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News Article | December 14, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SMS Assist, an innovative mobile and cloud-based multisite property management company, has been named a 2017 Digital Edge 50 Award Winner in recognition of its transformative, technology-driven impact on the property management industry. The annual Digital Edge awards, co-sponsored by CIO and Computerworld, recognize digital initiatives driving customer engagement, higher sales conversions and new products, as well as revenue and profit growth. “We’re honored to be included in this group of businesses on the ‘digital edge’ of innovation,” said Mike Rothman, chairman and CEO of SMS Assist. “This award affirms the great work of our development teams, led by Alex Rothman and Jianqing Zhao, and recognizes how we’re continually improving our technology to truly disrupt the marketplace and deliver tangible savings to clients and affiliates.” SMS Assist’s winning initiative, One, is a cloud-based technology solution that integrates all client, affiliate and employees on a single, scalable platform. Core to the company’s fully-managed enterprise solution, One connects a network of more than 20,000 subcontractor affiliates with more than 500,000 technicians to more than 130,000 client locations nationwide. “The complexity and scale of the initiatives in the Digital Edge 50 show how quickly organizations are progressing to the next phase of digital transformation,” said Anne McCrory, Digital Edge program chair and group vice president of customer experience and operations for IDG Enterprise Events. “They are taking advantage of new capabilities, such as AI and deep machine learning, to enhance their mobile and analytics practices worldwide. They are finding dramatic results from the cloud, and serving customers in faster and more elegant ways. Their adoption of agile, extreme programming and completely reworked business processes show how even the most traditional businesses can go big with digital with the right vision and leadership.” SMS Assist will be honored along with fellow Digital Edge 50 award winners at the AGENDA17 Conference, which takes place from March 20–22, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Past winners of the Digital Edge awards include Aflac, Cisco Systems, CVS Health, Johnson Controls and others. The Digital Edge 50 Award is a recognized honor of digital innovation. Through digital technologies such as mobile, analytics, AI, the Internet of Things and cloud, award winners see business results that indicate a true “digital edge.” Selected by a panel of industry experts and business and technology executives, winning applications are driving greater customer engagement, higher sales conversions and new products, as well as revenue and profit growth. CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders. The CIO portfolio -- CIO.com, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, events, strategic marketing services and research -- provides business technology leaders with analysis, insight and an understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at idgenterprise.com. Follow CIO events on Twitter: @CIOevents #Agenda17 Computerworld is the leading IT media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value from core to edge technologies. IT solution providers can engage Computerworld's senior IT audience through computerworld.com, focused events, strategic marketing services and research. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at idgenterprise.com. Follow Computerworld events on Twitter: @CWevents #Agenda17 SMS Assist is a Chicago-based technology company providing multisite property management to a roster of clients with more than 130,000 service locations. Using its proprietary software platform to manage its network of more than 20,000 affiliate subcontractors, SMS Assist offers a suite of property management benefits including leveraged pricing of products and services, $50 million risk indemnification, real-time services validation, instant invoicing, automatic service audits and data analysis to ensure quality and cost efficiency. SMS Assist is revolutionizing multisite property management services for its growing list of national and Fortune 500 clients including Family Dollar, JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE: JLL), O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR). To learn more, visit smsassist.com.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

