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SPARC International, Inc. » 2005 http://sparc.org Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:50:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Continuous Computing® Acquires Key Assets in China from UP Technologies http://sparc.org/2005/continuous-computing-acquires-key-assets-in-china-from-up-technologies/ http://sparc.org/2005/continuous-computing-acquires-key-assets-in-china-from-up-technologies/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/continuous-computing-acquires-key-assets-in-china-from-up-technologies/ Acquisition Enhances Company’s Position in China and Strengthens Global Product Development and Manufacturing as well as Regional Customer Support Capabilities

San Diego and Shenzhen, China
July 20, 2005

Continuous Computing® Corporation, global provider of high availability platform solutions that enable telecom equipment manufacturers to rapidly deploy converged communications, today announced the closing of its acquisition of key people, products, technology and other assets from China-based UP Technologies (China), Ltd.

The acquisition, first announced on June 7, 2005, enhances Continuous Computing’s market position in China and adds global product development and manufacturing as well as regional customer support resources. In connection with the establishment of a new subsidiary and regional office, known as Continuous Computing China Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., the acquisition increases the company’s total staffing by approximately 80 people in Shenzhen and Beijing, China.

More information about this acquisition is available on Continuous Computing’s web sites at www.ccpu.com and www.ccpu.com/cn.

About Continuous Computing

Continuous Computing® Corporation provides high availability platform solutions that enable telecom equipment manufacturers to rapidly deploy converged communications. The company supplies integrated solutions in the wireless and Voice over IP markets to over 125 customers worldwide who rely on Continuous Computing to accelerate time to market, reduce total life cycle costs and increase return on investment. The company offers a comprehensive set of Trillium® protocol software; AdvancedTCA and CompactPCI systems; upSuite® platform management; Trillium+plus Network Service-Ready Platforms™; and customization and product life cycle management services. Founded in 1998, Continuous Computing is based in San Diego with offices globally. The company is ISO-9001 certified and a member of the Intel® Communications Alliance. Additional information is available at www.ccpu.com

Continuous Computing, the Continuous Computing logo, Create | Deploy | Converge, Flex21, FlexChassis, FlexCompute, FlexCore, FlexDSP, FlexPacket, FlexStore, FlexSwitch, Network Service-Ready Platform, Quick!Start, TAPA, Trillium, Trillium+plus, the Trillium logo, upBeat, upDisk and upSuite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Continuous Computing Corporation. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Continuous Computing is an Associate member of the Intel Communications Alliance.

The Intel Communications Alliance is a member-based program comprised of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. Members are committed to providing a strategic supply of standards-based solutions to the communications and embedded market segments. For more information, please visit: www.intel.com/go/ica

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CSO leads the way with new business reporting technology http://sparc.org/2005/cso-leads-the-way-with-new-business-reporting-technology/ http://sparc.org/2005/cso-leads-the-way-with-new-business-reporting-technology/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/cso-leads-the-way-with-new-business-reporting-technology/ Fujitsu Software Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers assist the Irish Central Statistics Office to pilot electronic business reporting using XBRL®

DUBLIN, Calif.
July 20, 2005

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) Ireland has successfully piloted the use of a new business reporting technology, XBRL® (eXtensible Business Reporting Language), in one of its quarterly industry surveys. Fujitsu Software Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers worked with the CSO in developing this solution. This is the first live implementation of XBRL in Ireland. XBRL is a language which describes the content and structure of business reports, ranging from small form-based sets of data to full financial statements. XBRL facilitates the structuring of financial information in a manner that can be easily understood by computers. XBRL is XML based and facilitates the transmission, storage and processing of this information over the Internet.

The CSO pilot involved the creation of an XBRL version of one of the CSO forms – the Quarterly Accounts Inquiry to Industry. This survey covers all enterprises with 20 or more persons engaged in the Mining, Manufacturing and Energy sectors and reports on changes in stocks, acquisitions and sales of capital assets during a quarter. Seven respondent companies participated in the pilot and successfully submitted data electronically using the XBRL solution.

Fujitsu Software Corporation used its XBRL toolkit, Interstage® XWand™, to define an XBRL taxonomy for the report – this specified the type and structure of the data sought. PricewaterhouseCoopers designed a Microsoft Excel form which exported data as an XBRL instance document, allowing responding companies to create the XBRL report. Both Fujitsu Software Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers worked with the CSO to ensure that the XBRL data could be quickly and efficiently processed by the CSO.

