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Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) Launches New Software Selection Website to Provide Information for Companies Seeking Assistance with their Software Selection Projects



Visitors can learn about best practices for software selection and assessment on TEC’s site.


Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is pleased to announce that its newly designed software selection website is now live. The new section on TEC’s website details best practices and the methodology used by TEC’s software selection experts and features case studies from companies who have successfully selected the best-fit software for their organization with TEC’s assistance.

Organizations looking to assess their current software systems or acquire a new one can read more about the programs and services TEC offers to assist them in succeeding in their IT objectives. Best practices and methodologies to help reduce the risk, costs, and time associated with selecting or assessing software have been developed by TEC’s software selection experts over the past 20 years.

The demand for assistance with a software selection or assessment project has been steadily increasing in recent years. Every year, billions of dollars are wasted on software solutions that do not effectively support an organization’s needs. Visitors can gather information and make use of the online tools and services on the TEC website, most of which are provided free of charge, and can also talk to a TEC software selection consultant for more specific questions or advice.

Lorne Goloff, vice president of TEC software selection services, says, “So many companies end up with the wrong software that we’ve created a whole range of programs based on lessons learned and best practices to help them avoid that kind of negative outcome. Our new software selection site details this information and hopefully is the starting point for organizations on the path to a successful software selection.”

TEC’s software selection and assessment programs include the following:

1)    Software Capabilities Program— delivers a clear picture of how well an organization’s software is supporting its business, and whether a new system implementation is required.

2)    Standard Evaluation Project—helps organizations define and prioritize their functional and technical requirements and compare potential solutions to see which one best supports their needs.

3)    Custom Evaluation and Selection Project—allows organizations to examine and compare software solutions at a granular level before committing to a software acquisition.

4)    Extended Evaluation and Selection Project—enables organizations to determine how well different software solutions support their requirements, including features and functions, total costs, and support system.

5)     Software Architecture Lifestyle Management—helps organizations blueprint their overall enterprise software system(s) to pinpoint gaps and redundancies and determine resource requirements to be able to take a structured approach to optimizing their overall system.

For information on TEC’s software advisory and selection services, contact +1 514-954-3665, ext. 404, or e-mail selectionservices@technologyevaluation.com.

About Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC)

Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is the world’s leading provider of software selection resources, services, and research materials, helping organizations evaluate and select the best enterprise software for their needs. With its advanced decision-making process and software selection experts, TEC reduces the time, cost, and risk associated with enterprise software selection.

Over 3.5 million subscribers leverage TEC’s extensive research and detailed information on more than 1,000 leading software solutions across all major application areas. TEC is recognized as an industry-leading software selection advisory firm offering resources and services both online and onsite. For more information, please visit http://www.technologyevaluation.com.







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QCMI Wins #1 Healthiest Companies Award Second Consecutive Year


Santee, Calif. (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (QCMI) is pleased to announce it received the 2015 #1 Healthiest Companies Award in the Small-business category (1 to 100 employees) sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal for the second consecutive year. The sixth annual awards event honored 45 companies including finalists. More than 400 guests attended the May 7 event at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa. In all 31 awards were given in each of seven categories: small company; medium company; large company, mega company, company based outside of San Diego, service provider and rising star.

QCMI qualified for the #5 position in 2013, and it made the #1 rank in 2014. For this year’s entry, QCMI launched its “12 Steps to a Healthier You” campaign. The program involved both nutritional and physical activities. Two personal trainers led group activities and completed health screenings. Other key components of its wellness program include: tobacco cessation, stress / weight management, employee assistance programs and more. QCMI promotes its programs via seven intranet TV screens, a company newsletter, signage near the time clocks, and posters in the break room positioned right over the company’s free fruit table.

In 2012 when it initiated its five day a week certified trainer, employees went through a thorough health screening evaluation and assessment. The manufacturer’s workforce was considered 50 percent obese. Last year the percentage dropped to 25 percent — this year’s winning numbers lost another 15 percent.

QCMI has achieved positive results in improving employee wellness, as well as reducing costs associated with health care and absenteeism. In addition to its day-to-day wellness initiatives for employees’ ongoing well-being, QCMI has improved its safety records. The manufacturer has seen a drop in workers comp claims — from $ 200,000 in 2011 to $ 1495 in 2012 to $ 408 in 2013 with zero dollars paid out in 2014.

