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  • 17 Oct 2014

    SundaySky in the 30 Best Places to Work in New York City Tech Industry

    From small shops Ready Set Rocket and SundaySky to powerhouses like AOL and BuzzFeed, awards honor outstanding workplaces driving New York City’s vibrant tech-based economies; Companies to be honored at November 20th luncheon.

    Internet Week today unveiled its first-ever list of the 30 Best Places to Work in New York City Tech, honoring the top companies whose workplace cultures and policies are helping to drive the city’s vibrant tech-based economy.

    The 30 companies on the list, which range in size from two dozen employees to more than 3,500, were selected based on a range of criteria including hiring practices, benefits packages, salaries, office perks, workplace environment and design, and diversity policies, as well as surveys completed by more than 2,000 employees at the 30 companies.

    The companies recognized as the 30 Best Places to Work in NYC Tech are:

    AdRoll
    AOL
    Appboy, Inc.
    Avanade, Inc
    Bounce Exchange
    BuzzFeed
    CafeMom
    CPXi
    DonorsChoose.org
    Grovo Learning
    JOOR
    JW Player
    LivePerson
    Marathon Consulting
    Paperless Post
    PhotoShelter, Inc.
    Priceline.com
    Razorfish
    Ready Set Rocket
    Rubicon Project
    Sailthru
    Squarespace
    SumAll
    SundaySky
    The Barbarian Group
    TripleLift Inc
    Unified Social
    Voxy
    Xaxis
    Yieldbot

    Honorees will be celebrated at the Best Places to Work in New York City Tech Luncheon on November 20th in the Great Room at The W Hotel in Union Square. The company receiving the highest overall score will receive a special award and a $2,500 gift certificate from Internet Week partner Design Within Reach. Special awards will also be presented to companies that excelled in areas such as Happiest Employees, Best Perks, Best Work/Life Balance, Best Workplace Culture, Best Small Company and Best Large Company.

    The 30 Best Places to Work in New York City Tech is presented in partnership with CBRE Group, Inc., the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, and submissions were evaluated by Internet Week research partner Buck Consultants LLC. To be eligible for the competition, companies must have a minimum of 20 employees working full-time in a New York office.

    "New York City has become one of the world’s top tech cities, where companies are investing in both smart ideas and great workplaces to draw outstanding talent and foster extraordinary performance," said Allison Arden, Managing Director of Internet Week. "Internet Week's Best Places to Work in NY Tech list recognizes the companies setting the standard for creating cultures that allow successful companies and outstanding talent to thrive in one of the most dynamic and exciting tech communities in the world.”

    “New York’s tech community is a driving force in transforming the look, feel and function of the workplace,” said Kyle Schoppmann, Head of Occupier Services for CBRE’s Tri-State Region. “CBRE is excited to recognize the industry’s leaders, along with Internet Week—and we look forward to collaborating with the tech community as their needs evolve.”

    Internet Week New York 2015 will take place May 18-24. More than 45,000 people are expected to attend more than 250 panels, exhibits, screenings and parties at the Internet Week New York HQ, the nerve center of the festival at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion, and at venues across the city.

    Earlier this year, Internet Week and CBRE partnered to launch "The NYC Edition of Internet Week Tech Digs," an original web series exploring the workplaces of some of the top digital companies driving New York City’s tech-based economy.

    About Internet Week
    Internet Week supports New York’s vibrant tech-based economy and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and global impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture. The festival highlights the innovators building the new economy and creating opportunity, while educating and empowering attendees to succeed. Internet Week New York is every week, and the festival is part of an always-on movement in support of the tech community and the industries so important to global competitiveness.

    About CBRE
    CBRE Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. The company has approximately 44,000 employees, and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices worldwide. In New York, CBRE has been the leader in commercial real estate for more than a quarter century, providing a comprehensive delivery platform that has become an industry benchmark. A culture of collaboration empowers our people—and our clients—with the information they need to anticipate market opportunities, gain the competitive edge and implement the best real estate strategies possible. CBRE serves the needs of technology clients in New York through industry-specific market intelligence, insight into tech companies’ unique occupancy requirements and strong advisory experience based on years of experience with some of the most outstanding names in tech. http://www.cbre.us

  • 14 Oct 2014

    FirstCare Health Plans Selects Samanage for its IT Asset and Service Management

    Major health plan provider leverages the power of a unified ITSM platform.


    Cary, NC (PRWEB) October 14, 2014

    Samanage, provider of the only multi-tenant service desk and asset management cloud solution on the market, announced today that FirstCare Health Plans has selected Samanage’s unified platform of IT service desk and asset management solutions.

    FirstCare Health Plans, provider of high quality and affordable health care plans throughout West Texas, was using Samanage IT Asset Management for easy insight into all of the systems on their network, when the time came to evaluate alternatives for IT service management (ITSM). “Our contract for our ITSM solution was coming up for renewal and we decided we needed a change based on many factors, but primarily cost,” said Brian Moore, Lead, Desktop Support with FirstCare Health Plans.