One of the key features of the pilot was that the use of Excel allowed the XBRL version of the form to be created easily by the respondent companies in a working environment that is familiar to them. When the adoption of XBRL increases in Ireland, the publication of the taxonomy will facilitate companies to complete the survey directly from their accounting systems, making it easier to comply with CSO reporting obligations.

The CSO’s head of e-Government, Maureen Delamere said “The CSO is committed to continually exploring ways of reducing the burden on our data providers. We are very pleased at having led the way with the first implementation of XBRL in Ireland and are delighted at how successful our pilot was. This is an important milestone and the CSO is keen to further explore the opportunities presented by XBRL.”

Fujitsu Software Corporation’s Director, Declan Jones added, “It was great to work on such a groundbreaking project, in which XBRL now becomes a reality in Ireland. Showcasing our XBRL strength is an obvious plus point for Fujitsu Software Corporation but it is the fact that the pilot has positive implications for companies and organisations both private and public who will benefit from the arrival of XBRL based electronic reporting which heightens the profile of this initiative for us”.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ XBRL Champion, Richard Day commented, “We were delighted to help CSO pilot the use of XBRL for such a practical application. They have demonstrated that the benefits that XBRL brings are very relevant to Irish business. It is now time for companies and regulators to incorporate XBRL into their internal and external reporting processes to help reduce the reporting and regulatory burden on corporate Ireland”.

XBRL is developed and promoted by XBRL.org, (www.xbrl.org). This organisation held their last bi-annual global conference in Boston at the end of April and hosted over 300 delegates, including good representation from Ireland. In Ireland, Business Reporting Ireland Limited

(www.xbrl-ie.org) is responsible for the Irish development and promotion of XBRL and this is well supported by all of the CSO, Fujitsu Software Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

About the Central Statistics Office

Since its establishment in 1949, the CSO has pursued the mandate, “The collection, compilation, extraction and dissemination for statistical purposes of information relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the State”.

The Office exists primarily to meet the needs of Government for quality statistical information which is a vital input to the formation, implementation and monitoring of policy and programmes at national, regional and local levels in a rapidly changing economic and social environment.

It also serves the needs of the wider national and international community (i.e. business, EU, international organisations, media, researchers, and the public generally) for impartial and relevant information on social and economic conditions.

Our data collection needs are continually expanding in line with changing society and the need for more information and in greater detail. We are continually focussed on balancing these data collection requirements with the burden on data providers and are committed to extending the use of electronic data reporting as a means of responding to surveys.

CSO is exploring XBRL as one such channel for respondents. CSO is a founder member of XBRL Ireland, a non-profit company limited by guarantee, which brings together groups from the professions, the financial services industry, general industry, the software industry, the academic world and the public sector.

The key medium-term goal of XBRL Ireland is to provide an XBRL infrastructure in Ireland. Its future brief will embrace the concept of Business Reporting in the widest sense. Following the successful first implementation of XBRL in Ireland, at the CSO, the CSO is keen to further explore the opportunities presented by XBRL, to make it easier for businesses to provide statistical returns.

About Fujitsu Software Corporation

Fujitsu Software Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, California, is part of the Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) family. The wholly owned subsidiary delivers one of the world’s broadest lines of application infrastructure software products, including the Interstage® Suite.

Interstage XWand is an application development and runtime environment for building and deploying full-feature, industrial strength XBRL application. It’s an important solution component for regulatory compliance and greater transparency in financial reporting.

Fujitsu Software Corporation leverages Fujitsu’s international scope and expertise in developing and providing information technology solutions, including more than 4,000 software developers worldwide. To learn more about the Interstage Suite, visit www.fujitsu.com/interstage.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers has supported XBRL from the start, in terms of its development and adoption globally and in Ireland. This support in Ireland has been led by Richard Day, the Irish XBRL Champion and Oliver Holt, a director of Business Reporting Ireland Limited.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com/ie) ) provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services for public and private clients. More than 120,000 people in 144 countries connect their thinking, experience and solutions to build public trust and enhance value for clients and their stakeholders.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wilton Place, Dublin 2 is authorized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland to carry on investment business.