HOUSTON & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illuminating its commitment to innovation and customer success, PROS® (NYSE: PRO), the revenue and profit realization company, today announced that Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions (SGGS) has been named a winner of the prestigious IDG Digital Edge 50 Award. The award recognizes 50 companies and their successful digital transformation initiatives that have delivered a significant, measurable business impact. Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions is a world-leading flat-glass manufacturer, ranked number one in Europe, and number two worldwide. It globally operates 37 float manufacturing facilities around the globe, and 17 coating operations that produce a wide arrange of glass types. The company provides glass products to a broad range of customers, from large international construction companies and builders, to small, locally-owned businesses that require a variety of special-order goods. Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions, France’s first glass producer, was founded in 1665 by France’s King Louis XIV, and has been in operation for more than 350 years. The company was founded by the king to create French glass for his renowned Palace of Versailles and its beautiful “Hall of Mirrors.” The Digital Edge 50 award entry was judged by representatives from IDG publications CIO and Computerworld. The 50 winners will be honored at the AGENDA17 conference, which is scheduled for March 20-22, 2017, at the Marriott Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. “PROS provides Saint-Gobain with innovative solutions that enable us to deliver to customers a best-in-class modern commerce experience,” said Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions Supply Chain and Business Model Director Jean-Phillippe Bitouzet. “In the emerging digital selling landscape, customers are looking for a frictionless buying experiences, with immediate responses about pricing and delivery. PROS has proved to be an excellent partner, committed to our success. Today we’re able to simplify the order process, deliver quotes more quickly, and provide tracking and delivery. We appreciate the partnership approach they’ve taken with Saint-Gobain and are honored to share this important award with PROS.” “On behalf of the entire PROS team, we offer our sincerest congratulations to Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions,” said Marc Chesover, PROS Senior Vice President, Customer Acquisition, for EMEA and APAC. “One of the greatest honors any company can achieve is to win an award with our customers based on our work together. We appreciate our partnership and the opportunity to showcase this company that continues to be on the cutting edge of modern commerce.” “The complexity and scale of the initiatives in the Digital Edge 50 show how quickly organizations are progressing to the next phase of digital transformation,” said Anne McCrory, Digital Edge program chair and Group VP, Customer Experience and Operations, IDG Enterprise Events. “They are taking advantage of new capabilities, such as AI and deep machine learning, to enhance their mobile and analytics practices worldwide. They are finding dramatic results from the cloud, and serving customers in faster and more elegant ways. Their adoption of agile, extreme programming and completely reworked business processes show how even the most traditional businesses can go big with digital with the right vision and leadership.” To learn more about PROS, visit the website at www.pros.com or follow PROS on Twitter at @PROS_Inc. To view additional PROS honors, visit the awards website. The Digital Edge 50 Award is a recognized honor of digital innovation. Through digital technologies such as mobile, analytics, AI, the Internet of Things and cloud, award winners see business results that indicate a true “digital edge.” Selected by a panel of industry experts and business and technology executives, winning applications are driving greater customer engagement, higher sales conversions and new products, as well as revenue and profit growth. CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders. The CIO portfolio -- CIO.com, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, events, strategic marketing services and research -- provides business technology leaders with analysis, insight and an understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at http://www.idgenterprise.com/. Follow CIO events on Twitter: @CIOevents #Agenda17 Computerworld is the leading IT media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value from core to edge technologies. IT solution providers can engage Computerworld's senior IT audience through www.computerworld.com, focused events, strategic marketing services and research. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com. PROS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PRO) is a revenue and profit realization company that helps B2B and B2C customers realize their potential through the blend of simplicity and data science. PROS offers cloud solutions to help accelerate sales, formulate winning pricing strategies and align product, demand and availability. PROS revenue and profit realization solutions are designed to allow customers to experience meaningful revenue growth, sustained profitability and modernized business processes. To learn more, visit pros.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the functionality and benefits of revenue and profit realization software to organizations generally as well as the functionality and benefits of PROS software products. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon PROS historical experience with revenue and profit realization software and its current expectations of the benefits of revenue and profit realization software for organizations that implement and utilize such software. