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In an effort to further curb discrimination and presumably provide greater peace of mind when it comes to employee privacy, the Michigan Legislature is now the sixth state governing body in the country to pass the Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA).

Cloud computing offers a lot of promise for business, particularly small-to-medium ones, to not only save money on IT spending, but also to rapidly scale up for important Internet advertising campaigns and the like.

Tech firm offers an app for what’s on tap

Written by | Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:33 |

Want to know what's on tap? There's an app for that.

ENRG Power Systems CEO Milton Roye hopes the third time is the charm for his company.

Amway wants to exit wireless charging business

Written by | Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:21 |

Amway parent company Alticor Inc. looks to cut the cord on the intellectual property behind eCoupled, the wireless charging technology it developed and nurtured over a decade, by finding a buyer to take it to the next level.

Cyber attacks, data breaches and stolen laptops create billions of dollars in expense and liability that are not covered by traditional insurance policies, according to a senior risk-management executive who spoke recently to the West Michigan chapter of Financial Executives International.  That’s creating a new wave of policies to protect companies from incurring expenses when their digital defenses break down.

Local video games on display at ArtPrize

Written by | Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:26 |

If you want to see digital animation produced by Michigan developers, look no farther than ArtPrize 2012.

Most of the fanfare — and finger pointing — about Michigan’s film incentives have been focused on their role in attracting movie and TV show productions to the state.

IT Resource adds data center to grow cloud services

Written by | Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:23 |

Information technology services provider IT Resource is preparing for what company co-owner Gary Lutz predicts will be a groundswell of customers reaching for the cloud.

When General Motors announced in July that it planned to create big new IT development centers in Warren and downtown Detroit, Pete Brand, co-founder of Mindscape at Hanon McKendry, said it gave him a little pause. Brand in May leased 1,100 square feet in Paradise Valley — formerly the Harmonie Park area of downtown Detroit.

GRAND RAPIDS — The increasing popularity of business courses at Grand Rapids Community College has helped the two-year academic institution increase online enrollment by 13 percent for the summer of 2012. Since 2009, online course enrollment has grown some 67 percent. 

Even more revealing is online courses now account for 30 percent of all classes at GRCC. The two-year college offers more than 130 classes online. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Some traditional business networking groups in West Michigan have been retooling to embrace a rapidly growing membership segment: technology professionals.

Certainly, the West Michigan Chapter of the American Marketing Association has expanded its traditional recruiting to include, for instance, experts in social media marketing, said outgoing chapter president Sheri Stetson-Compton, field sales senior marketing manager at Herman Miller.

COMSTOCK PARK — James Dean of Schoolcraft lost his wife, Diana, nearly four years ago. 

This year he decided to do something to keep her memory alive, and introduce her to people who would stumble across the gigantic 4,000-pound granite headstone he had custom-etched by Patten Monuments Co. of Comstock Park. Affixed to the tombstone is a postage-stamp-sized QR code that links to a web page where he can share stories and photos of his late wife.

OST hits 100 employee milestone

Written by | Monday, 21 May 2012 10:22 |

Open Systems Technology Inc., a technology consulting and integration company, added its 100th direct employee in April, making it one of the larger tech firms in West Michigan.

The company posted 2011 sales of $68 million. It is hiring at its Grand Rapids headquarters, plus offices in Ann Arbor and Minneapolis.

When Mark Sellers bought Grand Rapids Brewing Co. last year, he thought he bought all of its assets. But it turns out he had a cybersquatter parked on his website who refused to relinquish the domain name until the squatter, a Grand Rapids Internet promotions company, was paid $2,000.

Now Sellers owns the web address, GrandRapidsBrewingCompany.com, and will use the site to help market his new brewpub when it opens this August at the entrance to the city’s entertainment district on Ionia Avenue and Fulton Street.

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