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Wanted - Denver Tech Company to join Denver's Workforce Investment Board

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Wednesday, April 8, 2015

We need to better fill the tech talent pipeline in Denver and we need a CTA member company to represent our tech network on the Denver Workforce Investment Board


Please contact wendy@coloradotechnology.org if you are interested


The Denver Workforce Centers are guided by a Workforce Investment Board comprised of local community members.

Board Function:
  Authorized by the Workforce Investment Act, P.L. 105-220, signed into law on 8/7/1998, and most recently certified by the Colorado Workforce Development Council on 6/26/14, the Denver Workforce Investment Board provides program oversight and policy guidance for all federal, state and locally funded workforce investment programs, including the operation of Denver's Workforce Centers. 

Qualifications:  The Board must include representatives of local business, educational agencies, labor organizations, community-based organizations, economic development agencies, and each agency partnered in the workforce centers; the chair and majority of members must be from private sector business.

Meetings:  Monthly on the second Friday of the month (except in August and December) from 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. The location varies.

Tags:  Tech Talent  Workforce 

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Colorado Collaboration Conference: Innovation and Inclusivity in STEM

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Date:  Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 8:00am - 4:00pm

Location: 
Library 21C
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
United States
Phone: 719-290-8933

The Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM (CoCoSTEM), National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), Colorado CTE, Colorado Education Initiative, National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT) and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado invite you to a statewide summit on Innovation and Inclusivity in STEM, from K-12 to careers. Conference sessions will connect participants from different sectors – including K-12 education, technical and higher education, and industry – to others in their region and throughout the State who are interested in increasing participation and success of all students in STEM programs and careers.

Who Should Attend?  K-12 educators and administrators; Technical and Community College educators and administrators; Higher education faculty and administrators; STEM professionals interested in engaging youth and increasing diversity in STEM fields; Counselors and Advisors; etc. 

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Tags:  STEM education  Women in Technolgoy 

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Celebrate with HealthGrades today!

Posted By Douglas Walton, Monday, March 30, 2015
HealthgradesHow America Finds A Doctor

Our favorite holiday has arrived.

We want you to celebrate with us!

Today is a little known holiday for those who make a big impact! It's National Doctors' Day - set aside to honor the men and women who dedicate their lives to improving, and sometimes saving, our own.

It's the perfect day to thank a doctor who's made a difference in your life - and Healthgrades is giving you three ways to do just that:

 

 

Share Your Experience »

Fill out a survey to show the world how great you think your doctor is.

 

Save Your Doctor's Information »

Save your favorite doctor's information to a Healthgrades account so you can reach them easily.

 

 

Search for a New Favorite »

See which local doctors provide consistently great care - and then show your appreciation by becoming a patient.

 


Thanks for helping us celebrate!

- The Healthgrades Team

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“Amazon” Legislation Fails Again to Take Hold in Colorado

Posted By William Mueldener, Tax Principal, National Director of State and Local Tax Services, Hein, Friday, March 27, 2015

On March 3, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl impacting Colorado “Amazon” sales tax reporting requirements.  The question asks, can Colorado force on-line retailers to report the purchases made by customers in Colorado to the Department of Revenue to allow the state to enforce collection of use tax directly on the customer?  Essentially, use tax is a sales tax paid by the customer. However, instead of being paid to the vendor, as is the case with a sales tax, the customer pays the use tax directly to the taxing jurisdiction.  The decision has the effect of reinstituting the federal district court’s partial summary judgment against the state and the permanent enjoined enforcement of Colorado’s reporting requirements.  Basically, Colorado is legally prohibited (enjoined) from enforcing the reporting requirements upon the retailers.  For a copy of the Court decision, please click here:  http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-1032_8759.pdf

By no means does the decision provide a conclusion to the question of whether states may impose sales tax collection requirements or reporting requirements for on-line retailers.  In fact, the decision only tells us that the U.S. Supreme Court found the Federal Tenth Circuit Court made a misguided decision in determining that the Tax Injunction Act prohibited the Federal District Court from enjoining Colorado’s tax reporting and notification requirements.  However, one of the interesting items to come out of the decision, is the passion communicated by certain Justices regarding the need to revisit the legal limitations placed on a state’s ability to require on-line retailers to collect state and local sales taxes.  This passion reflects the high-emotion that has been displayed by many brick and mortar retailers and state legislators in the ongoing concern that it is an unfair advantage for on-line retailers not to need to collect sales tax on transactions.  The emotion is embedded, in part, in the perceived competitive advantage afforded to the on-line retailers over their brick and mortar competitors who are required to collect sales tax from their customers. 

