Automation World Focuses on the Industrial Internet of Things

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 25, 2014

While many of the concepts, technologies and devices that comprise the Internet of Things have been in existence for some time, advancements in interoperability, cloud computing and Big Data are bringing the practical benefits into clearer focus for industrial customers. Coming this November, Summit Media Groups Automation World publishing team will produce a quarterly print supplement and companion e-book and newsletter dedicated to the topic, called The Industrial Internet of Things: Ethernet, Sensors, Control, Communication and Intelligence.

The Industrial Internet of Things print supplement will be edited for and distributed to 30,000 qualified print subscribers in industrial automation, including IT and operations professionals. An e-book edition and IIoT product newsletter will be sent to AWs full database. Content will appeal to readers from a broad range of markets including discrete, batch, and continuous process industries.

Topics to be covered include interoperability, mobility, cloud computing, Big Data, analytics, internet services, applications, software and control systems. Via feature stories and product reviews, The Industrial Internet of Things will explore wired and wireless networks, HMIs, mobile computing, sensors, instrumentation, test, measurement and other devices that can share data between the field, the factory floor and upper level management.

Comments David Greenfield, Automation World Director of Content and Editor-in-Chief, Our new Industrial Internet of Things print and digital publications will enable us to focus on some of the most exciting developments in manufacturing today. Information gathered and accessed via the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises to transform industry with optimized processes, increased efficiencies and greater innovation.

Automation Worlds November launch will feature the results of a comprehensive IIoT research study conducted with analyst firm ARC Advisory Group The study will gauge manufacturers current and future assessment of IIoT applications. Advertising space reservations for the November supplement are due October 13th. Details are available at or by calling 1-800-355-5595.

About Summit Media Group, Inc.

Chicago-based Summit Media Group, Inc. is the leading B2B media publisher for professionals in packaging and manufacturing automation. Magazines include Packaging World, Automation World, Packaging Worlds PACK EXPO Showcase, Healthcare Packaging and Contract Packaging. In addition to producing Playbooks and other digital resources, Summit also owns The Automation Conference and

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Cisco Partner and Managed IT Service Provider Brian Gifford & Associates Replaces Autotask With PROMYS PSA Business Automation Software to Support Aggressive Growth Plans

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) June 05, 2014

Promys, a leader in enterprise professional services automation software for the IT Solutions provider industry, announced that it has been awarded a contract by Brian Gifford & Associates, a quickly growing Reno Nevada based IT Solution provider specializing in Managed IT Services, Professional Services, Hardware & Software Sales and Cloud Computing. Promys PSA software was selected in order to help Brian Gifford & Associates continue to scale by providing better visibility, accountability and audit trails for the business.

Autotask was a very good solution for us over the last four years, but as we’ve grown and the business has become more complex we’ve been facing more and more sales cycle management and procurement challenges. Our technical team splits time between our various lines of business, which has made accurate financial performance reporting difficult, which is compromising my ability to make well informed growth decisions,” said Brian Gifford, CEO of Gifford Associates.

“I saw several very strong reviews of PROMYS from larger IT partners, and it’s clear that PROMYS was designed as ‘Enterprise Business software’ for more complex Professional Services organizations. In addition to the traditional PSA functionality, PROMYS is very strong in areas such as forecasting/planning, real-time project costing, equipment handling, and reporting/analytics, which is critical for our continued growth,” continued Brian.

We’ve been very successful because of our dedicated group of incredibly talented employees. What sets our employees apart from the competition is their ability to understand complex technology and communicate in a simple straight forward manner. Which is why we’re consistently recognized by clients for our ability to exceed expectations. The new HTML5 device independent version of the PROMYS business software is going to allow our employees to respond even more quickly and accurately during customer interactions, whether they’re in the office or in the field, which is exactly the kind of competitive advantage we want to leverage, added Brian.

John Breakey, founder and former CEO of Unis Lumin, a Cisco Gold Partner and current CEO of Promys agrees, The business software that got you to 10 employees, is not necessarily the solution that’s going to get you to 25, 50 or 100 employees. At some point you need to review your operational infrastructure to make sure it can take you to that next level. The Promys enterprise business software for Professional Service organizations was specifically designed for companies with multiple lines of business, where the senior management team wants full visibility into all operational aspects of the business, as well having real-time access to information that will drive future growth decisions.

