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Nerds on Site opens area office

Computer repair service Nerds on Site recently opened a location at 3999 Austell Road in Austell.

Nerds on Site is an on-call repair and service company that also provides hardware and software troubshooting, web site design, programming and hosting.

Echo-Eleven instructor noted

Atlanta-based Echo-Eleven, an e-learning company, said Holly Quarzo was named the Macromedia Instructor of the Year Worldwide. She was awarded Certified Instructor of the year 2005 Worldwide at the Max 2005 conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Quarzo directs and oversees all visual creative aspects for Echo-Eleven.

Innovolt gains license

Innovolt Inc., a company assisted by Georgia Tech’s VentureLab program, has received a technology license from Georgia Tech and is poised to begin testing and marketing a new approach to protecting electronic devices from electricity surges.

The Innovolt device, called a current-inrush voltage surge suppressor, is designed to protect electronic equipment from both current and voltage surges. Traditionally, surge protectors have addressed only voltage surges, said Deepak Divan, a Georgia Tech professor who invented Innovolt’s core technology and serves as chairman and chief technology officer for Innovolt.

Dabbiere new Wandering WiFi chairman

Former Manhattan Associates President, CEO and Chairman Alan Dabbiere joined Atlanta-based Wandering WiFi as its chairman.

Dabbiere founded Atlanta-based Manhattan Associates Inc., a supply-chain execution software company, and was its president and CEO from 1990 through 1999. He became chairman after the company’s initial public offering in 1998 and remained in the position through 2003.

IT worker optimism plummets

The Hudson Employment Index for IT workers dropped more than six points to 109.0 in January. Decreased optimism in personal finances and job satisfaction sparked the decline. Just half (51 percent), of sector workers rated their finances favorably in January, down from 57 percent in December. In contrast, the national index remained steady this month, sliding just .8 points to 102.6.

Nationally, managers were less confident about their firms’ hiring plans in January than the previous month. Only 29 percent anticipated more hiring in the coming months, compared to 33 percent in December. They were also slightly less optimistic than workers overall, 30 percent of whom anticipated a boost in headcount (unchanged from December).

Constructware buys Autodesk

Autodesk Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., bought Alpharetta-based Constructware for $46 million to expand its Autodesk Buzzsaw project management product.

The deal is expected to close in March.

Constructware provides on-demand communications and collaboration technology for the construction industry to help streamline design, construction and facility project management. The company started in 1994.

Autodesk is a computer-aided design software company.

Wireless spending outstrips lines

For the first time, in 2006 U.S. businesses of all sizes will spend more on wireless voice services than on wireline, reports In-Stat ( And wireless data services will make significant gains as well over the next several years, the high-tech market research firm says. Expenditures by enterprise firms (1,000 or more employees) on wireless data will grow an average of 18 percent per year through 2009.

Recent reports by In-Stat found the following:

* Mid-sized firms accounted for 12.4 percent, or $24 billion, of total U.S. business telecom spending in 2005; these numbers will reach $33 billion and 13 percent of the total U.S. business market by 2009.

* Small business spending on Internet access will grow to $8.2 billion by 2009, up from $4.4 billion in 2005, largely due to adoption of DSL and higher bandwidth services.

* Spending on wireless data services will outpace all other categories in the SOHO segment, growing to nearly $2.2 billion in 2009, up from $0.47 billion in 2005.

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