According to Armon Mills, president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal, forward-thinking organizations have moved rapidly from traditional basic health care and retirement benefits to a host of inventive programs that address a holistic approach to employee wellness, satisfaction and retention. The Healthiest Companies awards program is designed to honor companies that have created new models for employee health.

“It’s a credit to our employees and their commitment to a healthy lifestyle that QCMI is once again a #1 Healthiest Small-business Company in San Diego,” Said CEO and President Bob Grande. “It’s our goal to continue to support our team with health and fitness initiatives that keep us engaged and energized. We know our wellness programs contribute to our thriving company culture.”

“Our founder Bob Grande was ahead of the current fitness curve when he purposely included an onsite state-of-the-art circuit training gym and two modern, kitchen-equipped break rooms in the purchase and renovation of QCMI’s headquarters in 2009,” said COO/CFO Rick Urban. “His foresight has made it possible for our team members to lead the region in establishing an award-winning health conscious work environment.”

For more information about QCMI call (619) 443-3997 or visit http://www.qcmfginc.com.

About Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc.

Founded in 1978, QCMI specializes in the precision machining of all metals including exotic alloys. QCMI is ISO9001/AS9100 certified, ITAR registered and Nadcap accredited for nondestructive testing. It manufactures components for the aerospace, power generation, Department of Defense (DOD), oil and gas, marine and heavy equipment industries. QCMI is authorized to operate an approved FAA repair station with the following ratings: Limited Accessory and Nondestructive Testing. In 2013 precision manufacturer QCMI received its fifth consecutive UTC Supplier Gold Award. The San Diego Business Journal named QCMI its 2014 Family Owned Business of the Year in the 51-150 employee category and its 2014 and 2015 #1 Healthiest Company in the 1-100 employee category. For more information, visit http://www.qcmfginc.com.







Stonebridge Companies Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek Hotel Announces Fantastic Group Specials to Swing into Spring


Denver, CO (PRWEB) April 09, 2015

The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Cherry Creek hotel today announced a limited time offer for groups who book their next meeting at the hotel, conveniently located in CitySet, a premier dining and entertainment venue in Cherry Creek. Groups who book and actualize sleeping rooms by June 30, 2015 will receive the following concessions, depending on the number of room nights;


    Book 10 – 19 rooms; receive Double Hilton HHonors Points
    Book 20 – 29 rooms; receive Double Hilton HHonors Points and complimentary LCD projection screen package for your in-house meeting.
    Book 30 – 39 rooms; receive Double Hilton HHonors Points, complimentary LCD projection screen package, waived meeting room rental and complimentary AM Coffee Service. Additionally, enjoy two Rockies tickets.
    Book 40 or more rooms; receive Double Hilton HHonors Points, complimentary LCD projection screen package, waived meeting room rental, complimentary AM and PM specialty break with coffee service, and a 4 pack of Rockies tickets.

The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Cherry Creek is preferred among Denver conference hotels, offering a combined 4,500 square feet of flexible event space. For more information, or to take advantage of this special offer while it is available, contact the Sales Department at 303-754-9800 or visit the hotel online at http://www.HGICherryCreek.com.

Guests at the Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek hotel enjoy the ultimate in convenience, comfort and value. Within close proximity to Downtown Denver, the Cherry Creek Mall and shopping district and a multitude of dining and entertainment options just outside the front door in CitySet, the hotel is an ideal place to stay for business and leisure travelers alike. Amenities include free high-speed Internet access, a sundry shop, on-site dining options, 24-hour business center, indoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center, free parking and much more. The Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek is proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.

Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The company’s current portfolio entails 45 hotels with over 7,000 rooms nationwide. This diverse listing of properties includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit our website at http://www.SBCOS.com.







Stonebridge Companies Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott Glenwood Springs Hotels Welcome FIS Alpine World Ski Championships


Glenwood Springs, CO (PRWEB) January 24, 2015

The Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott Glenwood Springs hotels look forward to welcoming guests to the area for the much anticipated 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, taking place in Vail and Beaver Creek February 2-15, 2015. Over 700 athletes from more than 70 nations will descend on the famous mountain area to compete in the world’s premier ski championships. Both Glenwood Springs Marriott hotels boast beautiful accommodations close to an abundance of area attractions, and are located a short drive from Vail.

