2008 Beacon Award Winner. For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at

Chief Now Offers a New Category of Power Management Products

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

The accessories provide discrete, high-performance power conditioning plus surge protection all in one SKU for suspended ceiling and in-wall applications.Minneapolis, MN, USA — (February 2009) – – Chief Manufacturing, the industry leader in projector, monitor and flat panel TV mounting solutions, as well as progressive online tools, is excited to announce that a new line of Power Management Products is now shipping!Chief now offers high-performance power conditioning and surge protection built into accessories used for installing projectors and flat panels. This unique design integrates the power conditioner with the outlet for improved audio and video performance while seamlessly integrating with your installation. Chief also saves valuable installation time by preassembling the outlet and electrical box to ensure protection for all of your audio/visual equipment.Choose from a variety of power-infused products that now include a Power Outlet Conditioner, including the CMS440P™ Suspended Ceiling Kit, the CMS445P™ Suspended Ceiling Tile Replacement Kit and the PAC521P™ In-Wall Box for flat panel TV wall mount applications. The ceiling kit and in-wall box accessories replace the need for an outlet while providing AC cleaning for the best equipment performance.Chief also offers the power conditioner as a separate SKU, the PX2W™ Power Outlet Conditioner. The PX2W can be ordered separately and be used with existing CMS440 and CMS445 installations, or installed in the wall like a standard electrical outlet.Chief will also add a new power accessory to the lineup in March 2009. The In-wall Power Extension System for flat panel TV installations installs behind the flat panel, and connects remotely to an outlet or power conditioner. More information coming soon!About Chief Chief Manufacturing is a division of Milestone AV Technologies, a Duchossois Group Company, and has more than 30 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the Pro AV, Residential and Office markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts and accessories for flat panel displays and projectors.Chief continues to design innovative mounting solutions that complement the technology they support. With multiple product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering not only quality products, but knowledgeable, helpful customer service.U.S. and Europe sales offices support a global network spanning the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond. Chief distribution centers are located in Minnesota, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands.

4 Tips for Better Blogger Relation-ships

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Say what you will, blogs are increasingly in competition for time and attention against mainstream media news sources. As the importance of blogs grows, many PR organizations struggle to identify best practices for engaging them.

Blogger relations is not a matter of media relations with a new type of media list. Bloggers are typically not reporters and don’t follow the same rules and practices within traditional journalism. Yet a single blogger can attract an audience on par with that of a small news organization.

As a blogger with over 15,000 subscribers, I’ve been on the sending and receiving end of blog pitches. Here are a few hard won insights for media relations professionals trying to make sense of the blogger audience.

  • Be relevant. It seems so simple and obvious, yet it is the biggest mistake made when pitching bloggers. Look at the categories of the blog, tags and previous blog posts. Is your pitch REALLY relevant?
  • Personalize. Getting an email pitch with no personal reference at all, or just a press release and no message is a sure trip to the trash folder. Take the time to research the blog, make comments and get involved. Be honest about who you are in the comments and provide thoughtful insight that is of value and relevant to the blog post.

