No Limits Software joins BMC Technology Alliance Program (TAP) to automate data center change management

No Limits Software joins BMC Technology Alliance Program (TAP) to automate data center change management











No Limits Software – RaMP


St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 10, 2011

No Limits Software has joined the BMC Technology Alliance Program (TAP) to integrate their Rack Management Platform (RaMP) data center management solution with BMC Remedy Change Management.

Integration with Remedy Change Management will provide several key advantages over data center management systems which rely on manual entry of system changes. First, automated collection of system configuration data improves data accuracy while greatly reducing the time and cost of manually collecting the data. Second, automated snapshots of the configuration data will allow data center managers to quickly find system changes which may result in system outages, reducing mean time to repair (MTTR) and increasing system availability.

Integration with Remedy Change Management will allow automated verification that a scheduled task was completed and will also highlight changes which were made without going through the change authorization process.

It is estimated that 80% of outages are due to a change and 80% of MTTR is trying to find out what changed. By looking at the changes for the affected asset, problem managers can typically recommend a fix to the problem over 80% of the time with a first fix rate of over 90%.

If you only look at authorized changes, however, you may be missing changes which were made outside of the process. Organizations which implement automated change auditing are usually alarmed to see how many changes are being made ‘under the radar’. The ability to track both authorized changes and detected changes – changes made but not necessarily authorized – is key functionality needed to reduce MTTR and increase overall system availability.

If problem managers can use the list of detected changes to recommend a fix 80% of the time and 90% of these recommendations result in a solution, this means we’ve reduce the time to diagnose the problem by 72%. Since the diagnosis phase represents 80% of the total MTTR, automated change management can reduce MTTR by 58%. At the same time, we’ve also reduced the amount of labor required to troubleshoot and resolve problems by a similar amount.

RaMP provides the following capabilities:

Automated Asset Management

— 100% data accuracy through the automated discovery of detailed device information

— Automatically track device location down to the rack unit

— Software license management

— Real-time data center auditing for IT asset accounting compliance (Sarbanes-Oxley, CFR-11)

— Automated change control to reduce MTTR and increase availability

— Web services API provides integration with other asset and change management systems

Real-Time Monitoring

— Power and environmental monitoring down to the device level

— Server monitoring to identify servers which should be retired, virtualized or consolidated

— Identify servers which are not using power management

Enhanced Capacity Planning

— More accurate capacity planning data helps to reduce stranded power and shutdown risks

About No Limits Software

No Limits Software is a leading provider of data center management solutions, including asset management, capacity planning, and power and environmental monitoring. No Limits Software’s patent-pending solution is unique in that it automates asset management to the rack unit. The RaMP solution eliminates the need for physical audits, dramatically reduces the time to find and repair equipment, improves system availability and improves data center energy efficiency by providing accurate capacity planning.

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Karla Smith Foundation Joins Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Kansas to Increase Mental Health Awareness

Karla Smith Foundation Joins Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Kansas to Increase Mental Health Awareness











Karla Smith Foundation Volunteers on the Set of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’


Ottawa, KS (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

The Karla Smith Foundation, a St. Louis area based non-profit organization that provides support to families and friends affected by mental illness and suicide, spent the first week of August on the set of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” working to build a new, dream home for the Allen Hill Family of Ottawa, Kansas. Retired Staff Sergeant Allen Hill was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb while serving in Iraq and now lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

BringChange2Mind, a partner organization of the Karla Smith Foundation, nominated the Hill Family for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. BringChange2Mind was founded by The Fountain House in New York, the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), Children Adolescent and Bipolar Foundation (CABF), and Oscar-winning actress Glenn Close, whose sister, Jessie, has bipolar disorder. The non-profit’s mission is to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness. The show, set to air in October, will focus on Sergeant Allen Hill, his wife, Gina, and their children. In selecting the Hill Family, ABC Extreme also agreed to feature mental illness awareness in the two-hour episode.

