December 19, 2005
Adoption of Model-Based Design and Product Lifecycle Management Solutions
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Epicor Software Corporation, a provider of integrated enterprise software solutions for the midmarket, announced its strong results in a recent evaluation by Forrester Research of Enterprise Applications Software Licensing. Epicor is the only vendor to rank in the top three for both the complex license metrics, offering sophisticated licensing metrics with flexible licensing policies, and the simplified metrics, providing simple licensing metrics with flexible licensing policies.

Fakespace Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Mechdyne Corporation, announced that it was awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Sandia National Laboratories. Fakespace will custom design, build and integrate visualization systems for Sandia's MESA (Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications) MicroLab facility, consisting of the Education Center, Design Center, and Design Review Conference Room.

Color grading for Universal Pictures' King Kong was realized using media and entertainment technology from Autodesk, Inc. Visual effects facility Weta Digital relied upon Autodesk's Discreet Lustre system to digitally color grade the entire film.

The Circle City Autodesk User Group (CCAUG) will kick off 2006 by launching several new special interest groups (SIG's), including the Revit SIG specifically for Revit users. Revit users in the Indianapolis area are invited to join, share ideas, and network with the ever growing community of Revit users.


Epicor Software Corporation, a provider of integrated enterprise software solutions for the midmarket, announced that it has been selected by Red Herring magazine as one of the inaugural Red Herring Small Cap 100. The editors of Red Herring evaluated over 2,500 technology companies from North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region for the award.


TRIRIGA, provider of integrated workplace management, announced that George Ahn has joined the company as president and chief executive officer. Formerly with PeopleSoft Inc., where he led the CRM division and was responsible for the revenue growth, marketing, product engineering, and the overall success of that division, Ahn brings more than 18 years of industry leadership to his new role.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced that Christine McEntee, formerly CEO of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), was named the Institute's new executive vice president and chief executive officer effective February 1, 2006. McEntee succeeds AIA Executive Vice President/CEO Norman L. Koonce, FAIA, who will retire December 31, 2005.

New Products

Equitrac Corporation introduced Equitrac Print Tracking 4.1, increasing control over color output as it simplifies and maximizes the tracking, capture and billing of documents printed to networked or local devices anywhere in a firm. The new software fully integrates with the industry-leading Equitrac Professional solution suite and adds print tracking and cost recovery for firms not tracking prints today.

Dexter + Chaney will showcase the newest version of its Forefront(R) Construction Management Software at Technology for Construction 2006. Version 12 offers hundreds of new features, including a SQL database structure, the ability to track meeting minutes within Project Management, and a Web Portal that gives a construction company's employees and customers access to critical data and functions in Forefront from any computer with an Internet connection. Version 12 also integrates Forefront with Microsoft Outlook.

Oce announced a new line of media that can be used in a variety of popular solvent inkjet printers. The line includes cast and calendered pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) vinyl, polyvinylchloride (PVC) scrim banner, outdoor paper, glossy photo paper, backlit film and textile material, which can be used in a wide range of popular solvent and low-solvent large format inkjet printers.

Around the Web

China's Red Flag Sees Desktop as Linux Battlefield, Eweek, Darryl K. Taft, December 13, 2005 - Zhongyuan Zheng, vice president of Red Flag Software Co. Ltd. of Beijing, said he believes the next big battleground in China (as well as throughout the world, but in China now) will be the desktop, with desktop Linux continuing to creep in and fight Windows' dominance in the country

Swiss Government Switches 3,000 Systems to Linux, Eweek, by staff, December 13, 2005 - Novell Inc. Tuesday announced an agreement with the government of Switzerland to convert 3,000 of its servers to the company's SUSE Linux operating system.

Upcoming Events

Date: December 29, 2005 - January 2, 2006
Place: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland PlazaCincinnati, OH USA

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