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein include the addressability of an organization’s revenue and profit realization software needs, the risks associated with PROS developing and enhancing products with the functionality necessary to deliver the stated results and the risks associated with the complex implementation and maintenance of revenue and profit realization software such as PROS software products. Additional information relating to the uncertainty affecting the PROS business is contained in PROS filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements represent PROS expectations as of the date of this press release. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and PROS disclaims any obligations to update or alter these forward-looking statements in the future whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Digital Edge 50 Award recognizes organizations that have made great strides toward building a digital business FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - December 14, 2016) - The AGENDA17 conference, produced by IDG Enterprise -- the leading enterprise technology media company composed of CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World -- is excited to reveal the 2017 Digital Edge 50 award winners. The award recognizes 50 organizations for digital transformation initiatives with significant, measurable business impact. The 50 winners will be honored onsite at the AGENDA17 conference, March 20-22, 2017, at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The awards program grew to 50 winners this year due to the influx in nominations and the sophistication of their initiatives. Winning projects used technology to drive business innovation, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality/augmented reality, cloud, data analytics, and mobile/smart devices. Entries were judged by a panel of executive peers, including past winners, who evaluated projects on complexity, scale, business outcomes and innovation. "The complexity and scale of the initiatives in the Digital Edge 50 show how quickly organizations are progressing to the next phase of digital transformation," said Anne McCrory, Digital Edge program chair and Group VP, Customer Experience and Operations, IDG Enterprise Events. "They are taking advantage of new capabilities, such as AI and deep machine learning, to enhance their mobile and analytics practices worldwide. They are finding dramatic results from the cloud, and serving customers in faster and more elegant ways. Their adoption of agile, extreme programming and completely reworked business processes show how even the most traditional businesses can go big with digital with the right vision and leadership." Winning entries span more than 15 industries and seven countries outside the U.S. -- Australia, Belgium, China, France, India, Singapore and Switzerland. Initiatives are in B2B and B2C environments. They include clinical uses of new technology, such as a remote disease identification app where a patient coughs into an Internet-enabled phone or microphone and the voice file is analyzed for diagnosis; the use of virtual reality headsets in medical education; sensor- and data-driven capabilities for agricultural improvements, beacons that assist employees navigating a corporate campus, data insights for franchise operators, remote building operations and more. Executives from winning companies will join the speaker roster at the AGENDA17 conference. The conference, produced in partnership with the CIO Executive Council, will bring together more than 300 senior technology leaders and business stakeholders to share best practices, learn new techniques and engage in digital leadership training. AGENDA17 Sponsorship Opportunities Leading technology solution providers are invited to join us at AGENDA17 through our various sponsorship opportunities, including the awards celebration. Please contact Adam Dennison, SVP/General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO at adennison@idgenterprise.com to learn more. Event Information To learn more about the conference and to register to attend, visit AGENDAconference.com and follow us @CIOevents and @CWevents, #Agenda17. About Digital Edge 50 Award The Digital Edge 50 Award honors digital innovation. Through digital technologies such as mobile, analytics, AI, the Internet of Things and cloud, award winners see business results that indicate a true "digital edge." Selected by a panel of industry experts and business and technology executives, winning applications are driving greater customer engagement, higher sales conversions and new products, as well as revenue and profit growth. About CIO CIO from IDG is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO portfolio -- CIO.com, CIO executive programs, CIO Strategic Marketing Services, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research -- provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com. About Computerworld Computerworld from IDG is the leading technology media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.2 million monthly page views (Omniture, January 2016 - March 2016 average) and was recognized in BtoB's 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com. About IDG IDG connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent and engagement. IDG is the world's largest media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, PCWorld® and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients' success. IDG Marketing Services creates custom content with marketing impact across video, mobile, social and digital. We execute complex campaigns that fulfill marketers' global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers results and wins awards. IDG is the #1 tech media company in the world, per comScore.*


