MegaPath Expands State-of-the-Art Network in 50 Markets Nationwide

MegaPath Inc., one of the leading providers of managed data, voice, and security services in North America, today announced plans to significantly enhance its nationwide network over the next two years, expanding its facilities–based Ethernet over Copper infrastructure to 15 markets by the end of 2011 and an additional 35 markets by the end of 2012. As a result of this announcement, MegaPath’s new state-of-the-art network will offer improved reliability, a greater range of products and enhanced performance for all business customers.

“In today’s competitive environment, businesses require solutions that help them improve the way they do business, while reducing costs,” said Craig Young, MegaPath’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Ethernet over Copper is proving to be the next wave in Internet connectivity – offering extremely high performance at a price point much lower than competitive offerings. By aggressively building out our network, MegaPath is once again showing our commitment to our customers and partners, by providing them with a new leading -edge network that can support all of their critical business applications.”

MegaPath is enhancing its infrastructure; updating switches and routers and laying a foundation for adding products beyond Ethernet over copper (EoC) such as VDSL2, and Clear Channel T1. With symmetrical speeds from 2 Mbps to 20Mbps, MegaPath’s Ethernet offerings provide voice users with true Quality of Service (QoS), ensuring that performance-critical traffic is prioritized over standard traffic, for better voice quality. Traffic is also transported over MegaPath’s private MPLS network offering even greater control and security.

Building upon the successful introduction of Ethernet services and its network upgrade in Los Angeles MegaPath will continue to build out its Ethernet over Copper footprint through 2012, providing a cost-affordable connectivity option for customers across the United States. During the first phase of the expansion in 2011, the Company will add more than 300 Central Offices (COs) in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. By the end of the second phase in 2012, MegaPath will have one of the largest Ethernet over Copper capable networks in the United States with about 680 Central Offices.

Ethernet over Copper is rapidly becoming a popular business connectivity option providing more symmetrical bandwidth for less money than traditional T1 service. MegaPath’s Ethernet service offers 99.99% uptime backed by industry-leading Service Level Agreements and can scale as a company's needs change, making it the perfect solution for small-to-medium sized businesses. The Company’s QoS (Quality of Service) is available on all EOC speeds, prioritizing network traffic for applications such as VoIP and credit card processing above other non-critical transactions.

MegaPath currently operates one of the largest end-to-end facilities-based managed services companies in North America, offering managed voice, security and data services for small, medium, enterprise customers throughout the U.S. This network expansion will significantly expand the company’s reach and provide users with the latest connectivity infrastructure, allowing them to move away from expensive and outdated technologies that were designed during the Internet’s infancy. With Ethernet over Copper, MegaPath is setting a new standard for speed, cost and customer service that enables organizations to easily scale their businesses and quickly address new market opportunities.

Media Contact:
Tony Welz
Welz & Weisel Communications
703-877-8101
tony@w2comm.com

About MegaPath, Inc.
MegaPath operates one of the largest end-to-end communications networks in the country. In 2010, the company combined with Speakeasy and Covad to form a single company providing a full range of data, voice, and security services for small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises nationwide. MegaPath helps businesses of all sizes easily and securely communicate between their headquarters, employees, and business partners to lower costs, increase security, and enhance employee productivity. To learn more about MegaPath’s managed IP data, voice, and security services, please visit www.megapath.com or call 1-877-MegaPath (1-877-634-2728).

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G5 Announces the Release of G5 Mobile

Company News

  • G5, the leading provider of vertical-specific Local Marketing Solutions, today announced the addition of mobile websites to its Local Marketing Platform.
  • G5 Mobile includes two levels of service: Mobile Basic and Mobile Premium. Both allow G5 clients to seamlessly expand their Web presence to include feature-rich, mobile-optimized websites hosted on G5’s robust Local Marketing Platform.
  • 100% of G5’s beta test clients have committed to implementing G5’s mobile offering.
  • This announcement coincides with the opening day of the Inside Self Storage World Expo, March 14-16 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

Market Perspective

  • Mobile Internet usage is rising at a feverish pace. Smart phone sales swelled 72% in 2010, and mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access devices worldwide by 2013 (Gartner)
  • Mobile devices outsold PCs in Q4 2010 (Mary Meeker, 2011 ThinkMobile Conference)
  • Last year, 58 million Americans accessed the Web using their mobile devices, up 56% from 2009 (Comscore 2010 Mobile Year in Review)

