Articles in category: Information Technology
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute completed construction and testing last week on MassBroadband123, a 1,200-mile high-speed Internet access system that promises to bring high-speed connectivity to rural parts of the Berkshires and hill towns. The new network has been turned over to network operator Axia NG Networks USA, which uses a hub in the Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park on State Street. Many community facilities are already using the MassBroadband123 network, with hundreds more expected to come online over the next several months, the institute said.(Read Full Article)
Western Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools partner with industry to build skills for jobs | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river
At Westfield Vocational Technical High School, an advisory committee comprised of representatives of local businesses and industries gives advice about needs in various fields, upcoming trends and what is happening in those fields. Eighth-graders also help gauge programs of interest.(Read Full Article)
Outlook 2014: Allan Blair, president of Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, says jobs, business and investment opportunity knocking at region's door | masslive.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river
It is an optimistic word, and when I think about it with respect to economic development, I immediately consider the many opportunities for growth - in jobs, business establishments, visitors and investment. All of which contribute to our collective standard of living, and to an increase in tax revenues that support the quality of life we desire.(Read Full Article)
The simulation shows that the HIE is now capable of responding to queries and able to “pull” information from a variety of institutions. In October of 2012, Patrick participated in the Phase 1 launch of the HIE by sending his electronic medical record from Massachusetts General Hospital to Baystate Health in Springfield. This demonstrated the “push” functionality of the HIE, which does not help doctors collect information in an emergency.(Read Full Article)
Mike Zaskey says LED (light-emitting diode) technology has been on his radar screen for more than a decade now. He understood its vast potential to open new doors for the company he founded, Chicopee-based Zasco Productions, by enabling it to contend for projects — and there are many of them — that could benefit from the technology’s ability to produce a sharp, bright, high-quality video display image, even in direct sunlight, a considerable improvement over projection technology. But he also understood its high price tag and how difficult — especially years ago, when this technology was considerably more expensive — it would likely ...(Read Full Article)
The EDC is always appreciative of the support that we receive from the western Mass business and hospitality community when we entertain guests from outside the region and sometimes from outside the country. We expect more visits from the 20+ companies we met at Medica(Read Full Article)
Analysis of massive data sets such as those targeted by the Commonwealth’s Big Data Initiative will be a primary focus of the MOC, which is being hosted at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, Mass. The research and computing facility is a joint venture funded by Massachusetts, private industry (including Cisco Systems) and five of the state's most research-intensive universities: Boston University, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern and University of Massachusetts. The MOC is expected to improve the Commonwealth’s computational infrastructure and help transform cloud computing and big data analysis into a thriving ...(Read Full Article)
Hogan Technology launches program to teach schools about improvements in communication systems | masslive.com
Hogan Technology will launch a program designed specifically for the education market. Today's teachers are utilizing outdated technology which is not only robbing them of much needed functionality but is also incurring unnecessary expenses during tough economic times. Hogan Technology is actively spreading awareness about several of today's technology advancements which increase a school's capacity to collaborate, establish continuous communication channels and, most importantly, improve overall campus security. These developments are affecting the lives of students, teachers, faculty, administrators and parents alike.(Read Full Article)
Holyoke high performance computing center scores high on U.S. Green Building Council's environmental rating
The high performance computing center downtown has received a top grade for being environmentally friendly. The U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization, has given the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, as it is officially known, its highest rating of platinum certification, officials said this week. The rating is based on the Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) ranking system and shows the computing center's commitment to sustainable energy and improved environmental performance, officials said.(Read Full Article)
With the Troubles behind them, Donegal is now cooperating(Read Full Article)
with Derry and its businesses are looking to Northern Ireland, Europe and even
the US for growth opportunities. Yesterday we made the case why western Mass
should be considered for that growth.
The gap between the knowledge required by globally competitive Bay State employers and the knowledge offered by job seekers remains a major impediment to economic growth across Massachusetts. It is a gap that has persisted throughout the Great Recession, ranging from software companies that could hire dozens of programmers tomorrow but cannot find them, to precision manufacturers starved for young workers with the mathematical and mechanical skills to do high-tolerance machining.(Read Full Article)
Dianne Fuller Doherty, Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, explains, “We’re really focusing on how marketing is going mobile. More than 60 percent of web searches are done on smartphones. That is a fast change even from five years ago. For us to keep up, even a little a head of the curve, we are listening to these very smart, confident women tell us how to evolve with technology.”(Read Full Article)
Elms College is getting ready to open their new Center for Natural and Health Sciences. The 22,000 square foot building has a research laboratory, multiple lecture halls and several other labs for biology, chemistry and nursing students.
