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Achievers Selected as OnDemand Top 100 Winner For Creating New Opportunities in On-Demand Software, Cloud Computing and SaaS
San Francisco, CA / Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) April 25, 2012
Achievers, the global leader in employee rewards and recognition solutions, is proud to be chosen as one of the OnDemand Top 100 winners by AlwaysOn. OnDemand 100 winners represent top emerging Internet companies disrupting the established enterprise, reinventing legacy data streams, and pioneering cloud computing and SaaS. Achievers was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.
“This year’s OnDemand 100 winners are continuing to use innovative technology and ideas to merge valuable legacy data and systems with new, vital streams of information. The results are being deployed in the cloud by any number of SaaS products and services, changing the way all business coexist,” says Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “The OnDemand 100 continues to represent some of the highest-growth opportunities in the private company marketplace.”
The OnDemand 100 winners were selected from among hundreds of other technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists, and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2012 list.
“Achievers is honored to be recognized as a game-changer in the SaaS industry,” says Razor Suleman, Founder and Chairman of Achievers. “We are focused on developing and providing an innovative product for our customers that reinvents the employee rewards and recognition industry and helps companies boost employee engagement, increase retention and drive positive business results.”
In addition to Achievers, other award recipients include Marketo, Jobvite, Yammer, Dropbox, BranchOut and Evernote.
Achievers is passionate about helping companies reward and recognize brilliant employee performance through our award-winning software. Customized to your company’s brand and culture, Achievers provides easy-to-use social technologies to create authentic moments of recognition that increase employee engagement, retain top talent and drive business success. Achievers will change the way your employees, your managers and your company work together. For more information, visit http://www.achievers.com.
AlwaysOn is the leading business media brand networking the Global Silicon Valley. AlwaysOn helped ignite the social media revolution in early 2003 when it launched the AlwaysOn network. In 2004, it became the first media brand to socially network its online readers and event attendees. AlwaysOn’s preeminent executive event series includes the Silicon Valley Innovation Summit, OnMedia, OnHollywood, IMPACT Venture Summit Mid-Atlantic, Venture Summit East, OnDemand, Venture Summit Silicon Valley, OnMobile, and GoingGreen Silicon Valley. The AlwaysOn network and live event series continue to lead the industry by empowering its readers, event participants, sponsors, and advertisers like no other media brand.
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Newberg, Oregon (PRWEB) July 27, 2011
Christian leaders, authors and game developers gathered together last week to discuss opportunities for Christians developing video games. A group of professionals were in attendance at the Christian Game Developers conference to share proven gaming techniques and offer inspiration and encouragement for game developers who are Christians.
Keynote presenter Os Hillman, an internationally recognized speaker on the subject of faith at work and the author of 11 books, shared his thoughts on issues affecting Christian Entertainment. These include his insights around the seven mountains of influence on our culture ? business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion ? and how to spread the word and influence through the gifts a person is given.
?We live in a culture that is often being driven by entertainment. Culture is most defined by arts and entertainment because this is where people?s values can be shaped and games can play a major role in reinforcing Christian values,? said Os Hillman, president, Marketplace Leaders, author of Change Agent. ?I challenge creators to develop games that provide a means of thinking differently by engaging in entertainment that can incorporate wholesome fun and stimulation for the mind, but also stimulate their thinking in new ways.?
?To date there hasn?t been a lot of leadership in the Christian gaming space,? said Mark Soderwall, President, Authority 5 Entertainment. ?However, with new technology advancements that require less capital investment, developers are starting to make games that matter as they figure out how to connect game play with values. Everybody is searching for meaning, but nobody knows how to do it. If Christians can show how to bring meaning to games, they have a chance to stand above the rest.?
The main theme coming out of the conference was that games are an art form that can reflect Truth and express the story of God in a way that is unique and different. The challenge for Christian game developers is to reflect, not teach, God?s Truth without overstepping the game play medium. Instead of trying to explain or teach the Bible, game developers have an opportunity to reflect Christian values within the game, allowing individuals to explore and test intrinsic principles and morals in distinctive and entertaining ways.
?Games provide a unique medium to reinforce societal and Christian values like cooperation, trust, hope or even sacrifice, which are found throughout the scriptures,? said Tim Johnson, entrepreneur, game developer and Founder of ideakindler. ?So, for example gameplay could focus on working with others to accomplish what you want, or giving up something of great value for future gain that isn?t about self-gratification but rather about giving something up for another.?
Christian Game Developer conference attendees shared best practices for helping game developers capitalize on new technology trends, including:
Storytelling techniques for game play
Leveraging new multi-game player technology
Best visual practices in Game art and design
Although a good story is a critical part of games with value, even more important is how game developers view their own story and how they weave that into what they are creating.
?The story you believe is going on determines how you react to life. People use excuses because we?re afraid to live our story, so we let all the negative perceptions overcome us,? said Gary Barkalow, author and founder of The Noble Heart ministry. ?The secret to our existence is to go with our desire, which is in our heart. When your desire or passion is taken away, it empties you. But there is more going on than you know and you are more than you ever dreamed.?
For more information on the Christian Game Developers Conference, or to download speaker presentations, visit http://cgdc.org.
Texas Gov. Perry Announces EA to Expand Austin Facility, Creating 150 Jobs: Touts Growing Video Game Industry in Texas
Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 20, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by EA Games President Frank Gibeau and EA Sports COO Daryl Holt to announce that EA is expanding its Austin operations and creating 150 new jobs. The governor credited Texas? sound economic principles for helping grow the video game industry in the state.
?On behalf of the State of Texas, I?d like to congratulate EA on expanding its presence in Austin, and welcome the quality jobs that will be created here as a result,? Gov. Perry said. ?Much like the video gaming industry, our state is built on the foundation of competition; thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and skilled workforce, we continue to attract companies from around the nation.?
BioWare?, a division of EA, started BioWare/Austin in 2005 with only eight employees. Since then, BioWare and other EA operations in Austin have grown to employ more than 450. BioWare/Austin is currently developing the multiplayer online game, Star Wars