McLeod Software Expands Imaging Capabilities

October 18, 2007

Birmingham, Ala. – McLeod Software, a leading provider of dispatch, accounting and enterprise management solutions for trucking and brokerage firms, today announced the Automated Forms Recognition ® module, a new capability for motor carriers that utilize its McLeod Document Imaging ® System. The Automated Forms Recognition module is comprised of four different engines that allow users to capture, validate and classify data accurately and easily.

“For all types of motor carriers, the Automated Forms Recognition module transforms labor-intensive office operations into an advanced electronic document management system,” said Tom McLeod, president and founder of McLeod Software. “This new module, which reduces labor costs and saves time by expediting workflow and eliminating bottlenecks and data entry errors, is the latest in a series of product enhancements that our expanding Imaging division has designed to help customers realize the benefits of a truly paperless operation.”

McLeod’s development team designed the Automated Forms Recognition module with the flexibility to quickly capture data on unlimited numbers of forms and index documents. Weeks of paperwork can be processed in a few days without the need for manual coding and input. For example, using customized trip sheets replaces the need for sheet separators when scanning large batches of paperwork. Drivers also have the ability to import paper documents, such as bills of lading, logs and other load related documents, into the imaging system in real time.

The Automated Forms Recognition module consists of four different engines that manage and control document flow as follows:

  • Bar Code engine used to extract index information and determine document types
  • OMR ( Optical Mark Recognition) engine capable of reading Mark Sense (bubbles) to lift index information
  • Data Validation engine that ensures accuracy of index information against the operations database
  • orms Recognition engine that utilizes OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and topography technology to classify documents

About McLeod Software
McLeod Software is a leading provider of enterprise management software for trucking, logistics and brokerage firms throughout North America. Specifically developed for the trucking industry, McLeod offers dispatch, accounting, and document imaging products that give transportation-related companies the ability to increase their efficiencies, while reducing costs. McLeod Software’s integrated best-in-class software products include LoadMaster ®, PowerBroker™ and McLeod® Document Imaging. Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company serves over 500 companies. For more information, contact us toll free at 877-362-5363 or visit us at http://www.mcleodsoftware.com.


Slamwire Inc. Announces the Release of Real Estate Social Network

October 10, 2007

Realtorclix.com Connects Real Estate Professionals with Clients and Each Other

BIRMINGHAM, AL October 10, 2007 – Birmingham web company Slamwire, INC has announced the release of its first major project, a social network for real estate agents called realtorclix.com. The project, in development since mid-2006, gives real estate professionals the ability to create a web presence in a three step process. After joining the site, members can create blogs, network with other agents, and advertise their listings. Currently, the site is free to use.

“Many real estate agents still have little to no presence on the Internet,” said cofounder Jarrod Morgan. “They want to take their business online, but they have no idea where to start or how much it will cost. We set out to create a solution for that problem.”

Much like mainstream social networking sites like facebook or myspace, members of realtorclix.com have the ability to communicate with each other through emails, forums, and chat rooms. But unlike their conventional counterparts, realtorclix focuses solely on becoming a network of real estate professionals.

“That’s the real power of the project. Our members can communicate with each other and help each other compete in a down market,” said cofounder Les Taylor, “Connectivity breeds success in the real estate industry.”


Realtorclix.com is a product of Slamwire, INC and is founded by Birmingham area entrepreneurs Les Taylor and Jarrod Morgan along with Matt Jaeh of Los Angeles, CA.

For more information, please contact Slamwire, INC at info@slamwire.com or visit realtorclix.com.


Systems Alliance Hires Veteran Software Sales Executive Patrick Crawford to Lead New Birmingham Office

October 10, 2007

BIRMINGHAM — Systems Alliance, Inc., a regional systems integrator providing high-value IT and business consulting services, today announced it has opened a new office in Birmingham, Alabama. The company has hired veteran software sales executive, Patrick Crawford to lead its business development efforts in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

With over 14 years of experience selling enterprise software and services, Crawford joins Systems Alliance after seven years with Computer Associates (CA), where he was consistently ranked among the company’s best-performing regional sales executives. Based in Birmingham, Crawford is a graduate of Athens State College in Athens, Alabama.

Systems Alliance’s entry into the Deep South marketplace follows its expansion last year into Raleigh, North Carolina, and continues the company’s growth strategy of deploying sales and delivery staff across the southeastern United States. Site selection and recruiting activities are underway in multiple markets.

“Robust economic growth in the southeast is evident in every sector of our business: commercial, higher education, healthcare and government,” said Ric Hughes, president and CEO, Systems Alliance. “For Systems Alliance, the region is alive with opportunity, as clients recognize the value of IT as a strategic differentiator in their enterprise and seek solutions for increasing their return on IT investments.”

