Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Frost & Sullivan Commends Validic for Delivering Superior Customer Value through its mHealth Interoperability Technology Platform

LONDON -- Today, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Validic with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for Customer Value Leadership. The Validic mHealth interoperability solution is a cloud-based platform that connects digital health application developers, medical devices and healthcare clients - such as providers, pharmaceutical companies, prevention and wellness companies, population health management companies and consumer electronics.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Microsoft Announces Winners, Finalists of 2014 Sales Achievement Program

REDMOND, WASH. -- Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced the winners and finalists of the Sales Achievement program. Winners and finalists were recognized at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014, the company’s annual event for industry partners, July 13–17 in Washington, D.C. The Sales Achievement program recognizes global Microsoft partners for achieving exceptional sales results in fiscal year 2014. “Partners that won this year’s Sales Achievement recognition have demonstrated extraordinary commitment in transforming their businesses to support customers worldwide with Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft. “As customers’ needs evolved, these partners made the right investments to grow their businesses with Microsoft and are now well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in fiscal year 2015 and beyond.”

iPhone, Mac & Services Growth Drive Record June Quarter Revenue

CUPERTINO, CALIF. -- Apple® recently announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cisco to Establish Global IoE Innovation Center in Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- Cisco and Barcelona City Council today announced plans to open a Cisco Global IoE Innovation Center in Barcelona. The Innovation Center will provide a platform for research, technological development and new market opportunities related to the Internet of Everything for smart cities. The new 1,720 SQM Cisco center will be located at Ca l'Alier, a 19th century  heritage building at the core of the 22@Barcelona district, as part of the new Smart City Campus. Based on its current plans, from 2015 to 2020, Cisco intends to invest close to $30 million, in the facilities' restoration, innovation lab, IT equipment, and talent acquisition primarily in engineering, application development and research.

New Lumia 530 Brings Uncompromised Smartphone Performance Under 100 Euros

REDMOND, WASH. -- Microsoft Devices Group today announced the Lumia 530, the most affordable Lumia to date, delivering an uncompromised smartphone experience with the latest Microsoft and Lumia innovations. It is expected to be available for an estimated retail price of 85 euros before taxes and subsidies, beginning in August 2014.

“OBX” Murder Mystery Now On Nook from Barnes and Noble

APEX, N.C. -- The action-packed murder mystery “OBX” is now available to Barnes and Noble Nook fans for $4.99, giving more readers access to the first in a series of novels starring Michael Francis, a troubled mother of three and driven state investigator. Barnes and Noble is considered number two in worldwide sales of digital books on its Nook behind the Amazon Kindle, where the debut novel by North Carolina author David Dean Menzies can also be found for $4.99. In OBX, Agent Francis struggles to piece together a puzzle involving a serial killer, an attempt on her life, a break-in and shooting at her home, drug ring, and cover-up by local law enforcement and government officials while a hurricane bears down on the crime scene in the beautiful seaside vacation mecca of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Q3 Media Relations Efforts Drive Q1 Results

by David D. Menzies   
It might seem strange to be in the midst of the dog days of summer talking about landing coverage in target media outlets in January, February, and March of next year, but the truth of the matter is now is the time to ramp-up PR and media relations efforts to achieve the greatest success. As I am fond of saying in articles and presentations, public relations is not brain surgery, BUT it does take planning in order to achieve the greatest return on investment. Unfortunately, a lot of times business executives without experience utilizing PR think of it as a push-button type of tool like advertising, wherein you simply buy ad space, slap an ad together and get it published. Like most things in life, the easiest efforts don't always achieve the greatest results. If you're serious about securing meaningful editorial coverage for your business, product, or service in trusted third-party media outlets your prospects and customers rely on for news and information, it will take a little more effort but the payoff will be much more significant.