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Parker & Sons- Cutting your AC Bill Down

Written by admin on Feb 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

With the weather starting to warm up, Parker & Sons wants to lower your monthly bill. The HVAC, electrical, and plumbing service providing giant has time and time again dominated the Phoenix area with their high quality, professional services, as well as their commitment to unwavering customer service.

Keeping the spirit of their mission alive, Parker & Sons makes an effort to inform and educate many people about the various ways that they can save energy, save money, let them know about some of the newest and latest technologies around, and much more. Seeing as spring in Phoenix is generally much hotter than spring in other parts of the country, Parker & Sons representative Justine Kelly has provided some useful tips and insights as to how everyone can become more efficient by reducing their energy consumption when the weather warms up.

The first tip of many is to make the change from other types of fabric materials to cotton. By using cotton sheets, you will find that you will sleep much more comfortably without having to turn the air conditioning on all of the way. If you prefer materials like linen, that is fine too. What is important is that to cool yourself naturally in the summer, you will want to choose lightweight, light colored, breathable materials.

You can also do things like position your fans strategically in order to have a natural cross breeze enter the room. To do this, you will need a single standing fan (or more than one), and position the fan against an open window. Not only will this help with indoor air quality and natural ventilation, but it will save money on your air conditioning bill if you can cross ventilate a room with an additional fan. It is important to use a single stand-alone fan in this case because the one attached to your ceiling will not have enough power to draw the air from outside into the room.

It is also suggested that you turn your thermostat up a few degrees before you leave your house for an extended period of time, such as going to work for a full day. Since no one will be in your home, there is no need to keep your air conditioning running while you’re away.


Written by admin on Feb 16th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

I received my first patent for something called predictive analytics, which is used to project the probabilities that certain types of events will happen in the future.  Predictive analytics use many techniques from data mining, statistics, modeling, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, to analyze current data to make predictions about the future.

From 2007 to 2012, I made and produced two major products—one for enhanced school safety, and another for improved food safety, using my new invention.  In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stole my ideas, reengineered them, and produced a number of directly competing U.S. Government products for food safety, and gave them away to industry free of charge.  In 2015, the Department of Justice stole my ideas and reengineered them to produce a competing product for school safety that they too gave away to the public and private sectors for free.  Large enough sales of our products never materialized because of the unfair competition, and my little companies were driven out of business.

As things turned out, the market value of predictive analytics went through the roof, and pretty soon everyone across industry verticals was using my patent and my trade secrets as I helplessly stood by, destitute, and unable to pay the huge lawyers’ fees to defend myself.  I was downright angry at my own Government for what they had done to us.  By the way, the value of the predictive analytics market is expected to top 9.20B by 2020.  In my particular case, I lost a $6M personal investment and my entire retirement savings trying to start up my own small business—not to mention the millions and millions of dollars lost by the venture capitalists who shared my vision.

But my case is not atypical of what is happening across America as the Federal Government defies Article I, Amendment IV and Amendment V of the U.S. Constitution, and violates the very same principles upon which the Department of Justice is supposed to enforce Sherman Antitrust laws in the private sector.  In a real twist of irony, the U.S. Government is allowed to engage in the same predatory and noncompetitive conduct that results in prosecution if the same thing is done by industry.

In 2013, I modified the mission of my non-profit 501c3 Institute for Complexity Management or ICM to provide pro bono services for small businessmen and women who are the victims of unfair U.S Government competition.  The goal of ICM is to raise national awareness that the U.S. Government is destroying the very entrepreneurship and innovation representing the cornerstone of our economy and the creation of new jobs—small business.  Since that time, I have found several poster children of unfair U.S. Government competition against small businesses where the lives of entrepreneurs are being destroyed and high quality jobs for Americans are being lost.  A situation that is literally annihilating entrepreneurship in America.

The first case involves my former small company FoodQuestTQ (with TQ standing for threat quotient) in Maryland.  In this case, FDA and their prime contractor Battelle Memorial Institute, teamed up to steal my technology as they violated the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code claiming non-profit status and by violating Sherman Antitrust laws.  Even though Battelle is one of the most profitable scientific and research businesses in the world, the U.S. Government nonetheless allows Battelle to enjoy a non-profit tax status as it competes directly against small business under lucrative government contracts.  The Office of Justice Programs later did the very same thing with my School SafetyTQ product.  School SafetyTQ was the first science-based software to look across the full range of school safety challenges from shootings, outbreaks of disease, bullying, fire, transportation safety, and much more.