Justice Kennedy, in addressing Quill Corp. v North Dakota, the 1992 case that has severely hampered states’ ability to impose sales tax reporting on the Amazons of the world stated: “Given these changes in technology and consumer sophistication, it is unwise to delay any longer a reconsideration of the Court’s holding in Quill.  A case questionable even when decided, Quill now harms states to a degree far greater than could have been anticipated earlier.  It [Quill] should be left in place only if a powerful showing can be made that its rationale is still correct.”  While this statement represents the opinion of Justice Kennedy, it conveys a message that the issue is within the purview of the Court, and a case focusing on the issue may only be a matter of time.

As background for those not intimately following the evolution of the dispute, Colorado has been struggling, along with many other states, to stem the loss of revenue from the ever growing e-commerce industry.  As consumers purchase more goods from vendors over the internet, state and local governments struggle to ensure sales taxes are applied to the transactions.  The limits on the taxing agencies arose from a history of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that determined it was a violation of the U.S. Constitution to require a retailer to be burdened by collecting sales tax when that retailer’s only connection with the taxing jurisdiction, was from its goods being shipped to customers via common carrier, such as the US Postal Service.   States have historically tested this limitation, and in 1992 the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated its position on Quill that it was only appropriate to allow a state to impose a sales tax collection requirement, when a retailer had a physical presence in the state. 

Quill was a company that sold office products through catalogs, and shipped the products to its customers by common carriers.  The company maintained no physical presence in North Dakota through stores, trucks, employees or any other business assets.  At the time of the dispute between Quill and North Dakota, the State Court took the position that North Dakota had created “an economic climate that fostered demand for Quill’s products…”  North Dakota itself protected that market, and the state’s infrastructure enabled Quill to deliver its catalogs to customers in the state which ultimately resulted in over one million dollars in sales to the company. As such, the state should be able to require Quill to collect sales tax.  This opinion, as stated by North Dakota in 1992, is virtually identical to the complaints raised by states today; that companies such as Amazon and Overstock should be required to collect sales tax because they are benefiting from customers within the state’s market.  Nevertheless, in 1992, the Supreme Court reversed the North Dakota State Court’s position, and held that imposing a tax collection requirement on a retailer unduly burdened that retailer, and impeded interstate commerce which was a violation of the Constitution’s Interstate Commerce Clause.  The burden to a retail company was created in large part because of the vast number of jurisdictions within the United States that could require a business such as Quill to collect and remit tax, a number that at that time was well in excess of 6,000.

In more recent years, as states have continued to seek ways to maintain their sales tax revenue, yet address the limitations imposed by the Court in the Quill decision, some have passed new legislation focused on the connection between the on-line retailers and the direct marketing agents driving customers to the websites.  The logic of these new laws is often based on the idea that the direct marketing agent provides the physical presence for the retailer in the state required to allow sales tax collection to be enforced, thereby complying with the requirements outlined in Quill.  In 2010, Colorado passed a variation of this law that did not specifically require the retailer to collect the tax but, if the retailer did not voluntarily comply with sales tax collection, the law imposed a regime of reporting requirements.  These reporting requirements necessitated that the retailer tell the customer at the time of a purchase that the customer needed to pay “use” tax on the purchase directly to the state, an annual summary should be provided to all customers that purchased over $500 worth of goods (to remind them of their purchases and the associated tax obligation), and an annual report per customer that would be sent to the Colorado Department of Revenue which detailed the customer, the category of purchases, and the total sales amounts.  If a retailer did not comply with the reporting, there would be a host of penalties imposed per violation by the retailer.