Ecumen Helping Churches Realize Senior Housing Opportunities in an Aging America

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Lutheran senior housing partnership provides model for expanding ministries and revenues Sandpoint, Idaho  (February 10, 2009) — – Churches, such as First Lutheran Church in Sandpoint, Idaho, and their senior housing development partner Ecumen, see aging as an opportunity to help people live better and expand ministries.  The two recently collaborated on Luther Park at Sandpoint, a new senior housing community that opened in December 2008.“We saw a greater purpose for the vacant land adjacent to our church than simply selling it to the highest bidder,” said Pastor Olson.  “We wanted to build upon the Great Commandment of loving your neighbor as yourself and the Great Commission of spreading Jesus’ word and work.  That led to our congregational vision of creating this community that will keep seniors vitally engaged in our church, will nurture multi-generational relationships, and will help us realize new revenue streams that will support and help us to expand our ministry.”Ecumen, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and one of the country’s largest non-profit senior housing, services and development companies, led development of Luther Park of Sandpoint and now manages it for First Lutheran Church, which owns Luther Park.In addition to being physically connected to the church, Luther Park of Sandpoint provides a range of housing and service options from independent living to assisted living and specialized memory care all at one location, lessening the need for a person to move when he or she needs more services. With Ecumen’s catered living service, residents purchase services a la carte as they want or need them rather than purchasing one-size-fits-all packages.“For churches that own vacant land, senior housing can be a very rewarding use of that space,” said Steve Ordahl, senior vice president of business development at Ecumen.  “Quality senior housing greatly expands a sense of community by fostering purpose and service to others, and it can bring new members into the church and its ministry.”“Our society for too long has shelved seniors,” said Pastor Olson.  “We wanted nothing to do with that.  Luther Park at Sandpoint honors the wisdom and experience of elders while emphasizing aging is all about living.”Luther Park features Great Western lodge-style architecture on three floors.  It abounds with local touches, such as a grand fireplace featuring area stone, timber archways, and branding irons from area ranches incorporated into the stair railings.  Luther Park has 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments.  It features yoga, massage, art classes, and, of course, church services are just a short jaunt through the interconnected walkway to First Lutheran Church.  Luther Park also features a memory care neighborhood featuring 27 apartments.Luther Park, like other Ecumen communities, features QuietCare technology from GE Heathcare.  Ecumen was one of the country’s first senior housing and service providers to use the proactive technology that helps identify small health conditions early and helps people maintain independence.“Our focus in creating this community is to empower people and give them as much control as possible over their choices, even when they need more assistive services,”  said Ordahl.  “Aging is all about living, and churches can be a wonderful partner in ensuring that is the case for many more people in the U.S.”About EcumenEcumen ( 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.###

Data Center Cost Reduction and Green IT Discussed On Evolving Solutions’ “Data Center Leaders” Blog Series

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Insight shared from FOCUS Consulting President Barb Goldworm offers tips on how businesses can reduce IT costs, in part, with green strategiesMinneapolis, MN February 10, 2009 — Evolving Solutions (  leader in data center cost avoidance and disaster recovery announces its second interview in the “Data Center Leaders” interview series.In the “Data Center Leaders: Data Center Cost Avoidance With Barb Goldworm,” posted this month, finds Evolving Solutions’ head blogger Judie Van Keulen sitting down with FOCUS President and Chief Analyst, Barb Goldworm.Evolving Solutions’ goal in interviewing Goldworm was to understand what strategies could be used to include moving towards green IT and implementing server virtualization as potential avenues for data center cost avoidance.Goldworm is the author of “Blade Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting Costs,” and has over 30 years in the data systems and storage arena. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been ranked as one of the top expert speakers at events such as Storage Networking World, Data Center Decisions and many others. She also chairs the virtualization tracks at Interop, and Blade Systems Insight, and is a frequent judge for virtualization solutions at industry events such as VMworld.”Evolving Solutions wants to offer existing and potential clients information that will not only educate them on the services that we offer, but the latest and greatest technology and options available to ensure success in their company,” states Van Keulen. “Goldworm’s insight into data center cost avoidance will help guide our clients and prospective clients to making informative decisions regarding their business’s success and growth.”Goldworm’s advice to companies wanting to learn new strategies in reducing data center costs includes:•    Virtualization of entire infrastructure which can reduce space, power, cooling, hardware, maintenance and management costs.•    Blade systems which can increase efficiencies in power and cooling, as well as reducing space and decreasing cabling costs.•    Green Computing which can contribute to major cost reduction in power and cooling costs.According to Goldworm, “Green IT has huge financial benefits, but often the benefits fall into the facilities budget. The costs fall in the IT budget. Success comes when the two organizations work together at the upper management level and see the overall benefit to the corporation. In a way, green IT is a great way to fund the move to a new virtual infrastructure running on new and improved modular hardware.”Evolving Solutions interview with FOCUS’ Barb Goldworm may be found by visiting the “Data Center Leaders” section of Evolving Solutions Evolving IT blog at Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions architects and implements IT solutions that assist businesses in the utilization of technology to help achieve corporate goals. Specializing in server and storage Virtualization, server and storage consolidation, Tivoli Storage Manager software implementation, disaster recovery and Business Continuity planning and implementation; Evolving Solutions is an IBM 2008 Beacon Award Winner. For more information about Evolving Solutions, call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at

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