The Courtyard by Marriott Glenwood Springs hotel offers guests a comfortable stay with amenities such as free high-speed wireless internet, business center, fitness center, meeting space, and in-house dining at the award-winning hotel’s restaurant, the Bistro. The hotel is conveniently located close to famous Glenwood Springs attractions such as the Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, as well as Yampah Vapor Caves. For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard Glenwood Springs hotel directly at 970-947-1300, or visit the hotel’s website at http://www.CourtyardGlenwoodSprings.com.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Glenwood Springs hotel is an extended-stay hotel and a great place to relax while visiting Glenwood Springs. The hotel is close to all the city has to offer such as the Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Sunlight Mountain Resort and other major local attractions. Guests enjoy amenities like a free hot breakfast buffet, fully equipped kitchens with a coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator, 32” HD flat-screen televisions, free high-speed Internet access, meeting spaces and much more. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 970-928-0900 or booking online at http://www.RIGlenwoodSprings.com. The Residence Inn Glenwood Springs and Courtyard by Marriott hotels are proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.

Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The company’s current portfolio entails 45 hotels with over 7,000 rooms nationwide. This diverse listing of properties includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit our website at http://www.SBCOS.com.







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Stonebridge Companies Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia Hotel Is Accepting Reservations for IMATS Show


Arcadia, CA (PRWEB) January 09, 2015

The Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia hotel looks forward to welcoming attendees of the 2015 International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, taking place January 16-18, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Located 8 miles from the convention center, guests of this Arcadia hotel enjoy an abundance of amenities and comfortable accommodations, including an on-site fitness center, sparkling outdoor pool, and free WiFi access.

Guests are encouraged to book their rooms while there is still availability by calling the hotel directly at (626) 574-6900 or by visiting the website, http://www.arcadiahgi.com.

The Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia hotel is just a short drive from some of California’s best attractions like the Rose Bowl, Santa Anita Race Park, Universal Studios, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. Guests can also enjoy close proximity to recreational activities like golf, tennis, shopping and dining. The hotel has a variety of amenities for both work and play; amenities include free high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, 24-hour business center, 1,300 sq. ft. of versatile meeting and event space, and sparkling outdoor pool with whirlpool. The Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia is proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.

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GateWay Community College’s CEI Startup Companies Now Have Access to Premier Inbound Marketing Software as part of HubSpots Jumpstart Program


Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 04, 2014

The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) has been named one of the newest affiliates of HubSpot’s “Jumpstart” program, which provides the inbound marketing and sales software at a fraction of the cost for eligible startups enrolled in (or recently graduated from) incubators and accelerators from across the country.

With more than 11,500 customers in 70 countries, HubSpot is predicated on the inbound marketing philosophy of attracting, engaging and delighting customers through the creation of valuable content. This approach helps grow businesses through qualified lead generation, which is a very appealing feature for the Phoenix-based business incubator and its Executive Director Jeff Saville.

“Inbound marketing has already been made easy through HubSpot’s software tool, and now it has been made more accessible and affordable for entrepreneurs through Jumpstart,” Saville said. “This is a tremendous resource for our clients as we continue to help them expand the promotional reach of their businesses.”

Patty Johnson, the founder and CEO of OneClickMed, is one such company enrolled as a client company of the CEI incubation program, and she is ready to see the positive changes that HubSpot can bring to her marketing efforts.

“I’m excited for HubSpot to help us with our marketing campaign. It’s very important for us to track and have analytics but most importantly for us to grow customer engagement,” Johnson said.

Eligible companies must match a set of business requirements, including membership in or recent alumni of an approved incubator or accelerator program, in order to gain access to the software at a 90% discounted rate for the first year.

HubSpot Sales Director Dan Tyre says CEI was a great fit for the program because of its excellent portfolio of startups as well as its array of valuable services and resources.

“Both HubSpot and CEI are dedicated to helping companies grow,” he said. “CEI offers a variety of essential services to companies who are innovating in biotech, healthcare, technology and manufacturing with world-class facilities, access to Maricopa Community College resources, helpful management advice and connections to the entrepreneurial community that can help young companies scale.”

Other participants of Jumpstart include Techstars, Y Combinator, and 500 Startups.

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About CEI

An initiative of the Maricopa Corporate College, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation is a community-based business incubator located on the campus of GateWay Community College in the heart of Discovery Triangle. With funding from the US Economic Development Administration, City of Phoenix and Maricopa Community Colleges, CEI provides targeted business services and proactive business support to create a systematic link between technology development, compelling markets and opportunities; entrepreneurial and managerial talent development; early stage capital sourcing; and education and training, interns, coaching and business counseling.