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News Article | April 24, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tendril Orchestrated Energy, the industry’s leading Continuous Demand Management (CDM) solution, has been awarded a Gold 2017 Edison Award in energy efficiency. Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of energy innovation. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements changed the world and garnered him


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.realwire.com

Reading, UK - 25th May, 2017 - Zyme, the market leader in the rapidly growing discipline of channel data management (CDM), opened its third UK CDM Summit with a warning to attendees that having ‘trust’ in channel performance is no longer enough to satisfy board members, or stakeholders. Quoting independent research recently conducted, the company stated that for 75% of respondents there is now increasing pressure to prove return on investment (ROI) on partner incentives. This will be problematic for some however as 52% admitted that they have to trust channel partners to provide the accurate data needed because they can’t manage it in-house. 93% of the organisations questioned confirmed that incentive payments are currently treated as a cost of doing business rather than an investment to carefully manage longer term return. As a result of this lack of attention it was estimated by respondents that the channel, on average, was operating at an efficiency level of just 53% once ongoing rebate and incentive issues were considered. A staggering 61% of the companies that took part in the research also admitted that, in the last 12 months, financial rewards for the channel have had to be capped because of previous over-payments made in error. “The biggest business concerns around channel incentives and rebates are the increasing operational and administrative costs of managing partner incentive programmes,” said Nick Andrews, GM for EMEA and India at Zyme. “A quarter of respondents cited that they were concerned about incentive overspend on partner programmes due to data collection and recording issues, whilst 37% worried about incorrect payments being paid to channel partners. I think the stark reality is a number of organisations still don’t have firm control of their channel data so cannot start to estimate what funds are being allocated incorrectly, or which partners are in fact missing out.” The report, entitled “Channel Data Management Barometer 2017,” collated responses from 166 individuals with responsibility for / visibility of the management of data collected through the channel and shows that long incentive payment cycles are impacting working relationships (49%). The complexity and administrative burden of partner incentive programmes is also troublesome to manage (45%). “Half the battle is that the mechanisms currently in place to encourage partner success vary widely. Just 61% said that they have agreed a common vocabulary with partners for example,” continued Andrews. “Only 57% have a documented channel incentive strategy in place whilst less than half (43%) ask for partner input during the design of an incentive programme. The other side of the relationship needs increased attention too – a little over a third (34%) have a mechanism in place to measure partner satisfaction.” However, it is not all doom and gloom. 96% of those surveyed consider the sharing of near real-time channel data to be an important way in which to improve relationships, which shows that some consideration is being given to strengthening longer term business arrangements. 78% also want to understand more about their channel partners and channel marketing expenditure which perhaps demonstrates that the channel is starting to get increasing attention from senior executives. About the Research 166 respondents in large consumer electronics companies with responsibility for / visibility of the management of data collected through the channel completed an interview in February / March 2017. 86 interviews were conducted in the UK, 80 in the Nordics. All businesses had 30%+ sales through the channel to qualify and had a minimum turnover of £80 million. Research was conducted by Insight Avenue, an independent market research consultancy based in the UK. About Zyme Zyme provides the leading channel data management (CDM) cloud platform, delivering critical downstream visibility for global companies that leverage distributors, resellers, retailers and e-tailers to sell their products. Zyme’s flexible, real-time data platform powers the New Smart Channel℠, a proven approach to acquiring actionable knowledge that enterprises need to accelerate partner sales and optimize marketing ROI. With a channel directory of more than 1.5 million partners, Zyme processes more than one billion transactions annually across more than 150 countries, providing decision-grade intelligence to optimize business processes like sales execution, inventory management, partner rebates and incentives, marketing and financial compliance. Pre-built integrations with Salesforce and other innovative cloud solution providers help Zyme’s industry-leading customers, including Amazon, Dell, Fujitsu, GE, Microsoft, Plantronics, Seagate, Symantec, VMware and Xerox use channel intelligence to solve core business problems. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, CA, Zyme has offices in India, Texas, China and the UK. For more information, visit www.Zyme.com.


