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ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Federal government has awarded Accenture Federal Services FedRAMP certification for the Accenture Federal Cloud ERP solution, determining that its enterprise resource planning solution is compliant with federal security requirements.

“We have a long, successful history of delivering effective ERP solutions to the federal market, and with this additional FedRAMP certification of our cloud security capabilities, we can provide our federal clients with even more modern and flexible solutions to help them achieve their missions”

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FedRAMP, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, is a governmentwide program that provides a standardized approach for assessing, authorizing and continuously monitoring the security of cloud products and services. The FedRAMP certification process helps the government significantly reduce the time and staff required to conduct agency security assessments — helping eliminate redundancy and potentially reducing associated security-assessment costs by 30-40 percent.

“We have a long, successful history of delivering effective ERP solutions to the federal market, and with this additional FedRAMP certification of our cloud security capabilities, we can provide our federal clients with even more modern and flexible solutions to help them achieve their missions,” said David Moskovitz, chief executive for Accenture Federal Services.

FedRAMP is the result of collaboration with cybersecurity and cloud experts from the General Services Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Chief Information Officer Council and its working groups, and private industry.

Accenture has an extensive track record of successful, secure ERP implementations including working with the $7.5 billion National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement iTRAK, the foundation’s new financial system. Accenture migrated the NSF onto Accenture’s Federal Cloud ERP platform enabling iTRAK to facilitate real-time integration of NSF’s business systems with its eight grant management systems – which support about 11,000 new awards totaling $6.9 billion. As a result of the iTRAK program, NSF has improved data integrity, reliability, consistency and sharing; improved functional integration, accountability and internal controls; an improved ability to audit transactions; and improved financial performance and management reporting capabilities. Accenture continues to provide operations, maintenance and system enhancements for iTRAK.

Accenture Federal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, a U.S. company, with offices in Arlington, Va. Accenture’s federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations.

About Accenture

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Accenture is a leader in helping organizations move to the cloud to take advantage of a new era of service delivery and flexibility, where applications, infrastructure and business processes are brought together and delivered As-a-Service. Accenture’s Cloud First agenda offers comprehensive, industry-focused cloud services including strategy, implementation, migration, security and managed services, and assets including the Accenture Cloud Platform that can drive broader transformational programs for clients. Accenture has worked on over 20,000 cloud computing projects for clients, including three-quarters of the Fortune Global 100, and has more than 21,000 professionals trained in cloud computing.

Avalution Consulting Ranked No. 2951 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 and No. 25 in the Cleveland, OH Metro area with Three-Year Sales Growth of 116%.


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Avalution Consulting – the leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions – announced today that Inc. magazine has positioned Avalution on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small businesses.

Avalution Consulting was ranked No. 2951 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 and No. 25 in the Cleveland, OH Metro Area with a three-year sales growth of 116%.

“We are honored to be named to the Inc. 5000,” stated Brian Zawada, Co-Founder and Director of Consulting at Avalution. “Our growth is a result of the trust our clients place in us, as well as our amazing team of professionals that delivers world-class consulting services and software solutions to leading businesses in the United States and internationally.”

This is the first year Avalution has applied for this honor. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/inc5000.

"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held October 18-20, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.


About Avalution
Avalution Consulting is the leading provider of customized business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting services and software solutions. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Cleveland, OH, Avalution partners with some of the world’s best run and most innovative organizations to protect their business operations.

Catalyst is a fully integrated, end-to-end continuity planning software that combines Avalution’s consulting methodology with a simple user interface, on-screen help guides, and customizable templates to make the entire business continuity and IT disaster recovery planning lifecycle easy and repeatable for any organization – regardless of size, industry, or geography.

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One of the world’s largest SAP deployments in Azure uses SIOS as their HA foundation


SAN MATEO, Calif. SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), the industry’s leading provider of software products that help IT optimize and protect business critical applications, today announced that Zespri International, one of the largest SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure, relies on SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition to take advantage of the scalability and flexibility of Microsoft Azure environment for their SAP environment while delivering the stringent service levels required of their business-critical applications.


“SIOS DataKeeper provided the configuration flexibility and high availability protection we needed to deploy our business-critical SAP/Microsoft SQL Server operations in Microsoft Azure,” said Andrew Goodin, global manager information services, Zespri International. 


The world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, Zespri International, relies on a large SAP and SQL Server infrastructure to manage its operations in more than 53 countries.  Zespri began a strategic initiative to move their SAP operations to Microsoft Azure to leverage the flexibility and scalability of an Azure cloud environment. For this initiative to be successful, they needed to ensure that their business critical SAP and SQL Server applications would continue to meet the stringent levels of service and high availability their business demands.


They faced the challenge of delivering high availability and disaster protection for their critical applications in a cloud, where shared storage failover clustering is not available. “We needed a simple, cost-efficient solution that would protect critical SAP Central Services but would not add complexity to our move to Azure,” said Goodin.


The company’s IT consultant, Datacom recommended using SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition software to quickly and easily build SANless clusters in Azure. Zespri added SIOS DataKeeper to its Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clusters to enable them to work in a Microsoft Azure cloud environment. SIOS DataKeeper synchronizes local storage in cluster nodes located in different Microsoft Azure fault domains for disaster protection. The synchronized storage appears to WSFC as identical to a traditional SAN. Today, the Zespri infrastructure is one of the largest SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure worldwide comprising more than 32 nodes running on large Microsoft SQL Server databases.


By providing the HA foundation needed to support business critical operations, SIOS DataKeeper software played a critical role in enabling Zespri to move to Microsoft Azure. With SIOS DataKeeper, Zespri was able to take advantage of scalability and flexibility of Microsoft Azure environment for their SAP environment while delivering the stringent service levels required of their business-critical applications.

