SEN Technologies’ Freedom Cloud Finds New Home at DataSite Boise


Boise, Idaho (PRWEB) May 08, 2014

DataSite, a world-class provider of data center colocation facilities, is pleased to announce that SEN Technologies of Boise has selected DataSite Boise as the new home base for their award-winning Freedom Cloud. As creator of the Freedom Cloud, SEN Technologies was named one of the TOP 20 Most Promising Cloud Computing Companies by CIO Review.

Simply put, the Freedom Cloud protects business servers from data loss and downtime caused by power outages, loss of internet connectivity, and hardware failure by moving technology into a state-of-the-art cloud environment. As servers age, support costs climb and a multi-office environment compounds the cost burden to the business. SEN Technologies Freedom Cloud remedies these issues by virtualizing business applications from office servers into a highly reliable data center environment, creating always available access to applications and data via a highly secure virtual desktop. This eliminates costly server and support expenses and delivers a computing platform and device agnostic that can be accessed and utilized anywhere there is internet connectivity, including smartphones and tablets.

DataSite wholesale colocation facilities provide world-class raised-floor environments to some of the largest corporate enterprises in the world. DataSite delivers a valuable package of features, including high-power density cooling solutions, enterprise-class physical security, and SSAE-16 audited environments. DataSite also offers customers the security of Single Locking Cabinets, Colocation Cages, and Private Data Center Suites to create secure and reliable locations for critical IT infrastructures.

DataSite is thrilled to be opening our new Boise facility with SEN Technologies as our key first tenant, remarked DataSite Vice President of Sales and Marketing Robert Wilson. Having an industry-leading cloud computing and managed services provider at DataSite Boise provides service options for customers seeking enhanced IT services outside of the DataSite product offering.

We are excited to move our Freedom Cloud to DataSites newest facility in Boise, said SEN Technologies Principal Joe Mikitish. They offer superior security and redundancy, which is a must for our hosted server, hosted desktop, and disaster recovery business continuity offerings. Cloud computing for business requires a top tier data center, and thats what DataSite delivers.

About SEN Technologies

SEN Technology believes that technology is supposed to be awesome. Not only can the right technology make your business perform better, but it can provide a decisive competitive advantage. SEN Technologies is operated by a team of Fortune 50 engineers, IT innovators, and all-around good guys who are experienced in taking business technology from adequate to awesome. Our staffs vast experience and array of cutting-edge tools and services are explained in common-sense language and backed by a level of client experience that will leave you wondering why you took so long to find us. For more information, please visit http://www.sentechnologies.com.

About DataSite

DataSite owns and operates secure world-class data centers that offer a unique blend of purpose-built, specially constructed facilities and expertly managed infrastructure. The company is owned by BURGES Property + Company, which operates DataSite facilities in Boise, Orlando, and Atlanta. DataSite facilities bring tech-savvy businesses affordable colocation options that meet the demanding power density and up-time requirements of the modern computing environment. DataSite’s Tier III data center designs provide completely redundant and continually operating facilities that are concurrently maintainable with zero scheduled downtime. For more information, please visit http://www.DataSiteColo.com.







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Biz2Credit Analysis of Women-Owned Companies Finds Earnings, Credit Scores, and Small Business Loan Applications Rose Dramatically in 2013


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 04, 2014

Earnings and business credit scores of women-owned companies soared in 2013, according to Biz2Credit.com, the leading online credit marketplace, which analyzed more than 10,000 applications from all across the U.S. on its platform during the past year. Average earnings for women-owned businesses rose to $ 54,114 in 2013 from $ 35,135 in 2012 — a whopping 54% jump in a year-to-year comparison. Further, the average credit score for women-owned companies rose to 610 in 2013, up from 592 in 2012.

The 600 benchmark is critical for any business seeking funding. Companies with credit scores under 600 find it next to impossible to secure bank loans and often resort to borrowing money from higher cost sources of capital, such as alternative lenders, said Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, who oversaw the research. While the average credit score for women-owned businesses was 14 points lower than for male-owned companies, the gap has closed; in 2012, the difference was 40 points.

The Biz2Credit report also found that twice as many women-owned businesses sought funding than they did in 2012. Overall, they raised $ 55 million with an average loan size of $ 85,000. Additionally, women are applying for loans after slightly more than two years in business (27 months), rather than 40 months in business, which was the case in 2012.

This demonstrates a growth in confidence and a desire for company expansion, Arora, one of the nations leading experts in small business lending, added. It is further evidence of the economys slow, but steady, rebound from the Great Recession. Companies do not borrow money unless they anticipate that they will have the ability to pay it back.

Key findings:


Twice as many women-owned businesses applied for credit in 2013 than they did in 2012.
Women-owned companies are applying for credit at an earlier stage in their life cycle.
The average credit score for women-owned companies rose to 610 in 2013 from 592 in 2012.
Average earnings for women-owned businesses rose to $ 54,114 in 2013 from $ 35,135 in 2012, a stunning 54% increase in a year-to-year comparison.