“This week has been an outpouring of support from a local community for a very deserving family,” said Kevin Smith, Vice-President of Karla Smith Foundation, who has been in Kansas all week working as a Volunteer Lead and helped setup the Mental Health Awareness Tent. “The topic of mental illness has opened a lot of people’s eyes in this area and will touch many more across the country when the show airs.”

While SSgt. Allen Hill has recovered from the physical wounds of war, he has developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and just returned home from years-long inpatient treatment. Environmental triggers such as loud noises, crowds, dimly lit spaces and long hallways, can instigate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder episodes. The ‘extreme’ home is being built to make his treatment easier, as the home will be sound-proofed and will include a safe room for Allen to go in case of an episode. As not to trigger a PTSD episode for Allen, for the first time in the show’s eight year history, a silent revealing occurred. A crowd of several thousand people waving American flags showed their support by watching quietly for over 20 minutes as Ty Pennington welcomed the family during the famous ‘move that bus’ moment.

The Karla Smith Foundation has formed a strong relationship with SSgt. Hill and his wife Gina. Gina has become an active advocate for families whose loved ones suffer with PTSD. She is the author of an award nominated blog, has served on a media panel, and has spoken at mental health conferences and on Capitol Hill. In addition, Gina and her husband were interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show in May, 2009.

Gina will be speaking at the Karla Smith Foundation’s annual “Erase the Stigma Conference”, which will take place August 26-27, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. Gina will share her family’s hopes and struggles as she has steered her family through the maze of mental illness, treatment and recovery. Gina will address: journeying with loved ones with mental illness, family and marriage issues, and care giving as a mother of young children.

“This week a house was built with hammers, nails, sweat and tears, but a home was made with hope, grace and strength,” said Erin Hazen, a Karla Smith Foundation volunteer working in the catering tent.

The Hill Family edition of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is set to air in October, 2011 and will be a special two hour episode. You can learn more about Allen Hill and his family on the BringChange2Mind Facebook Page.

About Karla Smith Foundation

The Karla Smith Foundation offers support groups for family members of those with mental illness, support groups for families coping with suicide grief, peer-to-peer coaching, free education materials, public awareness events, a resource directory, and financial aid to family members and friends of those affected by mental illness and suicide. Since 2005, The Karla Smith Foundation has worked to combat the stigma of mental illness, and in 2009, partnered with the BringChange2Mind campaign co-founded by actress Glenn Close. For more information on the Karla Smith Foundation, visit http://www.karlasmithfoundation.org.

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e-academy Inc. Joins Forces with ISIC to Offer Microsoft Discounts to Students Worldwide

e-academy Inc. Joins Forces with ISIC to Offer Microsoft Discounts to Students Worldwide











Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) July 20, 2011

e-academy is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Association and Microsoft (MSFT). This new venture aims to provide popular Microsoft titles to students across the globe at discounts of up to 90% off retail price, via the e-academy powered ISIC WebStore. Available titles include Windows 7, Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Expression Studio 4 and more.

“Our partnership with ISIC is the perfect match for e-academy as both organizations are passionate about extending benefits and opportunities to students worldwide. The chance to provide ISIC members with the lowest possible price for essential Microsoft products is certainly an exciting and key milestone for us! We look forward to expanding our relationship with ISIC and seeing how we can help provide great value to students worldwide,” says Gustavo Sanchez, Marketing Manager at e-academy Inc.

“The cooperation with e-academy enables current and future ISIC holders to gain smooth and secure access to Microsoft’s most attractive student offers across the globe. We are pleased to see how our partnership allows students to save money and we will be working closely together on the development of more online offers on a global scale,” says Martijn van de Veen, General Manager at ISIC.

Students around the world who have an ISIC card can visit the new ISIC WebStore and get instant access to Microsoft software products via download today!

About ISIC

The ISIC card is the only internationally-recognised student ID and ISIC card holders are members of a truly global club. Every year more than 4.5 million students from 120 countries use their student card to take advantage of offers on travel, shopping, museums and more, worldwide.