The Great Lakes Protection Fund and American Water Works Association are pleased to announce the finalists in the Water Utility Energy Challenge (WUEC), an innovative program which engages water operators in a competition to reduce the emissions sourced in their energy generation. The inaugural 2017-2018 competition, focused on the Great Lakes Basin, is aimed at connecting the utilities with new innovative software while fostering an awareness of the associated emissions, particularly mercury. The six finalist water utilities are: “We’re really excited with the breadth of the WUEC finalists. They were chosen from a broad field of applicants and these six utility leaders represent a wide range of communities, from Bayfield, Wisconsin, which serves fewer than 1,000 residents, to the Great Lakes Water Authority, which serves more than 4 million residents in 125 communities across southeast Michigan. The fact that there were both U.S. and Canadian finalists also illustrates that regardless of the operation’s scale or location, utilities can use the cleanest energy to deliver clean, safe drinking water to their customers,” said David LaFrance, AWWA CEO. “These finalists characterize the next generation of water utility who will reduce emissions while improving the financial health of their systems. We’re excited to see the geographic range of utilities across the entire Great Lakes Basin as well as a mix of water and combined water/wastewater systems. The competition is another step toward protecting and restoring the health of our shared Great Lakes waters,” said David Rankin, Vice President of Programs, GLPF. The competition will run through April 2018, with award and cash prizes presented later in the spring. More information on the challenge can be found by visiting www.AWWA.org/competition. The Water Utility Energy Challenge (WUEC) is a technology competition focused on water utilities in the Great Lakes Basin. Offering two top cash prizes of $20,000 and $10,000, the Water Utility Energy Challenge is supported by the Great Lakes Protection Fund. It is a collaborative effort of the American Water Works Association, CDM Smith, E2I, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Growth Capital Network, and Wayne State University.  For more information, visit www.AWWA.org/competition Follow WUEC on Twitter                       Like WUEC on Facebook The Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) is a private, nonprofit corporation formed in 1989 by the governors of the Great Lakes states. It is a permanent environmental endowment that supports collaborative actions to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. To date, the Fund has made 269 grants and program-related investments representing over $78 million to support the creative work of collaborative teams that test new ideas, take risks, and share what they learn. www.glpf.org Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.


News Article | May 28, 2017
Site: www.sciencedaily.com

Columbia University dental researchers have found that frequent recreational use of cannabis -- including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil -- increases the risk of gum disease. The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Periodontology. Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammatory reaction to a bacterial infection below the gum line. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to receding gums and tooth loss. Longstanding periodontal disease has also been associated with a number of non-oral health issues, from preterm labor during pregnancy to heart disease. Jaffer Shariff, DDS, MPH, a postdoctoral resident in periodontology at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine (CDM) and lead author, noticed a possible link between frequent recreational cannabis use and gum disease during his residency at a community-based dental clinic in Manhattan. "It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis users may also be at risk," said Dr. Shariff. "The recent spate of new recreational and medical marijuana laws could spell the beginning of a growing oral public health problem." Dr. Shariff and colleagues from CDM analyzed data from 1,938 U.S. adults who participated in the Centers for Disease Control's 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, administered in collaboration with the American Academy of Periodontology. Approximately 27 percent of the participants reported using cannabis one or more times for at least 12 months. Periodontal exams focus on a patient's gum tissue and connection to the teeth. Among other assessments, periodontists look for plaque, inflammation, bleeding, and gum recession. The clinician uses a probe to measure the space between teeth and their surrounding gum tissue. Healthy gums fit a tooth snugly, with no more than one to three millimeters of space, known as pocket depth, between the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Deeper pockets usually indicate presence of periodontitis. Among the study participants, frequent recreational cannabis users had more sites with pocket depths indicative of moderate to severe periodontal disease than less frequent users. "Even controlling for other factors linked to gum disease, such as cigarette smoking, frequent recreational cannabis smokers are twice as likely as non-frequent users to have signs of periodontal disease," said Dr. Shariff. "While more research is needed to determine if medical marijuana has a similar impact on oral health, our study findings suggest that dental care providers should ask their patients about cannabis habits." Commenting on the study, Dr. Terrence J. Griffin, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, said, "At a time when the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana is increasing its use in the United States, users should be made aware of the impact that any form of cannabis can have on the health of their gums."


