Action Services Group Signs Lighting Maintenance Agreement with Hancock Fabrics Oct 21, 2014 08:11AM

Aston, PA (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

Actions Services Group, a national lighting maintenance, sign maintenance and electrical services company, today announces an agreement to provide scheduled lighting maintenance for Hancock Fabrics, a specialty retailer of crafts and fabrics.

The lighting maintenance program will include quarterly inspections and service to all 266 Hancock Fabrics store locations across 37 states and will cover interior store lighting and exterior canopy lighting maintenance.

Action Services Group will also provide unscheduled, on-demand lighting service for all locations as well as emergency services as needed.

About Action Services Group:
Action Services Group provides national lighting maintenance and services, sign maintenance, and electrical services, re-lamping and LED lighting retrofit services to retail, restaurant, grocery and convenience store chains, banking, educational and healthcare institutions and building operators across the United States and Canada. Using a unique data-driven service approach implemented through their advanced enterprise management system, ServicePoint Solutions, Action Services Group reduces customer maintenance costs while increasing service performance. For more details, visit

Action Services Group 525 Turner Industrial Way Aston PA 19014

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New Research: Cost Savings and Security Are Top Cloud Computing Benefits for Government Oct 21, 2014 08:10AM

Chantilly, Va. (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

A new research study from Market Connections, Inc., finds cloud computing addresses two key government concerns: cost savings and security.

The survey shows more than half of respondents (53%) cite decreasing IT operating and infrastructure costs as the top drivers of cloud adoption. Nearly six in 10 respondents (59%) agree the migration to cloud-based services results in lower capital expenses compared to in-house deployment of infrastructure.

About two-thirds (64%) of participants name secure infrastructure as a top benefit of cloud computing, while one-third (31%) identify improved security as a key driver of adoption. At the same time, security also represents a top perceived risk, with 69% expressing concern about data leaks or unauthorized data access and 65% naming potential security defects as a concern.

"Less than one-third of survey respondents were concerned about performance-based issues, but these areas pose enormous risks to budgets and productivity," said Damian Whitham, senior director of cloud computing solutions at General Dynamics Information Technology, who commissioned the research. "When considering a migration to cloud services, agencies need to examine overall impact on performance and the end user's experience, such as application migration, data segregation, vendor lock-in and maturity of the technology."

Almost three-quarters of respondents (71%) do not consider migrating applications to a cloud environment (application readiness) a top-of-mind concern and only slightly more than one-third (37%) are concerned with application performance in general. Less than half (45%) are concerned about data recovery if the cloud hosting vendor fails. Less than one-quarter (23%) cited vendor lock-in and lack of technology maturity as critical issues.

"Many of the unanticipated issues of cloud services revolve around performance and vendor lock-in," Whitham said. "A successful deployment requires a forward-thinking, agency-wide strategy that prepares for future changes while also ensuring performance and ability to deliver on the mission."

A white paper from Market Connections and General Dynamics Information Technology outlines four keys to successful cloud migrations and includes detailed research findings. Download the white paper at

Research Highlights Include:

   •  Two-thirds of government respondents are using, planning to use or researching and considering cloud services, while one-third have no plans. Software-as-a-Service tops the list of cloud computing services in use.
   •  Government organizations are using significantly more private clouds (65%) over public (37%), community (35%) and hybrid models (27%).
   •  Government organizations are more likely to migrate collaboration, file storage, email and standard office applications and less likely to migrate financial and mission-critical applications. Defense respondents are significantly less likely to migrate mission-critical applications to the cloud than their civilian counterparts.
   •  CIOs and CTOs make cloud migration decisions in more than half (53%) of organizations, while mission-oriented department heads make the decision 37% of the time. Other decision-makers include CFOs (13%) and COOs (9%).
   •  Government IT decision-makers overwhelmingly want security (86%), technical support (83%) and federal experience (80%) from cloud providers, as well as customized solutions (77%) and a cohesive, forward-thinking cloud strategy (71%).

About the Study
Leading government market research firm Market Connections, Inc. conducted the blind study of 150 federal government IT decision makers and influencers in April 2014 on behalf of General Dynamics Information Technology. Respondents represent civilian (54%), defense (32%), and legislative (11%) agencies, are knowledgeable about their organization's cloud-related initiatives and are involved in IT decision-making and recommendations.

