AmeriQuest Symposium Inspires Business Leaders to Embrace New Ways of Thinking

CHERRY HILL, NJ (PRWEB) March 12, 2014

The 2014 AmeriQuest Symposium brought together nearly 300 executives from around the country for two days of thought-provoking sessions covering topics including innovation, technology, generational strengths, cybersecurity, and the economy. This years Symposium was transformational for attendees, as it brought together a powerful lineup of visionaries to challenge and explore the most pressing topics facing business today,” said Kate Freer, AmeriQuest Business Services Vice President of Marketing.

The Symposium, which took place in February at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, opened with a keynote address by well-known futurist Jim Carroll, who gave a frank assessment of where technology is taking the world. Change is happening faster than ever before, he said, noting that successful companies will be those that define themselves by agility and the willingness to change. He was followed on the podium by Theresa Payton, a former White House CIO and respected cybersecurity expert. Your business is going to get hacked, she bluntly told the audience. Companies which have a detailed plan in place for dealing with that reality are those which will be the most successful.

One of the most well-received presenters was Curt Steinhorst, a 30-year-old communications expert on the topic of intergenerational differences and the misunderstandings that have arisen among the groups of employees known as Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers. In a humorous way, he described each group and their attributes to show that recognizing and accepting the differences can lead to a more productive workplace. Later in the day, Dr. Martin Regalia, Senior Vice President for Economic and Tax Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spoke of the positive trajectory of the economy and urged businesses to examine closely their hiring and expansion plans.

At the end of the first day, Marshall Doney, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of AAA, tackled the issue of connectivity as it applies to the connected car, which has already begun to exist through the use of GPS, internal diagnostics and Internet connections. The connected car is actually the logical extension of the smartphone, he said.

The second day opened with renowned business advisor Ram Charan, who spoke on the future of business in a global and connected economy. The old business models that companies built upon are gone, he told the audience. He listed things a company must master to be truly digital, including digitization; mobile technology; analytics/algorithms; sensors which allow for machine-to-machine learning: and the use of cloud computing. His session was followed by Brian Cota, Vice President of Sales for Daimler Trucks North America, who spoke about the future of truck technology, including electronic logging devices and engine telematics and other advancements in the works for the transportation industry.

Next up was the AmeriQuest Industry Panel, made up of professionals with various perspectives who discussed the transportation issues they are tackling today. It was led by Terry Young, President of Advantage Truck Leasing.

The most emotionally riveting speaker at the event closed the morning session. Marcus Luttrell, the author of the best-selling book Lone Survivor and the person portrayed in the current hit movie by actor Mark Wahlberg transfixed the audience as he related his youth, wanting to become a Navy SEAL, and the horrific story of the mission he undertook with his team in the mountains of Afghanistan.

The 2014 Symposium also marked the first meeting of the Corcentric Users Group, where COR360 accounts payable automation customers gathered to share best practices, challenges, and solutions. Rob DeVincent, Vice President of Product Marketing for Corcentric, presented a product roadmap, including enhancements and release dates, as well as a host of best practices.

About AmeriQuest Business Services, Inc.

AmeriQuest is a business process outsourcing company (BPO), serving more than 1,500 customers throughout North America. Combining unmatched expertise, comprehensive services in the procurement, managed services, and financial supply chain functions, AmeriQuest Business Services helps customers move forward in every part of their business. For more information on AmeriQuest, visit or call (856) 382-4713.

VMware Joins Worlds Alliance Leaders As Newest ASAP Global Member

Canton, Mass. (PRWEB) August 13, 2012

The Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP), the worlds leading professional association dedicated to the practice of alliance management, today announced that VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, has become a Global Member of the association.

VMware led the server virtualization revolution and helped shape how the IT industry evolved through the years, and today the company is playing a key role in determining where the industry is headed with the software-defined datacenter, the architecture for the cloud. Its proficiency in strategic alliances has been critical in its rapid ascent to a leadership position in the enterprise technology world since its founding in 1998. The company leverages more than 50,000 technology, reseller and service provider partners to achieve core strategic objectives such as revenue growth, product roadmap development and increased efficiency.

