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When talking to clients about their business goals, most business executives are pretty clear as to what they want to accomplish, such as reducing customer churn or reducing inventory costs or improving quality of care or improving product line profitability. But these “one dimensional” business initiatives really don’t push the organization’s innovative thinking. For example, I can easily reduce marketing costs if I significantly reduce advertising and promotional spending. Or I can easily improve product line profitability by cutting all marketing and advertising spending and laying off anyone not directly related to manufacturing and sell products. Where organizations need to get innovative is when the business initiative has more than one dimension or condition, for example: Reduce customer churn while reducing customer service costs, or Reduce inventory costs w... (more)

Online Automotive Authority Upgrades to BEA to Meet Scalability and Integration Demands and Provide Architecture for Business Ex

Edmunds.com, the Web's leading consumer resource for unbiased automotive information, has selected the BEA WebLogic Enterprise PlatformTM as the foundation for its new architecture after conducting a thorough review of Java-based application server platforms. Edmunds.com provides consumers with True Market Value® pricing tools, insurance and financing resources, vehicle reviews and comparisons, warranty and performance information, and access to new and used car buyers and sellers. True to its independent and unbiased spirit, Edmunds.com had been running for years on a hybrid application server platform. However, with more than 200,000 visitors daily, and new business partnerships lined up with many of the country's most respected media companies, Edmunds.com decided the time was right to find the most robust, scalable, extensible platform on the market. "After lo... (more)

Norauto Selects Manhattan Associates' Integrated Logistics Solutions(TM)

PARIS, LONDON and ATLANTA, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Manhattan Associates(R), Inc. , the global leader in providing supply chain execution and optimisation solutions, today announced that Norauto, the automotive products and services specialist, has chosen the Warehouse Management and Performance Management components of Manhattan Associates' Integrated Logistics Solutions(TM) to improve the efficiency of its supply chain and to support the strong international growth the business is experiencing. Norauto's three warehouses in France, and a fourth in Spain, supply goods to more than 350 'auto centres' located throughout Europe and South America. A fifth warehouse in Poland will become operational later this year. To support this expansion and to bring the company's ageing business systems up to date, Norauto launched a complete re-organisation of its IT infr... (more)

Toyota & Microsoft Team on Azure

Toyota is going to use Microsoft's Azure cloud to deliver price-conscious energy management services to its electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles next year. Microsoft and Toyota are supposed to stick $12 million in Toyota Media Services to develop diagnostic and GPS data for cars à la GM's OnStar widgetry, developing a whole global cloud platform for "telematics" by 2015. Toyota means to open the platform to other carmakers. ... (more)

2013 International CES Exhibitor Profiles: A through M

The 2013 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology event, takes place January 8 - 11, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the LVH, and The Venetian. Listed below are CES 2013 exhibitor profiles (A through M). Links to important information: 2013 International CES Press Kit CES Exhibitor News: http://www.cesweb.org/News/Exhibitor-Releases.aspx Follow the International CES on twitter: @intlCES Follow breaking CES Exhibitor News on twitter: [email protected] Download the CES Mobile App: http://app.core-apps.com/2013ces Exhibitor Press Kits (A through M): bēm wireless; Behringer; Canonical / Ubuntu; Canopy; CSR; Dacor; Directed; Electric Friends; Genesis Advanced Technologies, Inc.; Haier; Jasco Products; Liberty-ivoke; Liquid Image Co, LLC; Mad Catz Interactive; MEMS Industry Group; Motorheadphones.     Company: 30 DAY WIPES Booth: 70006 Web: www.30day... (more)

Photetica® Will do to the Medical Industry What Elon Musk and Tesla (TSLA) Did to the Automotive Industry

Bee Cave, TX, June 12, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Click to watch breaking news video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AkDI0UO2R4 Photetica® Will Do To The Medical Industry What Elon Musk And Tesla (TSLA) Did To The Automotive Industry! “When Elon Musk, a man with no experience in the automotive industry, launched Tesla many people thought that he was crazy, especially industry executives in Detroit. But Elon Musk really didn’t care what his critics thought he made a decision to change the automobile industry and he did just that. "That’s what we’ll do to the medical industry; we will sell direct to customers using DRTV, direct mail, the Internet, and Home Shopping in Europe, North, Central and South America, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand . We won’t bill insurance companies or the government for reimbursement; that takes 80 percent of your time for 20 pe... (more)

Governments Waltzing on OSS, Trusting Your Search Engine for Privacy, GPL Houses and Apache Cars

…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!   Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s love affair with open source may be coming to an end.  Despite saving $16 million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering switching back to Windows due to user complaints.  Read more about the motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.    Governments on GitHub Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source software.  Use of Open Source products like OpenOffice, Linux and Drupal are becoming commonplace. To further this trend, many governments are beginning to open source their own code as illustrated by the 10,000 active government users on GitHub. You could argue that since it is our taxes, then the code should be open.  Read more abo... (more)

China Automotive Systems, Inc. Launches New Website

WUHAN, Hubei, China, Sept. 21 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ - China Automotive Systems, Inc. , a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced the launch of its new website at http://www.caasauto.com/ . "In order to better communicate with investor communities, so that the investors and shareholders can further understand our company, obtain the updates of the company as well as the industry, CAAS website has been upgraded," said Hanlin Chen, Chairman and CEO of CAAS. With a friendly interface and a simple presentation style, the new website covers most of the information that investors and shareholders might care about. It includes corporate profile, management bio, news release, financial data, SEC filings and corporate presentations, as well as industry highlights. The website also has an email alert section that allows investors and shar... (more)

Siemens VDO Chooses ARTiSAN Studio for Automotive Powertrain Software Development

CHELTENHAM, England, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modeling tools, has announced that Siemens VDO has chosen ARTiSAN Studio as the principal embedded software development tool for its automotive powertrain control units. Siemens VDO has extensive experience in software development for embedded systems but the demands of today's automotive market are such that increasingly complex software systems need to be built. It was clear to Siemens VDO that successful software development for its automotive powertrain control units would require a seamless process that encompasses both modeling and design, creating a need for a standardized modeling language supported by a flexible tool-based environment. The choice of UML meant the adoption of an increasingly widespread standard that ... (more)

Entrepreneur.com Adds Automotive Channel to Help Business Owners Make Strategic Vehicle Decisions

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Entrepreneur.com announced today its launch of a new automotive channel offering the latest news, issues and developments essential to running a major aspect of nearly every company -- vehicle management. The channel is designed to help business owners make the best choices for their automotive needs. This goal is achieved through the auto reviews and tips on everything from fleet ownership, luxury vehicle purchases, lease and financing terms, pricing, vehicle specifications and more. In line with Entrepreneur.com's mission to provide superior content, partnerships will include respected news providers and automotive experts, including U.S. News and World Report, Car and Driver, and Road & Track. "What Entrepreneur.com offers in its automotive channel is all of the information business owners must consider when making a vehicle... (more)

SiRF Gets In Sync With Auto Industry

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRF), a leading provider of GPS-powered location platforms, today announced it has partnered with M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. to help create the breakthrough networked GPS module that provides location information to the new generation vehicle-based communications and entertainment systems, which debuted at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. SiRF also introduced the GSC3e/LPa single-chip GPS receiver, the first SiRFstarIII architecture product specifically built to meet the quality and reliability requirements of Tier-1 automotive electronics OEMs. M/A-COM Technology Solutions' choice of the SiRFDRive2 GPS and dead reckoning technology, already adopted by LG Electronics and Continental Automotive Systems (formerly Motorola ACES), key suppliers to GM's On... (more)