“These figures reflect confidence in the ability of women-owned businesses to pay back loans. Accordingly, the quality of companies applying for funding has improved as credit scores for female-owned companies rose to 610 from 592, said Arora. “Having a credit score below 600 is a critical for any business seeking.”

Women-owned vs. Male-owned Businesses:

Women to Men Ratio: 27% vs. 73% registrations on Biz2Credit.com in 2013.
Average Annual Revenue: Average revenue for women-owned businesses ($ 54,114) was $ 24,617 lower than the annual revenue of male-owned companies ($ 78,731) in 2013.
Average Operating Expenses: Women-owned businesses tended to have average operating expenses. Expenses were 41% of earnings for women-owned businesses; 38% for male-owned companies.
Average Credit Score: On an average, the credit scores for women-owned businesses (610) were 20 points lower than for male-owned companies (630). The difference was 40 points in 2012.
Average Age of Business (in months): 27 vs. 31 (the age of businesses applying for loans was lower for women-owned businesses).

Biz2Credit cited the following causes for the improvement of the fortunes of women entrepreneurs:

1. Education is making a difference. More women are enrolled and completing their college degrees at this point. Eventually this fact is showing up in the economy.

2. The U.S. is now a knowledge-based economy that takes advantage of technology. Women can work from home, take care of the family, and work on a laptop or, increasingly, a smart phone.

3. Women-owned businesses have become more competitive, more efficient, and more cost effective than ever before. For instance, the retail industry has changed. Traffic is built via social media as consumers check profiles, reviews and comments about businesses.

4. The rise of digital and social media has significantly reduced marketing costs. Companies can engage in mobile advertising and social media outreach, instead of spending a fortune on TV advertising. New tools in the marketing tool kit, and they are cheaper forms are more effective in reaching target audiences.

5. Online lending portals have incorporated lenders eager for the high yields that small business lending can produce while also lowering the cost of capital. Business owners shop for lower interest rates and faster loan approvals just as consumers comparison-shop online for deals from retailers. Entrepreneurs have taken to the web in order to find start-up loans, expansion loans, lines of credit and other types of financing.

6. New entrants, such as institutional investors, in the small business lending marketplace, and the aggressiveness of small banks in making SBA loans, have greatly benefitted small business borrowers. Interest rates, particularly among cash advance companies, dropped between 5-6% in 2013 primarily due to competition in the marketplace.

7. Overall startup costs of all types of businesses have gone down. Cloud computers have replaced big servers, and companies dont need big offices as many employees conduct business from home on their laptops, tablets and smart phones. The business world has gone virtual, which saves money for women who have entered high margin consulting businesses, such as p.r., social media marketing, etc.

The small business loan approval rate for women-owned companies was 31% in 2013, compared to the 2012 rate of 26%. However, the funding success rate of female-operated firms remains 8% lower than they are for male-owned companies (39%). Part of this can be attributed to large banks that are still relatively unwilling to fund firms that have been in operation for less than two years.

Women-owned businesses have been able to secure funding from non-bank lenders, which are more willing to lend to younger businesses than big banks are. The catch is that they usually charge higher interest rates, Arora explained. I expect that this scenario will correct itself as women-owned companies mature and expand. As female entrepreneurs gain experience, the gap should continue to close.

Overall, the gaps are narrowing. This report shows that clearly women are doing better. Education is making a difference as more men than women are enrolled in and graduating from college, Arora continued. Women are entering low investment, higher margin businesses, such as interior design, consulting, eLearning, social media and even cupcake businesses. Technology is helping them cut operating, marketing and financial costs.

On Thursday, March 6th, Biz2Credit will host a webinar, The Venus and Mars of Small Business Finance, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET, during which entrepreneurs can ask advice of small business experts. The webinar will be hosted by veteran female entrepreneur and small business expert Anita Campbell, founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and feature Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, who will examine small business lending programs for women entrepreneurs and sources of funding in a still tight credit marketplace; Lisa Cook, a former member of the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers, who will examine the overall impact of small business on the U.S. economy; and John Meyer, Director of Education for The Company Corporation, who will talk about the importance of choosing the right business structure, differences between forming a corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp) and an LLC, and some of the tax implications of each business format. Click here to register.

About Biz2Credit

Founded in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged more than $ 1 billion in small business funding throughout the U.S. and is widely recognized as the #1 online cre

New Study Finds Online Collaboration Tools Reduce Administrative Work for Physical Therapists and Other Medical Providers


Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

A new case study by online collaboration provider BizAnytime demonstrates the value of a comprehensive communications suite in improving communications and efficiencies for physical therapy offices. The case study outlines the benefits of incorporating BizAnytime’s exclusive array of communication and collaboration tools in the clinical setting. By creating a shared online environment for practices that includes workspaces, file sharing and instant chat capability, BizAnytime was able to provide new avenues for rapid communication and cooperation in this fast-paced working environment. The entire case study can be viewed online at http://www.bizanytime.com/desert-palms-physical-therapy.

