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New Ti report investigates how express companies are adapting to a sector dominated by e-commerce and assesses the impact that increased competition is having on companies’ strategies

Written by admin on Oct 24th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

New Ti report investigates how express companies are adapting to a sector dominated by e-commerce and assesses the impact that increased competition is having on companies’ strategies.

  • As customer expectations drive additional complexity into already low margin operations, is online retail really a panacea for the parcel market?
  • Ti’s market sizing and forecasting study* estimates that the global parcel market expanded by 7.7% in real terms in 2015.
  • Ti’s forecasts show the domestic and international market sizes growing in real terms at a 2015-2019 compound annual growth rate of 9.1% and 5.6% respectively.

24th October 2016, Bath UK: Ti’s latest report, Global Express and Small Parcels 2016, asserts that while global parcel volume growth remains healthy, largely thanks to consumer related e-commerce, it questions whether online retail is really the panacea it is often made out to be. Should express operators target the B2B e-commerce sector as a strategy to sustain growth going forwards?

Express markets have undergone seismic change since the advent of e-commerce. Many analysts believe that e-commerce has been the saviour of the express sector, however, customer expectations continue to drive additional complexity and cost into already low margin operations”, explains lead author Joel Ray, Head of Consulting at Ti.

Ti’s market sizing and forecasting study* estimates that the global parcel market expanded by 7.7% in real terms in 2015, with domestic and international growth at 8.4% and 5.0% respectively. Looking ahead, the overall market is projected to grow in real terms at a 2015-2019 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4%, with the corresponding domestic and international figures at 9.1% and 5.6% respectively.

Explosive growth rates in e-commerce, allied with the high level of media attention garnered by the sector, has resulted in many other companies encroaching on the playing field. These comprise new entrants, other logistics companies, as well as existing operators from other geographies. This increase in competition poses a continued threat to traditional integrators and express companies which are already witnessing an erosion of revenues due to major customers (large volume retailers) undertaking a greater level of activity that used to be the domain of the operators – be it Click & Collect deliveries to retail outlets or pre-sorting and line-hauling to local delivery depots.

In addition, in order to compete in this fast growing ‘consumer e-commerce’ segment of the market, recent entrants are investing heavily in new delivery models, along with IT to support these, whilst at the same time targeting higher margin town and city locations. This results in the lower cost operators – posts and independent national players – often being left to handle the most difficult and unprofitable rural traffic. Low margins are clearly a concern for many.

Overall, the report’s four main chapters – Market Structure, Industry Innovations, Market Size and Forecasts and Provider Profiles – explore a number of fundamental questions that the industry faces, such as:

  • How can traditional express companies continue to fight off the onslaught of geographic, horizontal and disruptive competitive pressures?
  • Where are the real opportunities for growth? Domestic markets, cross-border or inter-regional?
  • Is B2C e-commerce the panacea for the parcels sector, or is the B2B sector likely to represent a more attractive target in the future?

*In addition to global figures, market sizes have been estimated for 78 countries and 12 regions, for the years 2008-2015, in addition to a forecast for 2019. Growth rates for each market have been estimated for the years 2009-2015, as well as a forecast in the form of a CAGR from 2015-2019. For each geographical market, domestic, international and total market sizes and growth rates have been estimated.



About Transport Intelligence

Transport Intelligence (Ti) is one of the world’s leading providers of expert research and analysis dedicated to the global logistics industry. Utilising the expertise of professionals with decades of experience in the mail, express and logistics industry, Ti has developed a range of market leading web-based products, reports, profiles and services used by all the world’s leading logistics suppliers, consultancies and banks as well as many users of logistics services.

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AAMA installs Monica Case, CMA (AAMA), as Trustee

Written by admin on Oct 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Reston, Virginia (October 20, 2016) —The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) met in Reston, Virginia for its 60th Annual Conference. Monica Case, CMA (AAMA) was installed as 2016–2018 AAMA Trustee. In this capacity, Trustee Case, a resident of Chattanooga, represents medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA) across the nation.

Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Medical assistants work in outpatient health care settings. Employers are seeking and recruiting these allied health professionals because of their uniquely diverse clinical and administrative patient-centered training. 