“PricewaterhouseCoopers” refers to the network of member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

Copyright 2005 Fujitsu Software Corporation. Fujitsu, the Fujitsu Symbol Mark, and Interstage are registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited. All Interstage products and components are trademarks of Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Software Corporation. XBRL is a registered trademark of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts. All other registered trademarks, trade names, or service marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

For further information, please contact:

Fujitsu Software Corporation
Raymond Buchan
00353 1216 1820

Blanc & Otus PR
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+ 44 (0) 207 413 3229/ + 44 (0)207 413 3338
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Nordstrom Completes Rollout of Fujitsu POS Technology http://sparc.org/2005/nordstrom-completes-rollout-of-fujitsu-pos-technology/ http://sparc.org/2005/nordstrom-completes-rollout-of-fujitsu-pos-technology/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/nordstrom-completes-rollout-of-fujitsu-pos-technology/ Frisco , Texas
July 19 , 2005

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. has completed the rollout of a point-of-sale (POS) technology replacement for Nordstrom, one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers.

The contract, announced in January 2002, covered more than 150 U.S. stores, which were transformed with new TeamPOS 2000 POS terminals, GlobalSTORE® software and professional installation services. The new store systems technology is assisting salespeople to improve the transaction flow at POS. According to Jan Walsh, vice president and business information officer for Nordstrom, the company undertook several strategic initiatives beginning in 2001 that involved system upgrades designed to enable process efficiencies and improve decision-making.

“This new generation of technology systems provides our salespeople with enhanced tools to service our customers,” said Walsh. “By coupling Fujitsu’s software and hardware, we have a platform capable of delivering new functionality to the point of service. And the full lifecycle solution that Fujitsu offers complimented our desired rollout strategy as well as our long term business requirements.”

Fujitsu’s store systems initiative at Nordstrom began with concurrent customization efforts in Wake Forest and San Diego for its base GlobalSTORE application, to meet Nordstrom business requirements. As a result of Fujitu’s integration and customization efforts, Nordstrom salespeople can now access their Personal Book application through GlobalSTORE.

To ensure that all equipment work flawlessly “right out of the box,” all Fujitsu POS terminals were integrated and tested in the company’s Foothill Ranch, Calif., staging and integration facility. As many as eight stores were built simultaneously at Foothill Ranch and more than 9,400 POS terminals and servers were integrated and tested prior to installation.

“Our business model is specifically designed to partner with and meet or exceed the expectations of retailers who are competing in an ever-challenging environment,” said Austen Mulinder, president and CEO of Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. “Few retail IT providers can deliver like Fujitsu does time and again on such large-scale retail installations that challenge the service and support infrastructure.”

About Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, with 152 US stores located in 27 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 95 full-line stores, 49 Nordstrom Racks, five Faconnable boutiques, one free-standing shoe store, and two clearance stores. Nordstrom also operates 32 international Faconnable boutiques, primarily in Europe. Additionally, Nordstrom serves customers through its online presence at http://www.nordstrom.com and through its direct mail catalogs. Nordstrom, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) and the IT “lifecycle solutions” provider for consumer transaction environments. The company collaborates with customers to relentlessly reduce their costs and improve their profitability. Fujitsu’s offerings include multi-vendor infrastructure management services, point-of-sale hardware and software, mobile devices and self service systems including U-Scan. The company has some 1,500 employees in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Example customers include Canadian Tire, ChevronTexaco, Hannaford Bros., H.EB., Loblaws, Nordstrom, Payless ShoeSource, Regal Cinema, Ross Dress for Less, Staples, Stop & Shop and The TJX Companies, among others. The company also has a 50/50 joint venture with Retalix Ltd. (NASDAQ: RTLX) in StoreNext Retail Technologies LLC, the No. 1 supplier of retail technology to independent grocers and regional chains. Web site: www.ftxs.fujitsu.com

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Fujitsu ScanSnap Recognized by The CPA Technology Advisor for the Publication’s 2005 Innovative Technology Awards http://sparc.org/2005/fujitsu-scansnap-recognized-by-the-cpa-technology-advisor-for-the-publications-2005-innovative-technology-awards/ http://sparc.org/2005/fujitsu-scansnap-recognized-by-the-cpa-technology-advisor-for-the-publications-2005-innovative-technology-awards/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/fujitsu-scansnap-recognized-by-the-cpa-technology-advisor-for-the-publications-2005-innovative-technology-awards/ Scanning Solution Honored For Its Role in Enhancing Productivity for Accounting and Tax Professionals

SAN JOSE, Calif.
July 13, 2005

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a market leader in document imaging scanners and services, today announced that it received honorable mention from The CPA Technology Advisor as part of the publication’s annual Innovative Technology Awards program. The awards, which were announced at the 2005 California Accounting and Business Show & Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., recognize advancements to existing technologies as well as innovative developments in software, services, hardware and other applications marketed to the tax and accounting profession.

