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Apartment Guide Wins Minnesotas 2013 Multi Housing Achievement in Design, Advertising & Community Support Awards

Sunday, December 1st, 2013


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 28, 2013

Apartment Guide, the trusted guide for finding an ideal place to live, stated that the Minnesota Multi Housing Association [MHA] awarded the Minneapolis Apartment Guide sales team with four awards at their annual Multi Housing Achievement in Design, Advertising & Community Support [MADACS] Awards Banquet. MADACS is the premier award banquet for the Minneapolis multi-family industry, and the evening included over 1,400 people in attendance.

The Minnesota Multi Housing Association acknowledges the MADACS awards as the most honored award given in recognition of superior contributions to the multi-housing industry. The purpose of the MADACS awards is to recognize owners and associates who have made significant contributions to multi-housing marketing and management through exemplary achievements.

Kari Shideman, Market Sales Manager, declared “We are thrilled with the growth of Apartment Guide in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market and happy to be part of such an amazing event. Thank you to Mary Rippe, Carla Bush, Stacey Winston and everyone at MHA for a magical evening. With five Sales Executives in the field, our clients will not only have the best product suite out there – they will also have the best customer service. Ms. Shideman added, We are especially proud of our Team Award, as team synergy and collaboration is a core value of the Minneapolis Apartment Guide crew. We look forward to an exciting 2014.”

The winning award entry categories were:

Ascend Integrated Media Launches Online Buyers Guide for the Association of School Business Officials International

Saturday, October 26th, 2013


Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

Ascend Integrated Media is proud to announce the launch of the comprehensive online buyers guide for the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).

Designed specifically for school business officials, the ASBO Buyers Guide is a digital buying resource that allows users to search more than 225 categories and find the relevant products and services they need without the unrelated clutter of a general Internet search engine. Users can search the vendors and bookmark companies that are of interest to them, making the companies easier to locate on subsequent buyers guide visits.

The selling portion of the ASBO Buyers Guide is designed to make it easy for vendors to provide as much detail about their companies as they would like. Vendors and corporate members have the option of enhancing their listings and making their companies more visible with such features as videos, company logos, corporate member identification, and a selection of leaderboard, banner and tower advertising opportunities.

There are countless other buyers guide options in the market, said Cam Bishop, Ascend CEO. Our digital guides are designed from the ground up to make it easy for association members to find what they are looking for and efficient for vendors to achieve affordable year-round visibility for their products and services.

We have been very pleased with the initial outcomes of our relationship with Ascend and the additional opportunities that our buyers guide offers, said ASBOs Assistant Executive Director Siobhan McMahon. We look forward to reaping even more benefits for our members as they use this great resource.

About Ascend Integrated Media Ascend Integrated Media LLC is a custom media and marketing services agency that specializes in custom publishing, trade show and event publishing, custom content creation, and content integration. The Kansas-based agency has received 54 national awards for its work in the past three years.

Ascend Integrated Media is uniquely positioned to work with associations, nonprofits, government agencies, and companies to develop and produce brand-enhancing communications products. The company engages on behalf of the client to create, produce, and distribute print, digital, and mobile content associated with marketing, branding, and social media initiatives.

Ascends suite of fully integrated products and services includes print and digital magazine publishing, newspaper publishing, newsletters and eNewsletters, membership directories, product buyers guides, exhibit guides, city guides, maps, annual reports, hotel door drop services, advertising/sponsorship/exhibit sales representation, patient education information, website design and management, smartphone mobile app development, iPad/tablet publishing as well as social media account management, targeted text/SMS services, and QR code programs.

About ASBO International ASBO International is a professional association that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth and the effective use of educational resources. Founded in 1910, ASBO International has more than 5,000 school business management professionals as members. With an average budget oversight of $ 141 million annually, ASBO International members are the finance decision-makers in school districts around the world.

ASBO members are employed in K12 school districts, community colleges, universities and state departments of education. They manage the business side of school district operations, including the areas of budgeting, purchasing and financial management; facility operations and maintenance; human resources; technology; transportation and security; food service; health care; and much more.