Hughes added, “As we expand our business across the south, we are delighted to welcome Patrick Crawford to our team. His strong local roots, relationships with many of the region’s IT executives and deep technical knowledge will prove invaluable as Systems Alliance establishes itself as a partner and trusted advisor to the region’s IT decision makers.”

About Systems Alliance, Inc.
Systems Alliance, Inc., founded in 1993, is a Maryland-based company that provides business and technology consulting services to leading corporate and public sector clients, including Condé Nast, Johns Hopkins Institutions, Random House, Inc., Baltimore County Government, Loyola College in Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Transportation. To learn more, visit http://www.systemsalliance.com.


TechMixer 4.0 date announced…

October 9, 2007
 TechMixer 4.0   unplugged
    11.6.07                               no suits
  5:30 pm                               no booths
  Innovation Depot                      no bags

Mark your calendar for TechMixer 4.0,
Tuesday, November 6th at 5:30 pm. 
This casual event will bring together
Birmingham’s tech crowd to meet fellow
professionals, network, and share ideas.

Join us at Innovation Depot, the newest
hotspot for Birmingham tech companies
and a great place to throw a party!

 
Enjoy live music, finger food, and a
cash bar while you meet and mingle with
other tech-minded professionals in a fun and
laid-back environment
The last TechMixer drew over 600 attendees,
so remember to forward this invitation
to your friends and colleagues.

You won’t want to miss it. 
As always, there’s no cost to attend!

 


MEDSEEK to Participate in Microsoft Consumer Health Platform Initiative and Launches Personal Health Management ‘Pilot’ with MedStar Health

October 5, 2007

BIRMINGHAM — MEDSEEK, a leading provider of enterprise eHealth solutions to hospitals worldwide, announced today the “pilot launch” of its personal health management application with MedStar Health, the largest health system in the Washington DC/Baltimore corridor. Built with MEDSEEK’s Patient Portal platform, this Web-based Portal solution enables patients, at participating MedStar hospitals and services, to take better control of their health and share select clinical information with their care providers. This unique service is intended to improve the continuity of care once the patient leaves the hospital, as well as the patient’s overall experience with the health system.

The Portal application will be demonstrated today in Washington, D.C., at the launch event for Microsoft Corp.’s Health Solutions Group consumer health platform, called HealthVault.

MEDSEEK, the first and only enterprise eHealth hospital vendor participating in this landmark event, is extending the functionality of Microsoft’s consumer health platform by facilitating access to and sharing of clinical information between the hospital and the patient’s personal health record.

The pilot launch enables participating patients to access clinical information from their inpatient hospital stay and save it to their personal health record (PHR), created on the Microsoft HealthVault technology platform, and share it with their community-based care providers. Both patient and care provider collaborate via MEDSEEK’s secure patient portal. Data interoperability is achieved utilizing the continuity of care record (CCR) standard.

According to Peter Neupert, Corporate Vice President for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft, “Industry-leading companies such as MEDSEEK have played a significant role in the development of HealthVault, by helping hospitals to enhance the patient experience and extend clinical excellence beyond the facility’s walls. Through our cooperative efforts, we will deliver solutions that empower people to live healthier, longer lives, by providing them with vital information to make better health decisions.”

With proven experience in serving over 600 hospitals across the country, MEDSEEK is dedicated to helping hospitals shape the patient experience and empower their communities to make informed health decisions.

MEDSEEK CEO Mike Drake states, “We fully support Microsoft’s consumer-directed care initiatives and share their vision to help transform healthcare. We are working together to deliver solutions to hospitals that facilitate more secure access to personal health information resulting in better care through a robust patient experience. Our role is to help hospitals improve patient satisfaction, clinical quality and best practice.”

About MEDSEEK
Birmingham, Ala.-based MEDSEEK provides healthcare organizations with Enterprise eHealth solutions to fully engage and strengthen relationships with key constituents – physicians, patients, employees, and consumers. By connecting information and communities to foster an enhanced experience with the organization, hospitals will improve community advocacy, revenue and patient acquisition/retention, physician relations, and clinical decision making. MEDSEEK’s comprehensive technology platform and strategic consulting services create the infrastructure and provide the thought leadership for hospitals to deliver the most powerful Portal solutions. With more than ten years’ experience and 600+ hospital customers, MEDSEEK has the experience and expertise to meet the diverse needs of the healthcare community. MEDSEEK also maintains offices in California and Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.medseek.com or call 888-MEDSEEK.


