A department introduces itself: Research & Development at SKIDATA

Frank (Senior Vice President of R&D) provides insight

A department introduces itself: Research & Development at SKIDATA

Research & Development at SKIDATA

Frank was VP of Embedded Security for the Kudelski Group, SKIDATA´s parent company, for five years before taking over management of product development at SKIDATA in September 2012. Prior to this, he was Infineon´s Design Center Director from 2000 until 2007. There he worked for the German development location in Nuremburg and thus gained extensive experience for this demanding task. In his free time, Frank is a passionate snowboarder and water sports fan.

In this interview he tells us which developments his team in Research and Development is currently working on and what is especially important to him when it comes to teamwork.

JOIN our TEAM – a diverse range of tasks in international teams

„The most up-to-date innovations, being one step ahead of the competition, reliable products, on-time solutions and developments of the highest quality – these are the things we commit ourselves to and the things which characterize work in R&D,“ says Frank during the interview.

Research & Development is responsible for the entire product development at SKIDATA. There is excitement for everyone in this range of tasks:

– Development of classic client server systems for the areas of parking management and personal access
– Development of cloud-based access solutions; for example, for destination management – that means connecting singular access and management solutions in the areas of events, mountain sports regions and parking management. Through this we make additional functions such as reservations, online ticket purchase, remote maintenance and surveillance of systems as well as B2C and B2B solutions available to our customers.
– Design and development of access hardware, such as access readers, barrier gates, parking columns and paying and vending machines
– Quality assurance for hardware, software and system solutions in order to guarantee flawless, reliable operation for customers.

Each member of the R&D team is part of the larger whole in new and ongoing developments or system integration of the many solutions over the entire lifecycle of a product.

R&D is positioned around the world with development locations in Grödig and Klagenfurt in Austria and teams in France, the USA and India – subdivided into the areas of software development, quality assurance, hardware development and project management office. „Even within the team it is becoming more international: meetings in English are part of our everyday work,“ explains Frank.

Thus R&D is currently in a phase of internationalization: staff in the software and system development departments, especially for cloud-based systems, project management, quality assurance, test automation, electronic component development and mechatronics, are always in demand. „When it comes to new employees, I value not only essential technical knowledge, but also very good English skills, social competence and eagerness to work in an international, intercultural team. Those who think in a solution-oriented manner and value professional teams and a modern development environment have come to the right place. These dynamics require that you always stay up-to-date with technical progress and are open to new, innovative ideas and change in international markets,“ continues Frank.

The great work environment; the high level of dedication and the staff´s passion for their work; the international environment; and technological challenges in rapidly changing times are what Frank enjoys the best about SKIDATA. „SKIDATA has great potential as an innovative company. Here you can really make a difference,“ Frank concludes.

Please have a look at our departments at http://www.skidata.com/en/career/departments.html

SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, shopping centers, major airports, municipalities, sports stadiums, trade shows, and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

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CJ Acquisitions Outlines the Upcoming Marketing Trends of 2015

Arizona-based direct marketing firm, CJ Acquisitions discusses the importance of developing marketing strategies and shares their predictions for the upcoming marketing trends of 2015.

PHOENIX, AZ, January 25, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — It is important for businesses to keep up with marketing trends in order to keep up with competition and also develop marketing strategies. CJ Acquisitions highlights how understanding marketing trends will allow businesses to deliver products and services that consumers really want and need. The firm believes that developing strategies that highlight how the products and services best meet these needs will encourage consumers to shop with a brand, and allow a brand to grow and expand.

About CJ Acquisitions: http://www.cjacquisitionsinc.com/about-us/

CJ Acquisitions has researched into the upcoming trends of 2015 and they believe that all marketers should consider the following things when developing a marketing strategy:

Give social media a go
Social media is going to continue to rise in 2015. CJ Acquisitions recommends that businesses invest in tools that provide better functionality and increased insight. Social media now provides measurable results that can provide valuable information for marketers. This year, marketers can really take advantage of social media and really quantify what they’re getting back by using click-through tracking, email collection and click-through sales.

Monitor technology advances
Only 10% of marketers believe technological advances will impact their marketing strategy. CJ Acquisitions believes that more marketers should be concerned and prepared to accommodate tech innovations as they develop, and monitor how they alter consumer interaction with their brands. Those who keep their fingers on the pulse of the industry will be able to adapt to and utilize beneficial trends, getting a few steps ahead of the competition.

