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Tech and business news from around the region. Stellent product honored

Eden Prairie-based Stellent Inc., which makes content management products, said editors, writers and technology analysts from Government Computer News and Washington Technology selected Stellent Site Studio as a best of show winner at the FOSE 2006 conference, which highlights the most innovative government technology products.

Stellent Site Studio, a multi-site Web content management application available within the company’s enterprise content management platform, was honored in the Enterprise System Software category.

Stellent Site Studio enables government organizations to manage multiple Web sites while maintaining a consistent look and feel, security and infrastructure across all organizational, agency or departmental sites.

Lighthouse1 upgrades OnDemand

Minnetonka-based Lighthouse1, which makes consumer-directed healthcare software, released Lighthouse1 OnDemand with several enhancements and new features.

The highlight feature of this release is the Employer Portal, which allows administrators the opportunity to provide expanded customer service to their employer clients.

Lighthouse1 helps CDH administrators manage health care account services.

Ontrack expands France facility

Minneapolis-based Ontrack Data Recovery expanded its facility in France to provide faster recovery service and offer French-speaking customers increased security for their data. This expansion will include a new data recovery lab complete with fully operational cleanroom, ensuring that all physically damaged drives from the French market will be serviced in country.

The new cleanroom will allow Ontrack’s engineers to speed recovery jobs and avoid sending physically damaged drives to another European facility. This will also provide an increased level of security as drives will no longer need to be shipped across international borders for cleanroom processing.

Ontrack recently added several new locations throughout Europe with the acquisition of Ibas Holdings ASA, a leading Norwegian-based provider of data recovery, data erasure and computer forensics services. Ontrack now offers data recovery service in 13 languages in more than 21 countries.

BizBar to host toolbar creator

Minnetonka-based BizBar.com will now provide and host the same powerful toolbar creator for use with Mozilla Firefox browsers that has been long received by users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browsers.

BizBar.com provides and hosts this free, customizable toolbar wizard. Its expanding network of online and offline businesses customize and distribute the branded toolbar to their users through custom links and banners provided by BizBar.com.

Quadrant2 releases real estate system

Minneapolis-based real estate technology firm Quadrant2 launched 360Agent, an integrated software system available that helps real estate agents, teams and offices capture leads and manage customer and transaction activities. 360Agent automates the entire four-step real estate sales process-lead capture, prospect incubation, contact management and transaction management.

360Agent is a Web-based application, so it can be accessed from virtually any computer or cell phone via the Internet and requires no software to install and maintain.

Broadband growth not offsetting wireline declines

While growth in broadband wireline revenues remains robust in the United States, it is not enough to overcome steady losses in consumer wireline voice revenues, reports In-Stat. As a result, wireline service revenues in the United States will decline by 3.3 percent annually, on average, from 2004 to 2009, the high-tech market research firm says.

In-Stat found that traditional data services, including frame relay, private line and ATM are sinking as businesses increasingly seek lower-cost Internet solutions. The study also showed that DSL and cable modem growth is strong, but bundling strategies are pressuring revenue margins, and that business voice services are also experiencing revenue declines, but significantly less than those of consumers.

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