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Zenoss Names NWN Corporation as Managed IT Service Provider of The Year For Second Year In a Row

Waltham, Massachusetts –  NWN Corporation,  the leader in IT solutions, announced today that Zenoss has named NWN Corporation as the Managed Service Provider of the Year for the second consecutive year at their annual user conference. This annual award recognizes the managed it service provider who consistently delivers service excellence in network management utilizing the Zenoss platform internally and/or externally for their customers.

In today’s fast-paced business environment, Managed IT Service Providers play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies and focusing on their core business goals.

NWN’s NCare team is always on call for our clients, by monitoring their networks 24×7, NWN can identify and resolve  critical system issues quickly and efficiently from their US-based Command Center. For more than a decade, their network operations center has worked with public sector and commercial clients to optimize their environments and provide faster response. NWN offers a full suite of Managed IT  Services, including: Cisco Collaboration Management and Support Services, Desktop Support Services, Proactive Server/Network/Application Monitoring Services, Off-Hours Server Patching Services, Incident-Based Phone Support. Managed Security Services, and On-Site Staff Augmentation Services.

“We are pleased to be recognized again this year as Zenoss’ Managed IT Service Partner of the Year.” says Drew Phelps, SVP – NCare Managed IT Services,  “In today’s fast-paced environments, organizations need to monitor their network for optimal efficiency however, they generally don’t have the time or the tools to do it proficiently. Zenoss gives NWN the ability to provide best-in-class monitoring and alerting for our customers, maximizing network uptime and productivity”.

Zenoss Names NWN Corporation as Managed IT Service Provider of The Year For Second Year In a Row
Waltham, Massachusetts, May 31, 2016, NWN Corporation, the leader in IT solutions, announced today that Zenoss has named NWN Corporation as the Managed Service Provider of the Year for the second consecutive year at their annual user conference. »

Datawatch Enables 450 CNAF Accountants to Prep Less and Analyze More

France’s public sector agency is leveraging Datawatch’s self-service data prep solution in more than 100 local offices to ease data access and speed time-to-insight  

BEDFORD, Mass.  Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) today announced that Caisse Nationale d’Allocations Familiales (CNAF), a large, public sector agency based in Paris, France, is leveraging Datawatch’s self-service data preparation solutions to ease data access, and achieve fast and exhaustive reporting. The combination of Datawatch Monarch and Monarch Server is saving CNAF accountants and auditors countless hours on data extraction, modeling and reporting, enabling them to prep less and analyze more.

CNAF serves as France’s Social Security Department and operates with one clear mission: to help families in need. The organization distributes family allowance funds to more than 10 million beneficiaries each year. Calculating the benefits it can allocate to each family requires CNAF to perform a detailed analysis of factors related to child welfare, housing and education.

Prior to implementing Datawatch, CNAF dealt with its massive amounts of family benefits data, which is housed within thousands of files, through manual processes. Extracting insight from this information, which was only available as lists in various text formats, was extremely labor-intensive. CNAF was looking for a solution that would automate data extraction and processing, and expedite time-to-insight by automatically converting this data into a structured format for analysis.

In 2009, at the recommendation of local Caisse Allocations Familiales (CAF) offices already using the product, CNAF turned to Datawatch Monarch, which enables data analysts and everyday business users to rapidly access, manipulate, blend and prepare data from the widest variety of sources, including structured, multi-structured and unstructured repositories. CNAF also implemented Monarch Server to automate the delivery of prepared data to its intended recipients.

Today, Datawatch’s solutions are used by more than 450 accountants and auditors across CNAF’s 102 local agencies. Each night, Datawatch Monarch runs more than 195 automated processes on up to 8,000 files – totaling approximately four gigabytes of data – and governs them in a secure, centralized Document Management System in Excel format. Relevant files are then automatically processed and distributed to users via Monarch Server.

“Datawatch Monarch is extremely easy-to-use, enabling any one of our users to simply and rapidly unlock data from any source and automatically convert it into structured data for analysis,” said Jean-Michel Omont, Archive System Manager, CNAF. “Tasks such as extracting data from text or PDF files is now as simple as pushing a button. Reporting is fast and exhaustive, information is provided in a secure manner and data extraction is fully automated. Monarch has saved us thousands of hours of modeling and data extraction time, freeing our accountants and auditors to spend their time on performing analysis that will drive decision making and deliver business value.”

Datawatch is now part of CNAF’s overarching IT plan and is recognized as an integral part of its Information System. The streamlined processes and improved efficiency provided by Datawatch has helped coordinate efforts between the various CNAF offices. And, as a result of the return on investment CNAF has seen over the past five years, the organization is considering using Datawatch Monarch within its HR department to extract information related to pay and to run end-of-month checks.