Promys also offers useful tools that help businesses determine the success of their existing processes to help them manage labor utilization, like their new Labor Utilization Quick Start Guide for service managers who want to maximize services profitability and get labor utilization under control.

About Promys

Promys is currently used by some of the largest IT Solution providers in North America, the UK and Australia. PROMYS was originally developed for a Cisco Gold/Master partner in 1998 to address the fundamental problem that IT solution providers face – how to tie professional services together with complex equipment solution delivery and multi-layered post sales support.

In 2003, Promys was spun off as its own corporate entity. Promys quickly added customers in the IT solution provider, systems integrator and managed services marketplace, including one of the largest and most recognized technology solution providers in the world.

For further information on Promys, please visit or call 1-866-728-2345.

About Brian Gifford Associates

Headquartered in Reno Nevada, Brian Gifford Associates is an IT service provider specializing in Managed IT Services, Professional Services, Software and Hardware Sales and Cloud Computing.

For more information on Brian Gifford Associates, please visit or call 775.284.7100.

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X2CRM Ships Version 3.4 Open Source Sales Force & Marketing Automation System

Santa Cruz, California (PRWEB) August 22, 2013

X2Engine Inc. today announced the general availability of X2CRM version 3.4, an open source, high-performance sales force, marketing automation and service application for small businesses in both cloud and on-premise editions.

Key Features of X2CRM:

Web 2.0 Speed Optimized User Interface

Web Activity Tracker, now with Google Analytics Integration

Web and Facebook Lead Capture Form Designer

Automatic Web Form Embedding Code

Newsletter Generator

Lead Nurturing, Scoring and Intelligent Routing

Contact Activity Management

Sales Process Workflow Engine

Email Correspondence

Product and Sales Quotes

User Profile Pages and Universal Activity Streams

Custom User Role Designer

Field Security, Roles and Sales Teams

Visual No Code Form Editor for Administators

Both Cloud and On-Premise Optimized Options

Mobile Access Integration with X2Touch

Large Scale Marketing Campaign Management

Social Intranet Capability for Sales Teams

Shared Calendar and Event Information

Extreme Customization and Marketing Automation with X2Flow

X2CRM 3.4 Updates:

Improved X2Touch – iPad Compatibility and Mobile Integration

Vastly Improved Language Packs.

Updated Action History Charts – Graphic Customer Interaction

X2Flow User Interface Improvements

New Event Feed

Enhanced Server Efficiency

X2Flow: Marketing Action Event Designer

X2CRM had introduced their powerful new X2Flow module in their last release, version 3.3. X2Flow is a Marketing Automation Module which allows marketers to build automated marketing campaigns based on customer behaviors. X2CRM feel this feature is a clever and incredibly customizable business tool that places the power of X2CRM marketing and sales campaigns in the hands of their customers, allowing them to fine tune their business and harness the abilities of the X2Engine platform. X2CRM version 3.4 sees some small updates to this module, including new icons and a customizable editor window size.

Action Event History

The Action Event History Chart is a sales person’s best friend, says X2CRM. The Action History module is a clever and easy visualization of all interactions that a sales contact has been through. Like other modules in their open source CRM software, this feature is highly customizable and can be quickly and easily edited with various date and contact filters. X2CRM says this module streamlines beautifully with their phone system integration, automatically bringing up a contact’s page and action history chart whenever that contact calls. New in version 3.4 are some additional filter options as well as a visually enhanced interface.

Improved Language Support

X2CRM is a global brand, with installations for businesses in over 140 countries around the world. X2CRM is now offering improved Language Support and is currently available with translations in 15 languages, having recently added Polish to their list of integrated language options.

Updated Documentation

X2CRM is a fast moving operation, quickly and effectively responding to the suggestions and feature requests from users in their online support forum, X2Community. New and improved help screens and documentation descriptions are now available within the software as well as on

About X2Engine CRM

X2Engine, Inc. of Santa Cruz, California, was founded in 2011 by John Roberts, a SugarCRM co-founder and Customer Relationship Management software entrepreneur. The company provides sales & marketing software and cloud hosting services for X2CRM, a next generation open source, sales force and marketing automation customer relationship management system for small businesses. X2CRM has been installed on over 4,500 public and private cloud servers across 140 countries.

The Institute of Financial Operations Launches Study into Order-to-Cash Automation Trends

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 20, 2014

A new study just launched by The Institute of Financial Operations takes a broader-than-ever look at the receivables side of financial ops. The 2014 Order-to-Cash Automation Survey examines processes and automation trends of organizations in various industries, and includes separate sections for accounts receivable and for order processing.