Product Highlights

Mobile Basic (included with the G5 Local Marketing Platform fee)

  • Mobile-Optimized Sites – Content is created and designed for optimal mobile Web viewing, ensuring that critical property information is found quickly on all mobile devices
  • Streamlined Site Architecture – Allows for intuitive navigation, and includes PPC–friendly area pages and mobile sitemaps to facilitate effective mobile search marketing
  • Device Detection - Automatic detection of mobile device in use, and adjustment of site layout and design to optimize the user experience

Mobile Premium (includes the Mobile Basic offering plus fee-based enhancement package)

  • Geo-location Detection – Detects device geography and connects users with the most relevant and local properties
  • Mobile-specific Campaigns and Promotions –  Maximizes properties’ marketing mix to communicate the most effective messages specifically to mobile users
  • Mobile Analytics and Reporting – Robust reporting platform ensures tracking, measurement and analysis of mobile-generated web traffic
  • Real Time Reservations – Integration of reservation and inquiry forms capture prospects when and where they are ready to convert

Commentary

  • “Mobile is huge,” said Dan Hobin, co-founder and CEO of G5.  ”This release reflects our commitment to driving online traffic to our clients’ properties using the most effective and powerful technology available.”
  • “We are thrilled with G5’s new mobile offering,” said Blair Nagel, CEO of Metro Storage. “Mobile will tap another huge market and drive still more leads to our stores.”

Product Availability

  • Mobile Basic is available immediately on the G5 Platform.
  • Mobile Premium will be released in Q2 2011, and is available at an introductory rate until June 15.

About G5

G5 is the leading provider of vertical-specific Local Marketing Solutions that help mid-market companies get found online, generate more qualified leads, convert more leads into new customers, track marketing performance  – including offline, and optimize to the marketing sources with the best return on investment. G5’s Local Marketing Software Platform & Services provide clients with more customers and better business performance. Backed by investor Volition Capital, G5 was founded in 2005 and is based in Bend, Oregon. For more information, please visit www.G5platform.com.

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$100+ Million MSP, mindSHIFT Technologies, Announces Significant Financial and Workforce Growth

mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., the largest provider of IT and cloud services to small and mid-size organizations, today announced exceptional growth during 2010. Last year mindSHIFT’s organic EBITDA grew 17 percent over 2009, highlighting the company’s operational excellence, its ability to bring revenue growth to the bottom line and its recognition among the top IT vendors in the country. Showcasing recurring revenue strength and customer loyalty, 73% of mindSHIFT’s revenue was from recurring contracts. In addition, over 40 percent of mindSHIFT’s recurring revenue was derived from cloud services evidencing the increasing demand for cloud-based IT services.

On February 1, 2011 mindSHIFT acquired ORBIT Systems, a managed IT services company located in the Minneapolis–St. Paul market, with 54 employees. This is mindSHIFT’s second acquisition in 2011.  The company also acquired Alpheon Corporation, a North Carolina-based MSP with significant reach in the healthcare industry, on January 1. These two acquisitions expand mindSHIFT’s customer base to new geographic markets and broaden its presence in healthcare, supporting the growing need for technical assistance and services around EMR deployments.

“mindSHIFT has had tremendous growth over the past year, demonstrating why we are the leading MSP in the country,” said Paul Chisholm, mindSHIFT Chairman and CEO. “On top of our growing revenue and customer base, the two acquisitions in 2011 will play important roles in expanding mindSHIFT’s geographic and vertical reach. We are focused on building on our past and current success and will continue to provide our customers with the very best technology, services and support.”

mindSHIFT offers its customers a wide portfolio of IT services, including cloud, virtualization, disaster recovery, security, email, and hosted offerings. In order to provide industry-leading services and exceptional support, mindSHIFT has also increased its workforce by 100 employees during the last twelve months – in combination with its acquisitions – expanding from 392 to 492. The company plans to hire additional employees through 2011, particularly as it expands its presence across North America and moves into new vertical markets.

2010 also saw significant industry recognition for mindSHIFT, with multiple awards. mindSHIFT was ranked the number one IT services provider in the United States for the third consecutive year by MSPmentor. The company was also ranked number one worldwide in 2009 and 2010.  The company was named by CRN as one of the most innovative MSPs and was included on the Inc. 5000 list with a 3-year growth rate of 124 percent. In addition, the Philadelphia Business Journal included mindSHIFT on its list of the top technology employers and top systems integrators in the Philadelphia area.