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

(DENVER) – The American Water Works Association announced today that Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken and a panel of water industry leaders will speak at the association’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE17), to be held June 11-14 in Philadelphia. Three noteworthy leaders in the water industry will be part of a panel discussion at ACE17’s Opening General Session at 8:30 a.m. on Mon., June 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The panel will feature: The event will be sponsored by HomeServe, a leading provider of home repair service plans. Additionally, Amy Van Dyken will speak during ACE17’s Water Industry Luncheon at 12 p.m. on Tues., June 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Van Dyken is a six-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, four of which she won at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2014, a severe all-terrain vehicle accident left her partially paralyzed. She will speak about her experience as a world-class athlete and the obstacles she has overcome throughout her career. The event will be sponsored by CDM Smith and Stantec. Visit ACE17’s webpage to view the conference program and to register. Standard registration rates end on May 31. Media note: Accredited members of the media may attend ACE17 at no charge. However, they are required to register with AWWA Public Affairs by May 31. For media registration, please visit the AWWA Press Room or contact Deirdre Mueller at dmueller(at)awwa.org or at 303-347-6140. Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.


News Article | May 26, 2017
Site: www.chromatographytechniques.com

Columbia University dental researchers have found that frequent recreational use of cannabis—including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil—increases the risk of gum disease. The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Periodontology. Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammatory reaction to a bacterial infection below the gum line. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to receding gums and tooth loss. Longstanding periodontal disease has also been associated with a number of non-oral health issues, from preterm labor during pregnancy to heart disease. Jaffer Shariff, DDS, MPH, a postdoctoral resident in periodontology at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine (CDM) and lead author, noticed a possible link between frequent recreational cannabis use and gum disease during his residency at a community-based dental clinic in Manhattan. “It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis users may also be at risk,” said Shariff. “The recent spate of new recreational and medical marijuana laws could spell the beginning of a growing oral public health problem.” Shariff and colleagues from CDM analyzed data from 1,938 U.S. adults who participated in the Centers for Disease Control’s 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, administered in collaboration with the American Academy of Periodontology. Approximately 27 percent of the participants reported using cannabis one or more times for at least 12 months. Periodontal exams focus on a patient’s gum tissue and connection to the teeth. Among other assessments, periodontists look for plaque, inflammation, bleeding, and gum recession. The clinician uses a probe to measure the space between teeth and their surrounding gum tissue. Healthy gums fit a tooth snugly, with no more than one to three millimeters of space, known as pocket depth, between the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Deeper pockets usually indicate presence of periodontitis. Among the study participants, frequent recreational cannabis users had more sites with pocket depths indicative of moderate to severe periodontal disease than less frequent users. “Even controlling for other factors linked to gum disease, such as cigarette smoking, frequent recreational cannabis smokers are twice as likely as non-frequent users to have signs of periodontal disease,” said Shariff. “While more research is needed to determine if medical marijuana has a similar impact on oral health, our study findings suggest that dental care providers should ask their patients about cannabis habits.” “At a time when the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana is increasing its use in the United States, users should be made aware of the impact that any form of cannabis can have on the health of their gums,” said Terrence J. Griffin, president of the American Academy of Periodontology.


