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A consortium of universities and other organizations has been awarded a major grant for emergency preparedness training for the states of Hawaii and California as well as the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). The grant, approved for approximately $4.14 million over three years, will foster the development of the Pacific Emergency Management, Preparedness and Response Information Network and Training Systems (Pacific EMPRINTS). The Pacific EMPRINTS partnership will provide training for health professionals in Hawaii, California, and USAPI that includes face-to-face courses; remote learning networks; and multidisciplinary, live training scenarios. As part of the grant, ESRI will provide software and training. In addition, ESRI staff will serve on the Pacific EMPRINTS advisory board and supply geographic information system (GIS) expertise in program planning and ... (more)

Microsoft's Ballmer: "I See Nothing But Opportunity"

Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete transcript of the session. Steve Ballmer It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he meets with... (more)

Astea International Inc Selects .NET based Astea's Service Management Suite

Astea International Inc, a global provider of service lifecycle management solutions (SLM), announced that a major European service integrator has selected the latest version of Astea Alliance, a rich and comprehensive Microsoft .NET based service lifecycle management offering, to enhance the highly successful customer-centric service organization. The robust functionality in the Astea suite will improve customer satisfaction by streamlining and automating service lifecycle management activities, including field service, logistics, contact center, depot repair, professional servi... (more)

Above All Software Named Premier SOA Solution Provider

Above All Software, a provider of award-winning business integration software, today announced that it was recognized by the Integration Consortium (IC) as the Premier Solution Provider of 2006 and a winning recipient of the Integration Solution Provider Award for Excellence at the 2006 Global Integration Summit in Boston, MA May 22-24. The honor recognizes Above All’s superior achievement in solving a complex integration business problem faced by a fictional retail bank by using key Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) principles. Other participants in the event included ... (more)

Blogosphere Discusses Whether Adobe Should Do .NET Version of Its Flash/Remoting Server

WebOrb for Rails, a server-side technology - installed as a Rails plug-in - enabling connectivity between Flex and Flash Remoting clients and Ruby on Rails applications, has caught the interest of many. So much so that in blogs developers are wondering why the company behind it, Midnight Coders, isn't being snapped up by Adobe for its ability to show that Flex/Flash/Apollo can support remote objects for multiple backends...including .NET. "Has Adobe given any thought to hiring these developers so they could get these implementations ported into Adobe’s Flex Data Services?" as... (more)