Alliances have been embedded into IT business models and culture for many years, and with cloud technologies becoming increasingly woven into the industrys fabric, alliances are more critical than ever. VMware will be able to network with several leading Individual and Corporate ASAP members from the tech industry to exchange knowledge about how to continually advance their alliances to meet the ever-changing dynamics of IT. Moreover, it will be able to equip personnel with alliance management responsibilities with the skills, tools, processes and methodologies to expertly plan and execute strategic partnerships.

Cloud computing represents a significant shift in how customers consume and manage IT resources, and through our alliances partners, we have been able to deliver customers tools to enable them to transform their IT infrastructure, said Toni Adams, vice president of global channel and alliance marketing, at VMware. Alliances have always been core to our success, and we aim to utilize ASAP to maintain the very high level of strategic partnership expertise that has helped make us a leader in the tech industry today.

As a Global Member, VMware will have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions within ASAP to help evolve the professions methods and thinking, and lend its considerable knowledge to the associations membership. The company will also be eligible to allocate a percentage of the total individual memberships that are offered with its Global Membership to employees from its partner organizations. By allowing its partners to experience ASAP benefits, VMware is providing its allies the tools, methodologies, and resources they need to optimize their alliances and hopefully serve as better partners. Moreover, VMware joins a select group of fellow Global Members, which includes several other technology pioneers that, like VMware, have utilized alliance management principles effectively and innovatively to become leaders in the corporate world.

ASAP has always led the charge in gathering the best-of-the-best in alliance management together to advance the discipline, said Art Canter, president and CEO of ASAP. We are thrilled to welcome VMware, another alliance management leader and partner of choice in IT, to our community.

About ASAP

The Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) is the only professional association dedicated to elevating and promoting the profession of alliance management. Founded in 1998, the organization provides professional development, networking and resources for cultivating the skills and toolsets needed to manage successful business partnerships. Active global members include Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, CA, Capgemini, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Eli Lilly and Company, IBM, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Motorola, Novartis, Quintiles, USAA, Sanofi, SAS, Schneider Electric, Symantec, VMware and Xerox. A complete list of global members is available at

ASAP Media, the media and publishing arm of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, is an alliance of ASAP and JW DeWitt Business Communications. For more information, visit and

VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word partner or partnership does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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Life Science Leaders Discuss External Supply, Pharmaceutical Serialization and Global Track and Trace Solutions at TraceLink Supply Network NEXUS 12

Woburn, MA (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

TraceLink Inc., helping businesses securely supply every global market opportunity on-time and in-full with the TraceLink Business Cloud, today announced Supply Network NEXUS 12. NEXUS 12, being held on September 19th, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick NJ, gathers Life Science business and technical leaders to discuss solutions for pharmaceutical serialization and traceability preparedness, external supply management, outsourced production quality oversight and more.

For more information or to register for NEXUS 12, visit

NEXUS 12 combines presentations, panel discussions, peer networking and hands-on demos to generate new ideas for improving performance, reducing risk and ensuring compliance across global pharmaceutical supply, production and distribution operations. Sessions on the agenda include:

Industry leaders recently announced how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can speed up business growth by adopting cloud computing

UK – (PRWEB UK) 17 April 2013

London: Change is a given in business. The industrial revolution was world-changing, but business has now moved into a new revolution where innovation and adding value wins. Small and medium sized businesses are flexible, providing an advantage over large businesses to be at the forefront of emerging technologies and ways of doing business.

If organisations dont change, they stagnate at best, Karen Callaghan, people director at Innocent Drinks.

Forrester forecasts that the global market for cloud computing will grow from $ 40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $ 241 billion in 2020.

Australias largest accounting software provider, MYOB recently conducted a study of over 1,000 SMEs which demonstrates that small to medium-sized business operators who embrace cloud computing and business websites were twice as likely to enjoy rising revenue than others in the past 12 months.

