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Rapidly Growing IT Firm EDTS Hires Three New Employees

edtsThe nationally respected IT firm, which specializes in providing managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure solutions to Southeastern businesses, has announced the addition of Clarence Abrams, Jr. as a support engineer, Matt Schubeck as a network engineer, and Tina Biddle as billing assistant.

A native of Augusta, Georgia and current resident of Hephzibah, Mr. Abrams has more than 12 years of experience in end-user support and IT networking prior to joining EDTS. Formerly in information technology roles with Electrolux North America and aerospace and defense contractor ITT Exelis, he holds numerous IT certifications including Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), along with Security+, Server+ and ITIL v3 Foundations accreditations. Mr. Abrams holds an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science from Savannah (GA) River College.

Mr. Schubeck joins EDTS with over two decades of experience in information technology support, compliance, security and virtualization primarily in the governmental and healthcare arenas. A native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he joins EDTS from Unified Network Group and holds Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Novell Administrator (CAN), MCSA, Network+ and A+ certifications, among others. A current resident of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, he holds a B.S. degree in Business from Coastal Carolina University.

Evans, Georgia resident Tina Biddle joins the accounting and customer service team as a billing assistant. The Cincinnati, Ohio native adds nearly five years of professional experience in office administration and customer service to the EDTS team.

In their respective roles, both Mr. Abrams and Mr. Schubeck will help ensure that critical IT systems are available, optimized, and secure, while assisting EDTS customers in increasing team productivity and reducing cost associated with information technology. They will operate across the firm’s Augusta, Columbia and Greenville office footprints. Ms. Biddle will be based out of the company’s Augusta office.

“Clarence, Matt and Tina are all talented, experienced and service-focused professionals with a passion for helping customers optimize their information technology investment,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS. “As we continue to grow organizationally, we constantly seek top talent to meet the growing needs of our clients, and they are important contributors to that strategy.”

KI Logistics Expands Facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park

12235504-ki-logistics-expanding-into-south-carolinaKI Logistics, a division of Kimura, Inc. a subsidiary of global logistics leader Kimura Unity, will expand its new North American headquarters and major logistics facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County. The addition of 64,000 square feet – before the state-of-the-art facility has even opened — will add an additional $2.7 million in investment and is expected to create at least 20 more jobs.

In October 2013, KI Logistics announced that it would invest at least $11.5 million and generate as many as 149 new jobs over “the next several years as business warrants” company officials said at the time.

“Ever since we announced plans for the new facility, we have been requested by both existing and new customers across the region to provide additional assistance,” said Harry Chase, Vice President of Logistics for KI Logistics. “As we prepare to open our new facility in a matter of weeks, the time is right to undertake this expansion.”

KI Logistics originally planned to build a 208,000 square foot custom facility at The Matrix, with an option to expand the facility in the future. The addition will expand the building footprint by roughly 30%, Chase noted, bringing the facility’s full capacity to 272,000 square feet. He expects to begin operations at the completed facility in July, with the additional space completed by September.

““It is truly a testament to our growing business community when a company chooses to expand in our state and another great sign that we are headed in the right direction. We congratulate KI Logistics on their decision to invest another $2.7 million and create 20 more jobs, on top of the $11.5 million and 149 jobs already announced.”,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

While parent company Kimura Inc. already operates a 70,000 square foot facility in Laurens, SC that manufactures steel containers and racks for the automotive market, the century-old Kimura Unity is best known for its leading-edge expertise in logistics and distribution, serving as a preferred partner for such leading organizations as Drive Automotive, JTEKT and Toyota, the latter which it serves in numerous countries around the world.

“Our customers are doing well and new opportunities are presenting themselves, and we are excited to expand our operations to reflect that growth and market vitality,” said Chase. “We are appreciative for the confidence and commitment of those customers, and the leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, readySC, South Carolina Department of Commerce and others who are helping to make this expansion a reality.”

“South Carolina is heavily investing in our logistics network to support the growth of these kinds of businesses,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “It is great to see KI Logistics expand their plans – even before their facility opens.”

The Greenville County facility is intended as “a showcase of KI Logistics’ expertise, efficiently assisting clients in optimizing their supply chain and operations while teaching and training a new generation of associates to embrace the lean tools and processes the company embraces organizationally,” said Chase. “We believe Upstate South Carolina is the ideal location to support world-class companies as customers, and to attract and retain a top quality workforce.”