The Federal District Court enjoined these reporting requirements stating that they were a violation of the Interstate Commerce Clause per Quill.  The Federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s decision on the basis that the Tax Injunction Act (TIA) of 1937 barred a federal court from enjoining, suspending or restraining the assessment, levy or collection of any tax under State law…”  The United States Supreme Court reviewed the application of the TIA and concluded that this provision was intended to only limit a federal court’s actions in cases were a state was specifically looking to assess, levy, or collect tax from a specific taxpayer, and could not be invoked in cases such as Colorado.  In the words of the U.S. Supreme Court, “The TIA is keyed to the acts of assessment, levy, and collection themselves, and enforcement of the notice and reporting requirements [in Colorado] is none of these.”

I think we can assume that we will see more cases addressing these questions in the years to come.

For more information, contact William Mueldener, Tax Principal, National Director of State and Local Tax Services, atwmueldener@heincpa.com or call (303) 298-9600.

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Connections: Manage Your Data Securely & Effectively

Posted By Krischel Crawley, CommVault, Thursday, March 26, 2015
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New Colorado Tech directory spotlights Front Range technology industry

Posted By Jeff Nuttall, BizWest Media LLC, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2015

A new directory of technology companies along the Front Range will be unveiled today at a major tech-industry event in Denver.

Colorado Tech, a directory of more than 2,000 technology companies in the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area, Northern Colorado and beyond, is available today at “C Level @ a Mile High,” an event at Sports Authority Field at Mile High featuring networking event for information technology team leaders in Colorado.

A new venture from the Colorado Technology Association and Boulder-based BizWest Media LLC, the colorful, glossy magazine provides a comprehensive listing of technology-related companies that also are featured via a searchable website, ColoradoTech.biz.

The partnership combines the reach of the CTA with the publishing and research expertise of BizWest Media, publishers of BizWest, the business journal for the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado, as well as dozens of other specialty directories, magazines and custom publications.

CTA-member companies are highlighted in the directory and featured on the website. CTA members also are eligible for other benefits, including discounts on advertising.

Although the directory’s inaugural edition focuses on the Denver metro area north to encompass Larimer and Weld counties, BizWest publishers Christopher Wood and Jeff Nuttall said future editions will flesh out listings for those areas, as well as incorporate tech hubs in Colorado Springs and elsewhere.

The website also features breaking news and feature stories on technology-related topics from BizWest and Boulderopolis, as well as a portal for businesses to add their information to the directory.

CTA members can obtain copies of the directory at the event, and it also is available for purchase for $100 from BizWest online or at its offices at 1790 30th St., Suite 300, in Boulder, or 1550 E. Harmony Road, second floor, in Fort Collins.

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Twentyseven Global To Attend C-Level @ A Mile High Conference in Denver

Posted By Creighton O'Neal, Twentyseven Global, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Denver software development firm Twentyseven Global will be attending the C-Level @ A Mile High Conference on March 19th, 2015. C-Level is an opportunity to meet Colorado-based C-suite decision makers and IT team leaders. Guests and speakers are those who use the latest technology to power their business.

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Creighton O’Neal, vice president of Twentyseven Global in Denver, said, “We are looking forward to attending our second C-Level @ Mile High event sponsored by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) on March 19th. The turnout last year was phenomenal and this year’s event is expected to be even better!”

The conference includes attendance by technology celebrities who have custom-crafted packages for the silent auction that includes trips, restaurants and experience packages. Additionally, there will be a live auction for CIOs, CFOs and CEOs from across multiple industries to purchase some of the latest technology solutions for their businesses. Outside of the auction items, the conference is going to include rich discussions about IT economic development and how businesses are utilizing technology.

Last year, 27 Global simply attended the conference and had an excellent experience. So this year, the company decided to give back to the conference and make the experience even better. O’Neal says, “In addition to having the opportunity to network with many of our industry peers, this year we are giving back to the CTA. I have been a volunteer on the Silent Auction committee for the CTA over the last several weeks. Our CEO, Steve Roatch, was kind enough to donate a Moto 360 smartwatch for the cause on behalf of Twentyseven Global.”