A small company named Demodulation in New Jersey developed a revolutionary technology that was used by the U.S. Government for highly classified applications.  Like all of the cases we have found, the U.S. Government stole Demodulation’s technology, reverse engineered it, and produced several products that they used for things like submarine counter warfare, inventory of munitions, the targeting of precision guided munitions, and for pressure sensors in nuclear weapons, to mention only a few of the classified and unclassified applications of the revolutionary technology. Yes, Battelle was involved too.  This case is particularly bad because it involves domestic intelligence activities against the small U.S. company by the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the National Security Agency, to steal their trade secrets.  Demodulation’s patented technology was worth billions of dollars across multiple industry verticals.

Another case involves a small company in Illinois that was named the Wesleyan Company.  The owner of the company invented a new hydration, i.e., drinking, system that was used to keep soldiers on the battlefield safe in the event of nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare.

Again, the U.S. Army, in league with their prime contractor Battelle Memorial Institute at Natick Laboratories, stole the technology from the little company after they submitted an unsolicited proposal asking for help to manufacture their product in order to save the lives of American soldiers. Instead, the U.S. Army and Battelle reverse engineered the technology and began producing the stolen hydration systems in house. 

Wesleyan company became the victim of lawyer and judicial misconduct in the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division refuses to act on the overwhelming evidence of criminal misconduct by the Army and their contractor that was presented to them by ICM. The U.S. Government refuses to pay over $55M in royalties that it owes the Wesleyan Company.

A young entrepreneur in Ohio invented the quintessential “better mousetrap,” when she solved a pressing problem that the U.S. Army had been grappling with for many decades. Unhappy with toothed zippers and Velcro®, the Army took a look at something called Zipr Shift Klōs® which mimics the spine and is a synergy of the toothed slide fastener and flexible packaging zipper (Ziploc®) to create the strongest, flexible, re-closable fastener in the world.  Again, trying to obtain a grant from the Army’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the inventor spoke with an Army researcher at Natick Laboratories who basically asked her the loaded question, “Why should we fund your research when all we have to do is build our own?”  The entrepreneur is now watching in disbelief as her own government is stealing her idea. The SBIR grant, A16-062, perfectly described Zipr Shift’s novel closure; however, it was awarded to another contractor, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company called NanoGriptech Inc. that has committed grant fraud in obtaining multiple SBIR grants for the same research.  Zipr Shift Klōs® is another technology that is worth potentially hundreds of billions of dollars as the US Army would want the closure on all of its protective gear and shelters, replacing current fasteners.

Then there’s the case of a small innovative company in California that developed a software that can fuse together any media from a variety of different sources, and present them to decision makers in an interactive environment to enhance security and better manage emergencies like terrorist attacks—something like a war-room on a thumb drive.  The inventor of the technology deployed his technology with numerous agencies, all within the federal sector, that is before he ran head-long into the jaws of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  His technology was proven to work and was successfully deployed for critical asset surveys and special events. DHS subverted the license and passed along the technology to several beltway contractors to service contracts without informing the creator, nor did they compensate for the use of the technology. When confronted they rationalized it by saying it was easier to give the contract to an existing rider contract. The licensing was also circumvented when they gave the finished products to private stakeholders for venues collected as an incentive to allow DHS to collect the property in the first place. Again no compensation nor any information was passed to the inventor, stating it was classified information and they couldn’t share it. By doing this, DHS competed directly with the company and essentially drove them out of the market with their own tool. When the licenses were terminated DHS threatened to black ball from any future contracts or other agencies, which they did. After terminating the licenses DHS simply took the technology and methodology they had been trained with and reverse engineered it and stood up their own collection teams using a much more rudimentary technology based on a PDF or a virtual tour. None of which have security or safe guards for the data sets. So much for the idea of licensing someone else’s ideas and products. Yet another case of millions and millions of dollars of stolen licensing fees.