“Our self-service data prep solutions are designed to provide everyday business users with the agility they need to speed decision making while keeping confidential information secure,” said Michael Morrison, CEO of Datawatch. “Datawatch Monarch is more than a technology solution. We’re a business partner that enables our customers to keep their focus on strategic initiatives that will drive the bottom line, rather than wasting valuable resources on mundane data prep and reporting tasks.”

To learn more about Datawatch, please visit: www.datawatch.com.

 

About Datawatch Corporation

Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) enables ordinary users to achieve extraordinary results with their data. Only Datawatch can unlock data from the widest variety of sources and prepare it for use in visualization and analytics tools, or for other business processes. When real-time visibility into rapidly changing data is critical, Datawatch also enables users to analyze streaming data, even in the most demanding environments, such as capital markets. Organizations of all sizes in more than 100 countries worldwide use Datawatch products, including 93 of the Fortune 100. The company is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, with offices in New York, London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Singapore and Manila. To learn more about Datawatch or download a free version of its enterprise software, please visit: www.datawatch.com.

 

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Datawatch Enables 450 CNAF Accountants to Prep Less and Analyze More
Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) today announced that Caisse Nationale d’Allocations Familiales (CNAF), a large, public sector agency based in Paris, France, is leveraging Datawatch’s self-service data preparation solutions to ease data access, and achieve fast and exhaustive reporting. The combination of Datawatch Monarch and Monarch Server is saving CNAF accountants and auditors countless hours on data extraction, modeling and reporting, enabling them to prep less and analyze more. »

NWN Completes “Cisco Mega Audit” – Achieves Multiple “Master” Certifications

Through the efforts of many, NWN met all the requirements for Cisco Gold, Master Collaboration, Master Security, Master Cloud Builder, Cloud & Managed Services Program and 5 Cisco Powered Services (IaaS, BC, TPaaS, HCS & DRaaS). 

Waltham, Massachusetts – NWN Corporation was pleased to announce their successful completion of a Large Cisco Audit. The end result was that it places NWN in an elite class of Cisco partners. Less than 5% of all Cisco partners hold this many certifications and specializations. This is a tremendous achievement and a complete team effort that involved 9 months of preparation and hard work.

As a Cisco Partner, NWN helps clients improve business outcomes by designing, implementing and supporting Cisco Technology Solutions. With over 20 years of experience, national reach and experienced Cisco engineers, NWN Delivers:

During a recent interview, Tommy FiGart, Director of Partner Development for NWN made these comments:  “The hard work that the entire team exerted to pass such a comprehensive audit makes me extremely proud to be a part of NWN. This positions us well with Cisco as one of their most elite partners and more importantly, it enables us to continue to provide our customers with the solutions they need to solve their business problems.”

NWN Completes “Cisco Mega Audit” – Achieves Multiple “Master” Certifications
Through the efforts of many, NWN met all the requirements for Cisco Gold, Master Collaboration, Master Security, Master Cloud Builder, Cloud & Managed Services Program and 5 Cisco Powered Services (IaaS, BC, TPaaS, HCS & DRaaS). »

Best Practices for Pharmaceutical Waste

As more and more pharmaceutical companies launch into new projects, an even greater amount of pharmaceuticals are secreted into the environment. “Sustainability” has become commonplace in operational discussions; however, companies are still working toward that end.

According to statistics reported by WHO, 15 percent of waste generated by health-care activities is considered to be hazardous: infectious, toxic, or radioactive.

Washington State’s Department of Ecology explains the process of direct disposal of these pharmaceuticals:

If disposed of or excreted to the sewer, pharmaceuticals are sent to wastewater treatment plants that offer primary, secondary or tertiary treatment levels. Regardless of the level of treatment, most conventional wastewater treatment cannot effectively eliminate pharmaceutical compounds.

Landfill leachate can contain trace amounts of pharmaceuticals as well. Often this leachate is sent to the same wastewater treatment systems that receive residential wastewater. Pharmaceuticals have been detected in landfill leachate, so disposal of pharmaceuticals at engineered landfills may merely postpone pollution of surface water and ground water. 

. . . Many cities, counties and states are struggling to prevent and remove pharmaceuticals in both wastewater and solid waste.

In August 2015, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) issued two proposed hazardous waste regulations:

  1. Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals
  2. Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

With the proposed regulation scheduled to take effect at some point in 2016, pharmaceutical waste disposal processes at facilities are going to change.

