Published July 21, 2009
Volume 17, Number 7

  • Hacienda’s Matrix Technologies, an Avaya Platinum Business Partner with offices in  Herndon, Va., Baltimore, and Tampa, has been acquired by Massachusetts-based TriNET Systems, Inc. The acquisition of Matrix brings expertise in the areas of IP telephony, unified communications, and network security as well as a base of over 1,200 new customers. The combined organizations will provide customers of both organizations with greater depth in design, implementation and support services. Thanks to its recent growth and acquisitions, TriNET is now fully authorized to sell Avaya solutions in all 50 states, making it one of a select group of Avaya business partners with this designation.     

    As part of the transition, Jarrod Sipe, CEO of Matrix Technologies, will become an executive vice president of TriNET and will also serve on the company’s board of directors.
  • Elluminate, Inc. is expanding its role as a provider of web, audio, and video solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration by launching a new social learning network for education. “LearnCentral” is an open environment that enables those who are passionate about teaching and learning to connect with like-minded colleagues to share, collaborate, inspire, and be inspired on a global level.      

    LearnCentral is free and open to professionals in the global education community. In addition to providing the social networking tools that enable members to find and connect with others to share content and best practices, LearnCentral also provides collaboration tools for meeting in real-time virtual rooms and holding and attending events. Upon joining LearnCentral, each member receives a free Elluminate vRoom, a virtual meeting room for up to three participants or locations. "While still in its early stages, LearnCentral has the potential to help bring about historic changes in the ability of educators to communicate, collaborate, and share by combining asynchronous social networking with the synchronous online meeting capability of Elluminate,” explains Steve Hargadon, Elluminate’s social learning consultant and the founder of Classroom 2.0.    

    “We are in the midst of nothing less than an educational renaissance, where the collaboration with other educators that took place only at annual conferences starts to happen every day, and where educational careers can be built around or supplemented as part of specialty areas of focus.”
  • Ross Stores, Inc., headquartered in Hacienda, is now a national sponsor of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Power Hour, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for members, ages six to 18.       

    As a part of the partnership, Ross Stores will underwrite the implementation of Power Hour at certain Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, support local Clubs at select Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS grand opening events, and encourage associate volunteerism at Clubs.

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