About Market Connections, Inc.
Market Connections delivers actionable intelligence and insights that enable improved business performance and positioning for leading businesses, trade associations, and the public sector. The custom market research firm is a sought-after authority on preferences, perceptions, and trends among the public sector and the contractors who serve them, offering deep domain expertise in information technology and telecommunications; healthcare; and education. For more information visit:

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Whitepaper: "Anatomy of Healthcare Delivery" Introduces a Proven, Systematic Approach to Transforming Healthcare Oct 21, 2014 08:11AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Health systems throughout the United States are tackling the daunting challenge of improving quality and reducing cost by redesigning care along service lines and applying evidence-based best practices to key decision points in the care process. But many of these organizations encounter a significant roadblock: the fact that the current system of care delivery doesn't really operate systematically.

To help health systems navigate this situation during the transition to value-based care, Health Catalyst has released a new whitepaper, "The Anatomy of Healthcare Delivery Model: How a Systematic Approach Can Transform Care Delivery." The white paper introduces a framework that outlines how the healthcare system operates and pinpoints opportunities for improvement. Understanding and following this framework—called the Anatomy of Healthcare Delivery—enables healthcare organizations to reduce variation in clinical and operational processes to drive sustainable, enterprise-wide cost and quality gains.

This Anatomy of Healthcare Delivery construct is a culmination of the pioneering work of Dr. David A. Burton, formerly senior vice president of Intermountain Health Care and founding Executive Vice President of Intermountain's managed care plan now known as SelectHealth. For more than two decades, Dr. Burton helped develop the industry-leading quality improvement strategies that have made Intermountain a recognized national leader in healthcare quality improvement.

"I've never seen anyone put together such a comprehensive yet succinct summation of healthcare delivery—one that shows where and how we can apply Quality Improvement and Lean principles effectively to improve quality and cost," said Bryan Bohman, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. "In a single construct, Dr. Burton illustrates how to integrate all the various pathways and decision support systems in a way that gets the most out of the evidence we have. Doing so frees individual physicians to quit worrying about the basic tasks that should be done automatically and allows them instead to focus on aspects of care that can't be routinized."

The Anatomy of Healthcare Delivery maps major healthcare processes into common patterns and process flows that can then be used to systematically examine and improve healthcare delivery. It applies evidence-based knowledge assets to key decision points along care delivery streams to illustrate how to better systematize these processes. 

"This model is so powerful that we use it at Health Catalyst as the basis for modeling care processes, identifying key decision points to systemize processes and helping our clients develop evidence-based knowledge assets to enable sustainable care improvement," said Bryan Oshiro, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Health Catalyst. "But it's important to note, too, that this framework won't eliminate critical thinking. What it does is provide a standardized, evidence-based approach to care delivery, which will bring all care up to the same high standard."

The free Health Catalyst whitepaper can be downloaded in PDF format here. The Anatomy of Healthcare Delivery model graphic itself can also be downloaded in PDF or PowerPoint format.

About Health CatalystHealth Catalyst is a mission-driven data warehousing and analytics company that helps healthcare organizations of all sizes perform the clinical, financial, and operational reporting and analysis needed for population health and accountable care. Our proven enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 30 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. Faster and more agile than data warehouses from other industries, the Health Catalyst Late-Binding™ EDW has been heralded by KLAS as a "newer and more effective way to approach EDW." For more information, visit, and follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

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First Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year®, Lorenzo Downing, CEO of Spartan Business & Technology, Named by NaVOBA Oct 21, 2014 08:10AM

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

Lorenzo Downing, 24-year Air Force Veteran turned business solutions provider, has been named the first Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year® by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), publisher of Vetrepreneur® magazine. The Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year® is an expansion of NaVOBA's prestigious Vetrepreneur of the Year® award program, which honors the finest role models the veteran-owned business movement has to offer. Downing and his company, Spartan Business & Technology Services, Inc. (Spartan), are featured in the October issue of Vetrepreneur® magazine, available at

"To be selected as the first Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year®, is certainly a proud moment in my career," said Downing. "This honor reaffirms my decision to step out on faith and start a professional services firm. It hasn't been without its challenges, which makes receiving this award extremely gratifying!"

Lorenzo Downing personifies how the skills and attributes ingrained in military service provide the perfect recipe for civilian leadership success both working at established companies and as an entrepreneur himself. Downing enlisted in the U.S. Air Force immediately following high school as the Vietnam War was coming to a close. After finishing his enlistment, he went to the University of South Carolina, where he earned his degree in business administration, and joined the ROTC program. Downing was then commissioned back into the Air Force. Following his more than 24 combined years in the Air Force, during which time he earned a master's degree from Harvard, Downing leveraged his skills as an acquisitions officer to a lucrative post-military career in corporate America.