The CPA Technology Advisor recognized the Fujitsu ScanSnap scanning solution for its ability to centrally consolidate paper and digital information. The scanner provides tax and accounting users with a simple, fast, easy to use method for converting paper into searchable Adobe PDF files for only $495 (U.S. list). The high-speed, duplex scanner offers “always on” convenience, connectivity, and an amazingly small footprint that allows it to sit comfortably on any desk.

More than 75 software, hardware and service products were nominated for this year’s awards. Recipients were selected by the editorial staff and the Editorial Advisory Board of The CPA Technology Advisor, which includes accounting and tax professionals from across the country who are engaged in public practice in firms ranging from sole practitioners to major, multi-office regional practices. To be eligible for consideration, nominated products must be either recently developed or have undergone significant enhancement within the last two years. Additionally, they must be commercially available and directly marketed to the accounting and tax profession.

About The CPA Technology Advisor

Founded in 1991 as The CPA Software News , The CPA Technology Advisor is an independent information source for practicing public accountants and tax professionals, dedicated to providing them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions regarding implementing various technologies in their practices.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$44.5 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.

For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in San Jose, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America currently offers products and services including scanners and scanner maintenance, hard disk drives, and Magneto-Optical drives. Fujitsu Computer Products of America is located at 2904 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA, 95134. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-432-6333.

For more information, please see: http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com

Press Contacts

Shareen Harvey
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.
Tel: 408-894-3926

Tiffany Leinassar
Voce Communications, Inc.
Tel: 650-228-5171

Copyright 2005 Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. All rights reserved. Fujitsu and the Fujitsu logo are registered trademarks and The Possibilities are Infinite is a trademark of Fujitsu Ltd. Statements herein are based on normal operating conditions and are not intended to create any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. reserves the right to modify at any time without notice these statements, our services, products, and their warranty and performance specifications.

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Sun Microsystems Energizes Commitment to the Government Market with New Organizational Structure to Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc. http://sparc.org/2005/sun-microsystems-energizes-commitment-to-the-government-market-with-new-organizational-structure-to-sun-microsystems-federal-inc/ http://sparc.org/2005/sun-microsystems-energizes-commitment-to-the-government-market-with-new-organizational-structure-to-sun-microsystems-federal-inc/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/sun-microsystems-energizes-commitment-to-the-government-market-with-new-organizational-structure-to-sun-microsystems-federal-inc/ John Marselle Appointed Chief Operating Officer

July 13, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., continues to reinforce its dedication to the public sector with the appointment of John Marselle to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Moving forward with new leadership and a new customer-centric business model, Sun Federal is strategically aligned to build on its 20-year success in meeting the highly specialized needs of government customers.

In recent months, Sun Federal has made great strides in building its capabilities to service the growing government market, including the appointment of Clark Masters to President of Sun Federal and the grand opening of an iForce Solutions Center for Government at Sun Federal’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia. This newly energized management team, dedicated board of directors and Federal advisory board, positions Sun Federal superbly to support the ongoing growth of Sun’s government business.

“By remaining separate and secure from our commercial customer business, Sun Federal is able to put a laser-like focus on the U.S. government sector’s technology needs, building solid, more intimate relationships with our customers while delivering the most trusted and secure technology platform on the planet — featuring the Solaris (TM) Operating System,” said Masters. “John Marselle is a proven leader, and I am confident that his appointment to the newly created position of COO of Sun Federal will be a great advantage for our organization and for our customers.”

