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PTC Members in the News

Article Published: December 7, 2015

News IconHere are the latest headlines from Pittsburgh Technology Council Members. If your company is making news, let us know what is new and exciting by contacting Jonathan Kersting at jkersting@pghtech.org. Go ahead and get reading already!

Bizowie Launches Service Industry Software Suite

Bizowie, a cloud-based enterprise resource planning software company based in Pittsburgh, today announced the launch of a new software suite for management of service-based businesses.

The new modules, which are part of the Bizowie ERP business management suite, allow users to quickly and easily manage operations of service-based businesses, including scheduling, project management, dispatching, time/expense reporting, and costing. As day-to-day operations progress, the “big data” involved in complex service operations is retained for fast and accurate reporting.

Because the Bizowie Service Suite’s modules are integrated with the rest of the Bizowie ERP system, data moves seamlessly between service applications and the system’s core modules for financial accounting, inventory control, human resource management, and other back office operations.

The release of the new software comes after years of in-house development and testing within Bizowie and a roll-out of the software in pilot customers’ organizations.

Bizowie’s focus on providing solutions tailored to their customers’ unique business processes led them to the decision to expand the software suite. “Our customer base has always been quite diverse – from manufacturing to distribution, engineering, financial services and beyond,” said Bizowie CEO Michael Flickinger. “We’re excited to be able to broaden our reach and provide the service industry with the same revolutionary, disruptive technology we’re successfully delivering in other markets.”

2nd SKULL to Appear on All-American Makers

2ND SKULL, LLC said its 2ND SKULL® Protective Headgear will be featured on ALL-AMERICAN MAKERS on Wednesday, December 9 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Every week on Science Channel's ALL-AMERICAN MAKERS, four top makers from around the nation pitch their products to a panel of three experts, venture capitalist Marc Portney, Printrbot founder and owner Brook Drumm and mechanical designer and robotics expert Brian Roe, for the chance to cut through the clutter and get their products to the public.  

Each maker's homegrown idea is put through a chain of demanding tests to find out how the product works and if it can stand up to the maker’s claims. If the product passes this first examination, they are taken directly to real consumers who put the products to the test. Drumm and Roe’s comments, coupled with the consumer feedback, are presented to Portney. The makers’ fates are in his hands as Marc decides whether to invest his own money to bring the product to store shelves.

2ND SKULL protective headgear products look like regular skull caps and headbands that professional players already wear in the NFL, NBA, MLS or WLS. The 2ND SKULL® Cap fits under any sports helmet and delivers unmatched value for athletes as it can be worn in multiple sports. For non-helmet sports like soccer, volleyball or basketball, the company created the 2ND SKULL® Band. 2ND SKULL brings a practical and great looking solution that works in multiple sports and for athletes of all ages.

“It’s an honor for 2ND SKULL and its Impact Absorption Technology to be featured on the Science Channel. It is a testament to the passion, hard work and perseverance that started 5 years ago. ALL-AMERICAN MAKERS brings to life the strength of the maker movement. It combines the scientific approach to validate claims from Brook, Brian and marries that with real consumer feedback to determine if the inventions are commercially ready” said Federico Olivares, CEO of 2nd Skull.

Industrial Scientific Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award

Industrial Scientific has been named Manufacturer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Companies were recognized on December 3rd during a ceremony at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

The Manufacturer of the Year awards recognize outstanding companies that represent Pittsburgh’s rich manufacturing tradition and show promise for the future. Industrial Scientific won the award previously in 2009 and 2014.       

“We are honored to be recognized among the top manufacturing companies in Pittsburgh. We will continue to work tirelessly to manufacture innovative gas detection products that help to bring people home safely at the end of the work day. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Business Times for this recognition,” said Justin McElhattan, President and CEO.

Thar’s Lalit Chordia Named AAAS Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) elected Lalit Chordia of Thar as a Fellow.

Chordia is being honored for outstanding contributions leading to innovations of supercritical fluid technologies and for championing the widespread use of these technologies. 

The honor of being elected a Fellow of AAAS began in 1874 and is acknowledged with a certificate and rosette. Chordia’s certificate and rosette will be presented in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 1 3, 2016 during the AAAS Fellows Forum, a part of the Association's Annual Meeting.

Matrix Solutions Launches Third Major Product Release in 2015 

Matrix Solutions, a provider of media CRM & Sales Intelligence solutions, announced a new product release of their cloud-based, enterprise platform. The release provides advanced workflow tools designed to improve sales productivity and outcomes for teams and individuals across multiple platforms. Earlier this year, Matrix launched Matrix Mobile, providing users the ability to universally extend their workflow from desktop to mobile. This current release, which entails significant enhancements for both standard web-based and mobile access, marks the third major product release for the company this year.
The release, made available to all Matrix users on November 21, 2015, introduces advanced features and functionality including:

  • Automated call activity which tracks calls and prompts user for notes when they are made
  • Ability to submit leads to a manager for approval on the go
  • Agency access and view capabilities
  • Comprehensive calendar views for both sales activities and deals daily/weekly/monthly

Matrix Premium users can now access list builder from their mobile device in order to view account and contact information quickly. More robust management over deals can be accounted for with the Deal Stage Report to capture the status and length of deals open and a new tab for all deals provides insight into history and progression of each deal as it enters a new sales stage. Such functionality allows users and teams alike to gain a deeper understanding of their workflow and enables them to maximize it.

Saul Ewing Picks iTimeKeep

Bellefield Systems, LLC, the leader in mobile and anywhere time entry solutions for firms of all sizes, announced that Saul Ewing, a NLJ 250 firm, has chosen iTimeKeep as its firm-wide mobile time entry solution.
With 11 East Coast offices and more than 260 attorneys serving a wide range of industries, Saul Ewing’s top objective is putting clients first. Client-focused technology is a key component of this goal, and the firm has invested significant time and resources in acquiring tools that will help them achieve positive outcomes for clients. After a short trial period using iTimeKeep, Saul Ewing attorneys found that mobile timekeeping and contemporaneous time entry allowed the firm to increase billing accuracy and reduce time leakage, making them more efficient in their dealings with clients.

“We wanted to provide our attorneys with an easy way of entering time on their mobile devices in order to minimize leakage and be contemporaneous,” stated Paul Levy, Chief Financial Officer at Saul Ewing. Levy further stated, “Bellefield’s iTimeKeep accomplished the goals we set out to achieve, and its simple implementation process and roll-out, as well as the seamless integration with our billing system, was very impressive.”

“We are proud to have Saul Ewing as part of Bellefield’s iTimeKeep family. In such a competitive market, we understand that firms have other options, and it is an honor that Saul Ewing has chosen iTimeKeep as their firm-wide timekeeping solution,” stated Gabriela Isturiz, Co-Founder and Principal of Bellefield Systems. Isturiz further added, “iTimeKeep continues to be the clear leader in mobile and anywhere timekeeping, as evidenced by being chosen by firms all over the world looking for a way to give attorneys a solution that they love to use and works the way they work.”



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