Prepare for mobile commerce
2015 could be the year mobile commerce takes centre stage. It is not uncommon for mobile opens to turn into desktop purchases. Consumers often rely on desktops to buy because the process is easier and less time consuming. However, a one-click approach is soon to become available on mobile devices. CJ Acquisitions believes businesses need to develop their websites to become more responsive on mobiles to accommodate this.

New Email Marketing Plan, Based on Data
Look into past data to see what’s worked and what hasn’t. Take time to fully understand data and gain valuable insights on where diminishing returns are coming from and if there is a specific reason for something no longer working in order to build a better strategy. Use segmentation and A/B testing to try something different and learn from the data to see what will provide the best results to improve campaigns.

CJ Acquisitions is an outsourced sales and marketing firm based in Phoenix, Arizona. The firm specialize in developing unique marketing campaigns on behalf of their clients. CJ Acquisitions connects with consumers via face-to-face marketing methods in order to create long-lasting and personal bonds between brand and consumer. This leads to increased brand loyalty, brand awareness and customer loyalty for their clients.

CJ Acquisitions regularly update and develop their marketing strategies by keeping up with marketing trends and regularly testing their markets. The firm are able to carry out tests and measure results of campaigns daily so that any developments and improvements can be made immediately and improve the result of the campaign.

CJ Acquisitions is a Phoenix-based direct marketing company that specializes in face-to-face marketing in order to generate a high ROI.

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Arizona Landscape Supply Company, Grand Materials and Supply, to Host Customer Appreciation Day

Grand Materials and Supply, an Arizona landscape supply company, will be hosting a customer appreciation day on February 6, 2015.

PHOENIX, AZ, January 25, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Rewarding your customers and showing them appreciation is something that may be rare among local business these days. However, Grand Materials and Supply, an Arizona-based landscaping company, has decided to show appreciation for its customers by hosting a customer appreciation day on February 6th between 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM at its Mesa Landscape store situated at 8336 E Main Street, Mesa.

Customers who stop by during this time will be treated to hot dogs and burgers that have kindly been supplied by Arizona Fireplaces. Additionally, through the month of January, when a customer decides to purchase one of the many grills that are available for sale, they will receive a free and complimentary grill cover to go along with their purchase.

Grand Materials and Supply offers an extensive range of outdoor living products such as grills, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, stoves, and burners. In addition, Grand Materials and Supply offers a wide range of high quality outdoor lighting products, artificial grass, masonry, irrigation products, and natural stone pavers.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the products and services that this Arizona Landscape Supply Company has to offer can do so here: http://www.grandmaterials.com

About Author: Grand Materials and Supply is an Arizona-based company that specializes in an extensive range of landscaping supply and lifestyle accessories. The company has several locations based throughout the Arizona area. Grand Materials can be contacted by dialing (623) 875-7000 or by filling out the contact form that can be found on its website.

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The Plato Group Remain Confident While Counterparts Worry about US Economy

Looking at the 2014 growth figures, The Plato Group remain optimistic about the state of the U.S. economy. The direct marketing firm insists that increased support for small businesses will lead to continuous economic growth.

MIAMI, FL, January 24, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — The U.S. economy is moving in the right direction. In quarter three of 2014, it grew by an impressive five per cent. Unemployment is falling and wages are on the rise. Nevertheless, according to an article by Peter Eavis published on the Economic Times, there are concerns about a huge bond market for predicting economic challenges. The Plato Group however believe that small businesses could be the answer to economic growth. „The impact that small businesses have on the U.S. economy is significant. We would love to see increased support by the government to encourage more Americans to start up their own business. By doing so, more jobs can be created which will lead to a rising consumer confidence and spending,“ say The Plato Group.

About The Plato Group: http://www.theplatogrp.com/

According to Eavis‘ article, the rally in global government debt is pushing their yields. The ten-year Treasury note, a benchmark for mortgages and other interest rates, fell below two per cent in the beginning of this January. However, the prices of treasury bonds are rallying fiercely. In comparison to Europe, where yields are considerably lower, the U.S. economy is strong.