Trustee Case states, “It is truly an honor and privilege to serve this association and profession during such an evolving time featuring such innovations in health care. The CMA (AAMA) is a vital part in delivering quality health care now and in the future.”

Case brings a great deal of experience to her office. She graduated from the medical assisting program at Chattanooga State Technical Community College in 1987 and has been a CMA (AAMA) since 1989. For the past 25 years she has been employed by Chattanooga Family Practice working directly for Robert A Drake, MD.

Case has served in many capacities for the AAMA, including roles with the Nominating Committee and Assessment-Based Certificate Task Force, and as a delegate to AAMA conference, in addition to serving as president of the Tennessee Society of Medical Assistants and the Chattanooga Chapter of Medical Assistants.

The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)—or CMA (AAMA)—credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board (CB) of the AAMA.

The CB of the AAMA was awarded accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) under ISO 17024, the global benchmark for personnel certification bodies, thus ensuring the CMA (AAMA) represents a world class certification.  

The CMA (AAMA) Certification Program remains accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)—an accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Consequently, the CB and its CMA (AAMA) Certification Program are the only medical assisting certifying body and certification program (respectively) that hold accreditation under both IAS and the NCCA.

A rigorous credential, the CMA (AAMA) also is the only certification that requires postsecondary education. Only candidates who graduate from an accredited postsecondary medical assisting program are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The CMA (AAMA) must recertify every five years. The National Board of Medical Examiners—responsible for many national examinations for physicians—serves as test consultant for the examination. As a result, the reliability and validity of the CMA (AAMA) credential are of the highest order.

Certification status is a matter of public record and may be released. Every day the AAMA responds to more than 100 employer requests for CMA (AAMA) certification verification—for both current and potential employees.

Gartner Positions Kentico Software in Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals

Written by admin on Oct 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Bedford, New Hampshire, USA, October 20, 2016Kentico Software, a fast growing software company with offices in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America, has been positioned by Gartner, Inc.—the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company—in its October 2016 Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals. Download the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals.

Best Known for WCM

“This is turning out to be a banner year for the company,” commented Kentico’s Founder and CEO, Petr Palas. “We were positioned as a Challenger in the September 2016 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management for the very first time. Here we are one month later entering the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals, also for the very first time, as a niche player.” He continued, “We feel this is the result of a lot of hard work by our talented and enthusiastic employees. That being said, partners and customers can expect a lot more from us in the months and years ahead.”

About Portals

So what exactly is a Portal? It’s a gateway that allows large numbers of users to interact with one another and share content quickly and easily in a secure environment. Companies are using Kentico Software to build and manage a wide variety of portal types including customer exchanges, partner communities, member organizations, client portals, developer networks, collaboration sites, blogs, intranets, and more.

More specifically, Kentico’s intranet solution allows users to install, configure, and deploy intranets, extranets, client portals, and custom collaboration solutions easily. Built-in Social Media Integration extends a company’s reach and drives qualified traffic by enabling companies to speak directly to customers. Finally, the Forums, Blogs, and Groups capability gives customers the power to start discussions on their own, creating content, sharing knowledge, and, over time, increasing brand advocacy.

About the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals is an annual research study that is now in its ninth year. First launched in 2008, it provides a broad view of the relative positions of the Horizontal Portal market’s competitors—Niche Players, Challengers, Visionaries, or Leaders. By applying a graphical treatment and a uniform set of evaluation criteria, the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals helps companies quickly ascertain the completeness of each company’s vision as well as their ability to execute.

Gartner Disclaimer:

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Kentico

Kentico is an all-in-one CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing platform that drives business results for companies of all sizes, both on-premise or in the cloud. It gives customers and partners powerful, comprehensive tools, and customer-centric solutions to create stunning websites and manage customer experiences easily in a dynamic business environment. The Kentico Web Content Management Solution‘s rich selection of out-of-the-box web parts, easy customizations, and open API quickly gets websites operational. When combined with the full set of integrated solutions, including Online Marketing, E-commerce, Online Communities, and Intranet and Collaboration, Kentico fully optimizes the digital customer experience across multiple channels. 

