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Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete transcript of the session. Steve Ballmer It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he meets with. Nooo. What's special about this group? What gets me particularly pumped up? What is particularly exciting? Our partners are a unique blend, you are, of two elements. Number one, you've made a bet on us. You believe in us, you want us to win, you need us to win. You're kind of like employees... (more)

Apttus Licenses Seal's Contract Discovery Technology

Technology to be used in Apttus' contract lifecycle management solutions to significantly reduce time and cost of discovery and migration of contracts stored across corporate repositories San Francisco, CA - September 4 2013 - Seal Software Limited, the leading provider of solutions to discover, capture, extract and analyze contracts, today announced that it has licensed its Contract Discovery technology to Apttus, the category-defining provider of quote-to-cash solutions including Configure Price Quote (CPQ) and Contract Management. The technology has been integrated into the Apttus Contract Discover and Migrate (CDM) application, available now. CDM is part of the Apttus Contract Management Suite, a cloud-enabled solution that automates the process from contract request to execution while delivering complete visibility and control of the entire contract lifecycle.... (more)

Infor Names New Leader For Nordic Sales Operations

COPENHAGEN and STOCKHOLM, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Infor today announced that Patrik Svanström has been named Regional Manager in the Nordic region. Svanström is charged with managing Infor's sales strategy and operations in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, executing Infor's strategic growth plan for the EMEA region. Svanström has an extensive background, spanning 20 years of sales in the software industry. He previously served as CEO of BayMind AB, a consulting company he created which evaluated go-to-market models, sales strategies and execution levels. Prior to founding BayMind, Svanström led technology sales for EMC and Selectica Nordics, as well as ERP sales for Oracle Corp. in the Nordic region. "Patrik Svanström brings with him years of experience, expansive industry knowledge and a highly respected reputation," said Keith Deane, president, EMEA... (more)

iQ4bis and SmartCubes Announce Partnership

iQ4bis Software Inc., a global software provider that offers an end-to-end business intelligence solution for business managers and executives in midmarket enterprises, and SmartCubes Inc., a value-added provider of technology solutions in the Philippines, today announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference a partnership in which SmartCubes Inc. will exclusively offer the industry-leading iQ4bis Analysis™ and DataServer™ software suite. SmartCubes recently completed the successful deployment of iQ4bis within Philippine-based Fil-Pacific Corporation, a leading provider of clothing under internationally known high-end brands such as Lee, Jag, Tribal Gear and Von Dutch. “Like many businesses, we had data in abundance but it was located in different systems and could not be accessed, analyzed and evaluated quickly,” said Dale A. Robert... (more)

Goodrich Announces Third Quarter 2009 Net Income per Diluted Share of $1.14, Adjusts Outlook for Full Year 2009, Provides Outlook for 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 22, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Third quarter 2009 net income per diluted share of $1.14 decreased 14 percent compared to third quarter 2008 net income per diluted share of $1.32. Third quarter 2009 sales of $1,648 million decreased 7 percent compared to third quarter 2008 sales of $1,772 million. Third quarter 2009 total segment operating income margin was 15.8 percent, compared to 18.2 percent in the third quarter 2008.Full year 2009 net income per diluted share expectations are unchanged at $4.60 - $4.75. Full year 2009 sales are expected to be approximately $6.7 billion, compared to previous expectations of approximately $6.9 billion. Full year 2009 expectations for net cash provided by operating activities, minus capital expenditures, are unchanged at greater than 75 percent of 2009 net income from continuing operations. Full year 2... (more)

Actio and Atrion Introduce REACHtracker(TM) 2.0 for Supply Chain Communication and REACH Compliance

PORTSMOUTH, NH and MONTREAL -- (Marketwire) -- 03/01/10 -- Actio Corporation and Atrion International today announced the availability of REACHtracker™ 2.0, a SaaS solution for automating and managing supply chain communication and substance information collection processes for compliance under Europe's REACH legislation. REACHtracker™ 2.0 provides a holistic substance view that integrates the relationships between finished products, raw materials and individual substances. The solution also provides enhanced communications features for upstream and downstream supply chain communications and customized visual reporting tools that alert organizations if any of their finished goods, raw materials, or substances are not in compliance so that they can take action to mitigate their risk. New features include: -- Bill of Materials (BOM)-level data management -- Automatio... (more)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Named a Leader in Customer Service Contact Centers 2010 Magic Quadrant

REDMOND, Wash., April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the 2010 Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Service Contact Centers. In this research report, Gartner Inc. looks primarily at the first layer: CRM business applications for customer service interactions. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO) Microsoft today is also introducing the Customer Care Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The new accelerator helps customer care and contact center organizations provide a consistent customer service experience by combining data elements from disparate applications such as mainframes, databases or Web sites for display in a single user interface. The quick ease of access to information helps agents provide efficient service, which in turn help... (more)

IFS North America Achieves Unparalleled Levels of Customer Satisfaction and Trust

While various surveys of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software users report typical satisfaction levels in the area of 50 percent, IFS North America’s most recent customer survey reveals satisfaction levels in the middle to high 90th percentile. According to the internally-administered study: 96.4 percent are satisfied with IFS in all key areas including communications, products, services and customer support. 95.9 percent rated IFS applications as meeting their business requirements and supporting their business processes, ease of use and providing required information easily. 98.5 percent are satisfied with IFS customer support, including response times, competency of support staff, updates provided on support cases and solutions provided. 98 percent are satisfied with IFS professional services, including knowledge levels of consultants, time to respond to s... (more)

eQuest Releases China Job Board Study

SAN RAMON, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/13 -- eQuest today announced its completion of a study that measures job board performance and relative candidate response activity involving career sites located in China. The study involves the actual performance of thousands of jobs posted by national and multi-national companies seeking candidates for positions within China and surrounding areas. Over 200 Chinese sites participated. The analysis shows the improvements of not only job boards but social networks, and other avenues open to recruiters for job advertising. Also broken down were how these career sites meet advertising claims, performance, and upward and downward trends by job classification, job titles, skills, and candidate response times. The report is part of a Big Data for HR study to determine how career sites trend and perform worldwide. eQuest has made pu... (more)

Descon Engineering Limited Maintains Global Lead with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

NUREMBERG, Germany, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SUSE® today announced a joint success with Descon Engineering Limited. Descon has bolstered its leading position in the engineering and construction services industry using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP® Applications and the SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension to power its SAP ERP software. The successful migration from legacy process management applications to an integrated SUSE and SAP solution provides Descon the robust, highly available platform needed to rapidly and reliably respond to customers. The Pakistan-based company provides engineering services to process plants and is a major player in the Asia Pacific region, serving the oil and gas, chemical, cement and petrochemical sectors. Prior to working with SUSE, Descon ran all of its SAP ERP-based processes on a distributed server landsca... (more)

Junction Solutions Named to 2013 Inc. 500/5000 List of the Fastest Growing U.S. Private Companies

Junction Solutions, a leading provider of vertical, market-specific on-premise and on-demand software applications and services for the food and beverage, and multi-channel retail sectors, today announced it was named to the prestigious 2013 Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing private U.S. companies list and among the Top 100 companies based in Colorado. The list is based on a percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Junction Solutions’ 95 percent revenue growth during that period helped the company secure its spot on this year’s list. “We are honored to be included on this distinguished list with leading global brands and independent entrepreneurial companies,” said Jeff Grell, CEO of Junction Solutions. “This ranking is testament to our impressive growth in a mature enterprise software market where we differentiate ourselves through deep industry experti... (more)