The Plato Group remain confident to see continuous economic growth over the next years and say that small business growth will play an important part of this development. The firm would like to see further support from the U.S. government to support entrepreneurs opening up and running their business successfully. The Plato Group feel that the government should focus on developing further funding schemes, implementing easier regulations and providing business education opportunities. A spokesperson of The Plato Group says: „By actively supporting entrepreneurs, we can create a small business culture, encouraging other business-minded people to take the step and open up their company without being worried about the future. We must look after small businesses as they create employment and as a result increase people’s willingness to spend money which will reflect in economic growth.“

The Plato Group are an outsourced sales and marketing firm based in Miami, Florida. Their sales force raises brand awareness on behalf of the firm’s clients and promotes and sells their products and services. The Plato Group have recently expanded into two new locations in Florida and have now plans to open up a fourth branch in the second quarter of 2015.

The Plato Group is a Miami based sales and marketing firm that specializes in personal marketing to deliver a high ROI for clients.

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The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Presents: Peter VS. the Wolf

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Peter VS. the Wolf, part of the Family Discovery Series. In Justin Locke’s hilarious spin on the original Russian tale, the Wolf stands trial for „Duckicide in the first degree, with one gulp.“

KALAMAZOO, MI, January 24, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — For the second concert of the 2014-2015 Family Discovery Series, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Peter VS. the Wolf. In Justin Locke’s hilarious spin on the original Russian tale, the Wolf stands trial for „Duckicide in the first degree, with one gulp.“ With Prokofiev’s original music presented in court as evidence, the Wolf cross-examines individual members of the orchestra on the stand and presents his case to the audience, which also acts as the jury. This lively new introduction to the instruments of the orchestra is like no other version of „Peter and the Wolf“ you’ve ever seen. Smiles guaranteed!

„Since childhood, I’ve always loved Prokofiev’s music to Peter and the Wolf,“ said KSO Assistant Conductor, Daniel Brier. „I am looking forward to bringing this music to life with an updated retelling of this timeless story. It is a joy to collaborate with Ben Zylman as we bring this fully staged production to life. The production is absolutely hilarious and I know the kids and parents will have a blast.“

The inspiration for Locke’s „sequel“ – Peter and the Wolf – was composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. The piece was a commission by the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow for the purpose of exposing children to music from a young age. So, in Prokofiev (and Locke’s) work, each character’s role is associated with a particular musical theme to help children become associated with the various sounds and instruments of the orchestra. The main character, Peter, is played by the strings, the wolf is played by the horns, the duck by an oboe, the bird by the flute, and so forth.

Peter and the Wolf tells the tale of Peter hunting down the Wolf after watching it swallow his friend, the Duck. Peter and his friend, the Bird, ultimately capture the Wolf and, in grand fashion, the Wolf is hauled off to the zoo with Peter and his friends parading behind – all the while, the Duck is alive and quacking inside the Wolf’s stomach. The KSO’s performance of Locke’s Peter VS. the Wolf offers an amusing new ending to the tale, with the Wolf finally having a chance to speak his peace about the incident. Though composed for a young audience, Peter VS. the Wolf is a guaranteed good time for the entire family – including Mom and Dad!

To further the learning experience, audiences are invited to participate in the KSO Kids activities that precede the show. Visit the Instrument Petting Zoo at 2pm, and then enjoy Meet the Conductor from 2:30-2:45pm to chat with Assistant Conductor Daniel Brier.


Daniel Brier, conductor
Daniel Brier is an emerging conductor who has worked with orchestras and choirs in the United States and abroad. He has conducted the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Oak Symphony, Detroit Medical Orchestra, Great Lakes Music Festival, Orion Chamber Music Society, University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, Spectrum Orchestra, and the Orpheus Singers. He is currently in his third season as Music Director of the Spectrum Orchestra. An advocate for new music, Mr. Brier regularly collaborates with living composers and displays a commitment to promoting and performing their music. Recent premieres include Shin’s Power and Light, Lavender’s Battery, Boggs‘ Wanderlust: Beginnings and May’s Essay for Chamber Orchestra. At home on the stage and in the pit, Mr. Brier recently conducted Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in a semi-staged concert production.

