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Included are a collection of appointments, awards, and new products for the week.

Rosen Joins D&B Global

D&B Global Services has named Steve Rosen interim chief marketing officer. Rosen who is the managing director of Focus Development Group will be helping Dennis Bonagura, president of D&B, in adding market share.

"D&B Global Servces has achieved a remarkable level of market awareness in a short time," Bonagura said. "I am pleased Steve has committed the time and energy to move us along this difficult growth and revenue curve we face over the rest of the fiscal year."

D&B Global Services is a B2B solutions and services company with the capabilities to help IT organizations deliver solutions through collaboration, enterprise integration and data/systems synchronization. For more information, visit www.dandbglobalservices.com

DRAM Inventor Honored

IBM's Robert Dennard has been honored with the IEEE Medal of Honor for his invention of single-transistor Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and for developing scaling principles for integrated circuits. During his career, Dennard has been awarded the IEEE Edison Medal, the US National Medal of Technology, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering.

The IBM T.J. Watson Research Center also was honored with the IEEE Corporate Innovation Recognition award for long-term commitment to pioneering research innovative development and commercialization of speech recognition.

Other award winners of the IEEE 2009 Honors Ceremony include:

  • Tingye Li, former division manager of AT&T Labs-IEEE Edison Medal
  • Craig R. Barret, former chairman of Intel Corp.-IEEE Founders Medal
  • Peter Franaszek, former IBM Research staff- IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal
  • Eli Harari, SanDisk Corp.-IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal

For more information visit IEEE.

Vitolab Releases Alive Organizer 3.5

Vitolab Software has announced the release of Alive Organizer 3.5 for Windows. Main features of the product include an auto hiding Alive Organizer Tree complete with calendar, contacts, tasks, events, and notes.

The most important feature of Alive Organizer is a customizable task scheduling system that allows setting task priority, time intervals, and performance rate. Due to the hierarchical structure of task management, it is easy and quick to find specific tasks in subsections. For more information, visit http://www.vitolab.com/

Former IBM Employees Aided

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $4.8 million federal grant to help laid-off Minnesota workers. At least 68 IBM Rochester workers were aided with $247,000 from the state of Minnesota in May and the National Emergency Grant will now cover that earlier cost.

"This funding will provide workers with the education and training needed to upgrade existing skills or learn new skills in order to gain employment in growing regional industries," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Offering workers the opportunity to enter new careers is an important part of revitalizing regional economies and a step toward nationwide economic recovery."

As IBM did not release information on layoffs, the 68 workers are only a reflection on the total number of Rochester layoffs. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

For more information, click here.

IBM Offers Smarter City Assessment Tool

IBM has announced it is offering a new Smarter City Assessment Tool to help cities better understand and meet the demands of increasing urbanization. IBM defines a smarter city as one that makes optimal use of all interconnected information available today in order to better understand and control its operations and optimize the use of limited resources.

Cities using the tool will provide IBM with specific data about their core operational systems, which are then analyzed to benchmark a city's overall capabilities against peer locations, highlight relative strengths and weaknesses, and provide initial recommendations for improvement. The tool is based on a methodology developed by IBM's Global Location Strategies consulting service, which helps corporations determine the best countries and cities in which to locate businesses.

Additionally, IBM's Institute for Business Value is doing extensive research in cities and has published the first in a series of three studies on smarter cities.

For additional information, visit http://www.ibm.com/press/smartercities.

Rosen Joins D&B Global

D&B Global Services has named Steve Rosen interim chief marketing officer. Rosen who is the managing director of Focus Development Group will be helping Dennis Bonagura, president of D&B, in adding market share.

"D&B Global Servces has achieved a remarkable level of market awareness in a short time," Bonagura said. "I am pleased Steve has committed the time and energy to move us along this difficult growth and revenue curve we face over the rest of the fiscal year."

D&B Global Services is a B2B solutions and services company with the capabilities to help IT organizations deliver solutions through collaboration, enterprise integration and data/systems synchronization. For more information, visit www.dandbglobalservices.com

DRAM Inventor Honored

IBM's Robert Dennard has been honored with the IEEE Medal of Honor for his invention of single-transistor Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and for developing scaling principles for integrated circuits. During his career, Dennard has been awarded the IEEE Edison Medal, the US National Medal of Technology, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering.

The IBM T.J. Watson Research Center also was honored with the IEEE Corporate Innovation Recognition award for long-term commitment to pioneering research innovative development and commercialization of speech recognition.

Other award winners of the IEEE 2009 Honors Ceremony include:

  • Tingye Li, former division manager of AT&T Labs-IEEE Edison Medal
  • Craig R. Barret, former chairman of Intel Corp.-IEEE Founders Medal
  • Peter Franaszek, former IBM Research staff- IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal
  • Eli Harari, SanDisk Corp.-IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal

For more information visit IEEE.

Vitolab Releases Alive Organizer 3.5

Vitolab Software has announced the release of Alive Organizer 3.5 for Windows. Main features of the product include an auto hiding Alive Organizer Tree complete with calendar, contacts, tasks, events, and notes.

The most important feature of Alive Organizer is a customizable task scheduling system that allows setting task priority, time intervals, and performance rate. Due to the hierarchical structure of task management, it is easy and quick to find specific tasks in subsections. For more information, visit http://www.vitolab.com/

Former IBM Employees Aided

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $4.8 million federal grant to help laid-off Minnesota workers. At least 68 IBM Rochester workers were aided with $247,000 from the state of Minnesota in May and the National Emergency Grant will now cover that earlier cost.

"This funding will provide workers with the education and training needed to upgrade existing skills or learn new skills in order to gain employment in growing regional industries," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Offering workers the opportunity to enter new careers is an important part of revitalizing regional economies and a step toward nationwide economic recovery."

As IBM did not release information on layoffs, the 68 workers are only a reflection on the total number of Rochester layoffs. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

For more information, click here.

IBM Offers Smarter City Assessment Tool

IBM has announced it is offering a new Smarter City Assessment Tool to help cities better understand and meet the demands of increasing urbanization. IBM defines a smarter city as one that makes optimal use of all interconnected information available today in order to better understand and control its operations and optimize the use of limited resources.

Cities using the tool will provide IBM with specific data about their core operational systems, which are then analyzed to benchmark a city's overall capabilities against peer locations, highlight relative strengths and weaknesses, and provide initial recommendations for improvement. The tool is based on a methodology developed by IBM's Global Location Strategies consulting service, which helps corporations determine the best countries and cities in which to locate businesses.

Additionally, IBM's Institute for Business Value is doing extensive research in cities and has published the first in a series of three studies on smarter cities.

For additional information, visit http://www.ibm.com/press/smartercities.

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