About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc.

mindSHIFT provides technology peace of mind to small and medium-sized organizations by delivering premier technology and cloud services that utilize the most reliable and advanced systems and processes in the world. Organizations use mindSHIFT’s IT management services to keep their businesses running 24x7, to increase reliability and to protect mission-critical data. mindSHIFT has been ranked Number One among managed IT services providers in the United States by MSPmentor® for three consecutive years (2009/2010/2011). We make IT work for your business.®  www.mindSHIFT.com

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RedBrick Health Launches Fourth-Generation Consume Health Engagement Platform

RedBrick Health, a leader in innovative health engagement technologies, today launched RedBrick 4, the company’s fourth-generation consumer health engagement platform. Key RedBrick 4 features include:

  • A highly configurable and updated RedBrick Health EarningsSM engine that enables employers to change how they finance employee health benefits by aligning financial rewards with each step in the health engagement process. The latest version of RedBrick’s Health Earnings engine supports results-based incentive designs and handles end-to-end administration of multiple concurrent incentive designs;
  • An enhanced RedBrick HealthMapSM with a “choice architecture” that intelligently prioritizes and presents relevant health improvement opportunities for each individual through analysis of health care utilization history, health assessment and screening results, and personal profile data;
  • New social engagement features presented in the context of team-based online challenges that allow team formation based on the natural social networks within worksite populations;
  • A simple, enhanced and entertaining consumer experience that was designed based on extensive consumer research and incorporates gaming features and mobile design principles.

In a post-launch consumer survey, 86 percent reported that the new platform is simple to use; 79 percent agreed it made it easy to understand their health improvement program options; and 85 percent agreed it clearly communicated how to earn financial rewards for health engagement. Fewer than 6 percent disagreed that the new platform is simple and easy to understand.

“The new RedBrick site is attractive and even easier to use. It’s very clear what options are available to me, and how to get incentives and track how I’m doing,” said Gererdene Gibbons, a customer service representative at Welch Allyn, a RedBrick client and adopter of RedBrick 4. “There is a sense of ownership and control for the user.”

RedBrick Health also added new telephonic and language features to RedBrick 4 to enhance the platform’s accessibility. The entire RedBrick Health online engagement platform is available in both English and Spanish, in addition to multiple other languages via phone. The combined upgrades all further enhance the platform’s ability to support diverse populations.

“Providing a multi-modal experience that has simplicity, clarity and personal relevance is critical to creating broad-based and sustained engagement,” said Kyle Rolfing, chief executive officer of RedBrick Health. “Our new platform demonstrates our relentless commitment to delivering innovative solutions and compelling experiences that allow people to take charge of their health while lowering costs for employers.”

RedBrick 4 is one in a series of health and wellness technology innovations launched by RedBrick in the last year. Other innovations include the launch of a pioneering new interactive health assessmentand the introduction of challenge-based healthy social competitions. RedBrick’s innovative approach to health has generated employee health-improvement program engagement rates up to five times the industry average; demonstrated year-over-year population health improvements for multiple clients; and a corresponding measurable return-on-investment for participating employers.

About RedBrick Health

RedBrick Health is a health technology company that drives sustained engagement in health improvement programs through constant innovation and deep consumer insight. The company's health engagement platform blends a fresh, personalized consumer experience, impactful social networking tools and rewards that link individual financing to healthy behaviors. As a result, RedBrick Health delivers employee engagement rates far exceeding industry norms and the ability to fairly and responsibly control costs through increased employee accountability. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Minneapolis, RedBrick Health serves large, self-insured employers and strategic distribution partners. Visit RedBrick Health at redbrickhealth.com, read more athealthinnovationblog.com or follow the company at twitter.com/redbrickhealth.

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mindSHIFT Strengthens its IT Services Offerings to the Healthcare Market with the Acquistion of Alpheon Corporation

Increased Market Penetration, Expanded Geographic Reach, And A Broader Suite of Managed IT Services, Enhances mindSHIFT's Position As The World's Leading Managed Services Provider To Small And Mid Size Organizations

mindSHIFT Technologies, the largest provider of IT and cloud services, today announced the acquisition of Alpheon Corporation, a Morrisville, North Carolina based provider of managed IT services to small and mid-size organizations with a strong vertical presence in the healthcare market. Alpheon proactively monitors and manages customer networks to prevent issues before they arise.  The acquisition enables mindSHIFT to better serve the unique needs of healthcare clients, increase its geographic reach and strengthen its position as the world's largest provider of managed IT services. 