Desert Palms Physical Therapy provides active and passive treatments to help patients recover from a wide range of injuries and conditions. Because therapists spend the bulk of their time working directly with patients, it was critical to find new and innovative ways to increase communication among staff members and patients to promote healing, reduce duplicated effort and enhance efficiency throughout the facility. To complicate matters further, the center partners with and refers patients to a second office location, introducing additional communication challenges. The end result of these complexities was a breakdown in communication among staff members and a failure to respond immediately to patient inquiries and concerns within the clinical environment.

The founder of Desert Palms Physical Therapy, Bruce A. Franke, Jr., PT, MSc., OCS, MTC and FAAOMPT had read about BizAnytime and its exclusive portfolio of cloud-based collaboration and communications tools. Franke contacted BizAnytime to arrange for a free trial for his clinic. By setting up workspaces for each of his therapists, Franke was able to provide a greater degree of organization and to facilitate communication between therapists within the clinic. Instant chat functions ensured that workloads could be distributed and managed more efficiently in the working environment.

Since implementing BizAnytime weve seen the time the staff spends on sending communications and questions between offices decrease by at least 30 percent said Franke.

The successful implementation described in the case study is not an isolated case. BizAnytime helps virtually any type of small business achieve improved communications and increased collaboration to boost productivity in the workplace. Shared workspaces and advanced social media integration allow staff members to communicate quickly and effectively with each other and with clients through BizAnytime’s secure cloud interface. Priced at only $ 10/month, BizAnytime reduces overall office expenses..

About BizAnytime:

The BizAnytime cloud-based collaboration system provides advanced tools for project management and cooperation among colleagues, clients and vendors. The company offers a range of services that include the following:


Shared workspaces
Project and task management tools
Ongoing discussion feeds
Chat programs
File storage and sharing functions
Document and project collaboration
Video conferencing tools

Prices start at $ 10 per month for this advanced suite of cloud computing services.







Most Cloud Servers Not Adequately Secured According to New Research

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 23, 2012

According to a survey released today by CloudPassage, many IT professionals are not taking the necessary steps to effectively secure their cloud servers. Nearly 20 percent of respondents do not secure their cloud servers, while 21.3 percent use a manual process prone to errors, the new research revealed. Another 31.2 percent reported they rely on their cloud infrastructure provider to protect their servers.

With more companies leveraging the public cloud, security is the make-or-break issue for widespread adoption, said Carson Sweet, CEO of CloudPassage. In the cloud, companies share responsibility for securing their servers with the providers. They can not afford to be exposed, but legacy security tools dont work in the cloud, and manual server security management cant scale.

Nearly 40 percent of companies that do not presently have servers hosted in the public cloud said they intend to have one or more within the next 12 months. However, security continues to be one of the largest barriers to public cloud adoption, and the types of concerns vary greatly. CloudPassage found the top security concern is the lack of perimeter defenses and/or network control, an issue that was cited by nearly half of respondents. The multi-tenancy of cloud infrastructure ranked second (39 percent), followed by provider access to guest servers (24 percent), achieving compliance with PCI or other standards (26 percent) and enterprise security tools that dont work in the cloud (22 percent).

Although cloud security concerns are shared across the enterprise, the survey found IT managers are primarily (63 percent) responsible for raising these issues within their organization. Interestingly, Chief Security Officers and executive management tied for a distant second, with each named by 27 percent of survey participants.

Overwhelmingly, the research promised growth in the coming year for public cloud providers. In response to a question about how many of their servers are hosted with public cloud providers today compared to how many they expect to be hosted in the cloud one year from now, respondents across the board expected an increase.

IT organizations are quickly learning that legacy enterprise security tools cannot be shoehorned to fit the dynamic nature of cloud hosting, added Sweet. Were already seeing a big trend in companies opting for purpose-built cloud security solutions to ensure cloud server survivability in a variety of environments.

CloudPassage conducted the state of cloud security survey in December 2011. The pool of 164 respondents is comprised of IT professionals working in the United States. The majority of respondents have between one and 500 Linux or Windows servers running in their data center, public or private cloud environments.

The full survey results can be viewed online at https://community.cloudpassage.com/easyblog/entry/articles-howtos/cloud-security-survey

About CloudPassage

CloudPassage is the leading cloud server security provider, and creator of Halo, the industry’s first and only security and compliance platform, purpose-built for elastic cloud environments. Halo supports cloud server bursting, cloning, and migration and operates across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. Industry leading companies like Foursquare, StrongMail and ExoIS trust Halo to seamlessly manage their server security configuration, host-based firewalls, intrusion detection, and server account auditing from one system. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., CloudPassage is backed by Benchmark Capital. Gartner, Inc. named CloudPassage one of four “Cool Vendors in Cloud Security Services, 2011.” For more information, please visit: http://www.CloudPassage.com.

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