Through hard work, dedication and taking advantage of his skills learned through both his time in the Air Force and large corporations, Downing made his dream a reality in 2010 by launching Spartan Business & Technology, a company delivering quality solutions in IT portfolio management, business process re-engineering, organizational development and more. Downing grew Spartan from barely more than $59,000 in revenues at the end of 2011 to more than 100 full-time and contract employees, many of them veterans, and more than $8 million in revenues by the end of 2013.

The honor is bestowed on a Minority-American veteran who demonstrates the attributes crucial to leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and extensive aspirations to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship.

To learn more about Downing, visit: Downing and other Minority vetrepreneurs will be honored at a special reception sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company and Heroes Vodka at the National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and Business Opportunity Fair at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The conference will bring 6,000 corporate executives, procurement officers and supplier diversity professionals together to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

The annual Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year® is the third in a series of new awards NaVOBA has bestowed this year. Earlier this year, the organization named Louisa Long, the first annual Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year® and Rogelio "Roger" Reyes, the first annual Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year®. The overall 2014 Vetrepreneur of the Year® will be revealed in the November/December issue of Vetrepreneur® and formally awarded in December at the National Veterans Small Business Engagement in Atlanta, Ga.

About the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA unites the nation's more than 3-million businesses owned by military veterans by providing a single voice to advocate for important issues. For more information, visit us on the web at

For further information or to arrange interviews contact:
BP Media Relations for NaVOBA
Barbara Pflughaupt – 212-707-8181 or Judee Cohen – 917-721-0663

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BlueStripe Announces New BlueStripe Performance Center for Microsoft System Center Oct 21, 2014 08:10AM

Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

BlueStripe Software has announced the release of the BlueStripe Performance Center for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. The BlueStripe Performance Center, a part of BlueStripe's award-winning FactFinder software, brings together dynamic application maps, application performance monitoring, and infrastructure performance monitoring, all inside of Operations Manager. System Center users now have a single view from which to manage application service delivery – including performance monitoring, dashboarding, and hop-by-hop performance analysis and triage for all distributed applications and their components.

The new release gives IT Operations teams all the tools needed for performance monitoring and management directly within System Center. Starting with an application service delivery alert or from a performance dashboard within Operations Manager, System Center users can move to a live application topology map that highlights application and server response times to quickly identify the slow application component. With the bottleneck component isolated users can move to infrastructure analysis to identify the root cause of the performance problem – all without ever leaving the System Center Operations Manager console.

With the new BlueStripe Performance Center for System Center, users get the combined benefit of System Center's infrastructure monitoring capabilities and the application-centric performance monitoring and triage capabilities of BlueStripe FactFinder, all in one workflow. The Performance Center for System Center provides:

   •  Complete cross-system and cross-platform coverage – complete visibility into the structure of applications with components that run on Windows, Solaris, Linux, and AIX servers, on physical, virtual, and cloud-based environments – and even third party services
   •  Performance visibility into applications and application components that includes response times, failed connection attempts, application load, server health, and more
   •  Direct integration within the Operations Manager workflow – so users never have to leave the Operations Manager console

The result is a complete service delivery platform. IT Operations teams can now focus their activities on application service-level performance and perform deep triage for performance issues directly from Operations Manager. In many cases users can move on to remediation using System Center capabilities – closing the loop on application service delivery.

"With the new Performance Center, System Center becomes a powerful tool for application service delivery," said Chris Neal, co-founder and CEO of BlueStripe Software. "The combined solution is a great addition for IT Operations teams for both large and small organizations."

"BlueStripe's newest release turbo-charges System Center and its ability to manage modern application systems," said Jeremy Winter, Principal Product Manager for System Center and Windows Server, Microsoft. "By combining FactFinder's view of applications into the workflow of System Center's rich Manage Pack tool set, our users get a management platform unequaled by any other in the market."

BlueStripe's FactFinder automatically discovers, maps, and monitors all business transactions running within the data center and across the Cloud. FactFinder measures performance, hop-by-hop, everywhere that transactions go, across tiers, across platforms, and across architectures – even into virtual machines, public, private, and hybrid cloud, as well as third party services. When performance or availability problems occur, FactFinder follows the slow or hung transaction right to the problem component, and then drills down the server stack to determine why the problem occurred. The BlueStripe Performance Center for System Center delivers FactFinder's capabilities as an integral part of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager.

About BlueStripe Software
BlueStripe Software helps IT Operations teams map, monitor, and fix distributed applications. A leading Application-Aware Infrastructure Performance Monitoring solution, BlueStripe's FactFinder manages service-level performance by tracking transactions as they move across the application infrastructure. With FactFinder, IT Operations teams move from monitoring infrastructure resources to managing service-level performance for critical applications. For additional information, please visit

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