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Company and tech news from the region. Stellent announces Linux support

Eden Prairie-based Stellent, Inc., a provider of content management products, announced support for the Linux version of its application on the IBM eServer zSeries mainframe. By enabling the Stellent Universal Content Management system to function on the zSeries platform, Stellent customers will be able to take advantage of the zSeries server¹s high-performance capabilities and operating features, such as built-in server redundancy, failover, clustering and backup.

MicroCenter debuts PowerSpec computers

St. Louis Park-based Micro Center is introducing four new PowerSpec desktop computers with Hyper Threading technology using processors announced recently by Intel. New PowerSpec 9360, 9260, 8980 and 8923 models offer Intel’s latest processors in 3.40 GHz, 3.20 GHz, 3.00 GHz and 2.80 GHz configurations priced from $1,599 to $699.99.

School debuts digital video program

The Minnesota School of Business and Globe College introduced a Digital Video and Media Production Program that addresses the Upper Midwest’s demand for trained and certified digital video workers. According to a 2003 Minnesota Workforce second-quarter report, (mnworkforcecenter. org) current median salaries in the digital video and media production field range on average from $28,000 to $46,000 depending on experience and actual duties. The program emphasizes the skills needed to prepare a student for entry-level employment as a digital video editor, scriptwriter, storyboard artist, DVD designer, sound assistant, lighting assistant, or motion graphics developer. Students develop a demo reel-quality DVD presentation, prepare for certifications, and complete a 180-hour internship.

Agiliti, Compellent team up

St. Paul-based IT services provider Agiliti Inc. announced a new service built on Compellent’s Storage Center, a recently released storage product. Beginning in June, Agiliti will provide the customers of Compellent’s business partners the ability to replicate their critical data in near real-time from their own Compellent systems to a second Compellent system located and maintained at Agiliti’s tier-one data center. Compellent was founded by storage industry veterans Phil Soran, John Guider and Larry Aszmann. Agiliti intends to market the new service to the customers of Compellent’s business partners.

Identix cuts 30 jobs

Minnetonka-based Identix Inc. cut more than 30 jobs from its operations, a reduction of about 6 percent of its total workforce. Identix said it expects the layoffs will save more than $3.5 million, starting in fiscal 2005, which begins July 1. The cuts were made in administration, end user application development and hardware engineering. The cuts were a result of the company’s decision to focus on biometric products and related services, and the recent sale of the company’s management services subsidiary Identix Public Sector Inc.

Identix develops and sells fingerprint and facial recognition systems, used for identification purposes by companies and government agencies.

Entegris moves some work to Asia

Entegris Inc., which makes products that handle and process ingredients for semiconductors and data-storage products, said it will shift some of its manufacturing tasks from Chaska to a plant in Malaysia as part of a realignment. The company said it will retain its facility at its Chaska headquarters and doesn’t plan any staff reductions as a result of the move. Entegris will shift manufacturing of some data-storage products to Asia to be closer to customers. The Chaska plant will shift to making products for the semiconductor market among other.

Communications Systems to buy Image Systems

Hector-based Communications Systems Inc. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Minnetonka-based Image Systems Corp. Communications Systems plans to acquire all the outstanding shares of Image Systems for a cash purchase price per share of $0.643, or a total of about $3 million. Communications Systems makes and sells modular connecting and wiring devices for voice and data communications. Image Systems makes products for the medical imaging market, or for customers who have stringent and/or unique display requirements.

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