Founded in 2004, Kentico is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner headquartered in the Czech Republic with offices in the US, UK, Netherlands, and Australia. Kentico has 1,000 digital agency partners and powers more than 25,000 websites across 100 countries. Customers include Gibson, Twinings, Ingram Micro, Mazda, Kingspan, Hunter Fan, Starbucks, and Allergan.


Would You Hire Hillary Clinton Or Donald Trump To Lead Your Company?

Written by admin on Oct 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

If the average employee behaved even remotely like our presidential candidates have (as they compete like schoolyard bullies for a position that once held such high esteem), we would find ourselves on the unemployment line faster than Donald Trump can say, “You’re fired! ”, or Hillary Clinton can say, “Emails? What emails?” 

On November 8th, the American people will be selecting someone to lead our country, and whether you are an employer or a voter, it is not unreasonable to ask the question:  “If you ran a childcare service, or a bank, would you hire a candidate like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to run your business?”

Employers have a legal liability and ethical responsibility when it comes to employing the right person for the right job. Imagine Hillary Clinton running a childcare service, or Donald Trump, a bank.  Choosing the right leader or manager for your company depends upon the integrity and reliability of a prospective candidate.  You are, after all, are seeking to entrust your business [or our country] to a reliable and trusted leader.  “There should be no difference between the way we hold business leaders or political leaders accountable.”, stated Lisa Garrett, President, Vero Integritas Global, Inc. “How can we expect companies to abide by the law, when the lawmakers who are responsible for creating and upholding the laws, are the most egregious violators and remain unabated?” asked Garrett. “You have to look at their track record. You have to consider their past performance.” , Garrett continued.

As either a voter or employer it is important to point out that negligent hiring, alone is a solid argument for taking another look at alternative candidates, like Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, or Independent write-in candidate, Evan McMullin.  Negligent hiring is a term used by the EEOC that employers should be familiar with as they recruit candidates, especially for positions with decision making authority.  An employer should be aware of negative characteristics, i.e., bullying, deception, dishonesty, greed, lack of candor, sexual harassment, etc., in a candidates history which may adversely impact the workforce.  Lack of due diligence spells trouble when it comes to negligent hiring.  “Employees are the foundations upon which successful businesses are built, and when the wrong people are placed in leadership roles, the company’s reputation, profits, and long-term viability can be severely jeopardized.”, Garrett stated. 

“As a Human Resource Consultant for more over nine years, I’ve heard stories that you just can’t make up”, stated Garrett.  One story involved an employee who confided that on three consecutive occasions, with three separate companies, she was retaliated against for complaining that she had experienced breast grabbing, butt pinching, and crotch fondling at the hands of male counterparts who had the “power” to control her employment circumstances. She feared retaliation and job loss if she were to complain”, explained Garrett.

Vero Integritas Global has developed a revolutionary program called the Employee Relation System (ERS) to help strategize long-term solutions and help companies protect profits from EEOC charges that could significantly reduce working capital.  The ERS system is designed to change the way employers handle the administrative burden of employee relations issues.

Companies who do not protect their employees by ensuring that their leaders know, understand, and legally comply with employment laws may find themselves using their profits to pay high-priced attorney fees to fight EEOC claims.  “Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about who wins the upcoming election, but if you are an employer hiring leaders with questionable employment histories to manage your company, then you should check us out”, Garrett stated.  “With the liabilities you would be likely to face, we can help you keep track of the information you may need to support your employment decisions or worse yet, to dispute a lawsuit that could bring your company to its financial knees.”  

Vero Integritas Global, Inc., is preparing to unveil the BETA version of our Employee Relation System (ERS) and the new Conflict Resolution Service (CRS) at the New York Business Expo on November 10, 2016.  “We will be at the Jacob Javits Center on November 10th”, EXHIBIT # 218.  Come see us, you’ll have the chance to answer the question for yourself”, said Garrett. 