C-Level @ A Mile High is the largest B2B technology networking event in Colorado. The conference takes place at the Sports Authority Field on March 19th, 2015.

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New Tech PR Firm Tackles 24/7 News Cycle with Fresh Approach

Posted By Paul Lonnegren, Pulse8 PR, Tuesday, March 17, 2015


 

New Tech PR Firm Tackles 24/7 News Cycle with Fresh Approach

 

Pulse8 PR Specializes in Mobile, Telecommunications, M2M, IoT, Enterprise IT and other Tech-Driven Industries

  

DENVER, Colo.  ̶  March 17, 2015  ̶  This era of 24/7 news delivered by mobile phones, social media, influential bloggers and a shrinking pool of reporters makes it more difficult for companies to stand out. With decades of experience and clever storytelling, technology communications experts Wendie Larkin and Paul Lonnegren have formed Pulse8 PR to help clients conquer these and other public relations challenges.

 

Pulse8 PR brings more than 75 years of collective experience to clients in a variety of existing and emerging tech-driven industries and markets. We count former IDG DEMO.com editor and San Jose Mercury News tech reporter Mary A.C. Fallon and other prominent tech industry professionals among our team members.

 

Pulse8 PR uses shrewd storytelling to capture journalists' imaginations; creates social media programs that gain followers; and solves crisis communications problems head-on to protect hard-earned company reputations. The new PR firm also offers interview training, message development, and video and audio production.

 

“Public relations programs, smartly planned and well executed, are more essential today than ever,” said Pulse8 PR cofounder and CEO Wendie Larkin. “Pulse8 PR offers a fresh, authentic, inspired and sometimes unconventional approach to helping tech companies gain positive attention within their industries and the markets they serve. We provide all the services larger tech agencies do, but at greater value and without the paint-by-number philosophy or making our top priority to max out client budgets each month.”

 

Tech Expertise in Tech Hot Spots

 

Pulse8 PR has team members in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles and San Jose and a successful track record in business-to-business and business-to-consumer innovation that spans the globe. Our tech expertise includes the following, but is not limited to:

 

-          Mobile/Telecommunications

-          M2M/IoT

-          Connected cars

-          Smart homes

-          Mobile payments

-          Enterprise IT

-          Digital/mobile health

-          Environmental engineering

-          Renewable energy

-          Optics and photonics

-          LED lighting

-          Data storage

-          Network security

-          Automation/robot guidance

 

“In today’s public relations environment, tech companies want and need better alternatives to PR practices that tend to be too much alike and ineffective,” said Pulse8 PR cofounder and President Paul Lonnegren. “At Pulse8 PR, we support clients’ business goals with an experienced and exceptional team of PR and media relations professionals at a reasonable billing rate. We don’t upsell services clients don’t need or want, or bill for administrative tasks that add to their monthly invoices but subtract from the value and results they expect.”

 

About Pulse8 PR

Pulse8 PR is a tech public relations firm with expertise in a variety of business, consumer and government markets. We work with clients to deliver impactful results that help drive business success. For us, that means an acute focus on delivering results that exceed clients’ expectations; whether they’re startups or Fortune 500 technology companies. For clients, our philosophy means well-conceived and executed PR campaigns that convey vibrant stories to engage media, analysts, customers, investors and other stakeholders.

 

To learn more please visit www.pulse8pr.com, email us at info@pulse8pr.com or call (978) 969-2886. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @Pulse8PR and @bolderblog.

 

Pulse8 PR Media Contact:

Wendie Larkin

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wlarkin@pulse8pr.com

 

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Zuora raised an additional $115M in funding

Posted By Keith Champeau, Zuora, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This morning, we released some great news on Zuora’s evolution and growth.  Please see the attached article from CNBC - http://www.cnbc.com/id/102492929 

Key facts: 

-          Zuora receives $115 million Investment (Series F) as Subscription Economy goes mainstream;

-          New Investors:

o   Wellington Management Company LLP

o   Blackrock

o   Passport Capital

o   Azim Premji (WiPro)

-          All existing investor participated in this round as well

-          Total funding to date is $250M

-          Here is the link to the formal press release

  We are excited with our next phase and you can see we are positioned well for future growth as organizations begin to pivot from a Customer Centric model to a Relationship Centric business today and into the future.  

