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Losing Patience With Market's Fed Obsession

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4i Enhances Leadership With Emphasis On Developing New Growth And Foresight Analytics And Solutions


DEERFIELD, IL (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

4i, a growth and foresight analytics firm dedicated to helping clients uncover new areas of growth and execute strategies to sustain growth long term, announced today the addition of a key team member, Valery A. Petrushin, Ph.D., who will help contribute breakthrough foresight analytics and solutions by leading 4i’s Research & Development function.

“As 4i solidifies its role as the leader in growth and foresight analytics, we need to constantly think ahead to develop new analytics to address new growth questions and provide solutions to support 4i’s predictive foresight analytics platform. Valery brings all the right experiences in expertise as a mathematician and pragmatic practitioner who knows how to package analytics into solutions,” commented Dr. Eugene Roytburg, Managing Partner of 4i.

Dr. Petrushin joins 4i as Vice President and member of the firm’s operations leadership team, specifically overseeing 4i’s R&D function to help advance 4i’s leadership in foresight analytics. He has more than 25 years of experience in applied research and R&D management across specialties including machine learning, data mining, business analytics, speech & video technology, search & navigation and probabilistic inference. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries including CPG, Retail, Telecom, CRM, Finance and Healthcare.

Dr. Petrushin has led a successful career, coming to 4i from Opera Solutions, LLP as Principal Scientist. Before then, he was Director of Analytics at The Nielsen Company for four years and earlier worked as Experienced Manager at Accenture (and former Andersen Consulting) for 10 years.

Moreover, he is a published author of two books titled Dialogue Systems (1987) and Expert-Tutoring Systems (1992) and editor of three books including Multimedia Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, published by Springer in 2007. The owner of seven US patents, he is a prolific scientist, having published over 160 research papers. Dr. Petrushin is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a recognized international expert on business analytics, data mining and machine learning. Prior to applying his skills to the private sector, he was a Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology for three years.

Dr. Petrushin holds his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics in Ukraine, where he worked for over a decade as the Director of Laboratory before coming to the U.S. He earned his M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Kharkov State University in Ukraine. As 4i continues to grow and develop its data and analytics solutions for clients, it will look to Dr. Petrushin to help lead this effort of innovating technological offerings and best practices.

About 4i

4i’s forward-looking, predictive foresight analytics driven approach helps clients uncover future growth opportunities, size future demand, develop successful growth strategies, and identify new innovations to succeed in tomorrow’s marketplace. The company’s foresight analytics have been proven over time to deliver consistently accurate results that help clients realize unparalleled growth opportunities. For more information on 4i, please visit http://4igrowth.com or contact Eugene Roytburg, Managing Partner at 847 964 9290 or at eugene.roytburg(AT)4igrowth.com.







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FileCatalyst Accelerates File Transfer in the Czech Republic with Traco Systems Partnership


Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

Unlimi-Tech Software, Inc., an Emmy® Award winning pioneer in managed file transfers and the creator of FileCatalyst, a world leading accelerated file transfer solution, is pleased to announce a new channel distribution partnership in the Czech Republic with Traco Systems.

Traco Systems is a system integrator, a premier value added reseller and reseller of data solutions to customers in the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. Founded in 1996 in Bratislava and in 2000 in Prague, Traco Systems is a trading company that deals with implementation and system integration of audiovisual technologies, with a particular focus on broadcast and post-production. Traco Systems offers complete solutions from analysis and project development to installation, training, and long-term service.

Traco Systems has partnered with FileCatalyst to provide the latest in broadcast technology to their clients looking to increase the speed of file transfers without compromising reliability or security. The FileCatalyst platform is immune to packet loss and latency while transferring large files over unreliable bandwidth connections or vast geographical distances, which is ideal for Traco’s customer base. While traditional file transfer methods like email and FTP are unable to keep up with increasingly larger file sizes, FileCatalyst ensures the transfer of any file, of any size, at speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

“We are proud to be able to offer our customers an accelerated, reliable and secure file transfer solution through our partnership with FileCatalyst,” said Michal Popela, Director of the Prague office at Traco Systems. “The FileCatalyst solution will be a great option for our clients.”

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Traco to introduce their customers to the benefits of FileCatalyst,” said Alan Atkinson, Unlimi-Tech’s Vice President of Business Development. “Traco Systems has a reputation for providing cutting edge technology to customers, and we are thrilled that they will now be able to offer FileCatalyst as an accelerated file transfer solution.”