L. Garrett    


Debater and Apologist Finds this Light-Hearted Children’s Book A “Warm Treasure” in Solid Doctrine

Written by admin on Oct 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases
Gold Canyon, AZ (Oct 20, 2016) – With the lackadaisical freeway of the mind set out for children to traverse, what do we give them to solidly stand upon in today’s media?
“Christians throughout history have systematically taught the faith to their children” says Jeff Durbin, a pastor and nationwide debater. “Mara-lee’s hope is to bridge the gap between the old ways of training our kids up in solid doctrine, allowing them to wrestle with the deep things of God, and modern children’s story telling.”
Stricker’s new book, The Adventures of Cammy Lambie in The Place of the Big Blue Sky, published by Xulon Press, has 60 pages, 5 chapters, and 25 aqua color illustrations, and has found its way to China already as it is being used in a boarding house and an orphanage in the area of Xi’an.
“If you are looking for an enjoyable addition to your homeschooling reading time, this chapter book is great for the beginner reader,” she says.
With many families moving home to school their children in a more meaningful way, personal choices in reading are taking on a much higher priority. Cammy Lambie is building to become a mini series, as well, and “will be a great tool for opening up discussions both at home and in the classroom” said another reviewer.
Learn more about the book:
Facebook page, “Cammy Lambie.”
Also available on Amazon by name.
Vimeo about the book, author’s voice narrating
Mara-lee Stricker can be reached by email to set up any further contact appointments.

Meet Tucker’s New Trick Shot Sports Dudes – Exclusively at Toys R Us –

Written by admin on Oct 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Hamilton, NJ – (October 20, 2016) – Show us what you’ve got! The Trick Shot Sports Dudes are ready for action and Tucker Toys is looking for all of your best tricks.

“While kids of all ages might be thinking of ‘out-stunting’  a physical challenge or dangerous trick clip they may have seen online, we want our new Trick Shot Sports dudes to be the fun, safe alternatives while not limiting the creativity, fun and satisfaction of attempting a cool trick shot,” Mark Nathan, CEO of Tucker Toys, explained.

Trick Shot Sports (MSRP $6.99 – $9.99) are a line of sports figure characters with powerful snap action performance that lets players perform table top action and freestyle play in amazing Trick Shot combinations.

The tricks are only limited to a player’s own imagination and Tucker wants to see the best shots. A special website and video channel have been established to allow the best shots to be shared online! Collect all (five, so far) Trick Shot Sports team figures. Choose from Trick Shot basketball, football, baseball, hockey and soccer dudes. Action figure dudes are sold independently or in deluxe sets that include a featured accessory, such as a soccer goal or basketball basket.

Trick Shot Sports is the first action figure style toy from Tucker. It was a natural extension from its play action line of sports balls and freestyle products which includes the top selling E-Z Grip® (Play Ball, Junior, Football and Soccer Ball), Phlat Ball®, Crush-It!® Bat, Zoingo Boingo® Pogo, and ZB Freestyle® Board.


About Tucker Toys:

Tucker Toys, based in Hamilton, NJ, brings to market a line of toys with far wider ranges of use, spanning all ages and transforming almost all environments into playable ones. Tucker Toys evolved from marketing only through a few international distributors to nearly 50 countries currently with a strong public outreach, engaging kids and families directly. Every toy created by Tucker has received awards from various prestigious organizations including Mom’s Choice, Parents’ Choice, The National Parenting Center, The Toy Insider and veteran toy marketer Einstein, da Vinci and Goldberg. Most recently, two of Tucker’s toys received special needs approval by AblePlay, a division of Lekotek, proving the versatility of Tucker’s toy innovation that brings value to parents and benefits to children across the spectrum. Products from Tucker Toys include the internationally award-winning Phlat Ball®, Crush-It!® Bat, Zoingo Boingo® Pogo, and the ZB Freestyle® Board, a high-bouncing action sports toy ideal for skateboarding and parkour enthusiasts.

More information is available at and to interact with the company, follow us on our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

*Special Needs Approval from Lekotek Center’s AblePlay Award Certification

$8 Million Guitar Counterfeit Claim Dismissed

Written by admin on Oct 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

UK Guitar Maker John Hornby Skewes & Co., Ltd. has been granted summary judgment dismissing an $8 million guitar counterfeiting claim brought against it by Gibson Brands, Inc.

