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Intervoice completes Edify buy

Dallas-based Intervoice Inc. completed the purchase of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Edify from Edify’s parent company for $33.5 million.

Intervoice, a maker of converged voice and data systems, said the new, combined company will operate under the Intervoice name.

During the last four fiscal quarters, Intervoice and Edify have produced combined revenue of more than $200 million. The combined company will have more than 850 employees worldwide handling more than 5,000 customers.

Edify makes voice and speech recognition software.

ACS lands payment processing contract

Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has won a contract with the Maryland Department of Human Resources to provide a child support program payment receipt and processing system for the state.

The five-year contract has an option for a two-year renewal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ACS will provide receipt, processing and imaging for more than 4.5 million child support payments each year.

Nanotech group in line for funding

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said the Senate approved the final version of the Fiscal 2006 Department of Defense appropriations bill, which includes $11 million in funding for a nanotechnology partnership in Texas.

The Strategic Partnership for Research Nanotechnology is made up of the University of Texas at Arlington, UT Dallas, UT Austin, UT Brownsville, UT Pan American, the University of Houston and Rice University.

The new funding will build on the research that is already being done and continue the partnership’s work to establish a collaborative network of well-equipped research centers to quickly develop and promote nanotechnology.

Tipton new Interphase CFO

Interphase promoted Thomas N. Tipton Jr. to chief financial officer and vice president of finance.

Tipton has filled the roles on an interim basis since August, leading the company’s finance, information technology, accounting and contract management operations.

Before joining Interphase, Tipton held various positions in Arthur Andersen’s assurance and business advisory practice.

Tyler Tech gains software contract

Tyler Technologies Inc. was awarded a $3.1 million contract to provide property assessment software and services to the Nova Scotia, Canada.

The province has been working with Dallas-based Tyler for 15 years using previous versions of the company’s software.

Tyler will provide the province with integrated assessment and tax software and professional services, including implementation and support services.

Tyler is a provider of information management software and services for local governments.

CIO Spring hiring plans projected

Thirteen percent of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed for the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report plan to add full-time information technology (IT) staff in the first quarter, while 1 percent anticipate personnel reductions. The net 12 percent hiring increase compares with a net 9 percent forecast one year ago and is unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2005 when the net hiring increase reached its highest level in 14 quarters.

Some key findings from the study include:

* Executives at the largest firms (1,000 or more employees) forecast the highest levels of IT hiring activity.

* Microsoft Windows (NT/2000/XP) administration remains the technical skill set most in demand.

When asked which technical skill sets were needed most within their IT departments, 81 percent of CIOs reported demand for Microsoft Windows (NT/2000/XP) administration expertise. Wireless network management was cited by 50 percent of respondents, followed closely by SQL Server management (46 percent).

When technology executives were asked which specialties were most in demand in their departments, 22 percent said networking. Help desk/end-user support was cited by 13 percent of CIOs while applications development received 11 percent of the response.

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