    The key criteria for the new ITSM solution required it follow general ITIL guidelines for incident management, problem management, change management, release management, service catalog and asset management. FirstCare also required quick implementation and a simple user interface so other functional areas could leverage the solution to manage service delivery. And finally, an ITSM solution needed to be offered at a good price point. FirstCare’s research for an ITSM solution led them to a Forrester report, “Forrester Market Overview: SaaS IT Service Management Tools, 2013”.

    In addition to Samanage, FirstCare evaluated SysAid, BMC Remedyforce, and Easy Vista for its ITSM needs. “The Forrester report validated that Samanage was a real contender in the marketplace for an ITSM solution in addition to the asset management we were already using,” said Moore. After several demos and test driving the solution, FirstCare chose to expand their use of Samanage into the service desk product.

    “We are privileged to have FirstCare Health Plans as part of the growing Samanage customer community,” said Doron Gordon, CEO of Samanage. “FirstCare’s mission includes providing quality, affordable health plans and to always put the customer first. We share the same philosophy at Samanage as a business that adds value and innovation to our customers through IT service management solutions every day. We look forward to partnering with FirstCare to help them achieve their mission,” said Gordon.

    Feedback from internal FirstCare IT customers has been positive. “Our customers tell us the Samanage tool is a lot simpler, cleaner and has a more friendly user interface than our previous tool,” said Moore. The implementation of Samanage also met FirstCare expectations. “The implementation was as smooth and quick as the system itself is very straightforward and simple,” said Moore. “In fact, our challenge was adapting complicated processes to work properly in the new system because it was that simple to use.”

    Moore also commented on the value of a true-cloud based solution such as Samanage. “More than anything else, the fact that the entire environment is hosted and the provider is responsible for the upkeep is of great value,” said Moore. “However at the top of our list when looking at cloud solutions is the ability to ensure our data remains secure according to our strict compliance standards that we must abide by, and we are confident in Samanage.”

    About Samanage
    Samanage provides the only true multi-tenant, unified service desk and asset management cloud solution on the market today. Our revolutionary user interface delivers an unmatched user experience and enables code-free customization, allowing customers to fully deploy a robust IT Service Management (ITSM) solution in only 14 days. We are uniquely able to deliver both simplicity and strength to customers in the form of instant value, user-friendly functionality, and feature-rich and “future-proof” capabilities. Our goal is to help customers deliver a superior service experience to their end users, and real value throughout their organization by improving asset control, empowering end users, and maximizing resources. Learn more at: http://www.samanage.com.

  • 09 Oct 2014

    Samanage Named Finalist for North Carolina Tech Awards

    North Carolina Technology Association recognizes Samanage in the fast growth – small company category.


    Cary, NC (PRWEB) October 09, 2014

    Samanage, provider of the only multi-tenant, unified service desk and asset management cloud solution on the market, today announced the company was named a finalist for the fast growth, small company category of the 2014 North Carolina Tech Awards.

    Hosted by the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), the NC Tech Awards are North Carolina’s only statewide technology awards program, recognizing outstanding achievement in technology.     

    “We are honored to be recognized by NCTA as a finalist for the fast growth, small company award,” said Doron Gordon, Samanage CEO. “In fiscal year 2013, Samanage experienced record revenue growth as demand for our easy-to-use SaaS Service Desk and IT Asset Management software tripled over years past. Overall revenues increased 250% from the previous year and we doubled our global customer base.”

    “Since 1995, the NC Tech Awards (formerly the NCTA 21 Awards) have honored companies for outstanding achievement in the tech sector and use of technology. As a finalist in this year’s awards, Samanage has distinguished itself as one of the state’s technology leaders,” stated Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s President and CEO.

    A review committee comprised of non-profit, media, education, and technology leaders representing various regions of the state selected this year’s finalists. The awards process culminates with the NC Tech Awards Gala on November 6, 2014 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

    About NCTA
    The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) is a not-for-profit, membership-driven trade association and the primary voice of the technology industry in North Carolina. NCTA is the intersection of leadership and technology, fueling the growth of North Carolina through Executive Engagement, Public Affairs, and a Knowledge Workforce. For more information, visit our website at http://www.nctechnology.org.

    About Samanage
    Samanage provides the only true multi-tenant, unified service desk and asset management cloud solution on the market today. Our revolutionary user interface delivers an unmatched user experience and enables code-free customization, allowing customers to fully deploy a robust IT Service Management (ITSM) solution in only 14 days. We are uniquely able to deliver both simplicity and strength to customers in the form of instant value, user-friendly functionality, and feature-rich and “future-proof” capabilities. Our goal is to help customers deliver a superior service experience to their end users, and real value throughout their organization by improving asset control, empowering end users, and maximizing resources. Learn more at: http://www.samanage.com.

  • 18 Oct 2014

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