News Article | December 1, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

CIO Tech Poll: Tech Priorities explores budget allocations and use of emerging vendors FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - December 01, 2016) - CIO -- the executive-level IT media brand providing insight into business technology leadership -- reveals the strategic and spending plans of tech leaders in the CIO Tech Poll: Tech Priorities 2017 research (click to tweet). Results from more than 180 heads of IT show that organizations are focusing investments on analytics and security, and identifies how emerging technologies and vendors are being integrated into organizational technology strategy. Technology continues to be an investment area for organizations. More than half (56%) of organizations anticipate budget increases in 2017, continuing the pattern started in 2012. In 2017, IT leaders will be increasing investments in numerous applications and platforms with business intelligence & analytics (71%), securing enterprise information assets (59%), CRMs (47%) and mobile enterprise apps (46%) leading the pack. Additionally, tech leaders shared their focus on specific technology initiatives across more than a dozen areas, including the stage of adoption each technology falls into at their organization. Growth areas that CIOs are researching include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning/cognitive systems. Top areas which have moved from initial adoption to upgrading include business continuity/disaster recovery, data management/storage and co-location services. "Organizations continue to explore ways to conduct business smarter and protect assets and processes," said Adam Dennison, senior vice president & publisher of CIO. "The Tech Poll results confirm that we are in an exciting time of technology growth, where organizations are exploring technologies that will enhance legacy systems, and new solutions and emerging vendors that will elevate their business." Tech leaders are spending time and budget with emerging tech vendors -- in fact 20% of overall tech spending will be with new tech companies. Organizations are most likely to use a new vendor on projects related to data & analytics (57%), IoT (43%), cloud computing (43%) and mobile (38%). To evaluate these new vendors, IT teams are participating in pilots and product testing as well as attending conferences. Prior to adoption, new vendors are held to a higher level of scrutiny on associated security risk than tenured vendors. To view additional information on the research please visit: www.idgenterprise.com/resource/research/tech-cio-tech-poll-tech-priorities-2017 About CIO Tech Poll CIO Tech Poll: Tech Priorities was conducted to gauge for the upcoming year which technology areas IT leaders will focus on, and to measure the direction of spending within those categories. The current CIO Tech Poll was conducted in October 2016 through the CIO LinkedIn Forum and to the CIO audience. Results are based on 183 respondents who indicated they are the top IT executive at their organization or business unit. The margin of error on a sample size of 183 is +/- 7.24%. About CIO CIO from IDG is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO portfolio-CIO.com, CIO executive programs, CIO Strategic Marketing Services, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research-provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at http://www.idgenterprise.com/. Follow CIO on Twitter: @CIOonline #CIOTechPoll Follow IDG Enterprise on Twitter: @IDGEnterprise Follow CIO on LinkedIn Follow CIO on Facebook About IDG IDG connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent and engagement. IDG is the world's largest media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, PCWorld® and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients' success. IDG Marketing Services creates custom content with marketing impact across video, mobile, social and digital. We execute complex campaigns that fulfill marketers' global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers results and wins awards. IDG is the #1 tech media company in the world, per comScore.*


FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - December 05, 2016) - CIO -- the executive-level tech media brand providing insight into business technology leadership -- and Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business are delighted to announce a strategic partnership that includes two new executive education programs for technology executives: MBA Fundamentals for Tech Professionals and Beyond the MBA: Insights for Tech Executives (click to tweet). The first pair of intensive, four-day programs will be offered in the spring of 2017. "Businesses today expect their technology executives to lead them into the future, and that means they need to be well-versed in business strategy and all the disciplines that drive an organization," said Hugh Courtney, Dean of Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business. "Both of these new programs achieve that goal, from fundamentals through the more advanced Beyond the MBA course." D'Amore-McKim School of Business Professor Samina Karim, a leading expert in corporate strategy and innovation, is faculty director for the CIO programs. She designed the curricula to provide tech leaders with the business principles and acumen to drive competitive advantage for their organizations in this era of business disruption. "These courses will fill a knowledge gap among our audience and provide deep dives into business issues with interactive problem solving that participants can begin to apply right away at their organizations," said Adam Dennison, SVP and Publisher of CIO. "We chose to partner with Northeastern because of their innovative culture and faculty expertise. These programs can offer a career-enhancing opportunity to the tech leaders we serve." MBA Fundamentals for Tech Professionals The MBA Fundamentals program is designed to give attendees a working understanding in the concepts that drive all business functions, from business strategy and innovation to accounting, finance, operations, and marketing. Attendees will develop a firsthand viewpoint of how colleagues in all these functions think and work, allowing them to speak their language and intrinsically understand their concerns -- greatly increasing effectiveness and perspective on the job. MBA Fundamentals will be offered May 8-11, 2017 and September 19-22, 2017 at Northeastern University on Huntington Avenue in Boston. Beyond the MBA: Insights for Tech Executives The Beyond the MBA program assumes some business background and focuses specifically on how technology executives can best lead their companies through disruption and change. Courses focus on transformation, analytics, metrics, acquisitions and leadership. Cases, discussions and teamwork projects will dive into the strategies and frameworks for transforming entire organizations through technology. Beyond the MBA will be offered June 5-8, 2017 and November 14-17, 2017 at Northeastern University on Huntington Avenue in Boston. All professionals are welcome to the MBA Fundamentals course. Participants of the Beyond the MBA course are typically senior executives at the level of director and above. While designed for technology professionals and executives, both programs are open to those of other disciplines as well. A discounted, early bird rate is being offered for both programs. Please visit http://events.cio.com/Northeastern for more information on registration and pricing. Additional aspects of the partnership will unfold in the coming months. Registration Information To learn more about the programs or to register to attend, visit http://events.cio.com/Northeastern or email: corpprograms@northeastern.edu. To sponsor an activity with program participants, contact Adam Dennison, SVP & General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO, at adennison@cio.com. About CIO CIO from IDG is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO portfolio -- CIO.com, CIO executive programs, CIO Strategic Marketing Services, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research -- provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at http://www.idgenterprise.com/. Follow CIO on Twitter: @CIOonline @CIOevents Follow IDG Enterprise on Twitter: @IDGEnterprise Follow CIO on LinkedIn Follow CIO on Facebook About IDG IDG connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent and engagement. IDG is the world's largest media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, PCWorld® and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients' success. IDG Marketing Services creates custom content with marketing impact across video, mobile, social and digital. We execute complex campaigns that fulfill marketers' global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers results and wins awards. IDG is the #1 tech media company in the world, per comScore.* About the D'Amore-McKim School of Business Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business offers a unique model of business education that purposely blends innovative classroom learning with real-world business application. Our students explore cutting-edge theory with professors, fusing knowledge with learning experiences that include cooperative education or corporate residency, study abroad, and community service. Similarly, our resulting connections with the corporate world influence our research agendas, which, in turn, shape innovative new business practice. This synergy enables our students to become successful business leaders who are both thinkers and doers, and thus highly qualified to think critically and leave their mark on the global business world. Founded in 1922, the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University is situated in the heart of Boston, a vibrant hub of business and technology. At the undergraduate level, both the BS in Business Administration and the BS in International Business programs offer students the opportunity to develop into highly motivated business leaders. Graduate students can choose from several different full-time and part-time MBA and MS programs designed to enable motivated professionals to accelerate their success in business. D'Amore-McKim executive and corporate programs provide tailored business education needed to develop leaders, build teams, and achieve strategic goals. The school is committed to embedding a global mindset into all of these programs, as well as in its research and outreach activities. Follow D'Amore-McKim on Twitter Follow D'Amore-McKim on Facebook Follow D'Amore-McKim on LinkedIn Follow D'Amore-McKim on Instagram About Northeastern University A private University founded in 1898, Northeastern University has emerged as one of the most dynamic universities in the country over the past decade and has evolved into a U.S. News & World Report 'Top-40' National University. The University is a leader in worldwide experiential learning and interdisciplinary research focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and globalization. Northeastern enrolls nearly 20,000 students across 116 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 189 graduate programs, ranging from doctoral programs to graduate certificates, in nine schools and colleges, as well as select advanced degrees at the regional campuses in Charlotte, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Toronto, Canada.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Alliance Data's card services business received this honor for its proprietary Frictionless Mobile Credit capability. This first-of-its-kind credit card acquisition capability allows shoppers to apply for a store-branded credit card in a matter of seconds from the privacy and security of their mobile device anywhere in their shopping journey. Frictionless Mobile Credit reduces application time by more than 25 percent and the application abandonment rate by more than 95 percent. "Frictionless Mobile Credit requires a simple text and a few keystrokes, and shoppers are on their way to applying for credit. Through Alliance Data's patent-pending process, a credit application is automatically populated using information from our vast data resources," explained Mike Rosello, chief information officer of Alliance Data's card services business. "This  fast, simple, and customer-friendly innovation benefits customers and retailers by adding convenience and saving time. And, because customers know their credit limit earlier in the shopping process, it has been shown to significantly increase first-time purchases." "We're especially proud of this achievement, as the development of this capability represents the broad customer-focused thinking of our combined marketing and IT teams as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering innovative digital and mobile capabilities that put the customer experience first, building deeper brand loyalty and meaningful value for brand partners," added Jami Dewolf, chief marketing officer of Alliance Data's card services business. Recipients of this year's CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies completed an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' evaluations and selected the final 100. Alliance Data's card services business will accept the award at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony on August 16 at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CIO from IDG is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise.  The award-winning CIO portfolio--CIO.com, CIO executive programs, CIO Strategic Marketing Services, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research—provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience.  The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of IDG. Company information is available at http://www.idgenterprise.com/. Alliance Data's card services business is a leading provider of tailored marketing and loyalty solutions, delivered through branded credit programs that drive more profitable relationships between our brand partners and their cardmembers. We offer private label, co-brand, and commercial products to many of the world's most recognizable brands across a multitude of channels. We uphold our Know more. Sell more.® promise by leveraging unmatched customer insights, advanced analytics, and broad-reaching innovative capabilities. It's how we deliver increased sales to our partners, build enduring loyalty to their brands, and provide more value to our cardmembers. Alliance Data's card services business is a proud part of the Alliance Data enterprise. To learn more, visit www.KnowMoreSellMore.com or follow us on Twitter @Know_SellMore. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/alliance-datas-card-services-business-recognized-as-cio-100-award-winner-300456231.html