Amrit Chaudhuri, CEO of Mass Innovation Labs, participated in an exclusive Q&A on pharmaceutical waste management. His edited responses are below.

Q: Could you describe the various wastes that pharmaceutical companies produce on a typical monthly or yearly basis?

Chaudhuri: Typical waste streams would include hazardous waste, regulated medical waste, and non-hazardous waste.

Q: What are some of the key areas (or places in the manufacturing process) that often produce a large amount of waste?

Chaudhuri: Manufacturing areas typically generate a lot of solvent waste or non-hazardous waste. The solvent waste is typically a by-product waste from their process or from sterilization of the manufacturing clean space. The non-hazardous waste coming from manufacturing is often material the QA/QC group has tested and found it doesn’t meet their standard for using within manufacturing. Another area that generates large amounts of waste is a research and development laboratory. The R&D lab is working on methods to prove that their concept is viable and as a result a lot of chemicals are used or expire which would result in waste needing to be disposed of.

Q: At present, how do companies typically dispose of this waste?

Chaudhuri: Companies have traditionally utilized strictly waste disposal companies. Our waste disposal company offers us a consulting team, training department, a waste water service and install department, a facility care team, and an on-site services team. They also assist with permitting, training, on site collection of waste, and decommissioning of labs.

Q: What are some of the regulations in place for the disposal of waste?

Chaudhuri: The EPA set the regulation stage on a federal and state level for defining what is considered hazardous waste and needing to be managed as such. The Department of Transportation then has regulations for managing how waste is handled and labeled and the paperwork that follows with it during transportation. Those are two main agencies with applicable regulations that need to be followed.

Q: Are practices of disposing waste significantly different between countries?

Chaudhuri: Yes. For the most part, it depends on how developed the nation or country is. For instance, a developing nation (third or fourth world nation) has a hard enough time trying to meet the basic needs of humanity, let alone try to set standards for proper disposal of waste. However, with more developed countries) there are regulations in place.

Q: What are some of the impacts we are seeing thus far from the disposal of pharmaceutical waste? 

Chaudhuri: The main impact is the dramatic reduction in material that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated.

Q: What are some of the lab designs and facility setup that may be beneficial in managing pharmaceutical waste?

Chaudhuri: Setting up a facility with a Main Accumulation Area (MAA) for waste that allows for the correct waste containers is the first step. By having the right amount of space in the MAA, it allows for consolidation of waste and fewer shipments which increases the organizations profitability. We took this into consideration when building out our facility and it has helped to reduce waste disposal costs. Designs that can be made within the lab would include identifying what type of collection containers will be needed and then building the lab to accommodate space for those containers. In many cases, labs don’t take these considerations into the design build, adding time and money to the collection process.

Q: What are some of the ways that workflow can be altered to better manage pharmaceutical waste?

Chaudhuri: Creating a culture within the lab where workers understand their impact on profitability and exposure of their company is where companies need to start. The lab worker needs to have a basic understanding of the impact of waste on site. Helping employees understand what should actually be captured as hazardous waste versus regulated medical waste versus solid trash is a key factor in waste management. Often, facilities aren’t characterizing their waste the right way.

Q: What are some of the sustainable practices or alternatives that pharmaceutical companies can utilize to help reduce the waste and its impact on the environment?

Chaudhuri: Finding a waste management company that focuses on the company’s needs rather than being just a disposal company is key. Taking the time to review waste streams to ensure everything being shipped is utilizing the greenest solution is a key component of that partnership. In many cases, exploring simple solutions can lead to large savings. One example is ensuring that staff understands proper protocols, with even something seemly as small as a broken thermometer containing mercury. Proper disposal is crucial, and the exposure to the employee and the organization can be detrimental to business continuity.

Q: In the biotech space, what are some of the new developments involving management of waste disposal?

Chaudhuri: Two innovations for managing waste in a biotech space are the recycling of regulated medical waste and a closed loop solvent system:

  1. Recycling of regulated medical waste: The standard for years has involved landfilling or incineration of regulated medical waste, which goes against our sustainability goals. Our waste management partner, Triumvirate Environmental, owns a facility permitted to recycle this material. This is helping biotech companies achieve goals that they didn’t believe would otherwise be possible.
  2. Closed loop solvent connection system: Many clients ask to improve the collection of harmful vapors created with the labs. Our partner worked with a manufacturer to create a closed loop system that contains the vapor, resulting in a clean atmosphere for the lab workers.

Q: Are there any trends that are developing in the disposal of pharmaceutical waste?