“The distribution and logistics sector is among the fastest-growing industries today, and a key target for Greenville County and the Upstate,” said Dr. Bob Taylor, board member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council. “The company is a globally respected business focused on innovation and we are pleased to see KI Logistics grow and thrive here.”

KI Logistics has already added several dozen employees, and is working with readySC in the recruiting and training of additional associates. Persons interested in being considered for positions including support technicians, customer service representatives, team technicians and forklift drivers should contact their local readySC office.

via Kimura Inc.

SC Dept of Education’s Office of Career and Technology Education Issues Call for Volunteers

The SC Dept of Ed’s Office of Career and Technology Ed (OCTE) has developed end-of-program assessments/tests for students completing Programming and Software Development (C++) and (Visual Basic) secondary career and technology education (CATE) programs. The assessments have been piloted several times, and are ready to be evaluated for cut scores (pass-fail scores).

Because business-industry input is critical to cut-score setting, the OCTE is seeking individuals in the greater Greenville area, working alongside secondary teachers who helped develop the tests, to set the cut scores. This activity will take place in small-group sessions during our annual conference, the SC Education and Business Summit, June 22-25 in Greenville at the TD Center.

In partnership with the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS) in development of the tests, a CTECS staff member will lead each three-hour cut score setting session with volunteers.

Computer Programming w/C++
Tuesday, June 24, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Room 100-A, Greenville’s TD Center

Computer Programming w/Visual Basic
Wednesday, June 25, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Room 100-B, Greenville’s TD Center

At the beginning of each session, CTECS will train participants in the process. No experience in cut score setting is expected. Individuals who have assisted with this task in past years have enjoyed it and found it to be worthwhile.

Please contact Office of Career and Technology Education Associate, Amy McCaskill, by June 5 if you would be available and would like to learn more. Two or three business-industry representatives are needed for each test.

New Job Posting: Interactive .NET Developer

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Interactive .NET Developer
AFL is seeking an Interactive .NET Developer to design, develop, and implement high-quality dynamic internal/external web applications.

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New Job on the Ta5 / GSATC Jobs Board

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Software Engineer
Embedded Processor Designs, Inc. (EPD) is hiring an well organized, a detail oriented Software Engineer who has strong communication skills and works well in a team environment.

Preview more open positions on the GSATC jobs board. We encourage you to share it with anyone who may be in the hunt. If you are looking for work, feel free to let us know what you need on our LinkedIn group!

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Youth Programmers Host Inventors Expo

it2pi-logo14Greenville’s newest technological innovators aren’t from CU-ICAR or tech start-ups.

They’re students, and these young programmers are bringing their inventions to life at the iT2Pi Inventor’s Exposition on Thursday, April 27, at Furman University’s Timmons Arena.

The afternoon event will include exhibits and demonstrations of program participant’s projects, including a weather station, an EHealth Monitor, and a LED Public Art Installation. Visitor’s exhibits include the Wade Hampton High School Robotics Team and Sanders Middle School. Participating students and local technologists will also lead tutorials on inventing with microcomputers and micro-controllers.

Students begin learning to code and program in the summer using Raspberry Pi, a microcomputer specifically designed to introduce students to programming. As the program progresses, students move on to more complex systems. The expo aims to demonstrate what these students have learned while applying technology to social matters, cultural enrichment, and artistic expression.

The event is free and open to the public, and is a great opportunity for technology mentors and business leaders to experience the future of Greenville’s tech industry.The expo will be held from 1-5 PM in the Herring VIP Suite of Timmons Arena. All attendees are registered to win door prizes, including an Android Tablet and a Google Chromecast.

via iT2Pi

Green Cloud Technologies Signs Distribution Agreement with ScanSource

GreenCloud-logoGreen Cloud Technologies, a Cloud technology solutions provider headquartered in Greenville, SC, has signed a distribution agreement with ScanSource, Inc., the leading international distributor of specialty technology products. The distribution agreement will make Green Cloud Technologies a provider of cloud-based solutions to ScanSource’s reseller partners.

Green Cloud’s disaster recovery and virtual server solutions will be a customer value-added support service for ScanSource’s reseller partners. By working with ScanSource and Green Cloud, resellers will be able to enhance their cloud offering for their customers.
“The market for cloud-based solutions continues to grow and afford resellers new revenue-generating opportunities,” said Mike Burns, president, ScanSource Services Group. “Resellers are seeing their business move from hardware-only to software and services, meaning cloud solutions will continue to become even more attractive to resellers and their end-user customers. We look forward to offering Green Cloud’s solutions to our partners across all of ScanSource’s US business units.”