After working for over ten years as an applied physicist at the University of Miami, Jonathan Walkenstein became a US Army Aviation Warrant Officer.  In addition to his flight duties, Jonathan helped develop many life-saving solutions for the Army Crash investigation community. His work on the airbags in helicopters program helped the lab win a Presidential Unit Citation. After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1996, Jonathan developed Color Night Vision and Sensor Fusion technologies. In 1998 Jonathan founded CANVS Corporation (a Veteran Owned Small Business) to provide transformational technologies to the Operators within the US Night Vision Community. After winning many contracts with the special forces and the intelligence community, CANVS became aware of the unlicensed use of its patented sensor fusion technologies and the release if its intellectual property in a CANVS/SOCOM SBIR Phase-I and Phase-II contract.  It took ten years for CANVS to get permission to sue the Government for Patent infringement and, after an 18-year battle, the US Government settled out of court and payed CANVS a mere $14M licensing fee for over $17B of admitted infringement of its technology—less than 1 cent for each dollar of infringement.  CANVS is still fighting against US SOCOM in the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals—a dispute that has been ongoing since 2005, over breach of data rights related to CANVS color night vision technologies. CANVS is suing SOCOM for $100M.

Finally, let’s talk about the fellow who built a ship that moves through the water by using something called “supercavitation”—the creation of a gaseous layer around the hull to reduce friction as it slides through the water—a technology that allows you to reach very high speeds using relatively small amounts of fuel.  The low radar cross section and the energy absorption of the craft can help it evade detection by sonar and radar.  It moves so fast through the water that a torpedo cannot keep up with it. But what do you think happened when the U.S. Government realized that an entrepreneur broke the rules?  Well, it’s not a pretty sight.  In this case it was the “not invented here” rule.  Usually it’s the Pentagon that tells entrepreneurs what is best, and then contracts the job out to one of their selected “big” contractors—this is how the military industrial complex usually works.  When the Navy found out what was going on, they proclaimed that it did not need the new technology and then promptly slapped a secrecy order on the inventor.  The state secrets privilege is one of the sneakiest ways the U.S. Government competes unfairly with small innovative companies. In many cases, the inventor himself is not even told why the order has been applied while he or she is simultaneously stopped from selling the product to anyone but the same U.S. Government that has refused to buy it in the first place. In the meantime, the small company’s investments of millions and millions of dollars are going nowhere fast as the U.S. Government hides behind secrecy to simply take what it wants.

These are only a few examples of the cases we have found at ICM, and the list goes on and on.  Many of the companies we talk with are afraid to come forward out of fear that they will be “blackballed” by the U.S. Government from receiving future grants and contracts.  So, instead of creating a stronger system that rewards small business innovation and job creation to benefit the economy and strengthen the defense industrial base, the U.S. Government drives the very entrepreneurs our economy depends on out of business.

Gregory Johnson Named Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Newport Hospitality Group

Written by admin on Feb 16th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2017 (Williamsburg, VA) – Newport Hospitality Group, Inc. (NHG) announced the appointment of Gregory “Greg” Johnson as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Greg joins NHG with 15 years of hospitality experience. He is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts including the development of innovative strategies to increase revenues at NHG’s 40 plus hotels.

Greg started his hospitality career opening a Hampton Inn and Suites in Nampa, ID. He was then recruited to take over the social market for the DoubleTree Riverside in Boise, ID. Not being one to rest on his accomplishments, he moved on to the role of Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn in Layton, UT, which was attached to a conference center with over 74,000 square feet of meeting space. After his second year of leading the sales effort at the property, his team exceeded their annual goal by over $500,000. 

Greg was then given the opportunity to move to Memphis, TN to lead the training department for Hilton Worldwide. He was responsible for maintaining all sales and revenue management courses for Hilton brands. He has personally taught over 10,000 sales professionals, and has revamped, retooled and rewritten over 70 training courses for the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands.

Greg eventually moved into a consultant role for the Hampton and the Hilton Garden Inn brands to increase national awareness and build their sales culture. He was instrumental in rolling out the ‘Inn the Zone Blitz’ and ‘Grassroots’ programs for the Hilton Garden Inn brand, and has added over 12 national mid-tier brands to the Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn portfolio.

For the last three years, Greg has served as Regional Director for White Lodging. He has been managing over $188 million dollars in sales at 35 properties consisting of Hilton, Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt brands within the White Lodging portfolio in Texas and Florida. He has also overseen regions in Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana.

Contentverse Increases Productivity, Reduces Operating Costs for Al Rawabi Dairy Company

Written by admin on Feb 15th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Al Rawabi Dairy Company is a leading dairy and juice company in the UAE with a wide range of products from milk, yogurt, laban, juice and functional products. Currently, Al Rawabi operates in the UAE, Oman, and Qatar, serving more than 12,500 stores with fresh products. Al Rawabi is the first company to introduce fresh juices in the GCC in 1995. It is also credited with introducing pasteurized juices in the region and functional products in the dairy industry – such as Nutree Boost and Super Milk.