Previous conducting positions include assistant and cover conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic, assistant conductor of the University of Michigan Orchestras, assistant conductor of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater, and conductor of the Orpheus Singers. In 2010, Mr. Brier was selected as a Prizewinner for his „exceptional conducting“ during the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s international conducting masterclass and competition. He studied with John Nelson during his engagement with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and Munchener Bach-Chor. Additionally he has conducted in masterclasses with Giancarlo Guerrero, Hugh Wolff, Jorma Panula, Alexander Polishchuk, Victor Yampolsky, Carl Topilow, and Ragnar Bohlin.

Mr. Brier recently completed his graduate studies as a fellow at the University of Michigan’s conducting program where he studied orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kielser. He is also a recipient of the Julian and Vera McIntosh scholarship for promising young musicians and conductors. Previously, Mr. Brier earned a M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. Jerry Blackstone. During his choral degree, Mr. Brier was a graduate student instructor and recipient of the Dr. Charlene Archibeque and Dorothy Greenwald scholarships.

Justin Locke, author
Justin Locke played the bass in the Boston Pops for eighteen years before becoming an author, playwright, management coach, and speaker. He has published three books, starting with his amusing Pops memoir, „Real Men Don’t Rehearse,“ followed by two unusual self-improvement books: „Principles of Applied Stupidity“ and „Getting in Touch with Your Inner Rich Kid.“

He has sold thousands of copies of his books, has been featured in the Boston Globe, CBS Radio, and as an „Author@Google.“ His musical plays for family orchestral concerts are done all over the world; his „Peter VS the Wolf“ was recently done in the Berlin Konzerthaus.

Justin writes, coaches, and speaks on issues of organizational behavior, management, leadership, and, personal development, all from a decidedly artistic perspective. He also writes and speaks about the practical applications of „arts education.“

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents
KSO Family Discovery Series
Peter VS. the Wolf

Daniel Brier, Conductor
Justin Locke, Author
Ben Zylman, Stage Director

In Justin Locke’s hilarious spin on the original Russian tale, the Wolf stands trial for „Duckicide in the first degree, with one gulp.“ With Prokofiev’s original music presented in court as evidence, the Wolf cross-examines individual members of the orchestra on the stand and presents his case to the audience, …read more

Physician, Author, Speaker, Dr. Neil Neimark Profoundly Claims that Science Supports Theory of Positive Thinking

The Body is Nourished by the Food We Eat and by the Thoughts We Think

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 24, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — You can spend a matter of seconds reading Dr. Neil’s approach to a healthier lifestyle and realize that the mind is a powerful partner in learning how to live a happier life.

In his new book, The Science of Positive Thinking, Dr. Neil offers 5 simple steps to reducing stress, restoring health, happiness and peace of mind. For those followers of Dr. Neil’s, the „use of powerful skills & not just pills“ is a familiar mantra that has helped many patients overcome many of the day-to-day stresses that modern society presents to us. According to Dr. Neil, „We must weed out negative attitudes and beliefs that are the root cause of much unnecessary suffering, illness and isolation.“

The timing of Dr. Neil’s book for the New Year is well positioned as readers from all walks of life are seeking better ways to cope, manage life’s challenges and to follow a life plan to simply be happier–„A big part of being a positive thinker is growing up enough – emotionally and spiritually – to be able to soothe our own hurts and disappointments.“ Dr. Neil goes onto say that self-doubt is an ultimate destroyer: „It stops us from believing we deserve to get better; then it stops us from even trying to get bet better.“

Dr. Neimark has created a network following of his approach to stress management and the public is encouraged to sign up at NeilMD.com to take advantage of his free video bonus package and his newsletter. He encourages readers to participate in his ongoing belief system that being happy in 2015 is attainable.

„A part of our awakening to our essential worthiness is the acceptance that – in this world – we are all wounded in some way, whether by genetics, family circumstance, illness or misfortune. Likewise, in some way, we all intuitively crave – and deserve – to be whole, to be healed,“ says Dr. Neil.

The Science of Positive Thinking is available at Amazon.com

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New Jersey Stage Releases First Issue Of 2015

January 2015 marks the sixth issue of New Jersey Stage, the magazine the comes alive with audio and video.

BELMAR, NJ, January 24, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Month after month, New Jersey Stage magazine puts a spotlight on the Garden State’s vibrant arts scene. With the use of audio and video, the magazine’s pages literally come alive and provide the story behind the story letting readers experience the arts as never before. The January 2015 issue is available for free at www.NJArtsMag.com and can be read on any PC, tablet, or smart phone.