About e-academy

e-academy Inc. is the global leader in software delivery solutions for the worldwide education market. Over 30,000 academic institutions trust e-academy to manage and distribute software to their students, faculty and staff. The company distributes software in over 100 countries and provides customer service in 8 languages.

With an international client base and relationships with leading software providers such as Microsoft and Adobe, e-academy is a trusted source for bridging the gap between many of the world’s largest software companies, the academic institutions as well as the end users they serve.

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Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. CEO Joins Elite Group of Leaders on Georgia Health Information Exchange (GHIE) Board of Directors

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. CEO Joins Elite Group of Leaders on Georgia Health Information Exchange (GHIE) Board of Directors












Waycross, GA (PRWEB) August 17, 2011

Paula Guy, CEO of Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. has joined an elite group of Georgia leaders on the Georgia Health Information Exchange Board of Directors. Georgia Health Information Exchange, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization charged with creating a network that will allow for the timely exchange of vital health information and accelerate the pace of health information technology development across Georgia. The creation of this statewide Health Information Exchange is expected to further the development of health technology industries in Georgia and to promote Georgia’s national position as a health technology leader.

“It is an honor to serve and collaborate with such well-respected leaders on a project that is so promising, not only to the future of Georgia’s healthcare, but also to the development of our great state,” says Ms. Guy.

Paula has 12 years of leadership experience in building telemedicine networks in the state of Georgia. She has served on the advisory board for Georgia Technology Authority, review boards for grants and has been a frequent telemedicine expert speaker and consultant. Her experience in grant writing resulted in federal grants and funding from RUS, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth and Universal Service Funding. Under her leadership the Georgia Telemedicine Program has become one of the most comprehensive, robust telemedicine programs in the nation.

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT) is the leading agency in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth. There are now over 200 partners across the state, 175 specialists and physicians providing healthcare via telemedicine.

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Richard White Joins e-academy Inc. as VP and COO

Richard White Joins e-academy Inc. as VP and COO











Ottawa, ON (Vocus/PRWEB) February 09, 2011

e-academy Inc. is pleased to welcome Richard White as our new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Richard will be responsible for managing the day to day activities of areas such as: R&D, Customer Care, IT and Operations.

On his new appointment, Richard commented, “e-academy is at the forefront of the electronic software delivery industry with an incredible penetration within the world-wide education market. The company has developed a software delivery solution that is world leading in terms of functionality and scalability. It’s a very exciting time to be joining such a recognized leader.”

e-academy’s President and CEO, Ram Raju, added, “It is a great pleasure to have Rick on board during this crucial juncture for e-academy Inc. as we expand our global footprint. Rick’s experience and leadership will be of great value as e-academy develops new products and services for the global digital content market.”

Brad Brohman, who had been carrying the COO responsibilities along with his new role as VP Marketing and Sales, added, “To have a person of Rick’s caliber join e-academy is terrific and allows the company to focus aggressively on driving forward our many marketing opportunities. I’m thrilled Rick has joined the team.”

About Richard White

Richard has more than 30 years of experience in technology companies. He was formerly CEO of Elliptic Technologies, Solidum and Accelerix and acted as contract CEO to Intelligent Photonics Control and Spectalis. Richard began his career as a semiconductor engineer during the early days of Mitel and moved on to a variety of senior management roles with NovAtel Communications, Extreme Packet Devices and Enhance Systems. He has also provided consultant services to a number of technology companies, including Seaway Networks, Wavesat and Ad Opt. Richard hold a B. Eng Electrical Engineering from Carleton University and an Executive MBA (PMD06) from Harvard.

About e-academy

e-academy Inc. is the global leader in software delivery solutions for the worldwide education market. Over 30,000 academic institutions trust e-academy to manage and distribute software to their students, faculty and staff. The company distributes software in over 100 countries and provides customer service in multiple languages.

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