Articles in category: Information Technology
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)
One somnolent corner of the Boston-business ecosystem woke up last week to an unpleasant reality about operating here in the Bay State. If you’re not paying attention, Beacon Hill is going to screw you. The state’s IT consulting industry, which is ubiquitous but not well organized, now must charge a 6.25 percent sales tax on its services. They are confused — and hopping mad. Any work under the general category of “the planning, consulting or designing of computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, or communications technologies and are provided by a vendor or third party” gets taxed.(Read Full Article)
To some extent, this imbroglio reflects the tech industry’s reduced clout on Beacon Hill. A decade ago, a group like the Massachusetts Software Council would have been busy at the State House protesting this tax. But that group has long since been subsumed into the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, more of a networking group than a lobbying one. Fitzgerald points out that that two of the three former groups that now make up the MTLC had lobbyists on staff. Today, there are none.(Read Full Article)
On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.
The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
three research centers:
- Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
- Bioactive Delivery, focused on ...
- Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
The EDC hosted a roundtable discussion in June featuring(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. We
invited several New York site selectors as well as other state and regional economic
development officials to join us for an engaging conversation about shared
service center opportunities in our region for companies in the financial and
professional services and IT sectors. We had hosted a similar roundtable in Boston
in March. Secretary Bialecki has set an ambitious goal to speak to 50 companies
who might be interested in opening a facility about the advantages of western
Massachusetts during 2013. Based ...
“Changing the H-1B visa program will impact Boston and Massachusetts to a greater extent than they will many other parts of the United States,” Kerr said. “We’re a place that has always relied a lot on immigration in science and other technology. Our schools have lot of immigrants who graduate from them and want to stay in the United States.”(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts is considering allowing small manufacturers to use computers at the Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke to help make parts for larger manufacturers, state officials said yesterday. The plan, which is still in the conceptual stage, is part of a broader effort to help train workers and give them access to the hardware and software they need to make parts that large manufacturers increasingly are designing with computers, said Greg Bialecki, secretary of housing and economic development.(Read Full Article)
Cloud computing is available through commercial vendors such as Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc, but using them can be both costly and too slow. Just getting Big Data to computing clusters powerful enough to analyze it can be an elaborate ordeal that can take days. The size of such files can easily overwhelm the computer networks and Internet connections of most small companies, and there are bottlenecks and traffic jams along the way that further slow down delivery.(Read Full Article)
In 1998, when Jason Mark was teaching a class on Internet strategy, he told students that, before they used any type of technology to create a website, they needed to identify their goals and what they were trying to accomplish.(Read Full Article)
“Even though there is so much different technology that developers can use today, the exact same process still needs to take place,” said the co-founder of Gravity Switch in Northampton. “People need to know what their goals are, and businesses should not assume that technology will fix all their problems. If it were that easy, their competitors would have already ...
The 64 vocational technical programs in Massachusetts represent more than 44,000 students. These schools offer hands-on learning in a number of innovative educational programs to support a range of career fields, especially growing work force sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy and information technology.(Read Full Article)
Holyoke to get $80,000 annually as voluntary payment and scholarship fund from tax-exempt computing center
The tax-exempt high performance computing center downtown would pay the city $80,000 a year in lieu of taxes under a new agreement. The payment in lieu of taxes, or “pilot,” is much less than the $500,000-a-year Mayor Alex B. Morse sought in a January letter to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, as the entity is formally known. Yearly payments under that plan were to escalate to more than $1.5 million by 2022.(Read Full Article)
Over 75% of inbound FDI into the US comes from(Read Full Article)
eight countries -- six in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. The EDC maintains relationships
with our peers and government officials in all of them, and particularly strong
relationships in all of them except Japan. They are a growing source of leads
for our Prospect Management system.
Small businesses took advantage expert advice from Google at a training at the Springfield Marriott.(Read Full Article)
Google is coming to Springfield. The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is working with the search-engine Google to offer free training to small businesses from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at the Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, Springfield.(Read Full Article)
Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, were in attendance. "I have fought hard to bring broadband technology to western and central Massachusetts for many years," Neal said in a prepared statement. "There is simply no reason why every resident, businesss and school in the region should not have reliable high speed internet access. More than one million people will benefit from this important broadband expansion project."(Read Full Article)
The EDC is partnering with Google to offer a free training for small business on how to take your business from offline to online on April 15 at the Springfield Marriott. Google will provide guidance on how to build a free website, register a domain name and create an online business listing.(Read Full Article)
For most of his life, Bean — honored by BusinessWest in 2008 as one its youngest-ever 40 Under Forty honorees — has been firmly in charge. And with a gradual shift from candy to computers, he began writing a unique business success story in the Pioneer Valley — one that is constantly growing and evolving.(Read Full Article)
The EDC has maintained an international business development(Read Full Article)
initiative focused on western Europe. We initially focused on inbound FDI and,
while that remains a core objective, we are currently managing more requests
for trans-Atlantic partnerships, joint ventures and contract manufacturing for
the North America market. We sell the region’s companies and industry sectors
as much as we sell the region as a strategic location. With risk sentiment
still running high on both sides of the Atlantic, classic Greenfield FDI (and
Greenfield investment inside the US, for that matter) is limited. But our
pipeline has been filling with opportunistic European ...
Last November the company reported $7 million in revenues for the three months ending in September, down 26 percent year-over-year and down 10 percent from the second quarter. The company blamed the decline on a $1.6 million decrease in OEM royalties versus the prior year period, and a $3.2 million decrease in OEM bundling revenue since the beginning of 2012.(Read Full Article)