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Microsoft Project Online or Project Server – Which is right for my company?

Posted By Robin Visser, QuantumPM, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Microsoft Project Online or Project Server – Which is right for my company?

Microsoft Project Online

Cloud computing appears to be the direction for thousands of organizations with greatly increasing growth rates. In fact, the 2015 anticipated spending for end users is expected to be more than $180 billion, according to Gartner, a leading IT analyst group. I wouldn’t be surprised if that number turns out to be a low estimate once all is said and done. Our own experience as consultants in Microsoft Technologies, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), and Business Intelligence certainly says the trend is    accelerating. We are seeing all types of business, all sizes (from a small group of 4 or 5 to an organization of hundreds of thousands of users), and even government agencies showing interest and moving to the cloud. There are many benefits and many things to consider if you are one of these organizations.

There’s no question that Microsoft Project / Project Server is the gold standard when it comes to PPM software because of its ability to keep track of individual projects, resources assigned, budget and workload analysis, and so much more.  But in the past, organizations could only obtain these capabilities with an on premise or a hosted system. To install the system on premise, it would typically require six weeks to order and install equipment. It also required an organization to have a working understanding of SQL and SharePoint.  The cost for the IT infrastructure and the knowledge required to support it made the system unreachable for many companies.

If Microsoft is your choice for a PPM solution, you now have options:

  • Project Server 2013 is the current version of the on premise solution and work is underway for the next full on premise release.
  • Microsoft Project Online is the cloud version of the system. It stands out for its ability to scale from small teams to enterprise level organizations.

Regardless of the option chosen, you have the ability to start with a simple solution and then grow over time with added capabilities. There are no hidden costs and all of the features available to a large enterprise are available to the smallest of teams. Here are a few of the things to review when considering the cloud version:

  1. Ease of Use – With the familiar look and feel of Microsoft technologies and access from any browser, the solution is configurable to your company’s needs. You can set it up with unique views for different groups of users and even use it with many different devices including tablets and phones.Microsoft Project Online
  2. Security – If you’re concerned about security in the cloud, Microsoft’s cloud solution has the highest possible security certifications including HIPPA and Government compliance (FedRAMP).  Your data is encrypted and backed up so that you have access when you need it without having to create your own backup and recovery procedures. You control the security levels for access by your personnel through familiar methods such as active directory (AD) and role-based designations.
  3. Price – If price is your main deciding factor, consider the total cost of ownership (TCO) which is much smaller for Project Online than for other options. Because it requires no IT infrastructure, infrastructure expenses and ongoing administration are eliminated. The system provides 3 different types of user licenses so you only buy the level you need (Project Lite, Full Project Web Access (PWA), and PWA +Project Professional).
  4. Reporting – The system comes standard with built-in filter and view capabilities as well as Excel Reporting Services. If that’s not enough, you have Power BI, and more available to you. Need even more? There are ways to link the solution to other on premise or cloud-based reporting capabilities.
  5. Customization – Maybe this all sounds good but you need your solution to be customized to your needs. Perhaps you need to integrate with other systems or you need to be able to use reporting solutions that aren’t available with Project Online. No worries, those problems can be solved with a customized cloud offering. Azure offers great flexibility for custom integration, enhanced reporting and connections to other line-of-business solutions. In addition, Project Hosts, our private cloud hosting partner, is also ready to help. With this option, you can control the timing of updates, use SQL Reporting or other solutions, and still experience all of the freedom and security provided by a cloud solution.

Not sure if this is right for you? We get it. Not everyone is ready to move to the cloud and they have very good reasons to stay where they are. If your organization is one of those, Project Server is still available as an on premise solution with the same capabilities and features as the cloud version.

We hope this set of considerations is helpful.  With the business trend growing toward cloud adoption, regardless of company size, it’s nice to have the option of Project Online.   If you’re still not sure, we’re happy to help you make a more specific comparison or you can read more about the product here.

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