Infinite Skills’ “Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-463 Certification Training” Offers Task-Based Visual Guide to Study for The SQL Server 2012 70-463 Exam

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


(PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Software training firm Infinite Skills Inc. this week introduced its “Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-463 Certification Tutorial,” a course providing all concepts and information tested in Microsoft’s entry-level Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exam.

Microsoft SQL certifications range from the associate to the masters and architect designations. The 70-463 is the associate-level exam for the data warehouse implementation specialization.

Infinite Skills’ Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-463 Certification Training Video covers all the information professionals need to pass this entry-level exam and master the basics of database administration with SQL 2012.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-463 Certification Video Training

Course author Steve Hamilton is a database management specialist with 20 years’ experience working with Oracle, Sysbase, and SQL Server. He has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies including TD Ameritrade and ConAgra. He currently runs a consulting company, Database by Design, and trains locally and internationally.

“The heart and soul of this particular exam is Visual Studio,” Hamilton says. “We’ll cover everything pertaining to this test, going in-depth with information pertaining to data flow tasks.”

After an introduction to data warehouse concepts, architecture, and solutions, Hamilton explains the basic hardware issues relating to data warehouse architecture before providing an overview of the process of designing and implementing a data warehouse design.

After the initial introduction the course movies on to give an in depth view of data warehouse design and implementation, beginning with data sourcing and data flow, and moving into control flows, working with dynamic packages, and containers.

Other chapters cover troubleshooting and debugging, data quality issues, master data services, and much more.

Even for database managers not taking the exam, this course is great for learning SQL server integration services. It teaches how to build services and how to deploy your package to an integration services catalogue and then bring it into a database where you can run it as a nightly routine.

Free demo videos and a full list of course contents can be found on the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-463 Certification Video Training page of the InfiniteSkills website:

http://www.infiniteskills.com/training/microsoft-sql-server-2013-certification-training-exam-70-463.html

InfiniteSkills offers its Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-463 Certification Tutorial either as a DVD or a direct download from the company website at a retail price of $ 99.95. All InfiniteSkills titles and formats are compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems. Shipping is available around the globe. Additionally, InfiniteSkills tutorials are supported by project files which correspond to examples in the videos, allowing users to work alongside experienced instructors right on their computer or iPad.

About InfiniteSkills Inc.

A leader in the field of software training, InfiniteSkills strives to offer the highest quality training available at an affordable cost. InfiniteSkills tutorials are task-oriented instructional videos, teaching complex skills by providing hands-on examples and guiding users as they carry out critical objectives. InfiniteSkills offers a comprehensive range of software titles available as DVDs, digital downloads, and in iPad editions, keeping with company aim of delivering professional training to customers anywhere they want to learn.







She Doesn’t Want Flowers for Mother’s Day 2013: A New GoBankingRates Guide to Giving Mom What She’ll Really Like

Thursday, May 30th, 2013


El Segundo, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2013

Consumer spending on Mothers Day 2013 is expected to total $ 20.7 billion, with the average shopper spending $ 168.94, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF). However, personal finance site GoBankingRates.com found that what gift givers plan to get the mothers in their lives aren’t actually what moms truly want, resulting in wasted dollars on the holiday.

For example, the NRF survey reports that two in three gift givers (68.2 percent) plan to give flowers as a Mothers Day gift, even though a Credit Donkey survey estimates that less than one in four mothers (22.5 percent) actually want to receive them.

So what is a son or daughter to do? Elyssa Kirkham, editor for GoBankingRates, explains that the best Mother’s Day gifts may also be the most frugal.

“Thoughtfulness goes a lot further than dollars do to show mothers what they mean to us,” says Kirkham, adding, “You might be a little too old to expect your mom to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over a macaroni noodle-plastered, glitter-bombed masterpiece but that doesnt mean she wouldnt love something homemade.

In fact, according to Credit Donkey, over a third of moms wanted to receive something homemade (36 percent).

GoBankingRates’ Mother’s Day 2013 guide lists numerous gifts ideas that are not only easy on the wallet, but match what moms want most this year.

When you know what your mom really wants, it makes it easier to choose a gift that is thrifty and thoughtful, rather than guessing or making impulse buys, Kirkham points out. Plus, youre also giving your mother the gift of knowing she raised a smart spender who knows how to budget.