Inside this issue, Gary Wien interviews Bob Gruen, the legendary rock and roll photographer whose work is currently on display at Art629 Gallery in Asbury Park. Wien also speaks with the directors of the independent films Wildlike, Fur Peace Ranch: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This, and Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of Randy Now and City Gardens. All three films are being screened at the New Jersey Film Festival in New Brunswick. Dw Dunphy talks with Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller about their new radio show on NPR and with Alan Parsons who is coming to The Newton Theatre; Eric Hillis reviews American Sniper and Black Sea; and Rich and Laura Lynch take a look at new releases by Dennis DeYoung, Richard Furay, Sweet & Lynch, and Szygy.

The cover story is a look at The Gun Show by Ellen Lewis, a new play being presented at Passage Theatre in Trenton, which approaches the gun issue from both sides. New Jersey Stage also speaks with Laura Ekstrand about Dreamcatcher Repertory’s production of The Most Deserving.

Jersey Shore musician Karen Mansfield talks about her long-awaited debut record; Jerzy Jung’s „Alibi“ is the featured music video of the month; Geno & The Jukebox provide an original song for Valentine’s Day; and Rosemary Conte offers some jokes about musicians.

In just six months, New Jersey Stage has become a favorite of arts fans throughout the state while arts organizations are loving the magazine’s affordable ad rates. New Jersey Stage offers a combination of magazine and website advertising packages for less than $100 — perfect for the tight budgets of many arts organizations and great for reaching the ever-growing segment of mobile users.

All issues of New Jersey Stage are available for free at http://www.njartsmag.com. The magazine can also be downloaded and read offline.

New Jersey Stage, a daily website (NewJerseyStage.com) and monthly digital magazine (NJArtsMag.com) covering the arts throughout the Garden State, is published by Wine Time Media. Follow them on social media @NewJerseyStage

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Flex Probe Station and Rugged Gigahertz Probes for PCB Testing

Vertical and Horizontal Probing in Minutes

SANTA CLARA, CA, January 24, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — PacketMicro announces new 18-GHz probes and benchtop „Flex Probe Station“ for probing motherboard and daughter cards in horizontal and vertical orientations simultaneously. In addition, PacketMicro introduces „Power Integrity Probing in a Box“ for milliohm impedance measurements, which includes RProbes, positioners, and microscope. For power-integrity measurements, durable RProbe performs comparably as microprobe.

„Constant changing in the configuration of GHz motherboard and daughter cards makes the signal integrity testing of the overall system difficult,“ said Dr. Richard Zai, PacketMicro CTO. „The stackable Flex Probe Station allows engineers to reconfigure the test setup for challenging board orientation quickly.“ Both microprobes and rugged RProbes can be used with the Flex Probe Station.

„Power Integrity Probing in a Box“ is specifically created to meet the rising demand for power integrity testing of complex, high-speed boards. The user-friendly out-of-box experience makes power integrity testing easy. Please stop by Booth #850 at DesignCon 2015 held at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California on January 28 – 29, for product demonstration.

Product Information

Single-ended Probes:
RP-GR-1215xx, 12 GHz, 1.5″, xx mm pitch
RP-GR-1815xx, 18 GHz, 1.5″, xx mm pitch

Differential Probes:
RP-SS-1815xx, 18 GHz, 1.5″, xx mm pitch
xx: 0.5mm, 0.8mm, 1.0 mm or other custom pitches

For Calibration substrate:

Products are available now for purchase at http://packetmicro.com/online-store.html.
Video demonstration of the Flex Probe Station can be viewed at http://packetmicro.com/design-con.html.

About PacketMicro

PacketMicro, located in Silicon Valley, provides a wide range of gigahertz probing solutions and provides world-class signal integrity and power integrity engineering services. In addition, PacketMicro’s ‚Lab for Hire‘ services enable you to perform high-speed tests on challenging hardware configurations. PacketMicro customers include many Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit www.packetmicro.com.

