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John Funnel on Ulitzer Earlier this year one of my staff attended a SYS-CON event and returned to the office a different person. Revitalised and motivated. I asked her what happened at the event to warrant such a transformation? What was her secret? Was it the New York Shopping experience? A business Romance or was it Devine intervention? She simply advised me to ‘check out Ulitzer. – Everyone who is anyone is on it’. She was not the first to introduce me to the innovation. Many of my peers had gone through such noticeable changes, It was like a weight had been lifted from their shoulders, that they now had a true portal to vent out their innermost thoughts. I was instantly intrigued by such recommendations. People, just like me, were using Ulitzer everywhere. So what had I been fighting against all this time? What was I avoiding? Eventually I succumbed to the in... (more) to Exhibit at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events has announced that the leading business networking provider will exhibit at SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Expo (, which will take place March 30 - April 1, 2009, at the Roosevelt Hotel in the heart of midtown Manhattan, New York City. is a business networking tool that combines quick and secure video calling, IM, e-mail and SMS between members on one, simple interface: their profile page. During registration, members select their technology priorities and interests from a comprehensive list, compiled with the assistance of's industry partners, Financial Insights, an IDC company, and the FSTC. The most closely aligned members are grouped under 'recommended contacts'. The keyword channel pages are easy-to-use directories of other members who share those priorities ... (more)

The Rise and Rise of E-Commerce

Online sales showed a significant increase this year capitalizing on the return of consumer confidence across Europe. European shoppers spent £11.2 billion online in July, 15.7% more than was spent in June and 16.8% more than July 2008. The driving force for the increase appeared to be the clothing, footwear and accessories sector, which showed growth of 18% month on month and 17% year on year, the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index said. Retailers across Europe are predicted to sell $97 billion in goods and services online in 2010, up 37% from last year.Retail Giants will join forces at the iStrat program this October to capitalize on the growth of the Online Dollar. Visionaries such as Babs Rangaiah, Global Director Communications Planning Unilever,  Rikke Wivel, VP Global Advertising and Media Monster, Michael Donnelly, Group Director The Coca-Cola Company,... (more)

‘Antiquated’ Systems Means the Government Is Not Delivering

Dr. Terry Mason, Commissioner for Chicago's Department of Public Health (CDPH), famously started his tenure by telling City Hall to shape up - but he soon discovered that waistlines weren't the only thing that needed to be leaner. Poor organization meant grants were not being used effectively, and service delivery to the public was subsequently below par. "We had an organization that was a bunch of castles trying to exist in one kingdom, and each castle had its own siloed operation and it duplicated a lot of things," says Dr. Mason in an interview for "Always at the 11th hour we were scrambling because we had unspent grant dollars and because our systems were antiquated, we didn't know." Dr. Mason estimates that some 10% of all healthcare grant dollars were returned. CHPD was reorganized with "a structure and the technology and a methodology" that ... (more)

Changing the Way We Do Business

NEW YORK, September 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The financial services community is facing bad news. Its institutions are creaking, its belief is crumbling, and regulation is getting tighter. Finally, there is a silver lining. (Photo: ) A new website is being launched for the financial services community, and it stands to change the way executives communicate, forever. membership reads like an industry who's who. This dream rolodex features CIOs, CEOs and other senior executives from ABN Amro, Barclays, HBOS, Goldman Sachs, Visa and many, many more. All of them, just two clicks away. Weekly interviews with industry leaders are webcast on the site's dedicated channel. These are combined with live, moderated discussion groups, video conferencing, IM and secure e-mail in one easy-to-use app. is the... (more)

Google Gives Power to the People

It is not very often the words ‘Google’ and ‘energy-saving’ appear in the same sentence. However, in Portugal last week at the industry-leading Next Generation Utilities Summit, over 50 European Utility leaders were presented with the company’s new venture; Google’s ‘PowerMeter’. Utilities, Power, and Energy have the potential to change the way the world operates in today’s environment. Saving money and reducig global energy usage is a familiar occurrence in the media, but there is not enough accessible information for the consumer on where to start. Posted paper bills are made up of complicated figures which give little information on energy consumption and how to save power. Google’s Jens Redmer, Director of Business Development for Europe discussed at the summit of a way to help the consumer in making the right decisions on their energy usage. Google’s ‘PowerMete... (more)

The Future of Business Networking is (Nearly) Here

BRISTOL, England, July 18 /PRNewswire/ --, the next generation business-networking tool for financial services executives all over the world, launches on Monday 18 August 2008. uses the latest Web 2.0 technologies and applications to bring the ease-of-use and interactivity of social networking to the business arena, together with finance sector-specific content from some of the world's leading C-level executives. Registered users - including senior execs from AXA, Barclays, Citi, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Visa, and Wachovia - can connect with each other quickly and securely. Video conferencing, IM, e-mail and SMS are combined with learning opportunities. The thought and business leaders heading Fortune 500 companies chair interactive webcast interviews and discussion groups. members get the answers they nee... (more)

Tired of Twitter? Facebook Fatigue? In One Week 98,000 Americans Choose Business Over Social

BRISTOL, England and NEW YORK, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- There has been no shortage of conversation about online networking in the last year. Communities such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are a fantastic resource to all - But what are the true business benefits of social networking? "Social networking sites are great to catch-up with old friends, share photographs, music and links but in this climate does the executive community have time for this?" Asked Spencer Green CEO of - the business networking service. "Credit isn't the only casualty of the crunch: time is another scarce resource for executives, they need immediate value when online." And reports show he is right with 200,000 executives world-wide flooding to his business site for answers since its re-launch on May 11th 2009. US executives are leading the way with nearly 100,000 new active m... (more)

"The Board that You Could Never Afford" GDS International's Top 10:

BRISTOL, England, December 1 /PRNewswire/ -- GDS International has built up quite a reputation amongst the Fortune 500. The global media giant has had double figure growth every year for the last five years, and has offices in almost every continent. They now boast the fastest growing news source amongst the executive community in the world, increasing its reach by 200,000 across all verticals every month through their new digital initiatives. Because of this, the world's business leaders are queuing up for an opportunity to work with GDS International. Below are the Top 10 executives that have played a major part in the company's success in 2009. 10. Zhang Fan - CTO - China Unicom Zhang Fan joined over fifty of the biggest telecom operators in Asia at GDS International's NGT Summit where they discussed future LTE network developments. 9. Werner Vogels - CTO - Amazo... (more)

NorthShore Capital Advisors VP Of Marketing And Business Development Joins

NorthShore Capital Advisors (, a full-service mergers and acquisitions and business advisory firm, has announced that Greg W. Needham, vice president of marketing and business development, has joined (, an invitation-only, online business networking site for business management professionals. ... (more)

Meet the Boss - Tough Talking for Tough Times

NEW YORK, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Austin Adams, former CIO for JPMorgan Chase, spent most of his 35-year career in banking overseeing technology and operations. In a period of dramatic consolidation, he was involved in more than 90 mergers and responsible for almost 28,000 employees and a multi-billion dollar budget. On Wednesday 20 August, the man Business 2.0 magazine called "one of the 16 most influential technology people in the world" will be sharing his accumulated knowledge with a host of senior financial executives in a unique, online and interactive interview on, the next generation business-networking tool dedicated to finance. "These are tough times and I cannot think of anybody better to learn from," says Spencer Green, Chairman of GDS International, the company using Web 2.0 technologies to revolutionize financial services networking thr... (more)