About SIOS Technology Corp.
SIOS Technology Corp. makes software products that provide the insights and guidance IT managers need to manage and protect business critical applications in large, complex data centers. SIOS iQ is a machine learning analytics software that helps IT managers optimize performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization in virtualized environments. SIOS SAN and SANLess software is an essential part of any cluster solution that provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

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KEMP, Texas – Larson Electronics, a company that specializes in industrial lighting equipment, has announced the release of a 150 watt explosion proof LED light mounted atop a telescoping aluminum pole.

The EPL-APM-150LED-RT explosion proof LED work light produces 17,500 lumens of light capable of illuminating an area 9,500 square feet in size. The telescoping pole mount is designed for permanent mounting operations while offering five foot to 12 foot adjustability. The LED light head on this unit produces a wide flood beam of light that is ideal for illuminating large workspaces and job sites. The light head on this unit contains 12 LEDs arranged in rows and paired with high purity optics producing a 60 degree flood beam. The light fixture carries an IP67 waterproof rating, is dust-proof, and protected against high pressure jets.  

This telescoping LED work light is comprised of a removable LED light head mounted atop an anodized aluminum adjustable pole fabricated with 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch tubing for the first stage, two inch by two inch tubing for the second stage, and one inch by one inch tubing for the third stage. The tower is anodized and the brackets are powder coated for durability and rust resistance. The EPL-APM-150LED-RT is equipped with a powder coated flat mounting bracket that is easily attached to any flat surface. This hazardous location LED work light is equipped with 50 feet of 16/3 SOOW oil and chemical resistant cord that is terminated in an optional explosion proof cord cap. The light is universal voltage capable and can be operated with 100 to 277 volts AC.   

“Larson’s new pole mounted LED work light is suitable for mounting on walls, containers, and utility vehicles that require a durable lighting solution,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics. “Featuring LED technology, this unit retains 80 percent of its lumen output after 60,000 hours of use, outperforming comparable metal halide and halogen work lights.”   

Larson Electronics carries an extensive line of LED light towers, portable power distributions, explosion proof lights for hazardous locations, portable work lights and industrial grade LED area lights. You can view Larson Electronics’ entire line of lighting by visiting them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com. You can also call 1-800-369-6671 to learn more about their products or call 1-214-616-6180 for international inquiries.

Lanmark boosts product portfolio with Solgari’s cloud-based VoIP and cloud telephony solutions


LONDON – Solgari, the global provider of the world’s first complete enterprise cloud business communications software solution, has today announced its partnership with Lanmark, an IT support and consulting specialist. This partnership will allow Lanmark to offer Solgari’s cloud-based telephony solutions to its extensive client base in Europe.


Solgari provides Lanmark with a host of cloud-based telephony solutions that enable its mobilised customers to take full advantage of a scalable collaboration and communications service, without having to jump across different communication platforms. Furthermore, with security increasingly becoming a key requirement, Solgari delivers an all-encompassing approach to security, with end-to-end encryption capabilities and a secure archival system.


“Solgari is a perfect fit for us and our customers,” said Stephen Howe, commercial manager at Lanmark. “Over the years, our customers have increasingly been looking to replace their legacy telephony systems with more agile cloud solutions and hosted Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. When looking for the right partner, we came across a number of businesses that provided collaborative communications, such as instant messaging, video and web conferencing. However, many of these solutions weren’t integrated, which meant our customers would have been faced with an inconsistent user experience for each product. Solgari stood out as it provides our customers with a secure, end-to-end communications service that offers a seamless transition between platforms and is tailored to each of our customer’s needs.


“We continuously aim to help our customers be as innovative as they can be, which means it’s essential that we provide best-of-breed services – something we know we can always rely on Solgari to deliver,” concludes Howe.


“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Lanmark – a company that, like us, is focused on helping customers stay one step ahead of the curve,” said Sheelagh Hawkins, director of channel, partnerships and allegiances at Solgari. “Our cloud-based telephony solutions are scalable and can fully integrate with an organisation’s existing line of business applications, including Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics; something that legacy phone systems or traditional VoIP services can’t offer. As communication needs evolve, we are confident that we will have a big part to play in helping Lanmark’s customers grow.”


Lanmark provides its customers, which range from small start-ups to enterprises, with IT support, consulting and procurement. Solgari is the only global cloud business communications vendor that delivers business telephony, call & video conferencing, desktop sharing, contact centre, IVR, call archiving, call encryption, PCI DSS compliance and carrier requirements through a fully integrated software platform. Customers pick and choose the services they require, where and when they need them.


About Lanmark

Established in 1994, Lanmark provides a variety of managed IT, consultancy and support services to SMB’s throughout London. The company creates lasting partnerships built on trust, expertise and experience. It works with clients to identify challenges, review business objectives and align suitable solutions. Whether businesses are looking to outsource some or all of their IT management and support, Lanmark’s experience ensures they are in right hands.


About Solgari

Solgari has developed the technology, network and partnerships to deliver the world’s first complete enterprise cloud business communications software solution. No boxes, no licenses, no software upgrades, no capital expenditure, Solgari is unique. Solgari is a licensed telco, integrated with a scalable and modular cloud software platform, providing every service from Cloud Telephony, Call & Video Conferencing, Desktop Sharing up to the most intelligent Contact Centre, covering call encryption and meeting FCA, SEC, Central Bank and PCI DSS Compliance. Solgari’s customers can pick and choose the services required, where and when through a subscription based model. For more information, please visit the company website and learn more about Solgari’s solutions at www.solgari.com