"Not only does this acquisition expand our physical presence, but it also provides healthcare organizations access to our cloud computing knowledge experts and a full suite of best-in-class technology services," said Paul Chisholm, mindSHIFT Chairman and CEO.  "Alpheon's years of experience in the healthcare market gives them a thorough understanding of the unique needs of healthcare providers and will enable us to better assist clients in managing, maintaining and securing the patient data and internal resources which are critical to their business."

Founded in 2002, Alpheon provides IT management services to organizations which have a critical dependence on technology to run their business.  The company offers 24x7 technical support, remote infrastructure monitoring, management and maintenance, security services and Voice over IP (VoIP) technology.  Alpheon has established itself as a trusted technology parter to healthcare clients, eliminating IT challenges and enabling customers to focus on their primary business objectives. 

"The demand for managed and cloud-based business services continues to grow rapidly among small and mid-size organizations," said Greg Donovan, Alpheon CEO.  "We have chosen to join with mindSHIFT because of its outstanding reputation as a leading Managed Services Provider (MSP), their extensive portfolio of services including virtualization, and wealth of technical and human resources.  With mindSHIFT we are able to provide all of our clients a new level of technical sophistication and scale which will assist them in growing their businesses.  It will also enable us to greatly increase our presence in markets which were previously inaccessible to us."

mindSHIFT provides managed IT services to legal firms, financial services companies, associations and non-profit organizations, educational institutions and many other small and mid-size businesses.  This acquisition solidifies mindSHIFT's position as the world's largest managed services provider - ranked #1 by MSPmentor for two consecutive years.  mindSHIFT has also been named to the Inc 5000 list of the fastest growing companies and has been selected by industry experts and customers alike for providing exceptional customer service. 

Alpheon removes the burden of IT management from small and mid-size organizations, enabling them to focus on their primary business objectives.  Clients trust Alpheon to proactively monitor and manage their networks, ensuring the safety, security, and availability of their most critical business assets.  Ranked as one of the leading managed services providers by MSPmentor, Alpheon provides clients with proven processes, a structured approach to managed technology services, and superior customer service.  Alpheon is IT the way it should be.  www.alpheon.com

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SumTotal Systems Acquires GeoLearning

Industry's Largest & Most Complete Talent Management Provider Extends Leadership Position and Expands into Additional Target Markets

SumTotal Systems Inc., the global leader in complete talent management solutions, today announced that it has acquired GeoLearning.  This strategic acquisition expands on the company's significant growth and momentum and further solidifies SumTotal's market leadership position by adding proven go-to-market capabilities in mid-market, government, and extended enterprise market segments.  The combined footprint provides unparalleled capabilities that cover the complete spectrum of Talent Management business needs.  SumTotal now represents the industry's largest and most complete provider of learning and talent management software across the globe with full end-to-end capabilities and market dominance.

"With the acquisition of GeoLearning, SumTotal has snapped up one of the leading LMS players to even more firmly establish its #1 position in the learning market and strong position in integrated Talent Management Systems," said Josh Bersin, president and chief executive office, Bersin & Associates.  "GeoLearning's strengths in SaaS, extended enterprise solutions, and managed services for the SMB and mid-market will help SumTotal continue to grow its leadership position in all segments of the market."

Founded in 1997, GeoLearning is the leading provider of managed services and on-demand learning management software.  GeoLearning has a recognized history of innovation with comprehensive software products to address the needs across both employee development and extended enterprise.  Companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations rely on GeoLearning's deep domain expertise to drive organizational performance.  GeoLearning has been the ideal partner for organizations seeking to increase sales, accelerate time to market, raise productivity, generate new revenue streams, and reduce expenses. 

With customers such as Sony Electronics (NYSE:SNE), Amway (KUL:AMWAY), Seagate (NYSE:STX), Dell (NASDAW:DELL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), SumTotal represents the industry's largest provider of learning and talent management solutions with over 39 Million users across 2,300 global customers.  The company's talent management software offering is leading the industry with integrated learning, performance, compensation, succession, development, 360 feedback, hiring, social collaboration, planning, workforce analytics, and core HR management, all from a single vendor.  This strategic acquisition fufills SumTotal's promise to the market to provide the most complete talent management offering and to every market segment.