Prior to his most recent promotion to COO of Sun Federal, Marselle was the vice president of U.S. Government Strategic Sales. During his 20-year career at Sun, Marselle has held a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of General Contracting, vice president of the Americas and president of Sun Federal. A recognized industry advocate in the strategic use of information technology to gain competitive advantage, Marselle was awarded the FOSE Award, Fed 100 award and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Corporation Leadership Award. Marselle is the chairman of The Board of Directors for The USO of Metropolitan Washington and sits on The Board of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“I have known John for a long time and have the highest regard for him and his knowledge of the government marketplace,” said Dendy Young, Chairman and CEO of GTSI.

Sun Federal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun, identifies, captures and manages strategic opportunities, including securing government contracts that bring Sun’s products and solutions to government markets. Only Sun Federal can obligate Sun to accept government terms and conditions via contract.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, iForce and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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Bracco Diagnostids Inc. Partners with Toshiba on Core64 Study http://sparc.org/2005/bracco-diagnostids-inc-partners-with-toshiba-on-core64-study/ http://sparc.org/2005/bracco-diagnostids-inc-partners-with-toshiba-on-core64-study/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/bracco-diagnostids-inc-partners-with-toshiba-on-core64-study/ Contrast Agent Isovue®-370 (iopamidol injection 76%) Used in International Investigation Assessing Multislice CT for Diagnostic Cardiac Imaging

July 13, 2005

Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced today it has partnered with Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation in supporting a landmark clinical trial aimed at assessing the viability of using multislice computed tomography (CT) as a primary diagnostic tool for detecting cardiovascular diseases and disorders, in comparison to cardiac catheterization. 

The study, named “CorE 64″ for “coronary evaluation on 64″ is the first multi-center clinical study to focus specifically on computed tomography angiography (CTA) using 64-slice CT technology.  Patient evaluations are expected to take place for several months, and initial study results are planned for release in 2006.

Bracco’s contrast agent Isovue®-370, the highest concentration iodine agent approved for CT imaging in the United States, will be provided for non-invasive diagnostic imaging of cardiac patients in conjunction with Toshiba CT technologies, including the AquilionTM CFX 64-slice CT scanner, the 64-row Quantum Detector, as well as SURECardioTM and SUREPlaqueTM applications. 

According to Bracco Diagnostics Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo Medici, the study will be a highly important benchmark in assessing one of the fastest growing CT applications in the diagnostic imaging arena.

“Bracco firmly believes that this is a necessary endeavor, and that cardiologists and radiologists need a large-scale, controlled study to accurately gauge the viability of Coronary CTA, clarify much of the prevailing hype, and perhaps instill greater confidence in this diagnostic imaging application,” said Medici.  “We are proud to work with Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation in this regard, because Bracco places a priority focus on supporting clinical research that addresses specific market issues and helps move the process of innovation in diagnostic imaging forward.”

According to Bracco, Isovue-370 was selected for the trial because it is the only product in the US market that is approved at this iodine concentration (370mgI/ml) for CT.  The use of high iodine nonionic agents in conjunction with multi-slice CT equipment is already widely accepted amongst the imaging community.  High concentration agents can provide the necessary iodine delivery rate (IDR) safely and still match the power and speed of 64-slice CT scanners.

In the study, CTA will be used to visualize soft plaque, measure coronary stenosis, plan quantitative treatment, and calculate plaque burden. 

The use of CT cardiac imaging is already growing exponentially throughout the world, as is the implementation of multislice CT scanners.  In 2004, approximately 6 percent of all diagnostic coronary procedures were performed with CT, and Bracco estimates substantial continued growth in the next five years.  It is estimated that 95 percent of all CT scanners purchased today are multidetector scanners.

“64-MDCTA has an obvious potential in the care of patients with coronary artery disease; however, for that potential to be realized we need to demonstrate comparability with conventional angiography in a multi-center format,” said Joao A. C. Lima, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, and Director of Cardiovascular Imaging in Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University.  “This study is therefore crucial and Bracco’s participation a very important asset in making the study a success.”

The study involves a number of esteemed health care institutions from throughout the world, including the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, Humboldt University, Campus Charité Mitte in Germany, INCOR Heart Institute of the School of Medicine Hospital, Sao Paolo University in Brazil, and Iwate Medical University in Japan.

About Toshiba

With headquarters in Tustin, California, Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States.  Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, an independent group company of Toshiba Corporation, is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions such as CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI and information systems.  Toshiba Corporation is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems.  Toshiba has approximately 162,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $55 billion.