Ching Hu, chinghu@packetmicro.com, 408-675-3900

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Ventana Research Launches Research into Next-Generation Sales Analytics

Benchmark research will investigate use of data and analytics to improve the execution and outcomes of sales organizations

SAN RAMON, CA, January 23, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Ventana Research today launched its latest in a series of new benchmark research studies examining the advancing use of analytics in business. This research will identify, explore and quantify the ways in which organizations use sales analytics and metrics to plan for optimal performance and achieve targeted results. It is designed to assess factors affecting the productivity and performance of various categories of sales organizations to provide insight into their requirements and how well the market currently satisfies them.

This new research will assess the potential of next-generation technologies such as the cloud, mobile and collaborative systems to facilitate faster, easier and more effective use of sales analytics. It will also examine how companies are using or could use big data and advanced analytics to help provide insights not available through traditional reporting and analysis tools. It also will explore the use of new methods to generate sales engagement through contests and the use of gamification technology. The research will explore the need for better tools to examine the performance of the sales organization in core processes such as the sales pipeline, forecasts, configuration pricing and quoting, contracts, proposals, quotas, proposals, compensation and incentives and coaching of personnel.

In the past many sales organizations did not invest directly in analytics and reporting systems, instead using desktop spreadsheets and cutting and pasting data and charts from applications and reports into presentations. In addition organizations have depended on applications such as sales force automation (SFA) and customer relationship management (CRM) to provide reports on accounts and opportunities. However these systems address only some sales activities and lack complete information about customers.

„The expanding use of sales analytics stems from increased attention to sales performance across sales processes,“ said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer at Ventana Research. „Many sales initiatives have failed to live up to their potential because companies did not use the right analytics tools to plan and operate. Making optimal sales decisions requires trade-offs, and in competitive market situations analytics are essential to provide guidance so both the actions of individuals in sales and their incentives are aligned – aligned not only with the company’s overall objectives but also with its customer, financial and sales profitability goals.“

This benchmark research will investigate what types of organizations are interested in improving sales analytics, why they are interested in doing so, who will make the purchase decision in what time frame and what selection criteria they will use. It will assess satisfaction with existing approaches and requirements to establish a business case for change in sales organizations. The research will compare the benefits of varying approaches and their perceived value and determine what potential buyers expect from new investments.

Those interested in learning more about or participating in this benchmark research can do so at www.ventanaresearch.com/NextGenerationSalesAnalytics/. The research is being sponsored by Qvidian. Ventana Research, a leading business technology research and advisory services firm, provides qualified research participants with an incentive and complimentary report of the research findings as well as access to a free educational webcast on best practices from the benchmark research.

About Ventana Research
Ventana Research is the most authoritative and respected benchmark business technology research and advisory services firm. We provide insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients to increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost and risk.

Ventana Research provides the most comprehensive analyst and research coverage in the industry; business and IT professionals worldwide are members of our community and benefit from Ventana Research’s insights, as do highly regarded media and association partners around the globe. Our views and analyses are distributed daily through blogs and social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. To learn how Ventana Research advances the maturity of organizations‘ use of information and technology through benchmark research, education and advisory services, visit www.ventanaresearch.com.

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Nick Speers Named Director of Financial Reporting for AmeriQuest Business Services

Speers will lead the company’s financial reporting and analysis efforts

CHERRY HILL, NJ, January 23, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Nick Speers has been appointed to the position of Director of Financial Reporting for AmeriQuest Business Services, a technology-enabled provider of financial process automation, procurement, and asset management solutions. In this position, Speers will head the company’s technical accounting and regulatory compliance efforts as well as all financial reporting and analysis.

Prior to joining AmeriQuest, Speers spent 10 years in public accounting with KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, rising to the position of senior manager. During his tenure there, he serviced a wide range of clients in the chemical manufacturing, construction, retail, and professional service industries. Speers has also served as the Director of Financial Reporting at Pinnacle Foods Group.

Speers is a certified public accountant in the state of Pennsylvania and is also accredited in business valuation (ABV) by the AICPA. He is actively involved in the professional community, serving on the board of Trustees of Port Richmond Savings Community Bank, and serving as a contributing author to Regions Business Journal.

About AmeriQuest Business Services, Inc.

AmeriQuest is a technology-enabled solutions provider serving more than 1,500 customers throughout North America. Combining unmatched expertise and comprehensive services in procurement, financial process automation, and asset management, AmeriQuest Business Services helps customers move forward in every part of their business. For more information, visit ameriquestcorp.com.

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