"This is great news for our customers who now have access to additional expert resources and a comprehensive offering that spans all strategic HR functions," said Scott Andriano, Senior Vice President of Sales at GeoLearning.  "With significant backing focused on delivering real long-term customer value, our combined companies have the ability to more rapidily invest and scale to support growing customer demand."

The acquisition provides customers with many immediate benefits:

  • Fully integrated Talent Management covering the business needs of every market segment
  • Established localized operations with customers deployed in 156 countries in 39 different languages
  • Significant resource expansion across R&D, Services, Support & Account Management
  • Deep domain & subject matter expertise across 38 different verticals
  • Expansive user community sharing best practice in Fortune 500, mid-market, government, and extended enterprise markets
  • Proven leadership with extensive knowledge in HR & technology advancement
  • Single vendor solution that mitigates customer risk

"These are exciting times for our industry, and our mission remains focused on significantly increasing the value our customers gain from partnering with SumTotal," said John Borgerding, CEO of SumTotal Systems.  "The focus and dedication to our team has for customers and this industry is represented in this strategic acquisition.  As the true market leader, we will continue to innovate, accelerate and help our customers to achieve new levels of success."

For more information, visit the company's website at www.sumtotalsystems.com

About SumTotal Systems, Inc.

SumTotal Systems, Inc. is the global leader in complete talent management software that enables organizations to more effectively drive business strategy.  Recognized by industry analysts as the most comprehensive talent management solution, SumTotal provides full employee lifecycle management, including a core system of record, from a single provider for improved business intelligence.  The company offers customers of all sizes and in all industries the most flexibility and choice with multiple purchase, configuration, and deployment options.  With more than 2,300 custoemrs and 39 million users worldwide, we have increased the performance of the world's largest organizations including Sony Electronics (NYSE:SNE), AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN [ADR];London: AZN), Amway, GKN (London: GKN), and Seagate (NYSE:STX). 

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GlobalTranz Closes $10 Million Investment from Volition Capital

GlobalTranz, a leader in transportation management and logistics industry, announced today that it has closed its first institutional round of financing since their inception in 2003.  The $10 million investment was led by Volition Capital, a growth equity firm that invests in high-potential, founder-owned technology companies.  The proceeds will be applied towards working capital and growth investment across a variety of verticals within the company.  Larry Cheng, Managing Partner of Volition Capital, will join GlobalTranz's Board of Directors, and Sean Cantwell, Principal of Volition Capital, will serve as a board observer. 

"It is rare that a private equity firm invests in a transportation company," said Andrew Leto, CEO of GlobalTranz.  "Volition's partnership is a great vote of confidence in the future of GlobalTranz as a market leader and we are excited to acquire Volition's investment and expertise."

GlobalTranz specializes in less-than-truckload and full truckload transportation, supply chain logistics and warehousing.  Their nationwide network of sales Agents serve local to national accounts with CarrierRate.com, a proprietary Transportation Management System.  With this technology, shippers can optimize the flow and storage of merchandise as the goods move throughout their supply chain.  GlobalTranz focuses on innovative technology, strategic carrier partnerships, and outstanding Agents with energy, insight, and a gervent customer service mentality. 

The funding follows yet another record-breaking year for GlobalTranz.  "We have more than doubled revenue for the third consecutive year," said Leto.  "There is no telling what the future holds for GlobalTranz, which until this point had not received outside investment."

"We are excited to partner with a company founded and developed on such a strong entrepreneurial spirit," said Larry Cheng.  "GlobalTranz offers a compelling value proposition and we believe this will be the next step in positioning the company for a future as a billion dollar leader in the transportation industry."

About GlobalTranz

GlobalTranz is a privately held logistics management firm based in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing in carrier, supply chain and warehouse management.  Founded in 2003, GlobalTranz has become the premiere provider of supply chain management technology, Carrierrate.com, which optimizes the flow and storage of merchandise as goods and materials move within the supply chain.  GlobalTranz has been recognized on the Inc 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies for three years running and continues to see tremendous growth.  Together with a nationwide network of sales Agents, GlobalTranz consistently strives to create and enviornment where carriers and shipping customers establish mutually beneficial solutions, optimized carrier transit times and operational strengths through the integration of technology, strategic partnerships and fervent customer service. (www.globaltranz.com)

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