Lyndhurst, NJ – October 20, 2016 – Scarinci Hollenbeck ( intellectual property attorneys Ronald S. Bienstock and Brent “Giles” Davis secured a major victory in a trademark infringement suit.  Gibson Brands, Inc. (“Gibson”) sued Scarinci Hollenbeck’s client, U.K. musical instrument company John Hornby Skewes & Co., Ltd. (“Skewes”), alleging that Gibson owned trademarks in certain two-dimensional body and headstock shapes and that Skewes has violated those trademarks. The case, Gibson Brands, Inc. v. John Homby Skewes & Co., Ltd. is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Case. No. 2:14-cv-00609-DDP-SS). 

Court Dismisses Gibson’s Counterfeiting Claim

According to Gibson, Skewes used counterfeit versions of the shapes at issue. Skewes argued that it should be granted judgment as a matter of law on the counterfeiting count, since (1) all its guitars  prominently displays the brand name of “Vintage,” and (2) all advertising and packaging state that the guitars came from John Hornby Skewes. Skewes moved for summary judgment and oral argument was held with trial counsel Davis appearing for Skewes. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of Skewes on the counterfeiting claim. In so doing, the Court eliminated Gibson’s ability to collect $8 Million in statutory damages.

In its Order of September 29, 2016, the Court concluded that “no reasonable jury could find that [John Hornby Skewes]’s guitars were counterfeits of Gibson’s guitars.”  The Court explained that “counterfeiting is the ‘hard core’ or ‘first degree’ of trademark infringement that seeks to trick the consumer into believing he or she is getting the genuine article, rather than a ‘colorable imitation.’”  Counterfeiting also gives the aggrieved party “wider range of statutory penalties and remedies.” 

The Court found that:

“…guitars in question cannot be deemed identical or substantially indistinguishable from each other. Aside from certain visual distinctions between the guitars, as both [John Hornby Skewes] and Gibson acknowledge, guitars are typically identified by the branding on the headstock. Here, [John Hornby Skewes]’s guitars are marked with the “Vintage” branding on the front and the [John Hornby Skewes] trademark on the back.”

Remaining Guitar Shape Trademark Infringement Claims

The remaining claims, set for trial in February 2017, limit damages to profits on the sale of, as the Court noted, about “300 such guitars.”  The Court declined to grant summary judgment to either party on Gibson’s claims of trademark infringement of the guitar body and headstock shapes. Skewes has asserted counterclaims of cancellation of the trademark registrations for the body and headstock shape, citing to rampant third-party usage throughout the guitar industry for fifty years.


Written by admin on Oct 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

New York, NY (October 19, 2016) – The newly opened Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel announces the launch of its Haute Handbag and Hotel Package, which includes a one-night stay in the hotel’s most luxurious accommodations — the Empire Suite, a personal consultation and dinner with celebrity bespoke handbag designer Anthony Luciano, and a custom handmade bag for both men and women. Anthony Luciano has crafted one-of-a-kind handbags for notables such as Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, and Cameron Diaz, among others. 

In an increasingly mass market world, the Haute Handbag and Hotel Package offers hotel travelers an authentic Garment District experience to design a custom handbag with renowned craftsman Anthony Luciano.  Known for his attention to detail and incredible collection of vintage handbag clasps, Luciano will give a tour of his workshop and work one-on-one with guests to design their dream handbag.  Anthony crafts leather and exotic skin bags for both men and women.  The Haute Handbag and Hotel Package features:

  • One-night stay in the Empire Suite, a one-bedroom, two-bathroom suite, complete with pool table, library, gourmet kitchen and terrace with views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and city skyline
  • Atelier tour and in-person handbag consultation with Anthony Luciano
  • Custom handmade Anthony Luciano handbag (not included in package pricing; price of handbags start at $1,500)
  • Dinner for two with Anthony Luciano in Rock & Reilly’s, the hotel’s gastropub
  • Welcome amenities upon arrival including a bottle of Charles Heidsieck Champagne and Sterling Caviar
  • Gourmet breakfast for two prepared en suite by the hotel’s chef

The package price starts at $3,499 per night based on double occupancy, subject to availability.  Guests can book by calling 212-239-0014. 