The study is the latest in a series of research projects undertaken by the IFO to provide members and other stakeholders with vital benchmarking information. It is sponsored by Esker, a strategic partner of The Institute.

The order-to-cash cycle is often overlooked despite its potential for maximizing efficiency as well as cash, said Steve Smith, U.S. COO of Esker. The insight this study will give into organizations’ O2C processes and automation programs will have the potential for significant optimization opportunities.

In addition to a chance to win a $ 100 gift card, respondents to the survey will be eligible for a discount on IFOs annual Fusion event, taking place this year May 5 to 8 in Dallas. Fusion 2014 offers more than 130 educational sessions in 12 tracks, including enhanced educational content for accounts receivable professionals. Preliminary results of the study will be presented at Fusion. All respondents who provide contact information will receive a copy of the full report.

Click to take the 2014 Order-to-Cash Automation Survey now.

About The Institute of Financial Operations

The Institute of Financial Operations is a membership-based professional association serving the entire financial operations ecosystem, with a particular focus on the accounts payable and accounts receivable disciplines and the related fields of information management and data capture. The Institute grew out of the merger of four associations: International Accounts Payable Professionals (IAPP), International Accounts Receivable Professionals (IARP), the National Association of Purchasing and Payables (NAPP), and The Association for Work Process Improvement (TAWPI).

Based in Orlando, Fla., with affiliates in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, The Institute serves as a global voice, chief advocate, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, and principal educator for people in financial operations. The Institute has a community of nearly 70,000, which includes 9,000 members and customers, and an additional 61,000 financial operations professionals.

The Institutes members have access to benefits and leading-edge resources such as the award-winning Financial Ops magazine, a dynamic, content-rich website, educational and networking events, online educational offerings, certification and certificate programs, career resources, and volunteer opportunities.

About Esker

Esker is the worldwide leader in document process automation solutions. Addressing all types of business processes, from accounts payable and accounts receivable to sales order processing and procurement, Esker cloud computing solutions enable companies to automate the reception, processing, and sending of any business document with one platform. Esker helps more than 80,000 companies across the world to reduce the use of paper and eliminate manual processes while improving their productivity, efficiency, and environmental impact.

With 40.3 million euros in sales revenue in 2012, Esker operates in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific with global headquarters in Lyon, France, and U.S. headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, visit Follow Esker on Twitter at and join the conversation on the Esker blog at

enStratus and Opscode Announce Partnership To Extend Cloud Infrastructure Automation

Minneapolis, MN and Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 5, 2010

enStratus, a leading cloud management solution, and Opscode, developer of the popular open source systems integration framework Chef, today announced a partnership to deliver advanced cloud infrastructure automation to its customers. With this new partnership, enStratus customers will receive access to the complete Opscode Platform as part of their existing enStratus subscription.

enStratus continues to expand its cloud infrastructure automation capabilities for our customers, said George Reese, CTO for enStratus. Our customers are excited about this partnership with Opscode because it will help them meet their cloud computing objectives with a seamless, integrated solution.

Customers using the integrated solution will now have an advanced automation solution for managing virtual machines across their public and private cloud infrastructures. This includes the ability to automate the installation and configuration of packages and improve the repeatability, agility, and version-control of their infrastructure. The Opscode Platform is the worlds first hosted configuration management service that makes the popular open-source configuration management tool Chef even more powerful and easy to use.

This partnership with enStratus is another example of how the cloud infrastructure landscape is fast evolving to become both more automated and scalable for enterprise end-users, said Jesse Robbins, CEO and co-founder of Opscode. Our combined solution is a perfect fit for enterprises as they look to add automation and management controls for their public and private cloud environments and do it in a way that doesnt add another layer of complexity to their systems management framework.

The Opscode Platform is included at no extra cost for all accounts at the enStratus basic, standard or enterprise levels. Future plans for late 2010 include the ability to manage Chef recipes from within enStratus.