While cost may be perceived as the primary reason for SMEs to outsource its IT, many mid-market organizations continue to view cloud computing as a way to transform processes and gain access to best-practice knowledge. Cloud computing has proven its capabilities in providing added value to SMEs, these can be categorised into four distinct areas:

(The below information was sourced from e-Skills for Cloud Computing, Cyber-security and Green IT: A call for action!)

Business revenue and growth

Cloud services allow the business to focus on business because the enterprise can now reduce the need to provide low-business value via high-cost labour to support commodity IT services. Medium-sized businesses can also reduce the amount of money spent on non-differentiated services and can allocate resources to value creating activities. Finally, cloud solutions provide a platform for collaboration that eventually accelerates time to value and reduce time to start up and complete projects.

Agility and flexibility

Cloud services provide greater flexibility on architecture and sourcing options and can be scaled up and down as needed, which then maximises efficiency and adds additional capacity when needed. The introduction of cloud solutions that integrate suppliers and customers in core business processes in real time also means that the boundaries between the companies and the vendors and customers are blurring. The social enterprise is therefore another perspective related to the agile and flexible company using cloud solutions.

Cost reduction

Cost reduction is specifically related to reduced energy consumption and a more general shift from capital expenditure to operational expenditure. Cost reduction can also have a perspective related to employment because cloud provides the option of simplifying IT management.


Business value is also related to innovation. Cloud computing means that SMEs avoid the need to handle time-consuming upgrades in-house, as users outsource the operation and maintenance of software and as upgrades take place automatically, the need for redesign of datacentres or IT upgrades is decreasing. Therefore, ICT practitioners can potentially focus on deploying applications or delivering new projects that drive business benefits and innovation. Employees and managers can now conduct all types of business from wherever they choose, and this leads to a stronger emphasis on a service delivery approach to IT. Consequently, cloud solutions must be flexible and rely on service delivery. This way of creating business value means that ICT departments need to focus on the core business and not just the supporting processes. It also means that ICT practitioners will have a direct impact on business through orchestrating, aggregating and delivering services when and where they are needed.


PCI Compliance Leaders Team Up to Deliver Industrys First End-to-End Solution

Plano, TX (PRWEB) February 13, 2013

PCI compliance for merchants is now simpler and less costly with the recent launch of an innovative cloud-based solution for securely accepting and transmitting payment card information during online purchase transactions. Layered Tech, a global provider of secure and compliant managed hosting and cloud services, and PayPlum, a creator of products and services to protect and secure sensitive consumer data, have joined forces to implement a genuinely end-to-end solution that enables merchants to securely and compliantly accept sensitive cardholder data while still delivering a high quality branded online experience.

Unlike conventional PCI compliance solutions, PayPlums patent pending payment acceptance software safeguards cardholder data from the very beginning of an online payment transaction: the serving of the card data input form. Rather than the merchant delivering blank payment forms from its own servers and bearing the risks of those forms being hacked, in the PayPlum solution the merchant serves only the non-sensitive, branded parts of the payment page while the card data input form itself is simultaneously served from PayPlums secure PCI-compliant private cloud.

In addition to managing all the security and compliance challenges of serving payment forms and accepting sensitive data, the PayPlum Enterprise PCI cloud also implements the secure transfer of transaction data to the merchants chosen payment gateway. In this solution sensitive cardholder data never touches the merchants servers, payments forms, or network, thereby taking them completely out of the scope of PCI compliance and dramatically reducing the associated costs and risks.

Layered Tech hosts the PayPlum private cloud in its PCI-compliant data centers and provides comprehensive management of the cloud to ensure continuous 100% compliance with PCI DSS requirements. As a long-time leader in PCI-compliant hosting and cloud services, Layered Tech was the logical choice to host and manage PayPlums groundbreaking compliance solution.