News Article | May 24, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwired - May 24, 2017) - Zyme, the market leader in the rapidly growing discipline of channel data management (CDM), today announced the full speaker lineup for its upcoming Global Channel Data Management Summit, taking place June 7 in San Jose, California. The summit will provide invaluable insights on channel strategy and solutions from Zyme customers, partners and industry thought leaders, with expert speakers from companies such as Accenture, Citrix, Dell, Motorola Solutions, Perks, SiriusDecisions and more. According to conservative estimates, poor channel visibility leads to losses in the form of misallocated incentive payments and inventory markdowns that cost technology and industrial companies $50 billion a year. Data-driven channel processes can turn those costs back into profits, reducing incentive spending by 10 to 15 percent. Summit attendees will learn how CDM can slash channel costs by eliminating channel inefficiencies, better managing the supply chain to streamline logistics and avoid excess inventory or stock-out and increase channel revenues by leveraging clean, accurate and timely data that helps generate demand with customers and identify the optimal route-to-market. With thought leadership keynotes, breakout sessions and panel discussions, attendees will learn how leading manufacturers use Zyme's CDM cloud platform to revolutionize channel business and gain the maximum ROI from channel investments. Speakers include industry leaders and change agents who are transforming channel data management, including: What Thought Leaders and Customers Are Saying: "Channel Data Management is becoming increasingly important as more companies seek ways to leverage data-driven insights to grow their sales channel revenues. By adopting CDM, suppliers gain real-time access to accurate data that allows them to quickly respond to channel issues." -- Chris Cleary, Service Director, Channel Sales Strategies, SiriusDecisions "Partnering with Zyme helps us bring the full power of channel data to our joint customers. Perks' Enterprise Engagement Engine (E3) and zymeConnect enable manufacturers to effortlessly manage channel incentives and loyalty programs, to deliver a superior partner experience." -- Claudio Ayub, Chief Strategy Officer, Perks Channel To learn more about the event or register to attend, please visit the 2017 Zyme Channel Data Management Summit website. About Zyme Zyme provides the leading channel data management (CDM) cloud platform, delivering critical downstream visibility for global companies that leverage distributors, resellers, retailers and e-tailers to sell their products. Zyme's flexible, real-time data platform powers the New Smart Channel(SM), a proven approach to acquiring actionable knowledge that enterprises need to accelerate partner sales and optimize marketing ROI. With a channel directory of more than 2 million partners, Zyme processes more than one billion transactions annually across more than 150 countries, providing decision-grade intelligence to optimize business processes like sales execution, inventory management, partner rebates and incentives, marketing and financial compliance. Pre-built integrations with Salesforce and other innovative cloud solution providers help Zyme's industry-leading customers, including Amazon, Dell, Fujitsu, GE, Microsoft, Plantronics, Seagate, Symantec, VMware and Xerox use channel intelligence to solve core business problems. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, CA, Zyme has offices in India, Texas, China and the UK. For more information, visit www.Zyme.com.


News Article | May 26, 2017
Site: www.chromatographytechniques.com

Columbia University dental researchers have found that frequent recreational use of cannabis—including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil—increases the risk of gum disease. The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Periodontology. Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammatory reaction to a bacterial infection below the gum line. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to receding gums and tooth loss. Longstanding periodontal disease has also been associated with a number of non-oral health issues, from preterm labor during pregnancy to heart disease. Jaffer Shariff, DDS, MPH, a postdoctoral resident in periodontology at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine (CDM) and lead author, noticed a possible link between frequent recreational cannabis use and gum disease during his residency at a community-based dental clinic in Manhattan. “It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis users may also be at risk,” said Shariff. “The recent spate of new recreational and medical marijuana laws could spell the beginning of a growing oral public health problem.” Shariff and colleagues from CDM analyzed data from 1,938 U.S. adults who participated in the Centers for Disease Control’s 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, administered in collaboration with the American Academy of Periodontology. Approximately 27 percent of the participants reported using cannabis one or more times for at least 12 months. Periodontal exams focus on a patient’s gum tissue and connection to the teeth. Among other assessments, periodontists look for plaque, inflammation, bleeding, and gum recession. The clinician uses a probe to measure the space between teeth and their surrounding gum tissue. Healthy gums fit a tooth snugly, with no more than one to three millimeters of space, known as pocket depth, between the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Deeper pockets usually indicate presence of periodontitis. Among the study participants, frequent recreational cannabis users had more sites with pocket depths indicative of moderate to severe periodontal disease than less frequent users. “Even controlling for other factors linked to gum disease, such as cigarette smoking, frequent recreational cannabis smokers are twice as likely as non-frequent users to have signs of periodontal disease,” said Shariff. “While more research is needed to determine if medical marijuana has a similar impact on oral health, our study findings suggest that dental care providers should ask their patients about cannabis habits.” “At a time when the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana is increasing its use in the United States, users should be made aware of the impact that any form of cannabis can have on the health of their gums,” said Terrence J. Griffin, president of the American Academy of Periodontology.