About Unlimi-Tech Software, Inc.

Located in Ottawa, Canada, a pioneer in managed file transfers, is the creator of FileCatalyst, a world leading accelerated file transfer solution. Founded in 2000, the company has more than one thousand customers in media & entertainment, energy & mining, gaming, and printing, including many Fortune 500 companies as well as military and government organizations. FileCatalyst is a software platform designed to accelerate and manage file transfers securely and reliably. FileCatalyst is immune to the effects that latency and packet loss have on traditional file transfer methods like FTP, HTTP, or CIFS. Global organizations use FileCatalyst to solve issues related to file transfer, including content distribution, file sharing, and offsite backups. To learn more, visit filecatalyst.com or @FileCatalyst on Twitter.

About Traco Systems

Traco Systems is a company that specializes in the implementation and system integration of digital technologies with a focus on broadcast and post-production, offering comprehensive solutions, from analysis and process design, to actual installation, training, and service support. To learn more, please visit http://www.tracosys.cz.







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Jason Hope, FierceCIO Report on Combining Internet of Things and Big Data


(PRWEB) March 12, 2015

As the Internet of Things grows, so do its possible uses, and combing the Internet of Things with big data could prove to be a powerful combo, reports cited by FierceCIO indicate. In a recent article, David Weldon of Fierce CIO looked at recent statistics that show how this combination is benefiting businesses. Jason Hope believes this is one of the main commercial benefits of the growing Internet of Things.

According to the March 3 article entitled “IoT and big data a powerful combo, new studies find,” an increasing number of companies are using the Internet of Things to gather data and business intelligence. The article quoted a Tech Pro Research study that indicated 29 percent of businesses currently use the Internet of Things in this way, with 26 percent planning to do so in the future.

“The Internet of Things has moved far beyond hype, with measurable gains realized in a number of industries,” wrote David Weldon.

According to the report, the Internet of Things’ flexibility is where it benefits businesses. It can fill in where current data mining problems make finding relevant data difficult. Gains were seen in the abilities to make better products, better identify customer needs, spot potential risks, make informed decisions, operate more efficiently and anticipate coming trends.

“Data is crucial to business decision making,” said Jason Hope. “The Internet of Things gives companies a new tool to use to gather, analyze and use that data. As the economy continues to improve, so does the need for relevant data, and the IoT makes that data easier to access.”

“Changes in industry as a whole are making the Internet of Things an increasing reality,” continued Hope. “The technology, political structure and social acceptance are all in place now, so more and more companies are able to adopt Internet of Things solutions.”

In the coming year, experts expect to see an increasing emphasis on the commercial benefits of the Internet of Things, even while the consumer aspects continue to grow and develop.

About Jason Hope

Jason Hope is an entrepreneur from Scottsdale, AZ, who works as a philanthropist and futurist. He enjoys watching the development of the Internet of Things, and uses his resources to fund medical research to help combat aging. Learn more about his work at http://www.jasonhope.com.







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d-Wise and Salient HHS Partnership Introduces ACO Advance for Accountable Care Organizations

Morrisville, NC (PRWEB) March 09, 2015

d-Wise Inc., a leading healthcare technology solution provider, and Salient HHS, a leading provider of healthcare management solutions, announced today the availability of a powerful turnkey information-delivery and analytics platform for ACO performance management and reporting.

ACO Advance powered by Salient’s ACO Minder® is a SaaS offering that combines d-Wise’s deep healthcare and technology domain expertise with the power of Salient’s hosted visual analytics platform, ACO Minder.

With this new offering, ACOs will be able to apply sophisticated analytics to their healthcare data to maximize the savings incentives offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). At this critical juncture in healthcare reform, the opportunity and need to manage population health, gain visibility on outcomes and risk and control costs has never been greater.

In January, the Obama administration announced a dramatic plan to accelerate payment reform under Medicare, by moving away from the fee-for-service model towards a pay-for-performance model, and a pledge to tie 50 percent of incentive payments to quality outcomes by 2016. It’s critical that ACO’s leverage both healthcare-focused technology and deep subject matter expertise if they are to execute successfully on this mandate. d-Wise and Salient are addressing this reform initiative with a unique, SaaS offering that blends Salient’s user-friendly ACO Minder visual analytics platform with d-Wise’s deep healthcare data science and consulting expertise, and both companies’ proven assessment and implementation capabilities.