Security and compliance are the two most important needs we have today, said PayPlum Co-Founder and CEO Greg McGraw. Layered Techs versatile private cloud offerings, managed compliance services, and commitment to securing data in the most comprehensive and cost-effective way for business clients made them the clear choice for hosting the PayPlum Enterprise PCI compliance cloud.

Were excited to be part of this innovative solution to the daunting security and compliance issues faced by todays merchants, said Nate Brancato, Layered Techs Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With the PayPlum solution powered by Layered Tech, merchants can completely offload the PCI compliance burden for online payment acceptance, freeing them to focus on delivering great products and services.

InTown Suites, the leader in extended stay living, is one of the first merchants to benefit from the new PCI compliance solution from PayPlum and Layered Tech. Online payment is an important amenity for our guests, said InTown Suites CIO Stephen Bell. However, developing the systems required to ensure PCI compliance is not feasible internally. The solution provided by PayPlum and Layered Tech will help us implement online payment quickly and efficiently, and guarantee that our payment processing meets PCI requirements.

About Layered Tech

Layered Technologies (Layered Tech), a leading global provider of compliant and secure cloud and hosting services, offers PCI-, HIPAA- and FISMA-compliant hosting solutions, managed dedicated hosting and cloud computing services, including Compliance Guaranteed, which ensures that all Layered Tech compliance services are guaranteed to pass 100 percent of every IT audit or assessment. By providing high-quality technology, infrastructure and support, Layered Tech enables clients to eliminate capital expenses and save on operating costs so they can focus on core initiatives. Layered Techs scalable infrastructure powers millions of sites and Internet-enabled applications, including e-commerce and SaaS. Clients include federal, state and local government agencies; large enterprises with advanced data security, compliance and uptime requirements; and leading-edge Web 2.0 startups. For more information, visit

About PayPlum

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, PayPlum has been creating innovative products and services exclusively to protect and secure sensitive consumer data while allowing merchants to maintain full control over their brand and technology infrastructure. PayPlums exceptional team of experts is dedicated to helping enterprise companies dramatically reduce the scope and costs associated with PCI compliance mandates through effective network segmentation and isolation of all online and mobile touch points that handle sensitive cardholder data. PayPlums entire suite of secure middleware software is PCI PA DSS Version 2.0 validated by industry leading qualified security assessor, Coalfire Systems, Inc. For more information please see


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Joe Imperato Jr. Lauded as One of NJs Top Thought Leaders by Commerce Magazine

Pomona, New York (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

The CIANJs Commerce Magazines Summer 2012 issue highlighted Joe Imperato Jr. in its first Best Practices Guide and nominated him as one of New Jerseys Top Thought Leaders along with other innovative business icons, including: 7-Elevens President, Joseph DePinto; Samuel Adams Founder and CEO, Jim Koch; and former U.S. Secretary of State, General Colin Powell. XSolutions Consulting Services LLC has served the New York/New Jersey region since 1999 and is a member of various business organizations, particularly the CIANJ in New Jersey, where Joe Jr. has served on its Technology Roundtable during the last few years. The best practice article underscores XSolutions commitment to customer service through its 24/7/365 monitoring of client servers and workstations and proactive resolution of issues before they affect customer operations.

Clients heavily depend on their computer systems to support their customers and make a profit, says Joseph Imperato Sr., Managing Partner at XSolutions. Systems suddenly going down even for a short period of time can prove disastrous in todays challenging, fast-paced business environment. Constant monitoring and proactive, scheduled maintenance are the keys to reducing computer down-time while increasing productivity and reducing costs.