About Isovue

Bracco launched Isovue (iopamidol injection), the first ready-to-use, nonionic contrast agent, in 1981.  In the US, Isovue is approved for a wide range of diagnostic and interventional indications.  It is available in concentrations of 200, 250, 300 & 370mgI/ml.  It is one of the market leading nonionic agents sold in the US and remains the nonionic agent of choice for thousands of clinicians world-wide.

Nonionic iodinated contrast media inhibit blood coagulation, in vitro, less than ionic contrast media.  Clotting has been reported when blood remains in contact with syringes containing nonionic contrast media.  Serious, rarely fatal, thromboembolic events causing myocardial infarction and stroke have been reported during angiographic procedures with both ionic and nonionic contrast media.  Therefore meticulous intravascular administration technique is necessary, particularly during angiographic procedures, to minimize thromboembolic events.  As with all injectable contrast agents, the possibility of severe reactions should be borne in mine, regardless of the patient’s pre-existing medical history.

About Bracco

The Bracco Group is a world leading provider of global diagnostic imaging solutions, with net sales of about $1.25 billion.  Bracco has operations in 115 countries and about 3,300 employees, around 600 of whom work in R&D.  Bracco invests approximately 15% of its annual turnover in R&D and has a portfolio of 1,500 patents worldwide.

The Bracco Group is a leader in the diagnostic imaging market with an integrated product offering from a diverse roster of subsidiary companies.  While Bracco is recognized internationally as a definitive market leader in its core business of contrast media, Bracco also markets key diagnostic imaging resources through the following companies:  Esaote, which is one of the world’s primary producers of magnetic resonance and ultrasound imaging systems; ACIST Medical Systems, a manufacturer of advanced contrast media injection systems; EBIT-AET, which creates and markets medical application software, and Singapore-based Volume Interactions, which also produces advanced medical software.

Bracco also operates a high-level international research network, with three centers (Milan, Geneva, and Princeton).  These centers develop products of the latest-generation diagnostic techniques, from X-ray and computed tomography (CT) to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocontrast.

*Isovue is a registered trademark of Bracco.  Aquilion, SURECardio, and SUREPlaque are trademarks of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation.

***This Press Releases may include some products’ commercial brands, which are not to be used unless by media addressed to the medical community.

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Sun Extends Customer Choice with Entry-Level Addition to Data-Center Class StorEdge 9900 Family http://sparc.org/2005/sun-extends-customer-choice-with-entry-level-addition-to-data-center-class-storedge-9900-family/ http://sparc.org/2005/sun-extends-customer-choice-with-entry-level-addition-to-data-center-class-storedge-9900-family/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/sun-extends-customer-choice-with-entry-level-addition-to-data-center-class-storedge-9900-family/ ew Sun StorEdge 9985 System Offers Full Compatibility with Sun StorEdge 9900 Family in a More Flexible, Lower-Cost Package

July 11, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), today announced the availability of the new Sun StorEdge 9985 system, a scaled-down version of the Sun StorEdge 9990 system, Sun’s leading data-center-class platform for large-scale consolidation and mission-critical data availability.

The new system extends Sun’s portfolio of world-class, advanced functionality storage systems, and furthers Sun’s strategy of making it easier for customers to migrate from proprietary technology, protect existing storage investments and simplify data management. Today’s news strengthens the Sun StorEdge portfolio of storage and data management platforms, which includes the Sun StorEdge 6920 system, the industry’s first modular storage array to bring virtualization capabilities and data services to the midrange market at a very competitive price.

“Serving a broad range of customers and applications requires a broad range of solutions,” said John McArthur, Group Vice President and General Manager of Information Infrastructure Research at IDC. “Modular solutions, like the Sun StorEdge 9985 system, that offer enterprise-class data availability features and connectivity for both mainframe and open systems servers, deliver the mission-critical application-support capabilities of the Sun StorEdge 9990 at a price point more appropriate for smaller installations.”

The Sun StorEdge 9985 system, a follow-on to the existing Sun StorEdge 9970 system, runs the same software and microcode as the Sun StorEdge 9990 system, ensuring full compatibility and simple integration. The system is ideal for Sun StorEdge 9900 customers who are implementing large-scale consolidation projects, disaster recovery plans, business continuity initiatives and information lifecycle management strategies, as it provides features like heterogeneous storage management and mainframe connectivity.