Al Rawabi has the capacity to process 275,000 liters of dairy products a day, as well as 150,000 liters of juices every day.

The company is awarded with ISO 9001, ISO 14003, and ISO 22000, HACCP certifications and has received many local and international recognitions, such as the AgraME Award for Best Dairy Innovations in the UAE, the Dubai Municipality Award for Excellence in Animal Welfare, the Super Brand Award, and the Best Environmental Practices Award. Al Rawabi is also listed among the 40 strongest brands in the Arab World by Forbes Magazine in 2008 and 2015.

Current scenario

Al Rawabi Dairy Company stores and manages valuable/confidential documents, Delivery Notes, Purchase Orders, invoices. Payment Vouchers, Journal Vouchers, Credit Notes, Debit Notes, client documents/ records, employee time sheet, employee files, images, contracts, agreements, and other information which are referred to on a regular basis, in their head office.


  • There are 100+ van sales vehicles, which collect the stock from warehouses and deliver the items to stores. They get the acknowledgement document from the stores at the time of delivery. These documents are then sorted and stored in their warehouse, according to date and document type, etc. In some cases at a later stage, the customer requests for the delivery acknowledgement slip for the purpose of releasing payments. In this scenario, the retrieval of that specific document from the storage facility is a time consuming and tedious task, which may cause a delay in receiving payments.
  • The contracts and agreements are to be renewed every year with their vendors/customers. These contracts expire at different times of the year, which is a great challenge for them to track and monitor.

Implemented Departments – Sales, Finance, Procurement, General Manager’s Office, Quality Control, and Human Resources

Document Types – Cash Invoice, Credit Invoice, Load Summary, Sales Summary, Route Activity Log, Bank Payment Voucher, Journal Voucher, Petty Cash Voucher, Purchase Order, LC  Advise, Contracts, Agreements, Memos, Visa Copies & Passports, Personal General File, Training & Seminar File, Embassy & Consulate Correspondences, etc.

Average Number of Documents Processed & Stored – 15000 to 17000 pages per day, or 7Million+ Documents per year.

Solution & Benefits

  • At the end of the day, all the documents are scanned and segregated and processed automatically via Easy Index, and are stored by date in Contentverse Document Management System.
  • Any relevant data related to the scanned document is pulled from the existing ERP database using the DB lookup functionality of Contentverse, thus minimizing the data entry.
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced operating cost
  • Reduced storage cost
  • Improved customer service – With fast retrieval and easy file searching, the information customer is requesting is at fingertips.

Why Contentverse Document Management System

Contentverse emerges as a viable solution for various industries because it is simple, flexible, and affordable, and has many salient attributes which really benefit the organizations:

  • Familiar user interface
  • Supports 400+ file formats
  • Powerful scanning, indexing, and searching features
  • One-click email and print
  • Built-in OCR and full text search
  • Custom workflow features
  • Highly secure, 128 bit encryption
  • Control access at any level
  • MS Office Integration & Outlook Hot Folder
  • Powerful annotation
  • Version/ Revision
  • Check in/ Checkout
  • Notification & Alerts
  • Audit trail
  • Integration with existing applications
  • Database lookup
  • Records retention
  • Access via web and desktop applications
  • Automated data capture using EasyIndex
  • Regulatory & Legal Compliance
  • Local services and support provided by reseller Cube Innovators Technologies LLC

Al Rawabi has experienced a significant increase in productivity, reduction of operating and storage costs, and improved customer service – with fast retrieval and easy file searching, the information customers are requesting is at their fingertips.

Parker & Sons- Reducing Energy in your Home

Written by admin on Feb 15th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases
Parker & Sons is known for much more than just their HVAC, electrical, and plumbing services. They are also known for their commitment to the larger community of Phoenix residents, who they have been serving for just around forty years in total. If you go on the Parker & Sons  website, you will quickly learn that it is a treasure chest full of useful information not only on the   company itself, their history, the products they offer and the range of services they provide, but     also a breadth of articles with useful information and tips.

However, Parker & Sons also takes it upon themselves to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to assisting the public. “In a world that is dominated by technology and energy, it can be useful for families and individuals who find themselves bogged down by electric bills to save money wherever they can,” said Justine Kelly, a Parker & Sons representative.

One of the most effective ways that people can cut down on their energy consumption is to simply turn their lights off when they do not need them! But you do not need to constantly turn your lights on and off every time you step out of the room. Kelly suggests using her method for saving energy when it comes to turning the lights on and off. In effect, Kelly suggests that if you will leave one room for ten minutes or less, keep the lights on. On the other hand, if you will be out of one particular room for longer than ten minutes at a time, keep the lights off. This is just one easy way to cut down your energy bill, and potentially extend the life of your lightbulbs.

