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The modern manufacturing facility or laboratory often appears as thousands of points of information, scattered in and among hundreds of pieces of machinery and other equipment. Good integration of these information sources provides for an ongoing challenge. The goal of systems integration is to get these machines networked and accessible in some uniform manner throughout the manufacturing facility, and to provide information in human-readable form by uniform, nonproprietary and platform-independent means. Java and Internet technologies can help to bring this goal within reach - leaving it as an implementation project and not as the research project it appears to be today. The first step in this process is to blend Java and embedded Web servers with traditional factory automation methods. This may mean replacing outdated equipment (or the controllers on older equipmen... (more)

Cowabunga! - WebLogic Helps BEA and Its Partners Surf Into the 21st Century

With its annual Executive Symposium held in New York City this month, BEA Systems, Inc., has reinforced its claim to be one of the world's leading application infrastructure software companies by announcing that it has won a contract with the Discovery Information Systems division of AstraZeneca - one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. BEA WebLogic Server was selected to provide AstraZeneca with an open platform for application delivery. BEA doubtless hoped that this latest deal was in delegates' minds as they attended the Symposium, presented by BEA in cooperation with the Harvard Business Review. Its very title - "Staying Power" - seemed calculated to underline the San Jose-based company's remarkable corporate resilience. One of the speakers at the Symposium, from BEA partner Accenture, was David Hill, Global Managing Partner for Accenture. Hill's pres... (more)

Rackable Slams Traditional Blades as Wrong-Headed; Shows 'em How To Do It

Rackable Systems Inc, the little company getting big in large-scale data center deployments, claims that the blade merchants have been doing it all wrong all this time and that its latest development, a thing called the Scale Out Server, is the first architecture that finally gets it right - at least for large, high-end, high-density server farms. First of all, the Scale Out Server, which will be trotted out at LinuxWorld, is based on bog-standard, investment-protecting, commodity parts - not proprietary lock-in designs like Rackable claims IBM's Blade Center used to avoid cannibalizing IBM's 1U business. Scale Out lets the customers choose whatever motherboards, "real" processors - not notebook ones, God knows - networking, local storage, storage interconnects and provisioning, clustering and high-availability software they want. The stuff will also run Linux, Win... (more)

Ingenuity Pathways Analysis is Licensed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- - License Agreement to Serve as Model for Access to Ingenuity Pathways Analysis for All Leading Research Institutions Ingenuity announced today that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Cancer Research has licensed access to the Ingenuity Pathways Analysis software. Under the terms of the agreement all researchers at the NCI will have access to the full functionality of the Ingenuity Pathways Analysis product. "Ensuring broad access to Ingenuity Pathways Analysis for the academic and government research community is a critical goal for Ingenuity in 2005," stated Jake Leschly, President and CEO of Ingenuity. "We are grateful for the support and guidance that we received from the NCI and other NIH institutes in developing a licensing arrangement that can serve as the model for providing access to Ingenuity... (more)

Sarbanes-Oxley - The Dark Corner of Regulatory Compliance

For a decade or more, internal and external regulations have impacted corporate IT and shaped the way companies are required to do business. Today you would scarcely find a corporate CIO, IS director, or IT architect who would build or maintain a storage infrastructure without sweating the details of how to meet the regulations and policies that govern the data their companies produce. The ongoing health and well being, if not the future of their companies, depend on this diligence. Each government or agency regulation carries with it very specific IT-related requirements that impact corporate IT decision making. The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 dictates that companies must secure, store, and archive all documents, records, and business data or their corporate executives may face stiff fines or jail time. The Health Insurance Protection and Portability Act (HIPPA) re... (more)

InterSystems And WKHealth Announce Technology Partnership

InterSystems Corporation, a database provide in healthcare and Wolters Kluwer Health (WKHealth), a provider of information services for health and medical professionals, announced they are joining forces to deliver healthcare content on InterSystem’s high performance CACHÉ database platform. The formation of the technology partnership was announced at HIMSS 2006 in San Diego, Calif. “The increasing focus on disciplines such as physician order entry and evidence-based medicine is driving demand from healthcare professionals for faster data access,” said Alan Hess, Vice President and General Manager of the WKHealth Clinical Tools business unit. “We are excited about our partnership with InterSystems. They are a dynamic force in the healthcare industry and together we can offer compelling workflow-integrated solutions.” “CACHÉ has a ... (more)