“Customers want choice and flexibility at the right prices, that’s why we offer the Sun StorEdge 9990 and 9985 for large enterprises, and the Sun StorEdge 6920 as the low-cost, scalable platform of choice for the midrange market,” said James Whitemore, vice president of Marketing for Network Storage at Sun. “The Sun StorEdge 9985 is a great addition to Sun’s storage portfolio and rounds out our high-end offering, bolstering Sun’s emergence as one of the world’s leading storage companies. Plus, with our systems approach to solving IT problems, the combination of the Solaris 10 Operating System and advanced virtualization products like the Sun StorEdge 9985 and 6920 offer customers the unrivaled ability to virtualize and consolidate their infrastructures.”

The new Sun StorEdge 9985 system is available immediately through Sun and its iForce partners. This announcement is being made concurrently with Hitachi Data Systems’ announcement of the Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller model NSC55, which Sun offers as the Sun StorEdge 9985 system.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Java, Sun StorEdge, iForce and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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Toshia America Medical Systems Appoints Mark G. Mindell as Vice President, Human Resources http://sparc.org/2005/toshia-america-medical-systems-appoints-mark-g-mindell-as-vice-president-human-resources/ http://sparc.org/2005/toshia-america-medical-systems-appoints-mark-g-mindell-as-vice-president-human-resources/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/toshia-america-medical-systems-appoints-mark-g-mindell-as-vice-president-human-resources/

TUSTIN, Calif.,
July 7, 2005

Further supporting the company’s continued growth, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. (TAMS) today announced the appointment of Mark G. Mindell as vice president, human resources and the newest member of the company’s senior management team.  In this role, Mindell will drive the development and implementation of human resources policy, processes, practices and key related initiatives.

According to Fredric J. Friedberg, senior vice president and general counsel, this new, senior-level position will better enable the human resources group to participate and partner with the executive team to continue driving the company’s expansion while balancing employee needs.

“Mindell’s experience is ideal for Toshiba.  With 25 years of human resource, organization development and change management experience, including executive management positions within the medical imaging industry, Mindell offers the expertise and academic breadth of knowledge to be a tremendous asset to the company at an important stage in our growth,” Friedberg said.

“I look forward to working with Toshiba and believe my background integrating companies and managing large-scale organizations provides me with the experience needed to fill this new role and meet the company’s human resources needs,” Mindell said.

Previously, Mindell served as vice president, human resources for Philips Medical Systems in Bothell, Wash.; senior vice president, human resources and chief information officer for Invensys; senior vice president, human resources for ENTEX/Siemens Business Systems.  In addition, Mark has also held human resources positions with another Siemens company, Herman Miller, Inc. and BFGoodrich.

Mark has also published numerous management, human resources, psychology and communications articles in professional journals, as well as his book entitled Employee Values in a Changing Society.  In addition, Mark holds a doctorate from Kent State University, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, all in the fields of Organization Behavior and Organization Communications.

About Toshiba

With headquarters in Tustin, California, Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States.  Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, an independent group company of Toshiba Corporation, is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions such as CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI and information systems.  Toshiba Corporation is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems.  Toshiba has approximately 162,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $55 billion.

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At The G8 Summit Sun Microsystems Profiles Technology’s Role in Sustainability http://sparc.org/2005/at-the-g8-summit-sun-microsystems-profiles-technologys-role-in-sustainability/ http://sparc.org/2005/at-the-g8-summit-sun-microsystems-profiles-technologys-role-in-sustainability/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/at-the-g8-summit-sun-microsystems-profiles-technologys-role-in-sustainability/ Sun Sponsorship Highlights Technology Industry’s Responsibility to Create an Economically, Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Planet

Gleneagles, Scotland
July 6, 2005

Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW), extending its commitment to a sustainable planet, today announced its participation as the official partner in the technology sector for the G8 Gleneagles 2005 Summit, taking place in Scotland July 6 – 8, 2005. Keeping with the central theme of climate change, Sun Microsystems will showcase the contribution that technology can make to the future health of the planet. At the Summit, Sun is providing technology for delegates and the global media to share progress of this critical global event.