“Partnering with Anthony Luciano on this package is like a dream come true,” says Dianne Pepe, Director of Sales and Marketing, Renaissance NY Midtown Hotel.  “The responsibility of supporting our local artisan designers and neighborhood culture is one that Renaissance takes very personally.  We are thrilled to be able to act as a platform for Mr. Luciano while bringing awareness to the Garment District itself.  The design of the hotel is reflective of the artistic industries that surround us and we are excited to give guests a chance to immerse themselves in this hyper-local, one-of-a-kind experience.”

Located on 35th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, just steps away from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, the hotel melds the best of New York’s music, sports, art and design, celebrating the spirited creative industries that continue to thrive in the surrounding Garment District.  The brand’s “Business Unusual” mantra typifies the unexpected cultural experiences the hotel creates for its next generation business travelers. 


Terms & Conditions
All package components are based on availability, blackout dates may apply.  Package pricing does not include taxes.  Preferred handbag purchase price starting at $1,500.00 and is not included in the package pricing, multiple purchases may be made.  Final purchase price will be determined based on the skin and frame chosen. Scheduling of consultation and dinner will be the responsibility of the guest and will be determined based on Mr. Luciano’s availability.  Package is based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates available.  Marriott reward points may not be applied.  Guests must be 21 or over to check into hotel. Other than amenities listed above, package does not include alcohol or gratuities. Reservations must be made directly with hotel by calling 212-239-0014.

 For more information on the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, please call 1-212-239-0014 or visit

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Quali CloudShell 7.1 Introduces Hybrid Cloud Support with Amazon Web Services

Written by admin on Oct 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Quali Cloud Sandbox Software Provides Expanded Integration for DevOps Tools


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2016 – Quali, the leading maker of cloud sandbox software for DevOps automation, today announced the general availability of CloudShell 7.1, which introduces application deployment for hybrid clouds with support for Amazon Web Services (AWS), among other technical advances. Recognizing the rapid adoption of hybrid cloud deployments, Quali now enables hybrid sandboxes that straddle public-private clouds to accelerate cloud adoption with lower risk and increased quality.

The Quali CloudShell platform automates and accelerates the DevOps lifecycle by providing dev, test, QA and compliance teams with personal replicas of their production environments within software sandboxes. The latest CloudShell 7.1 release includes out-of-the-box support for AWS via the Quali community, along with existing support for VMWare vCenter, and Docker. Support for Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform are planned for future releases.

CloudShell Release 7.1 allows the management of AWS EC2 instances directly via the same sandbox environment as on premise VM instances. To facilitate an organization’s AWS budget and cost management activities, AWS EC2 instances deployed via CloudShell Apps are preconfigured by design and tagged. This helps drive better governance and cost control

Environment sandbox templates consisting of a pre-defined set of components (such as resources, connections, inputs, properties etc.) enable enterprises to define a uniform standard for new environments. The CloudShell Sandbox Template is provided off-the-shelf with CloudShell. It is configured to run CloudShell’s Setup and Teardown processes that perform the following important operations:

  • Deploy and de-provision apps from the CloudShell and the cloud provider
  • Enable the use of AWS EC2 Apps by running connectivity procedures that set up the AWS VPC and subnet for the reservation
  • ConnectLink connectivity routes between resources and/or apps


In addition, users can now easily add custom data from Sandboxes into the CloudShell Insight business intelligence (BI) module and immediately expose them for use in dashboards, without any programming.

For on-premise data center or VMware vCenter-based private cloud deployments, the Quali Developer Community has also provided open standards for Shells, which are the building blocks for sandboxes. The new Shell standards make it easy for developers to create and share Shells within the developer community and open source them. The latest standards include updates to the Network Shell, along with standards for new Shells including Basic Shells, Firewall, Traffic, Power Distribution Units (PDU), and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Shells.

Advanced VLAN features in CloudShell 7.1 make it easier for developers to connect virtual and physical endpoints for on-premise VMware vCenter deployments.  

“As enterprises shift to a ‘cloud-first’ model, one of the biggest challenges is in bridging the operating models of old world IT with the new. Companies that want to do cloud must embrace DevOps. Quali’s Hybrid cloud sandboxes with public cloud support for providers like Amazon Web Services can be a very powerful tool to accelerate cloud adoption with reduced risk and lower cost. It’s a DevOps-friendly way to reduce hybrid cloud speed bumps,” said William Fellows, VP Research and Founder, 451 Research Group.

