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Mycroft updates TimeOff

Baltimore-based Mycroft Computing has released version 2 of TimeOff, a multi-user Windows record-keeping tool which tracks the time employees are not at work by category. TimeOff automatically calculates benefit hours employees earn, and updates the hours available as time off records are entered.

TimeOff allows users to define their own time off reasons, and the Policy Wizard assists in entering information about how employees earn benefit hours (such as vacation and sick time).

Prometric buys testing company

Prometric, a Baltimore computer-based testing company, acquired Stone Mountain, Ga.-based Core Technology Group Inc. as part of a strategy to expand its automated driver testing business in the United States.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Prometric’s technology uses interactive video to assess how well drivers anticipate and react to roadway hazards.

Artifact, Wharton hire Cornerstone

Baltimore marketing and advertising firm Cornerstone has signed up two new clients, Baltimore-based Artifact software and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Cornerstone will market Wharton’s Advanced Management Program (AMP), a $37,000 five-week course which attracts senior executives from around the world. Cornerstone will promote the program via publications and the Internet to supplement Wharton’s current marketing efforts. Artifact, which provides software as well as a network for developers to share code, has hired Cornerstone to provide communications planning, brand development, community building, sales collateral and multi-media promotions.

Ciena clinches deal for Cox broadband upgrade

Linthicum-based Ciena says Cox Communications will buy its fiber optics products to upgrade its broadband services for cable customers. Neither the size of the orders nor the financial terms were disclosed. Ciena will provide Cox with its Online Metro and Online Edge platforms to support data services on its multiservice broadband network. The upgrades will help Cox provide subscribers with video-on-demand, storage area networking and gigabit-sized Ethernet services.

ASCII Group, NOCserv team up

Bethesda-based ASCII Group Inc., the nation’s largest group of independent computer resellers, announced a strategic partnership with NOCserv, a provider of managed services to small and mid-sized companies, including end-to-end information technology monitoring, problem identification, and resolution.

NOCserv monitors wide area networks, local area networks, servers, and business critical applications (including home grown applications). Through NOCserv’s secured Web-based virtual Network Operations Center, clients have the ability to examine their infrastructures’ availability, performance, and faults. In addition to identifying and analyzing problem areas, NOCserv offers services to fix the problems.

USi names new COO

USinternetworking Inc., an Annapolis-based application service provider, appointed Steve Mucchetti to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Mucchetti is the former CEO and vice chairman of Scient, and he previously served with IBM as the company’s general manager for its global telecommunications and media solutions unit and as the chief operating officer of the IBM Consulting Group.

Business school recognized

A new $38 million wing at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business has been recognized by a contractors’ group for its use of advanced technology.

The Maryland chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America has given the building’s contractor, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, the 2003 Build Maryland Award for “State of the Art Advancement.” The 103,000-square-foot wing opened for classes last fall. It includes offices, classrooms, computer laboratories and other facilities. Twenty-eight rooms have advanced audiovisual touch-screen technology, and most rooms have video and audio teleconference capability. The building also features wireless computing access, a data jack at each classroom seat and graduate student lockers with electrical outlets so students can recharge laptop computers.

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