“ACO Minder® combined with d-Wise’s expertise represents an ideal solution for emerging ACOs with complex operations,” said Fahad Rahman, Salient HHS’s Vice President of Healthcare. “We’re very excited to enter 2015 with d-Wise to deliver this unique solution to the new frontier of Accountable Care. Salient has provided groundbreaking performance management solutions for global businesses and large healthcare organizations for almost 30 years. Now, our proven data visualization technology is available specifically to assist ACOs to meet their data analytics needs. ACO Minder’s strong suit is high-performance analytics in a non-technical, user-friendly way to assist ACOs in enhancing patient care delivery in a financially sound and rewarding way.”

“ACO Advance is the SaaS combination of d-Wise’s proven expertise with healthcare systems, processes and data, and Salient’s ACO Minder visual analytics platform. We believe this combination will provide the most valuable solution in the industry,” said Joe Randazzo, d-Wise Vice President of Healthcare. “The potential of this strategic partnership is very exciting.”

This solution supports ACOs in achieving the Triple Aim for patient populations and empowers ACO administrators and Providers to track, aggregate and monitor provider-specific quality measures, key financial metrics and then risk adjust their populations according to the CMS-HCC methodology. Designed for use at every level of an organization, the managed services solution provides clinicians and care managers with data views and drill down capabilities that help coordinate patient care, identify system or provider level intervention opportunities and ultimately realize better outcomes for patients.

d-Wise and Salient will be hosting a free webinar, Applying Analytics at ACOs: Delivering Better Care and Keeping Your Share of the Medicare Savings on March 19th. Craigan L. Gray, MD, MBA, JD, Salient’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will provide his unique perspective on the state of ACO market built from his many years as a physician, both in private practice and provider administration and as the Former Director of North Carolina Medicaid Program—2009-2012. There will also be a high-level demonstration of ACO Advance powered by Salient’s ACO Minder that will demonstrate how ACOs can apply this powerful analytical software to be profitable, as they lead the way in CMS’ incentive programs. Register

Both companies will also be exhibiting at the upcoming National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) event in Baltimore, April 1-2.

About Salient HHS (http://salienthhs.com)

Salient Management Company provides advanced visual data mining and enterprise analytics systems for a broad range of data intensive programs and organizations in CPG, Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Public Sector and Education industries. Founded in 1986, Salient today serves more than 115,000 users in 61 countries.

Salient’s technology includes a proprietary ultra-high-speed in-memory analytical data mart; powerful, intuitive visual data mining tools; and an integrated collaboration component that merges unstructured “soft” intelligence with structured data in context.

Salient HHS is the division of Salient Management Company responsible for the development and implementation of applications utilizing Salient’s technology platform for the healthcare, human services, and related public sector vertical markets. Salient has provided technology and applications for healthcare data analysis since 2005. The company’s staff includes application consultants experienced in healthcare data structures and formats; data analysts with deep familiarity with the healthcare payer programs and the use of healthcare data to improve program efficiency and effectiveness; and business consultants with years of experience in health and human services programs—including our Chief Medical Officer, a former state Medicaid director—who serve as trusted advisors to our clients in the implementation and use of Salient performance management solutions to transform the delivery of healthcare and human services.

About d-Wise (http://www.d-wise.com)

d-Wise is a technology leader with the expertise to empower healthcare organizations to resolve their business optimization challenges, helping them rapidly harness and leverage data, systems and processes to gain competitive advantage.

With offices in the US and UK, d-Wise offers product, service and consulting solutions that help clients implement robust, reliable, and compliant data infrastructures that are optimized for analytics and decision support. d-Wise has over a decade of experience tailoring data warehousing and standards solutions to meet the foundational data needs of their clients. Within the healthcare arena, d-Wise works with organizations to help them develop an analytic vision, and integrate and streamline data operations for rapid deployment of visual intelligence solutions and advanced analytic models. d-Wise is well known for their expertise and capability in implementing advanced analytic solutions that improve operations, lower costs, improve health outcomes quality and facilitate executive decision making. The company’s broad range of experience includes data optimization for actuarial, quality, medical-management, and operational functions, as well as support for IT and data organizations looking to implement best practices.

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