Former FiberLink and IBM Executive Abhijit Bhide Will Manage the Development and Delivery of Zyme's CDM Technology REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2017) - Zyme, the market leader in the rapidly growing discipline of channel data management (CDM), today announced former IBM executive Abhijit Bhide has joined the company to serve as vice president of engineering and infrastructure. In this new role, Bhide will be responsible for the development and delivery of Zyme's technology offerings and managing the company's engineering operations. Bhide's appointment will enable Zyme to continue remaking the global indirect channel by eradicating the inefficiencies that have historically plagued channel operations. Leading manufacturing companies leverage Zyme's CDM platform to sell more through their channel with clean, accurate and timely data that helps identify the optimal route-to-market and generate demand with end customers. At the same time, Zyme's CDM platform enables manufacturers to invest less in managing the supply chain to avoid excess inventory or risk stock-out and logistics costs, and can reduce incentive spending by 10 to 15 percent. "Bhide joins Zyme at an important point in the company's trajectory," said Chandran Sankaran, CEO and founder of Zyme. "As Zyme continues its data-driven approach to transforming global channel operations, we will need leaders who offer steady guidance and experience. Bhide's background and expertise in managing large-scale SaaS technology implementations will be vital to Zyme's continued success in providing the most valuable channel performance technology." Bhide comes to Zyme from Fiberlink Communications with over 14 years of experience in building and managing global development and delivery operations. Prior to Zyme, Bhide led the development and deployment of Fiberlink's market-leading SaaS platform for mobile devices, applications and content management. His leadership was instrumental in IBM's decision to purchase Fiberlink, and Bhide stayed on following the acquisition to grow the product and platform for IBM. Prior to Fiberlink, Bhide managed a retail consulting practice and was a program manager for technology and retail customers, delivering large implementations in the supply chain management and business-to-business (B2B) markets. "Zyme has revolutionized global channel sales -- a space that represents trillions of dollars in annual revenues," said Bhide. "Zyme's engineering team is world-class, and has made Zyme the world's leading cloud platform for channel optimization. I'm excited for the opportunity to lead the engineering team and build out the company's powerful and comprehensive technology in ways that will help customers make the most of their channel investments." Bhide has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune, India and a M.S. in Manufacturing Systems from North Carolina State University. About Zyme Zyme provides the leading channel data management (CDM) cloud platform, delivering critical downstream visibility for global companies that leverage distributors, resellers, retailers and e-tailers to sell their products. Zyme's flexible, real-time data platform powers the New Smart Channel(SM), a proven approach to acquiring actionable knowledge that enterprises need to accelerate partner sales and optimize marketing ROI. With a channel directory of more than 1.5 million partners, Zyme processes more than one billion transactions annually across more than 150 countries, providing decision-grade intelligence to optimize business processes like sales execution, inventory management, partner rebates and incentives, marketing and financial compliance. Pre-built integrations with Salesforce and other innovative cloud solution providers help Zyme's industry-leading customers, including Amazon, Dell, Fujitsu, GE, Microsoft, Plantronics, Seagate, Symantec, VMware and Xerox use channel intelligence to solve core business problems. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, CA, Zyme has offices in India, Texas, China and the UK. For more information, visit www.Zyme.com.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SST.2010.1.1-3. | Award Amount: 4.90M | Year: 2011

As pointed out in the White paper for European transport the aim of the European rail operators is to increase the market share of goods traffic from 8 % in 2001 to 15 % in 2020. The nightly time slots will play an important in this. Railway vibration annoyance and sleep disturbance in residential areas is a potential show stopper for this increase. Therefore the aim of Cargovibes is to develop and assess measures to ensure acceptable levels of vibration for residents living in the vicinity of freight railway lines in order to facilitate the extension of freight traffic on rail. Existing evaluation criteria in use are deemed too strict and not based on relevant surveys. There are no uniform assessment methods available and knowledge about mitigation measures is fractured and hardly common. In this proposal the right criteria will be established, given the characteristics of freight traffic. Existing mitigation measures for conventional railway are not directly applicable to freight trains which generate a different soil vibration pattern than conventional railways in terms of vibration amplitudes and frequency contents. Viable efficient new mitigation measures for freight rail traffic will be designed and validated. In operational terms the project aims at developing a) criteria for the evaluation of the adverse effects. These criteria will be formulated as extensions of current guidelines. b) a protocol for the assessment of the effect of mitigation measures. c) three new mitigation measures: a measure for the rolling stock, one for the track and one in the propagation path. These measures will be pilot tested and validated in service. d) catalogue of mitigation measures, for use of railway community. To ensure that the project will generate products that can readily put to use, a Board of End Users will be put into place which will judge intermediate results and guide the developments in the course of the project.

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