ScanSource will began offering Green Cloud’s disaster recovery and virtual server product last month.

“ScanSource is clearly a leader in technology distribution and, given they are a Greenville-based company, our team has admired their expansion and success for years,” said Shay Houser, CEO of Green Cloud. “Partnering with them is a tremendous opportunity for Green Cloud as we expand our unique Server Recovery and Virtual Server cloud offerings across North America,” Houser added. “And, given we are both 100% channel dedicated, the relationship is one built off common distribution principles.”

via Green Cloud

Customer Effective Helps Four Clients Win Microsoft Dynamic’s Customer Excellence Awards

customer effectiveCustomer Effective Inc., the leading North American Microsoft Dynamics CRM consulting firm, is proud to announce that four of their customers have been recognized by Microsoft® with Microsoft Dynamics 2014 Customer Excellence Awards. These customers will be honored by Microsoft executives at an awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 5, at Convergence 2014 Atlanta, the premier Microsoft Dynamics user conference.

The 2014 Customer Excellence Awards, which are presented in 17 categories, recognize and celebrate Microsoft Dynamics customers that have achieved notable accomplishments using their Microsoft Dynamics solutions. Customer Effective’s award winners include, Melissa Singer of Signature Flight Support; CSX Transportation; Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation; and, Nucor Corporation.

“We are very excited for our clients to receive recognition for their success and we send out a big CONGRATULATIONS to each of them!” said Scott Millwood, CEO of Customer Effective. “We are fortunate to work with a great group of world class clients and our whole team is proud of the work we have accomplished together. True CRM success requires a great deal of collaboration and investment together, and we appreciate the effort from every person on the combined teams that put in the long hours to get to this point. Thank you very much!”

Melissa Singer is being awarded the Business Visionary Award while CSX Transportation is being honored with the Ongoing Evangelism Award. Productivity in Marketing is being awarded to Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, and Nucor Corporation has won the Technology Innovation Award for an Enterprise Business.

Established in 1997, the Customer Excellence Awards are awarded each year at the Convergence user conference in the United States. Microsoft Dynamics is a line of financial, customer relationship and supply chain management solutions that help businesses work more effectively.

via Customer Effective

ScanSource Catalyst Receives Two Awards from Avaya

scansource-logoScanSource Catalyst, a sales unit of ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC), and value-added distributor of voice, video and data convergence solutions, has received two awards from Avaya in recognition of its education services provided through ScanSource Services Group. ScanSource received awards for Highest Student Satisfaction and Highest Response Rate in North America, both based on customer survey results.

ScanSource Catalyst is Avaya’s largest distributor and has long been providing education, training and certification services to its reseller partners through the Avaya Learning Partner Program. Courses are provided via classroom or virtually and include Avaya IP Office Implementation Workshops, Avaya IP Office Configuration, Avaya Aura® and Avaya Aura Session Manager Administration, among others. Providing these high-level, intensive courses is critical for Avaya resellers, who must have technical certifications in order to provide their own install services for Avaya products.

“In addition to delivering the industry’s leading products, we are also committed to providing the services and support that resellers need to be successful. Education and training are essential to the success of our partners, and we appreciate Avaya and resellers recognizing us as a top performer,” said Mike Burns, president, ScanSource Services Group.

Diane Hutchins, senior manager, Avaya Learning Partner Program, Avaya Learning, said, “We congratulate ScanSource for receiving the ‘Highest Student Satisfaction’ and ‘Highest Response Rate’ recognition awards for the fourth quarter of 2013 in the U.S. region. ScanSource’s commitment to quality and focus on their students’ satisfaction provides a high value for its customers and the broader Avaya reseller community.”

via ScanSource

Better Business Bureau Shred Day in Greenville is April 26

bbb_7469The Better Business Bureau is offering a free Shred Event for businesses and consumers in the Upstate.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, The Better Business Bureau of the Upstate will host Shred Day, an annual event created to promote awareness about identity theft and protection. During the event, individuals and businesses will be provided with free commercial shredding services and will also be able to recycle items such as computers and cell phones. All hard drives will be wiped according to Department of Defense standards. You may bring ten small banker boxes to shred.

This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau office located at 408 North Church Street in Greenville, SC.

via Better Business Bureau