See the full guide to getting Mom what she really wants.

For questions about this guide or to speak with Elyssa Kirkham, please use the contact information below.

About GoBankingRates

GoBankingRates.com is a national website dedicated to connecting readers with the best interest rates on financial services nationwide, as well as informative personal finance content, news and tools. GoBankingRates collects interest rate information from more than 4,000 U.S. banks and credit unions, making it the only online rates aggregator with the ability to provide the most comprehensive and authentic local interest rate information.

Contact:

Jaime Catmull, Director of Public Relations

GoBankingRates.com

JaimeC(at)GoBankingRates(dot)com

310.297.9233 x261

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Sources:

National Retail Federation, Consumers Look to Pamper Mom with iPads, Jewelry This Mothers Day, According to NRF, April 30, 2013.

Credit Donkey, Survey: Mother’s Day Statistics 2013 – Sons Will Be More Generous, April 15, 2013.

Featured Image: Tom Carmony via Flickr Creative Commons







Author of Five Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’ Introduces The In-Class PowerPoint Survival Guide

Friday, March 22nd, 2013


(PRWEB) September 04, 2012

Students who have noticed that there’s a direct link between the amount of PowerPoint the professor uses and the likelihood that theyll be completely bored in class should take heart. Theyre not alone.

This phenomenon occurs because of how the human mind processes information to learn.

The cognitive research in this area is quite clear. When humans try to read and listen at the same time, they actually understand less than if they do either one separately. Working memory is overloaded. They cant keep up, so they give up.

“This is relatively easy to prove,” says author Eric Bergman. “The next time you’re watching your favourite all-news channel, try listening to what the news anchor is saying while reading what’s scrolling across the bottom. Even if both are about the same story, it won’t more than five seconds to realize you have to block out one or the other to get anything meaningful out of the exercise.”

And that’s in five seconds. Imagine what happens during a two-hour, slide-driven lecture.

So how can students make the best of a bad situation, especially when the professor is unaware that using slides in class is unsupported by cognitive research? Two things, really.

The first is to adjust their behaviour by better understanding how they process information, and using that knowledge to adapt in class. The second is to find ways to change the professors behaviour so that he or she uses fewer slides in class (if any at all), and puts significantly less on each slide.

ADJUSTING STUDENT BEHAVIOUR

If slides are posted online in advance, students should read them before class and set them aside. They should not bring them to class.

In class, they should focus on listening to the professor and taking notes. They should ignore the projected slides, no matter how many times the professor refers to them.

If the class format allows, students should ask questionseven if it’s to slow the professor down while they finish absorbing an idea.

If slides are posted after class, the process is reversed; ignore the slides in class and take notes on what the professor is saying. Students can review the slides later, especially if they re-work their notes during that critical first 48 hours after those notes were taken.

If the professor doesn’t post slides online, students can ask to take pictures of the slides projected in class. If they are allowed, they can pull out their phone, snap the picture, ignore what’s on the screen, listen to the professor, and take notes.

If they can’t snap a photo, they should find a partner and work in pairs. One person listens and takes notes. The other writes down what’s on the slides. Copy and swap after class.

ADJUSTING PROFESSOR BEHAVIOUR

When it comes to changing the behaviour of professors, there are a couple things that can be done.

One is to cut out this article and leave it on his or her desk. If the professor reads this far, he or she will now be learning that there is no direct evidence to indicate that using slides in any format, classrooms and lecture halls included, is even remotely effective. In fact, one of the world’s top cognitive scientists says the evidence is pointing in exactly the opposite direction.

Those professors who use minimal PowerPoint or no PowerPoint should be praised, as well as the rare professor (one in a hundred?) who uses PowerPoint well, but students might consider being frank about the use of PowerPoint on class evaluations.

If there were too many slides, they should say so. If the slides got in the way of learning, they should say so. If there were so many slides that they questioned the value of going to class, they should say so.

And students should keep saying so until professors and administrators get the point. Education is far too expensive for studentsand far too competitive for the institutions themselvesto settle for glazed eyes in class, especially when those glazed eyes are created in the name of thats the way its done or everyone uses it.







