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Polycom Powell

POWELL TO POLYCOM. Unified collaborative communications vendor Polycom has appointed Marci Powell as global director of higher education. Currently, Powell is also serving as president elect of the United States Distance Learning Association.

NEW ACUTA OFFICERS. Walt Magnussen, telecommunications director at Texas A&M University, is the new 2007-2008 president of the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education. Magnussen is joined by four other newly elected officers: Corinne Hoch of Columbia University (NY), president-elect; Riny Ledgerwood of San Diego State University, elected to a second term as secretary/treasurer; Randal Hayes of the University of Northern Iowa, re-elected as director at large; and Sandy Roberts of Wellesley College (MA), newly elected as director at large.

John Speer III

Speer New CEO

NOW PRES & CEO. Datatel, a provider of technology solutions and services for higher ed, has announced that company President John Speer III has taken on the added role of CEO. A 23-year Datatel veteran, Speer has also served as the company's COO.

E&I VP. E&I Cooperative Purchasing has promoted Gary Wilson from director, Knowledge Resource Department, to VP of educational markets. In his new role, Wilson will spearhead E&I's face-to-face engagement with senior administrative staff at colleges and universities.


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NOW FEATURING ChaCha internet search guides: IU's Herman B Wells Library.

NEXT-GEN SEARCH. Indiana University and search engine company ChaCha have entered into a strategic alliance for research, development, and services for the next generation of internet search tools and practices. The partnership will incorporate the collective knowledge and experience of the university's library and information technology staff into ChaCha's new search engine architecture, which combines machine-based search with human guides who help bring focus and precision to the search product. To launch the alliance, IU and ChaCha are collaborating on several projects for implementation as early as the fall semester; underway immediately is the addition of ChaCha as the power behind IU's search portal. When IU students and faculty use the service, IU guides will be vetting and voting upon the instant search results, and will be available for information seekers' interaction via live chat. Read more here.

RESEARCHING 4G. Communications giant Nortel is teaming up with a number of universities around the globe, in a research effort aimed at driving 4G mobile broadband technologies. In its investigations with the partner universities, Nortel hopes to improve spectral efficiency and decrease time to market for the company's 4G mobile broadband solutions which include Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e) and the Long Term Evolution and Ultra Mobile Broadband cellular standards.

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SAAS FOR NONPROFITS. Blackbaud, a provider of software and services for nonprofit organizations, has acquired eTapestry, a provider of on-demand solutions built for nonprofits (eTapestry's flagship product is an on-demand fundraising solution). The strategic move positions Blackbaud to capitalize on the expected growth of software as a service (SaaS) in the nonprofit sector.

COMMUNICATIONS MERGER. Bluesocket, a provider of open enterprise mobility solutions, has acquired open source VoIP solution provider Pingtel. The companies will unite their product development efforts, channel partners, and end-user base. Pingtel's session initiative protocol- or SIP-based unified communications technology will form the basis of Bluesocket's fixed mobile convergence solution to manage call hand-off between cellular and enterprise WiFi networks. Bluesocket will accelerate the open source development championed by Pingtel, including full support for the sipXecs open source project and the SIPfoundry open source community.

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