“We see considerable value in having consistent DevOps processes across private and public clouds. The ability to spin up sandboxes for Hybrid cloud deployments with standardized environments and end-to-end visibility can allow development and test teams to make the best use of on-premise and public cloud resources, simplify workflows and rollout releases faster with higher quality and reduced risk,” said John Jones, DevOps and IT architect, Cisco.

“We know that more enterprise computing is migrating to public clouds and hybrid clouds, so this 7.1 release reflects the critical nature of hybrid sandbox software for the most complex infrastructure environments that now bridge private datacenters to public clouds and hybrid clouds,” said Shashi Kiran, Chief Marketing Officer of Quali. “Integrating AWS deployment paths to CloudShell will greatly benefit our enterprise customers increasing the pace of cloud adoption with better governance mechanisms, while reducing cost and enhancing quality. Enterprise IT and DevOps teams should definitely evaluate Quali first for these complex Dev/Test environments”

Quali CloudShell 7.1 Enterprise Edition is available immediately as a free upgrade for existing customers. The Free Developer Edition is available for immediate download for registered users at the Quali Community. Enterprise Edition is available for new users with subscription pricing starting at $30,000 per year plus $3,000 per concurrent sandbox per year.


Hybrid Cloud Webinar

Quali will host an upcoming Webinar on Nov. 2 about moving datacenter workloads to hybrid clouds and public clouds. Quali CTO Joan Wrabetz and CMO Shashi Kiran will discuss how cloud sandboxes can speed up application roll-outs and make hybrid cloud deployments more successful. Webinar attendees will also receive a free ebook, Introduction to DevOps. Click here to learn more and register.



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The Cost to Build An Online School Will Stop You In Your Tracks

Written by admin on Oct 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Press Releases

Discover How LifterLMS is Disrupting the Business of Education

Azusa, California: Last week LifterLMS, a learning management system software company, announced the release of LifterLMS 3.0. After releasing the software 2 years ago, the company has been on a mission to disrupt and democratize education in the digital classroom. They shocked the market when they made their core software free earlier this year. According to WordPress, the free software has been downloaded 25,214 times. And now with LifterLMS 3.0 they reduced the barrier to entry further by lowering the price of their premium add-ons by packaging them all in one bundle for over 60% off retail.

In 2013 Matt Mullenweg, WordPress founding developer and LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman spoke at the LinkedIn Speaker Series. Matt said “our original mission was to democratize publishing. I’ve started to add two words to that … to democratize publishing and development.” Chris Badgett, LifterLMS cofounder was listening and crafted the LifterLMS project on top of that vision by building LifterLMS on WordPress with a mission to democratize learning in the digital classroom.

To gain this momentous progress LifterLMS planned and executed the following tactics:

  • Give away as much as sustainably possible in the free open source LifterLMS software
  • Crowdsourcing the direction of the product from the community of education entrepreneurs that use it
  • Frequent software upgrade releases that improve the user experience in terms of human connectivity online, learner autonomy, and the ability to learn quickly.

LifterLMS helps education entrepreneurs in four areas.

LifterLMS offers a complete learning management system for building courses, lessons, quizes, lesson discussions, progress tracking, analytics and more. The students have a dashboard where they can access their courses and view their achievements and certificates.

It also comes with it’s own ecommerce engine designed specifically for selling courses and memberships. The site owner can create a range of access plans for their courses and memberships. LifterLMS comes with a manual payment gateway, and they offer some premium add-ons with services like Stripe and PayPal to bring in more advanced payment gateways and provide deeper support for one time and recurring payments.

LifterLMS also offers an engagement system designed to keep learners engaged by deliver engagements based on user behavior inside the learning management system. The three types of engagements are personalized emails, achievement badges and certificates.

A LifterLMS platform also allows education entrepreneurs to sell groups of courses at once through membership levels. Courses protect LifterLMS lessons so the learning content is only available to successfully enrolled students. 

LifterLMS is free to get started. Anyone can download the LifterLMS software for free from the LifterLMS website.