Intermark Interactive Re-designs McLeod’s Websites

October 3, 2007

Birmingham, Ala. – Intermark Interactive was recently selected to assist one of the leading providers of transportation management software, McLeod Software, with their interactive requirements.

“We chose Intermark Interactive as our interactive agency partner because of their expertise and a proven ability to provide quality solutions and insights, that we knew would ultimately benefit our business” said Rick Halbrooks Vice President Sales and Marketing at McLeod.

Intermark Interactive provided McLeod Software with site re-designs, e-mail marketing, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, analytics, maintenance updates, website hosting, and strategic development.  Intermark Interactive was able to exemplify to McLeod Software the impact the internet has on the business world today.

McLeod Software’s renovated website, www.mcleodsoftware.com and http://www.mcleodimaging.com, simplifies the complicated technology they provide to the professionals of the trucking industry by explaining the company, software products, and instillation process and system architecture.  The success of the products can be read in the client testimonials on the website.

“McLeod’s redesigned website is reflective of the organization’s investment in technology. As their interactive agency of record, Intermark Interactive is proud to be a part of this exciting phase in the company’s growth.” said Jake McKenzie, president of Intermark Interactive.

McLeod Software provides a complete and integrated array of trucking software tools that aims to satisfy the fleet management needs of most any carrier. McLeod writes its own software, reducing the number of third-party software providers needed to successfully operate any trucking business

Intermark Interactive, one of the largest interactive companies in the Southeast, specializes in developing solutions for their clients through browser-based development (Web, Intranets and Extranets); design and programming; multimedia/interactive CDs; interactive kiosks; e-commercials; handheld devices (Palm Pilots and PDAs); training software; website banner ads and wireless applications.

Intermark Group is a multi-disciplined marketing firm who specializes in advertising, public relations, interactive, film and production. Intermark Group has offices in Birmingham, Houston, Los Angeles and Oklahoma. The agency employs more than 150 people and the main office is located at 1800 International Park Drive, Suite 500, Birmingham, Ala. 35243. For more information on Intermark Group please visit our website at www.intgroup.com.


MCM Technology, LLC Divests Wireless Unit to Lifeline Management Systems, LLC

September 27, 2007

MCM to Focus on Its Proprietary Communications Asset Management Solutions

BIRMINGHAM, AL – September 27, 2007 – MCM Technology, LLC has announced that it has divested its Wireless Enterprise Division to Lifeline Management Systems, LLC. Lifeline is led by MCM’s original founder, Patrick A. McMaster. This transaction involves the sale and transfer of a specific proprietary software application along with the service contracts of existing Wireless clients from MCM to Lifeline. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With the transfer now completed, MCM will be able to focus its energy and resources on Communications Asset Management solutions in the government and municipal space, particularly those in need of managing Mission-Critical assets used by the Nation’s First-Responders. Likewise, Lifeline will focus its efforts on the needs of the commercial radio and wireless shops and dealers across the country.

Mr. McMaster, Lifeline’s founder and CEO, commented, “This is a very logical transaction. MCM was essentially trying to commit itself to serving two very different markets. Lifeline now has their proprietary product and the expertise needed to dominate the software application needs found in the commercial wireless two-way shops and dealers, while MCM will focus its efforts on serving the governmental sector.” McMaster further stated, “Lifeline’s staff, which includes Ted McMaster serving as Chief Technology Officer, is very excited about the opportunity and will be dedicating resources toward continuing its high-level customer service expectations, improving the product and capturing additional market share.”

MCM’s CEO Dan Catan agrees with McMaster, stating, “This is an ideal situation. MCM’s expertise lies in serving the needs of public sector Communication Shops, while Pat’s team is highly specialized and trained in the inner-workings of a commercial wireless business. We are very excited that we will now be able to focus on our core Asset Management applications, CommASSET 360° ™, as well as MCM’s more comprehensive CommSHOP 360° ™, along with the many professional services that MCM offers.”

This transaction will completely divest Mr. McMaster of his ownership position in MCM. As such, Mr. McMaster has resigned from the MCM Board of Managers to focus his time and energies toward his new endeavor.

About MCM Technology, LLC
MCM Technology, LLC is a software application company that provides real-time asset management solutions utilized to manage the communications and other mission-critical assets of government & municipal radio departments across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean Basin. MCM offers a broad-based, comprehensive asset management system that tracks all assets used within a public service entity, from communications assets, to vehicles, firearms, computers, fire equipment, video systems, general assets, supplies and equipment, etc. At any given time, a user is able to identify and properly manage any and all critical information about an asset, such as an asset’s exact location, historical service work and costs related to that service, as well as frequencies used on every single communications asset, language spoken by the user, etc. For more information about MCM Technology, LLC, please visit www.mcmtechnology.com.