Through its involvement in programs such as the G8 Summit and the UK’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, Sun is taking a global leadership role in ensuring that technology builds an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable planet. Sun is committed to advancing the Participation Age – an era in which technology truly enables human interaction and collaboration on a global scale.

“Our sponsorship of the G8 Summit sends a clear message that actions must be taken now to reduce the amount of carbon emitted as a by-product of technologies today. It is the responsibility of us all to make computing and technology as a whole, more sustainable,” said Trudy Norris-Grey, senior vice president and managing director of Sun Microsystems, UK. “The technology we are demonstrating at this year’s Summit showcases some of the highest performance technologies available in the market that are developed and manufactured to be as sustainable as possible. This is the participation age – everyone involved in technology, whether they manufacture it or consume it, must act now and become more responsible in their attitudes towards IT, whether that’s recycling PCs, sharing code and best practice or challenging traditional purchasing models.”

Delegates and media attending the G8 meetings will have the opportunity to use Sun Ray systems running the latest version of Sun’s StarOffice Suite and Sun Java Desktop Systems Release 3. The ultra-thin client server architecture of the Sun Ray technology provides users with the functionality of a personal computer and the power of the server.

A Sun Ray client requires, on average, 15 watts of power in comparison to the 300 watts required for the average PC; the heat output is one-tenth of a PC; and considerably less energy and environmentally sensitive material is required to manufacture a SunRay client.

Commenting on the sponsorship, a Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “We are delighted to welcome Sun Microsystems on board as a G8 sponsor. Climate change is a central theme to our presidency, and we welcome the work Sun has done to build sustainability into its products. We look forward to working closely with them at the Summit.”

Sun Microsystems’ Sustainable Computing Strategy is part of a wider ‘Sustainable’ program from the company that is aimed at improving how technology is developed, utilized and acquired across the globe. For more information please visit http://uk.sun.com/sustainability

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

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Sun Microsystems Powers Record Text Messaging Campaign at Philadelphia Live 8 Show http://sparc.org/2005/sun-microsystems-powers-record-text-messaging-campaign-at-philadelphia-live-8-show/ http://sparc.org/2005/sun-microsystems-powers-record-text-messaging-campaign-at-philadelphia-live-8-show/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2005 00:00:00 +0000 http://sparc.org/2005/sun-microsystems-powers-record-text-messaging-campaign-at-philadelphia-live-8-show/ 26 Million Text Message their Support for End to African Poverty

July 5, 2005

Combining social activism and technology, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) joined with Live 8 concert organizers on July 2nd to power a record-setting text messaging campaign at the Philadelphia Live 8 show. At the concert, over 26 million attendees and TV viewers text messaged their name to code “unite” or 86483 and joined the Live 8 worldwide campaign to end African poverty.

On July 6th, leaders of the G8 Summit will gather in Edinburgh, Scotland. At the top of their agenda is African poverty and debt relief. Never before has the issue of African poverty been such a high priority for the leaders of developed nations. Seizing the moment, legendary rock star and Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof teamed with U2’s Bono to organize nine free Live 8 concerts in cities around the world. Top musicians like Coldplay, Elton John, U2 and many more donated their talents to this effort, with well more than one million people in attendance worldwide and two billion TV viewers worldwide.

Sun Microsystems, recognizing the potential that its Java technology has in harnessing the efforts of this movement, teamed with Live 8 to power a text-messaging campaign. At the Philadelphia Live 8 concert, Sun delivered a text messaging infrastructure that enabled all concert attendees, not only to witness the concert, but join in and participate in a global movement to end extreme poverty. Sun Microsystems’ Java-based, text messaging infrastructure enabled Americans to share in the Live 8 movement. By leveraging Sun’s infrastructure, the Live 8 Philadelphia show enlisted 26 million dedicated people to the cause of wiping out poverty.

“Combining millions of voices from around the world in support of Africa epitomizes the power of sharing,” said John Gage, chief researcher at Sun Microsystems. “This is a time like no other, and we’re thrilled to help build this global community.”

Throughout the spring and summer, Sun has provided a similar messaging engine to Bono and powered text messaging at U2’s concerts in support of the ONE campaign. To date, approximately 100,000 people have sent text messages in support of this campaign. To learn more about Live 8 and its mission, please visit: http://sun.com/live8.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Java, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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