Stripes Latest Guide Inspires U.S. Military Newcomers and Seasoned Travelers to Arrive, Explore and Discover Europe

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013


Kaiserslautern, Germany (PRWEB) January 29, 2013

Start the year off right with Stripes Welcome to Europe guide. Stars and Stripes, a multimedia news organization that provides independent news and information to the U.S. military community, published its first Welcome to Europe guide (February May 2013) of the year featuring essential information for those relocating to Europe or currently living abroad. Stripes Welcome to Europe guide, a free tri-yearly print and digital publication with over 60 pages, is compiled for U.S. service members and civilians stationed at U.S. military bases in Europe.

Stripes Welcome to Europe features:

Protect Your Bubble iPod Buying Guide 2013

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


(PRWEB UK) 10 January 2013

Those in the market for a new iPod in the January sales have many varieties and models to select from and the numbers can be overwhelming. Protect Your Bubble, gadget insurance company, takes a quick look at the different iPods available to help sort out some of the confusion.

Types

The fundamental iPods have not changed. There are three in the Apple line and each one does things a bit differently than the other. The iPod touch, nano and shuffle are the three models, but of the three, only the shuffle is still manufactured in the same way. The other two have changed since inception.

iPod Touch

Moving more to the sleek look of the iPhone, the iPod Touch has gone through several different changes. The main change is the A5 processor used in the iPhone 4S, a thin design like the iPhone 5 and a four inch display. Thinnest ever, it is a mere 6mm thick and weighs only 88 grams. The shell is anodized aluminum.

Other new features include a better battery, sporting 8 hours of video but an amazing 40 hours of music playback. The camera, iSight, is 5MP and records in 1080p. Shoot panoramic and landscape pictures. Move from left to right for the shot, and the camera will tell to slow down if necessary.

iOS6 is now standard on the Touch, and five colours mean everyone can be happy. Prices will range from around

RJT’s Guide to Get the Most Out of Your ERP System in 2013

Monday, December 10th, 2012


Irvine, CA (PRWEB) December 03, 2012

ERP Recent Evolution

In recent years business applications have been undergoing many changes. The progression of cloud computing, the access to mobile technologies and the impact of social media is affecting the business application environment. ERP has been the business application most affected. ERP systems have come a long way in the past few years and are now able to better integrate with the web, provide more sophisticated analytics, and are much easier to configure. It’s not your father’s ERP system.

What ERP Does

ERP collects, manages and distributes information across an entire organization and helps break down information barriers that interfere with full cooperation between finance and accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management and any other business function. The result is the increase in quality and efficiency, reduction in time-to-market, shortened lead times, higher productivity and lowered costs, improved customer service, and an increase in sales and margins.

What Has Changed

Integration with the Web

Modern ERP systems are built for the internet-enabled world with e-commerce capabilities and the ability to integrate and collaborate with supply chain partners, customer portals, and aid in the tracking of incoming material and outgoing product to increase visibility and control. Web based solutions and services offer certain benefits such as ease of integration and reduction in costs through the hosted application model. Because these solutions are in the cloud, they are easy to deploy, easy to adopt and do not need any additional investment in IT infrastructure and staff. Typically an organization pays a low monthly subscription fee and maintenance and upgrades are taken care of by the provider, which allows the organization to focus more on business and less on IT systems.

Better Use of Analytics

With the emergence of ground breaking analytics, organizations now have access to real time information that empowers them to react more quickly to a rapidly changing business environment. Integrated analytics brings together information from a company’s ERP system and enhances it with advanced analytics. Intuitive role-based dashboards give deep insight into business performance which aids organizations in better decisions making processes. When away from an office computer, users can view all of this on a variety of mobile devices such as iPads and Blackberries.

Easier Configuration

Next generation ERP products allow organizations to quickly create new processes, reconfigure and tweak existing processes, as well as add additional functionality. Leading vendors provide a full set of functionality and modules out of the box. Because these vendors have already integrated these modules and optimized the interfaces, configuration is much less costly than it has ever been. As a business grows, and a need for enhanced functionality increases; these capabilities can be “turned on” without having to pay an additional license fee. This provides a more scalable and agile implementation path and a faster return on investment.

