Published January 17, 2006
Volume 14, Number 1

  • Hacienda’s Pixion, Inc., has introduced a new feature to its cross-platform web conferencing software, PictureTalk software, called Conference Podcasts. The feature will allow PictureTalk users to publish recorded conferences as podcasts so that they can be published for downloading and remote viewing by users. “The video iPod is a remarkable product from Apple, with infinite potential for business as well as personal use,” says Robert Boese, general manager of Pixion. “Conference Podcasts are the first step in tapping this potential.”    

    Customer response has been positive. “Pixion’s new podcasting service will enable us to present our small group problem-based teaching sessions on a new portable platform for our students to review,” says Dr. Steven Erde, senior director of the Office of Academic Computing and associate professor of clinical pathology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. “This is another example of Pixion listening to the market, and incorporating Apple’s innovation into solutions that help their customers collaborate more effectively.”
  • Arroyo Video Solutions, headquartered in Hacienda, has entered into an agreement with Charter Communications to provide Arroyo OnDemand to support the rollout of video on demand (VOD) technology in Alcoa, Tennessee. “Arroyo OnDemand provides us with a flexible, end-to-end VOD solution and the ability to add new features, functions, hardware and applications quickly and effortlessly while taking full advantage of the advancements the computer industry delivers today,” says Pragash Pillai, VP of Advanced Engineering, Digital Video for Charter. Charter is the third major cable company to select Arroyo’s VOD product.
  • Roger Barnett, chairman and CEO of Shaklee Corporation, unveiled business models for successful aging as a part of a keynote address presented at the recent 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Barnett emphasized the need to develop business models and health opportunities for the 78 million aging baby boomers, some of whom will begin turning 60 in January 2006-2007. “The public and private sectors need to work together to develop policies that will help the aging baby boomers remain a productive and engaged part of society,” he said. “The Shaklee business model is one such example, and there are many others… but there needs to be more.”    

    Underscoring his statement that success is not limited by age, Mr. Barnett showed some photos of Shaklee Distributors from ages 64 to 100 who continue to be active in their businesses. He then pointed out that Shaklee’s founder, Dr. Forrest Shaklee, started the company at age 61 and lived to see it transform into a Fortune 500 company during his 80s.
  • Xign Corporation has announced that it will continue its popular executive seminar series on Order to Pay automation featuring insights from The Hackett Group, a business advisory firm. Over 750 accounts payable, procurement, treasury and IT executives signed up to attend these seminars in 2005. This year, the seminars will continue to focus on best practice insights and case studies for achieving real savings across the Order to Pay cycle. Delivered quarterly over the World Wide Web, the seminars are designed for senior procurement and finance executives and cover topics such as best practices, supplier enablement strategies, outsourcing considerations, and common transactional strategies such as electronic invoicing.

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