Additionally, something that is extremely overlooked is leaving things like chargers or other plugs in the wall when they are not in use. Contrary to popular belief, some of the plugs you might be using could be eating up small amounts of electricity throughout the day, even if you aren’t charging anything! So whenever you leave the house or no longer need to charge your items, unplug your chargers to save yourself just that much more money!

Parker & Sons- Understanding Arc Faults

Written by admin on Feb 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Parker & Sons, one of Arizona’s oldest, local HVAC, electrical, and plumbing service providers has been providing Phoenix residents with their premier and professional resources for just over forty years. While many homeowners and renters can understand and identity many of the basic premises of the services that Parker & Sons provides, there are some technical things that are generally overlooked and unheard of. One of these things is an arc fault.

There are many who recognize the term “arcing,” as it is generally associated with arc welding, or certain situations such as a tree falling on a nearby power line throughout a storm, which creates a current of discharge between surrounding power lines.

In effect, when an arc fault is created, it is created unintentionally in all circumstances. They are also extremely dangerous. First of all, seeing as an arc fault is created when there is a current flowing through an unplanned path, they can be unpredictable and destructive, with the ability to exceed even 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only does this affect the circuits themselves, but also the objects around the area. In many cases, materials such as wood, metals, and other things the arc fault touches or becomes close to create very serious and life threatening fires.

Luckily, there is something called an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) that minimizes the damage by trying to contain the arc. The arc fault circuit interrupter acts as a preventer to larger, potential fire emergencies. In this sense, the arc fault circuit interrupter is built to detect a number of various arcing electrical faults. They differ from many of the mechanical and technical parts of a breaker in that unlike the conventional circuit breaker, arc fault circuit interrupters are solely built for the purpose of detecting electrical arcs and stopping them before they become a serious problem in the home or anywhere else. While they do not prevent all arc faults from wreaking havoc, they have been proven to reduce the vast majority of potential problems caused by arc faults.

They are an integral part to every home in terms of the safety and security they provide, and everyone at Parker & Sons encourages homeowners and renters to learn about this technology.

TOURtech Announces POWERpinger™ – A Power Monitoring Solution For Events

Written by admin on Feb 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

RALEIGH, NC:  Event WiFi services provider, TOURtech, has announced POWERpinger™.  It’s the latest addition to TOURtech’s proprietary InSite Dashboard Network Management System and extends InSite’s proactive monitoring capabilites to electrical power.  POWERpinger™ is an IP addressable, in-line device that signals an alarm if the incoming electrical power is disrupted. 

Rapid identification and resolution of root cause of failures are critical in supporting modern Music Festivals where hundreds of thousands of dollars in commerce are transacted over TOURtech’s temporary infrastructure.  When coupled with a basic Uniterruptable Power Supply (UPS), POWERpinger™ eliminates downtime by notifying TOURtech’s technicians of a power loss while still on battery power. 

“Our connection points can be miles apart with thousands of people between them.  Sending an IT technician out when a generator is offline wastes time” said Allen Cook, Founder and CEO of TOURtech. “POWERpinger™ allows us to know if the issue is network or power related and deploy the appropriate resources faster.  Downtime equals lost revenue for our clients.  Anything we can do to mitigate or eliminate these issues provides tremendous value.”

POWERpinger™ is now a standard offering across all TOURtech deployments.

Parker & Sons- Common Electrical Issues

Written by admin on Feb 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

It is well known to anyone living in the Phoenix area that Parker & Sons is just one of the many HVAC, electrical, and plumbing service providers around. However, they are also one of the most popular as their forty years of business has been nothing less than perfect in more than one way.

Considered experts in all of the area of service they provide, Parker & Sons representative Justine Kelly has taken the time to mention what she and other Parker & Sons employees find to be the most common electrical problems that homeowners and renters face on a regular basis.

The first of these common electrical issues is that people find their circuit breakers tripping often, and are unsure of what to do. “When this happens, the first thing that people should do is to think about why this is happening in the first place,” said Kelly. “In most cases, if not all cases, the circuit breaker trips because people are overloading the system and using too much electricity at one given time.” Not only can this cause the circuit breaker to trip, but it can also be dangerous. In some instances, overloading the circuit breaker can lead to potential fires. The only way in which this issue can be resolved is to either add an additional circuit or upgrade your electricity.