Learn More

See how RJT Compuquest is helping companies extract greater value from their ERP system investment. Learn how next generation companies are using their tools to compete in an uncertain economy. http://info.rjtcompuquest.com/fisker-auto

About RJT Compuquest

RJT Compuquest, Inc. provides system integration and ERP management consulting services to companies with a local, national and global presence. The services provided are in the areas of assessments, implementations, optimization projects and individual resources. RJT is capable of working across all technology platforms, operating systems and infrastructures. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Torrance, CA, RJT Compuquest serves clients across the U.S. from offices in Irvine, Chicago, and Dallas. Built on long-term, trusted client and employee relationships, RJT strives to consistently and cost-effectively plan, execute and deliver high-quality solutions and services.

For more information about RJT please visit our website at: http://www.rjtcompuquest.com







InfiniteSkills | InDesign CS6 Tutorial Video Course – A Beginners Guide to Professional Page Layout and Digital Publishing

Monday, August 27th, 2012


(PRWEB) August 23, 2012

Video training provider InfiniteSkills Inc. has announced its new Adobe InDesign CS6 Tutorial Video course targeted toward beginners, which includes 119 lessons on professional layout techniques for print production and Web formats.

Adobe InDesign CS6 Tutorial Video – Training Course on DVD

The 13.5-hour training video course covers the fundamentals of professional layout and new features unique to InDesign CS6. Using centralized hands-on examples such as annual reports, newsletters and multi-chapter books, this InDesign training series demonstrates publishing techniques and workflows in real time, with narrated tips and assistance from author Jeff Witchel.

Jeff Witchel is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Certified Expert for InDesign with over 19 years of experience in computer-based layout and graphic design. After more than a decade as a creative professional in advertising and publishing, he has become a leading independent educator in layout and design. Witchel has led personal training seminars for leading ad firms, and has authored articles, books and tutorials on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator.

The InfiniteSkills Adobe InDesign CS6 Tutorial Video Course begins with an introduction to the program’s updated graphical user interface, with tips on learning and customizing the program’s primary tools based on frequency of use. From here, the training moves into the basics of layout, focusing on proper measurement and developing pages based on preconfigured and custom designs.

The next sections of the course focus on the ability of InDesign to format and structure text, from the fundamentals of placing text blocks on a page to creating paragraph styles that can standardize the appearance of specific lines and sections throughout longer documents and books.

After going over tips for layout on long documents, the InDesign CS6 tutorials explore the use of graphics and color, with lessons on transparency and special effects. Finally, the InDesign training course offers tips on printing, including preflight profiles for professional publishing as well as useful guidelines for creating booklets from desktop printers.

“Jeff’s years of experience in layout have shaped this course into more than just a walkthrough of InDesign’s features and tools,” said Chris Johns, content coordinator for InfiniteSkills. “Viewers will also gain a perspective in designing documents that people will naturally respond to, and follow from beginning to end.”

To demonstrate the program’s newer interactive capabilities, the last two chapters of the InDesign CS6 training highlight the program’s multimedia and eBook publishing tools. Topics include adding hyperlinks and buttons, and preparing documents for full compatibility with the EPUB2 and EPUB3 formats.

The full InfiniteSkills Adobe InDesign CS6 Tutorial Video course retails for $ 99.95. The complete training package includes accessible work files, and both the downloadable and DVD-ROM editions of the training can be viewed on Mac and Windows computers. Purchase options are available worldwide, with free shipping throughout the United States and Canada.

More information on the InDesign CS6 training for beginners and 21 free demos can be found on the tutorial product page.

http://www.infiniteskills.com/training/learning-adobe-indesign-cs6.html

About InfiniteSkills Inc

InfiniteSkills is an innovator in the field of technology software training. The firm’s progressive approach teaches complex topics by focusing on task-oriented training.This allows users to intuitively grasp a wide range of skills they can seamlessly integrate into their daily workflow. With DVDs, digital downloads, and iPad editions of its training titles, the company delivers professional quality training to customers anywhere they want to learn.







Daviss Drug Guide for Nurses

Monday, July 16th, 2012


Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 20, 2012

Daviss Drug Guide for Nurses