School officials told 22News the new facility will better prepare their students for careers in nursing, science and computer information technology.(Read Full Article)
As president of Easthampton-based Innovative Business Systems (IBS), a 23-year-old IT-solutions company — and the parent company of newly acquired TechCavalry — DelVecchio and his four partners are tasked with finding solutions for businesses and individuals to access data, at home or at work.(Read Full Article)
Through IBS specifically, DelVecchio and his team can provide expertise and resources to meet a client’s information-technology needs, or operate as the IT department’s best resource.
Larry Snyder says his broad goal is to help position Bay Path College as a “hub of cybersecurity in Western Mass.”(Read Full Article)
That’s a somewhat ambitious but certainly attainable goal, he said, noting that there are many aspects to the process of getting there, starting with the school’s decision to create what is believed to be the first master’s degree program in cybersecurity management in New England, which will be led by Snyder and launched later this month.
Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed a bill to repeal the new sales tax on computer services, officially killing a levy that had caused an uproar among business and technology leaders. The speedy bill signing was first announced on Twitter, which was used by people to generate opposition to the tax shortly before it took effect on July 31. Patrick signed the bill the morning after it arrived on his desk. The state House of Representatives voted 156-1 on Wednesday and the Senate, 38-0, on Thursday to repeal the tax, which imposed the 6.25 percent sales tax on certain ...(Read Full Article)
Data and anecdotal evidence support the fact that Health(Read Full Article)
IT is a growing sector in the region. Many firms are adding employees and we
have some exciting new initiatives, highlighted by the recently funded Baystate
Health IT Center of Excellence.
'Because jobs and economic growth are central to the House’s agenda, I promised to listen to business leaders and House members on what the tax’s impact would be when this measure was initially passed,' DeLeo said in a statement. 'After listening, we learned of the burden of this tax. Our strong commitment to business and the innovation economy led to its repeal.'(Read Full Article)
Bay Path College, which is launching a new Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management in October, the first of its kind in New England, will be hosting a Cybersecurity Summit: The Human Side of Cybersecurity Management on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Blake Student Commons on the College’s Longmeadow Campus. Robert Milton, retired commander of the London Metropolitan Police Service, New Scotland Yard; Managing Director, Milton Tezelin Ltd. that provides international antiterrorism security training, will offer the keynote address at the conference.(Read Full Article)
Gov. Deval L. Patrick has wisely changed his thinking about the wisdom of a new tax on the software-services industry, calling it a “serious blot” on the state’s reputation as a hub for innovation. Patrick, who now backs repeal of the tax, had originally proposed the computer software levy back in January as a means to raise some $161 million to help pay for desperately needed improvements to the commonwealth’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.(Read Full Article)
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visit of “Systematic”, the Parisian IT cluster composed of several hundred
companies, one of the premier clusters in France. Systematic organizes a
mission to Massachusetts every year. This year’s visit is focused on Big Data,
but the cluster encompasses many areas of IT, including Health IT where we have
already established connections to the Springfield Health IT sector.
Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says
"I grew and added jobs through the bad economy," said Edward Watson, CEO of Mobius Works, an IT and and computer technology company in Westfield. "And now my reward for doing that is a new tax that makes my business harder. I feel like I've been slapped in the face. You have a growing industry here. It needs to be nurtured, not penalized."(Read Full Article)
New Massachusetts tech tax hurts job creation, Pioneer Valley software companies consider court fight
Paragus Strategic IT of Hadley hires a new employee making at least $30,000 a year every six months and had been thinking of opening a branch office in Springfield to handle its growing workload. But that branch office and the jobs associated with it are now more likely to go to Nashua, N.H., or Hartford because Massachusetts has imposed a sales tax on computer software services, said Delcie Bean, the 27-year-old CEO of Paragus who founded the company when he was still a high-school student in Amherst.(Read Full Article)