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Osiris Organization gains Microsoft funding

In an effort to help promote technology literacy among underserved individuals in the city of Minneapolis, Microsoft announced a grant to the Osiris Organization totaling $122,644 in cash and software. The announcement is part of Microsoft’s global Unlimited Potential (UP) program, a company initiative focused on providing technology skills for disadvantaged individuals through community-based technology and learning centers (CTLCs). Microsoft’s UP grant will be used by the Osiris Organization to support their computer technology and training program.

Studio Data releases CD burning system

Plymouth-based Studio Data Products introduced its new professional, low-speed, high-accuracy CD burning system to the general computer market. The professional system achieves superior performance through a custom-tuned writing mechanism and specially formulated blank media. The SCSI II CD.1 drive burns at rates of 1x and 2x for precision pit patterns on the disc. The complimentary M74/M80 media was custom formulated by Taiyo Yuden specifically for use with the CD.1. The media are optimized for minimum error rates at 1x and 2x when used with the drive. The writing surface of each disc has a peel-off layer to protect the surface from dirt and scratches.

iCentera releases icSuite

Minneapolis-based iCentera, a provider of marketing intelligence centers, launched the iCentera icSuite, a hosted marketing and sales intelligence center that delivers information to internal teams and external partners and customers, on-demand. The icSuite provides an automated intelligence center through which teams can effectively communicate, collaborate, market and sell. Companies using icSuite can deliver relevant and actionable information externally to partners and customers through portals without IT involvement. iCentera also said that netForensics, Inc., a maker of security information management products, selected the icSuite to provide a virtual marketing support tool for its global sales force. Through the icIntelligence Center, netForensics can promote and deliver marketing and sales materials in a matter of minutes, creating a virtual marketing tool for its geographically dispersed sales force.

Kinetic Data releases survey software

St. Paul-based Kinetic Data, Inc., a provider of tailored and packaged service industry software products, released its new Kinetic Survey software. Kinetic Survey enables users to create the survey questions, the look and the rules, in minutes; send data where and when it’s needed; respond to customers immediately; and integrate easily into any Remedy-based application. Customer support departments or IT help desks can automatically trigger surveys on the spot, as part of their existing call completion process. Surveys arrive when the call is fresh in the customer’s mind, avoiding batching and delays on “hot” matters. On subsequent customer calls, the data is at the user’s fingertips.

Altara forms Networking Solutions Group

Altara, a global solutions partner for Microsoft Business Solutions with a local office in Bloomington, will bring Data Management Services (DMS), a managed service provider and network systems integrator based in Cedar Knolls, N.J., into the company as Altara Networking Solutions. Altara Networking Solutions has attained Cisco Premier Security Authorization and is a Qwest Master Agency authorized to sell the entire Qwest voice and data solution set.

Sentara picks iXmatch

Minneapolis-based iXmatch Inc., a maker of advanced search software, said Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, licensed its search engine, iXfind. iXfind enables Sentara customers and employees to easily find the information they are seeking. Sentara uses iXfind to search its intranet, extranet and Web site. iXfind, iXmatch’s search engine, incorporates search methods to find, evaluate, and rank the most relevant results. iXfind puts these results into context by clustering them into groups of similar documents.

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