MagStar Technologies, Inc. Announces 2006 Results

HOPKINS, Minn., March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 2006 2005 Net sales $9,983,086 $8,104,646 Cost of sales 7,710,100 6,552,155 Gross profit 2,272,986 1,552,491 Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders 741,702 120,844 Net income (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders - basic $ 0.08 $ 0.01 Net income (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders - diluted $ 0.07 $ 0.01 Total revenues for 2006 were $9,983,086, compared to $8,104,646 for 2005. The Company's net sales increased by approximately 23% in 2006 from 2005, compared to an increase in net sales of 10% in 2005 from 2004. Gross profit was $2,272,986, or 23% for 2006, compared to $1,552,491 or 19% in 2005. Net income attributable to common shareholders during 2006, was $741,702, or $.08 per basic and $.07 per diluted share, compared to a net income attributable to common shareholde... (more)

Merck v. Hi-Tech: Steven Hird, Patent Attorney at Greenberg Traurig in Denver, Available to Comment as Ruling Halts Early Launch of Generic Drug

DENVER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/29/07 -- Steven Hird, Ph.D., a registered patent attorney at Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Denver, has been following the Merck v. Hi-Tech case and can comment on the implications of the decision today in which a federal appeals court sided with Merck & Co. If the U.S. Court of Appeals for The Federal Circuit had sided with Hi-Tech, many pharmaceutical patents would have lost their extensions and expired earlier than expected. This could, in turn, have permitted the early launch of generic versions of the drugs covered by the original patents. Innovator drug companies could have lost billions of dollars in brand-name pharmaceutical sales. Innovator pharmaceutical companies will therefore be breathing a sigh of relief now that the Federal Circuit has sided with Merck. Hird has expertise in patent issues facing both innovator and generic ... (more)

Are Enterprises Ready for Cloud Computing?

Barry Lynn's Blog There have been multiple white papers and articles written by analysts - Is Cloud Computing Ready for the Enterprise? The question is asked so many times now - Is Cloud Computing ready for the enterprise? So, I have to ask - Is the enterprise ready for Cloud Computing? I’ll start this discourse with a few PC and sincere comments (the two are not mutually exclusive unless one is running for political office). First, I love Corporate CIOs and IT managers (not in a romantic way, of course, but with great admiration). Second, they have the most difficult jobs in the corporate universe. They are the brains and the central nervous systems of large enterprises. They are also the most taken for granted of all executives. They represent cost centers who get no credit for their corporations’ profits, while keeping the corporation alive. If they achieve 99.99%... (more)

SemBioSys Genetics Inc. Obtains up to $1.5 Million in Funding

SemBioSys Genetics, specializing in the manufacture of high-value proteins and oils in plant seeds, today announced that it has reached an agreement with AVAC Ltd. for a $1.5 million loan for the development of its Apo AIMilano candidate. AVAC is a private, not-for-profit company that invests in research initiatives and early stage commercial businesses that expand Alberta's value-added industry. The funds will be advanced with an upfront payment followed by two smaller installments based on the execution of short term Apo AIMilano development milestones expected to be completed by January 2010. The funds are repayable at the end of 18 months with interest. "This funding comes at a very important time as it will contribute towards the achievement of near-term objectives for our Apo AIMilano candidate and allow us to leverage additional funding opportunities," said J... (more)

TopQuadrant Helps NASA Launch the Constellation Program

TopQuadrant has announced that NASA is using the TopBraid Suite 3.0 Semantic application platform to model, organize, integrate and exchange data within and across the NASA Constellation Program. NASA's use of TopBraid Suite represents a significant commitment to developing and applying a Semantic data architecture in the full 'engineering-through-operations' lifecycle as a means of achieving the Constellation Program's ambitious planetary exploration goals under NASA's affordability, sustainability and evolveability mandates. In addition to the challenging technical and schedule objectives for planetary exploration, NASA has specific mandates for the Constellation Program, including significantly decreasing operational costs and shortening development cycles, while increasing the overall safety of the spacecraft. For past space programs, NASA relied on traditional... (more)