Chaudhuri:

Q: What are your recommendations to companies looking to re-think the way they dispose of pharmaceutical waste?

Chaudhuri: Take the time to first understand your processes and develop a strong partnership with your waste management company where you can ask questions. It’s important to consider your role in improving environmental sustainability and profitability.

Best Practices for Pharmaceutical Waste
Recycling of regulated medical waste: The standard for years has involved landfilling or incineration of regulated medical waste, which goes against our sustainability goals. Our waste management partner, Triumvirate Environmental, owns a facility permitted to recycle this material. This is helping biotech companies achieve goals that they didn’t believe would otherwise be possible. »

Three NWN Executives Recognized as CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel

Waltham, Massachusetts – NWN was thrilled to announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Dr. Jane Linder, Executive Vice President of Application and Data Services, Shannon Ludwig, Senior Vice President of Sales, and Lori Koch, Director of Digital Marketing to its prestigious 2016 Women of the Channel list. The women executives who comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision, and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

“NWN is proud to have our leaders recognized among the IT channel’s top female executives. This award showcases the hard work and dedication of these remarkable women.” Said Skip Tappen, President and Chief Operating Officer, NWN Corporation, “Our success as a company would not be achieved without the contributions of our committed employees.”

Dr. Linder has been on the CRN Women of the Channel list every year since 2008. She is an experienced business woman and widely-published thought leader with over 30 years of experience in IT, operations, and strategy. Her most recent book, Spiral Up, focuses on wildly successful initiatives. She leads NWN’s NSolve team and is responsible for driving growth in NWN’s applications and data service technology offerings.

“We are finding more and more powerful women leading our customer and partner organizations,” says Dr. Jane Linder, EVP of NWN’s Applications and Data Services group. “Our team gets on the same wavelength with them and amazing things happen.”

Shannon Ludwig has been with NWN for 17 years, and continues to drive sales growth in the South East region. She leads one of the top performing sales teams in the country and strives to solve business problems in a creative and efficient manner.

As the Director in Digital Marketing, Lori Koch, has lead the marketing team; developing NWN’s digital marketing and social media strategy. She has been in the industry for over a decade creating marketing campaigns that continually exceed revenue goals.

The 2016 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/wotc2016.

Three NWN Executives Recognized as CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel
Waltham, Massachusetts, May 20, 2016, NWN was thrilled to announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Dr. Jane Linder, Executive Vice President of Application and Data Services, Shannon Ludwig, Senior Vice President of Sales, and Lori Koch, Director of Digital Marketing to its prestigious 2016 Women of the Channel list. »

NWN Corporation Progresses in the VMware vCloud Air Network

Waltham, Massachusetts – NWN Corporation today announced that it has joined the VMware vCloud Air Network as an Enterprise level Service Provider.

The VMware® vCloud Air™ Network provides organizations with VMware-based enterprise-class security and infrastructure compatibility, with the freedom to readily move workloads among private, public and hybrid clouds.

Using proven VMware technology customers already use in their existing data centers, VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers can accelerate their business growth by offering customers trusted and secure public and hybrid cloud solutions.

NWN sees great value in working with the VMware vCloud Air Network. Hyrbid cloud is not only about connecting on-premises to cloud, but also cloud to cloud. With VMware, NWN is able to create hybrid cloud solutions that give our customers more options that tightly align with their desired business outcomes,” said Dan Benedix, Solutions Manager, NCloud Team, NWN.

“NWN has significantly increased our technical VMware knowledge this year,” said Tommy Figart, director, Partner Development, NWN Corporation. “We look forward to providing the latest VMware solutions to our customers, helping them to facilitate their move to the cloud.

“We welcome NWN Corporation to the VMware vCloud Air Network, which enables customers to easily and securely extend their data centers to the cloud, using the same trusted infrastructure they’ve been using on-premises,” said Jim Aluotto, director, Service Providers, Americas, VMware.  “Since 2008, VMware has been working with the service provider community to provide customers with a simple and flexible path to the cloud, and we are pleased to have NWN Corporation as a part of this global network.”

The VMware vCloud Air Network supports customers with increased service flexibility, greater options for global cloud services and the choice of local VMware vCloud Air Network Service Provider partners in more than 100 countries globally.

For more information on the VMware vCloud Air Network, please visit: vcloudairnetwork.com

NWN Corporation Progresses in the VMware vCloud Air Network
Waltham, Massachusetts, May 18, 2016, NWN Corporation today announced that it has joined the VMware vCloud Air Network as an Enterprise level Service Provider. »

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