For more information, call +1-612-746-3091 or visit

About enStratus Networks

enStratus is a cloud infrastructure management platform for deploying and operating enterprise-class applications in public and private clouds. Based in Minneapolis, MN, enStratus supports Amazon Web Services, AT&T Synaptic Storage, Cloud Central,, EMC Atmos, Eucalyptus, Google Storage, GoGrid, OpenStack, Rackspace, ReliaCloud, ServerExpress, Terremark, VMware and Windows Azure. For more information, visit

About Opscode

Opscode provides world-class infrastructure automation for servers, datacenters, desktops, and the cloud. Opscode makes Chef, the open source configuration management and integration framework used by thousands of organizations to manage and scale infrastructure. Founded in 2008, Opscodes management team includes experts responsible for creating and operating some of the worlds largest websites and cloud computing platforms. The company is privately held and headquartered in Seattle. More information can be found at

Press Contacts:

For Opscode: Robert Nachbar, Kismet Communications, 206-427-0389, rob(at)kismetcommunications(dot)net

For enStratus: George Hadjiyanis, VP Sales and Marketin, 612-868-3727, george.hadjiyanis(at)enstratus(dot)com


VKernel Announces First-to-Market VM Automation Capabilities

Andover, MA (PRWEB) May 22, 2012

VKernel, the award-winning provider of enterprise-class performance, configuration and capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments, announced today new automation features to its vOPS Server product line that boost both efficiency and improve performance of virtualized infrastructures. VKernels vOPS Server products now feature one-click auto-deployment of capacity reservations, automated risk assessment of VM configuration modifications, and automatic rollback capabilities for unauthorized environment changes.

Virtualization Requires Automation

The sheer complexity of todays virtual environments must require some measure of controlled automation for effective management. Without automation and since virtual environments generate a number of management tasks that require data centers it would be necessary to hire additional administrators as more VMs are created to manually enact required updates and changes. With the release of vOPS Server 5.0, VKernel extends the automation capabilities found in previous versions and includes the ability to automatically deploy VMs based on capacity reservations already identified. Previous versions of vOPS Server enabled the reservation of capacity for future VM deployments. vOPS Server 5.0 now allows for these virtual machine reservations to automatically trigger virtual machines deployments – successfully closing the capacity management process loop. These capabilities can also be connected to self-service cloud portals via API to enable automated cloud VM deployment processes.

According to a Gartner Report, Virtualization is Bringing Together Performance and Configuration Management, written by Cameron Haight and Ronni J. Colville, In virtual infrastructures, configuration and performance are inextricably linked, and will require an entirely new set of interdisciplinary processes and tools to ensure that virtual infrastructures achieve the desired levels of efficiency and cost savings that are found in traditional IT infrastructures.”

Automated Risk Assessment

Automation is essential to improve virtual environment efficiency, yet it can also have a significant downside to an environments operations if not implemented and monitored correctly. Virtual environments generate hundreds to thousands of change events every day from automated processes such as VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler or Storage vMotion. What used to be a laborious and very visible change such as opening a server chassis and adding memory, or migrating data from one SAN to another, is now a nearly invisible, instantaneous task that can happen hundreds of times a day automatically. Whether it is caused by automated resource schedulers or manual operator intervention, the physical data center is literally filled with a multitude of invisible hands, silently reconfiguring the environment without leaving a physical trace.

vOPS Server 5.0 features a new Change Analyzer module that is designed to collect, analyze and archive change data and then automatically assess the risk inherent in changes to the environment. The new Change Analyzer provides the auditing, tracking and risk assessment of the invisible hands in the data center while changes are made. Alarming is also available to alert users when high risk changes occur. vOPS Server 5.0 contains the capabilities to enable safe automation of the virtual data center.

Automated Change Reversion Undoes Unauthorized Changes to the Environment

Detecting abnormal changes is critical, but rolling back the change is almost as important. If, for example, changes are made in error by an administrator or automated process, or if a change such as an automated VM migration causes a performance issue, it can be difficult to identify the offending change to enable a rollback. vOPS Server 5.0 Change Analyzer tracks changes occurring within the virtual environment and allows for querying of where, when and who made the change. For many modifications, VM administrators can roll back the offending change with the click of a button.

The VKernel products have become a staple in how we monitor and plan our global Cloud infrastructure by providing powerful tools, native integration and must-have functionality, says Brock Mowry, Hosting Director of Global Support at Venturian Hosting, a leading provider of technology and consultative services headquartered in Miami, Florida.

According to Venturian Hostings CEO, Allen Firouz, We are looking forward to the new configuration management capabilities that will be available in this latest release of VKernels vOPS Server. These new features will help save several hours each month spent on automating configuration tracking that we previously had to undertake manually.