About XSolutions Consulting Services LLC

XSolutions is a full service IT Company located in Rockland County, New York specializing in providing Managed IT Services, Web Design and Custom Software Development. XSolutions has extensive experience in the installation and maintenance of Microsoft products such as MS Server, MS Small Business Server, and MS Office products. Through their partnership with Microsoft, XSolutions is able to bring clients the latest in high-value software to help them compete in a constantly changing business environment. XSolutions’ range of services include Managed IT Services, Web Design and Hosting, Cloud and Hosted Services, Microsoft SharePoint installations, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Custom Software Development, and general IT Consulting. XSolutions also issues an informative newsletter, The Letter X, providing feature articles addressing current computing issues. For more information visit or call 845-362-9675.

miiCard Puts Identity Back In Consumers Hands And Joins Digital Leaders To Promote Online Trust Across Europe

Edinburgh, UK (PRWEB) September 20, 2012

Trust in Digital Life (TDL), a powerful consortium of leading ICT companies, today recognised miiCards position and reputation in the online identity verification market by inviting CEO, James Varga, to join its board.

The announcement also coincides with news that miiCard is extending its service to support internet users in Ireland and France with plans to enter further European territories throughout this year. miiCard is already active in the UK, USA, Canada, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

miiCard (My Internet Identity) creates trust on the web by verifying identity purely online and in real-time to the same level as a drivers licence, passport or photo ID works offline. Todays news clearly signals TDLs recognition of the value and opportunity miiCard brings to the internet by enabling this high level of trust on a global scale and for the first time.

By putting the individual in control of their digital identity, miiCard gives its members a safe and secure way to establish a high level of trust upfront and completely online. This enables them to do more across a range of sites and services from finance and ecommerce to dating and social networking. Working with TDL enables miiCard to contribute and collaborate on new trustworthy ICT products and services that benefit individuals and businesses.

TDL, founded by Nokia, Gemalto, Philips, Microsoft is formed by leading digital industry players and academic institutes, has been established to address the challenges of establishing online trust as a high priority. Trust has consistently been identified by organisations and industry leaders as one of the major enablers of digital life: conversely, the absence of trust can act as a showstopper to productive interaction and business online. TDL currently has 27 invited members from industry and academia, working together for a secure digital future.

James Varga, CEO of miiCard explains: Through active involvement and engagement with the TDL community, I hope that miiCard can encourage and facilitate the widespread adoption of trusted ICT solutions and work towards a trustworthy framework for internet.

The online world is a global community so its vital that we work together with other players all around the world through groups like TDL to develop trusted and user centric solutions that help realise the full potential of the internet for individuals and organisations alike.

Executive director at Trust in Digital Life, Arthur Leijtens, adds: miiCard and the members of TDL share a common goal and are proactive in promoting trustworthy ICT solutions for safe, secure and productive digital lives for citizens, governments and organisations. The input of miiCard will be invaluable in helping our members to produce new, innovative and unique ideas and we welcome James to the board.

About miiCard:

miiCard (My Internet Identity) is a global online identity verification service that allows a consumer to prove for the first time that I am who I say I am purely online and in real-time, to an Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer standard, without the need for a physical ID check.

For consumers, miiCard is used to build trust on social networks, trade and transact with more convenience and confidence, and proactively manage their online identity. Vendors accepting miiCard as proof of online identity stand to benefit from increased conversions, reduced cost of execution and additional fraud and identity theft protection.

miiCard currently supports the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Watch the tour video and see how miiCard creates trust online.

About Trust in Digital Life Consortium:

The Trust in Digital Life community, formed by leading industry partners and institutes, has taken up the central challenge of trust as a priority number one item. We see this as a pre-requisite, something people can count on by default. Trustworthy ICT solutions must become a commodity enforced by citizens and law.

Trust has consistently been identified by organisations and industry leaders as one of the major enablers of digital life, the lack of which could be a showstopper. Ensuring trust in the future digital life with the advancement of cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) leads us to more ICT adoption and achievement of technological and scientific excellence as well as enabling business and prosperity globally.

From a business perspective, taking into account that Trust in Digital Life community represents a substantial part of industry players in this field, we believe that we can influence the take up rate of trustworthy ICT to raise awareness among citizens and enterprises.

Currently TDL is counting 27 members from industry and academia, working together for secure digital future and the community is growing steadily. Organisations with relevant expertise are invited to join TDL, TDL Membership application can be found here.

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