Another common issue that homeowners and renters face on a regular basis is with their lightbulbs. Whether they flicker, dim, or burn out completely on a regular basis might not have anything to do with the actual quality of the lightbulb itself, and could be an electrical issue. When lightbulbs burn out on a regular basis, and do not last as long as they should, this is more than likely due to a poor or loose connection in the circuit or socket, rather than mere overuse. While this is inconvenient for many, there are reasons why the lights burn out faster than they should. In effect, many lightbulbs shut themselves off automatically in order to reduce the risk of starting a fire.

If you have any of these issues, Parker & Sons can assist in providing professional services, as well as providing additional information.  

Parker & Sons- Improving Home Air Quality

Written by admin on Feb 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Parker & Sons, one of Phoenix’s most highly esteemed and well-known HVAC, electrical, and plumbing service providers has made it one of their priorities to commit themselves to bettering the community for all people. While the company has grown over the last forty years to include a wide variety of services, as well as offer a number of products, they also provide insightful information for homeowners and renters, alike.

For the month of February, Parker & Sons has made an effort to inform Phoenix residents on how they can improve the air quality in their homes throughout the area’s allergy season.

“Air quality is equally as important as having a functioning HVAC unit in many ways,” said Parker & Sons representative Justine Kelly. “Parker & Sons might be a service provider, but our mission goes much further than that. We want people to know how they can improve their homes… and there are many ways to do that if people became aware of the things they need to do.”

One of the ways that Justine mentioned regarding how people can improve the air quality in their homes is to be cognoscente of when they change their air filters. For the absolute best quality of air, filters should be changed every one to two months. This is especially important for people who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Another way that people can improve the air quality in their homes, especially if they do not suffer from allergies or asthma, is to open their windows and doors to allow natural ventilation. This is because all HVAC units, regardless of make and model, do not circulate fresh air throughout the house. Rather, the units themselves actually circulate the air that is already present. In effect, opening doors and windows will allow for the unit to circulate fresh air throughout the home and will increase the outdoor ventilation rate.

Additionally, homeowners will find their indoor air quality improved if they use overhead fans and ventilation systems when they are doing activities such as cooking, which emit fumes if your stove is gas powered.

While there are many ways to improve the air quality in your home, these were some of the most simple, easy ways that Kelly mentioned to better manage and improve air quality.

Announcing ONUG Spring 2017 Hosted by Gap Inc.

Written by admin on Feb 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Second West Coast Conference Focuses on Digital Transformation in the Cloud Era

February 8, 2017 Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced that ONUG Spring 2017 will be hosted by Gap Inc. on April 25th and 26th at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.

“As a founding member of the ONUG Board and world leader in innovating the retail industry, Gap’s cutting-edge use of IT has been fundamental to its business success,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “We’re thrilled to have Gap as the host of our spring conference, where executives from the company will share their unique experience transitioning to software-defined, cloud-based infrastructure to address Gap’s business initiatives and imperatives.”

ONUG Spring 2017 will focus on building hybrid cloud infrastructure that addresses security in a containerized world, retooling operational teams with a comprehensive instrumentation suite, and the restructuring of IT culture, including skill sets and reorganization needed for lifecycle management. Key areas of focus will be on the barriers and solutions of enterprise workload on-boarding into public cloud and orchestration automation.

“From Gap Inc.’s perspective, we’re excited to help facilitate one of the most influential gatherings of IT business leaders driving industry innovation,” said Rathi Murthy, SVP and CTO at Gap Inc. “ONUG is the place where industry leaders come together to learn from each other’s experiences with digital transformation, from talent evolution to retooling, to drive tangible changes needed in the IT industry.”

ONUG Spring will feature:

  • Keynotes and panel discussions from IT business leaders
  • ONUG Board Fireside Chats
  • Real world case studies
  • A Technology Showcase with interoperability demonstrations
  • ONUG Use Case Working Group updates
  • Vendor proof of concept presentations based on the Open IT Framework Industry Initiatives
  • ONUG Academy Full Stack Engineer Certification Program

Early bird registration for ONUG Spring 2017 is now open until February 20.


About ONUG

ONUG is the leading user-driven community of IT executives focused on leveraging the power of their engineering and procurement to influence the pace and deployment of open networking solutions. The ONUG Board is composed of IT leaders from Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, eBay, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap, Inc., GE, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, TD Ameritrade, UBS, and Yahoo. For more on ONUG, go to or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_