Additional Functionality

Additional functionality in vOPS Server 5.0 includes:

Qorus and SharePoint Frontier partner to deliver document automation solutions for SharePoint in India

London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) February 20, 2013

Qorus Software, provider of document automation solutions for Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office, today announced the formation of a reseller partnership with SharePoint Frontier, a Microsoft Partner in India holding a Microsoft Gold Competency in Collaboration and Content.

SharePoint Frontier will serve as a reseller and implementation and support partner in the India for Qorus Softwares flagship product: Qorus DocGeneration, the industrys first document automation solution for SharePoint. SharePoint Frontier is a Microsoft Gold partner offering SharePoint solutions and implementation services in India.

Qorus Software has been recruiting resellers in the UK, US, India and South Africa as demand for document automation for Microsofts document management platform, SharePoint, continues to grow in those regions. A report published in July 2012 by AIIM, the global community of information professionals, highlighted predicted growth in the use of 3rd party automated document creation add-ons for SharePoint to be forecast at over 200%. Over half (54%) of companies responding to the reports survey are using or planning to use 3rd party add-on products in order to enhance SharePoint functionality.

The majority of companies weve seen have gone from a grassroots movement type of implementation for SharePoint across a patch-work of divisions to rolling it out across the business as an enterprise-wide knowledge management solution, says Ray Meiring, Managing Director of Qorus Software. As SharePoint takes on a higher profile within the enterprise and a larger percentage of the overall IT budget gets allocated towards SharePoint applications, business leaders are demanding that SharePoint deliver the promised productivity gains that result in significant cost savings. Solutions like Qorus DocGeneration are able to deliver these productivity gains by extending SharePoint functionality from content storage and content management to content creation.

The rapidly growing market for SharePoint in the South Asia / ASEAN region along with our broad range of SharePoint based Collaboration and Document Management solutions position us well in India to offer a robust Document Automation solution that can help our clients improve their productivity, accuracy of content and quality of documents, says Ranga Tiruman, Managing Director of SharePoint Frontier. Our partnership with Qorus DocGeneration will help us to provide a comprehensive Document Management and Automation solution, which will dramatically increase our clients ROI by providing a single platform for Document Automation.

SharePoint Frontiers extensive experience of over 100 SharePoint implementations coupled with their skills in delivering process automation solutions make us confident that they can successfully deliver and support our document automation solution for SharePoint in the local market, concludes Meiring.

To enquire about becoming a Qorus DocGeneration reseller or to request a demo, please contact us. Qorus Software was a co-underwriter of the AIIM Industry Report: The SharePoint Puzzle Adding the Missing Pieces.


Qorus Software is a provider of document automation solutions for Microsoft Office and SharePoint. Clients such as Vodafone, Verizon, Exeter Friendly Society and British Engines use Qorus software to significantly reduce the time and effort required to customise and generate their high value Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, such as sales proposals and presentations, financial reports, contracts, and advisory reports. Benefits include significant reductions in time and effort required to customise and generate documents, reduction in human error, adherence to corporate guidelines, and consistency in branding, style and formatting of documents.

Clients include financial services, insurance, telecommunications and IT companies in the UK, USA and South Africa. Qorus Software has offices Cape Town, South Africa and London, UK.



SharePoint Frontier, delivers quality SharePoint and other related technology implementations. We help our customers in maximizing their investment in Microsoft technologies. We know how to utilize SharePoint to its fullest potential and bring out the best for any organization.

Driven by our passion towards Microsoft technologies and as a trusted Microsoft Gold Partner, we have successfully helped many organizations capitalize on their SharePoint investment in complex business scenarios.

Combined with our Office 365 and Cloud experience, we will show you how to take advantage of Cloud Computing and help in reducing your infrastructure cost and time through Microsoft’s Office 365.


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enStratus Announces Multi-Cloud Deployment Automation for VMware Cloud Foundry

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) August 17, 2011

enStratus announced today the introduction of automation capabilities for managing the deployment of VMware Cloud FoundryTM the industrys first open platform as a service (PaaS) – into any of the 18 clouds and cloud platforms managed by the enStratus cloud infrastructure management system.

Support for Cloud Foundry comes with the latest enStratus release and builds on top of the enStratus service catalog functionality which provides customers with pre-bundled service catalog items that can immediately deploy Cloud Foundry environments with point and click ease.

With the Cloud Foundry service catalog item, enStratus will provide a management and automation system that manages VMware vSphere