Kuzin E.A.,National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics | Pottiez O.,CIO | Ibarra-Escamilla B.,National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering | Year: 2011

Pulse breakup and the formation of a bunch of solitons are the principal processes at the initial stage of the supercontinuum generation using long pulses for pumping. Most investigations use the measurement of the output spectrum to characterize the development of the supercontinuum. The extraction of an individual soliton or a group of solitons with similar parameters from the bunch can reveal details that are usually hidden when only the output spectrum is measured. Earlier we have studied the NOLM including a twisted fiber and a quarter wave retarder (QWR) in the loop. Its operation is based on the nonlinear polarization rotation effect. We showed that this NOLM is stable to changes of environmental conditions, and allows simple and predictable changes of its characteristics. In previous works we demonstrated its application for mode-locked lasers, pedestal suppression, or retrieval of a pulse shape. In this work we demonstrate that the NOLM is a viable device for the investigation of pulse breakup process and soliton formation. The operation principle is based on the fact that the NOLM has a maximum transmission for the solitons with specific durations while solitons with shorter and longer durations are strongly rejected. The duration associated with high transmission depends on the NOLM length and can also be changed by amplification of the solitons before entering the NOLM. By an appropriate choice of the NOLM parameters and the amplification of the bunch of solitons, the extraction of the solitons with selected parameters is possible. © 2011 SPIE.


Tentori D.,CICESE | Garcia-Weidner A.,CICESE | Torres-Gomez I.,CIO
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering | Year: 2011

Photonic crystal optical fibers have much more degrees of freedom concerning the geometries and index contrasts than step-index fibers; therefore, the theoretical analysis of their performance is usually based on the finite element method. In this work, taking advantage of the similarities observed for twisted single-mode fibers: standard (SMF-28 and SMF- 28e) and hexagonal photonic fibers, we propose that in regard with polarization performance, photonic fibers can be described using a simpler model based on classical polarization optics. The main advantages of the matrix model we propose lie in its accuracy and generality: for each one of the selected wavelengths and input states of polarization, it allows a precise prediction of the output polarization state. The comparison of the experimental results measured for standard and photonic fibers with the theoretical model predictions indicates that in both cases, twist induced birefringence is produced not only by the medium's photoelasticity, but also by the waveguide (cladding/core structure and asymmetry) modification. In addition, for the photonic fiber, the non-symmetrical response to right and left twist allowed the identification of an initial twist as part of the residual elliptical birefringence. © 2011 Copyright Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).


Romero P.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Calvillo-Gamez E.,CIO
Interacting with Computers | Year: 2014

Flow is a psychological construct that has been used to describe states of optimal experience. It has been remarkably influential in user experience studies in areas of computing such as technology acceptance, video gaming, e-shopping, web marketing and e-learning, among others. Frequently, however, the interpretation of the flow concept as well as its major characteristics have been made in an ad hoc manner; there is no overall agreement on how the flow concept should be conceptualized; and often different studies conceptualize flow in very different ways. We claim that those interpretations have been made without a careful consideration of the original concept and that, frequently, they are the product of conceptual misunderstanding. We propose a view that might help researchers interested in flow in computing to understand the source of those discrepancies as well as to design new studies of flow. The view is based on notions of phenomenology and embodied interaction and provides a framework to analyse and situate work on flow in computing. We conclude by pointing out some areas of further research associated with this view. © 2013 © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Computer Society. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.


Rodriguez-Vera R.,CIO | Diaz-Uribe R.,National Autonomous University of Mexico
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering | Year: 2011

This PDF file contains the front matter associated with SPIE Proceedings Volume 8011, including the Title Page, Copyright information, Table of Contents, Introduction, and Conference Committee listing. © 2011 Copyright Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).

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