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Compuware Survey: Many U.S. Firms Not Ready For European Data Mandates

DETROIT — A new survey from Detroit-based Compuware Corp. finds that many U.S. businesses with European customers are not prepared to deal with the European Union’s Data Protection Regulations, which go into effect May 25, 2018.

The new laws include “right to be forgotten” customer consent mandates and regulations on how customer data is handled.

U.S. companies will face hefty fines or lawsuits if they don’t comply.

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OptimizeRx Names New Board Chair; Founding CEO To Retire

ROCHESTER — OptimizeRx Corp. (OTCQB:OPRX), an aggregator of pharmaceutical-sponsored services in electronic health records, appointed company director Gus D. Halas as chairman of the board, effective June 30. He will succeed retiring chairman and company founder, David Harrell.

As the company’s CEO until February of last year, Harrell created the first technology and network to automate customized copay savings and other patient support directly within doctors’ existing electronic prescribing workflow.

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Texas Firm Invests In LLamasoft

ANN ARBOR — LLamasoft, the Ann Arbor-based developer of supply chain modeling and design software, announced an investment by TPG Group, a private equity firm with offices in Fort Worth, Texas and San Francisco, Calif.

LLamasoft’s technology includes Supply Chain Guru for supply chain design. The company also plans this year to roll out new applications in supply chain visibility, planning, and demand modeling.

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New Software From Altair Subsidiary

TROY — The engineering technology developer Altair announced the release of version 12.3 of its Flux software for low frequency electromagnetic and thermal simulation.

Flux is intended for the analysis, design and optimization of modern applications such as electric rotating machines, actuators and sensors, high power electrical equipment, heat treatment or electromagnetic compatibility.

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Detroit at Work, Grand Circus to Launch Tech Bootcamp

DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s Detroit at Work initiative  announced the opening of applications for the inaugural TechHire Bootcamp in partnership with Grand Circus, a downtown Detroit technology training company.

The 10-week program provides training and mentorship for Detroit residents interested in becoming entry-level developers. Through hands-on learning, students will be exposed to a variety of essential programming tools, including HTML, CSS, Git/GitHub and SQL/MySQL.

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New Software From GR Firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Fox Technologies Inc., the Grand Rapids-based provider of Linux security software, announced the release of BoKS ServerControl 7.1, an access management system for organizations strategically deploying Enterprise Linux.

The company said BoKS ServerControl 7.1 addresses new web-scale infrastructures being used by global financial institutions, governments, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, and technology companies faced with securing access to their most critical systems and data in rapidly changing business environments.
Business and technology executives can no longer rely on legacy tools and script-driven methodologies to cost effectively, and securely manage today’s dynamic IT infrastructure environments. According to annual Linux Foundation reports, there is already a worldwide deficit of Linux administration skills, therefore driving operational managers towards solutions that optimize the use of existing staff, and deliver a forecastable profile and return on investment over the lifespan of the new infrastructure.

“Our customers include many leading global corporations that rely on Fox Technologies to provide real-time controls in order to meet internal and regulatory security requirements across diverse Enterprise Linux environments,” said Mark Lambaise, CTO at Fox Technologies. “BoKS ServerControl provides a centralized solution to keep pace with changes in IT infrastructure and security requirements to remain in compliance, as they digitally transform their business … No other product on the market for Linux/UNIX critical infrastructure offers this level of granular access control, nor use-cases for wide scope of deployment architectures.”

Fox Technologies will be in Booth 318 at the Red Hat Summit in Boston through May 4.

Fox Technologies, a portfolio company of Parallax Capital Partners, is a global security company that helps organizations centralize Linux and UNIX privileged access management across hybrid IT environments. For more information, visit http://www.foxt.com.

ChannelNet Names CTO, VP

DEARBORN — ChannelNet, a provider of digital customer engagement and retention products and services, has named Chris Sims chief technology officer and Joe Karle vice president of account management for the midwestern United States and Canada.

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LTU GlobalHack coding team makes finals

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University’s computer science team at the GlobalHack VI software competition, held in October in St. Louis, Mo., finished in the top 20 percent of more than 150 teams.

In GlobalHack, teams compete to develop software from the ground up over the course of one weekend. This year’s competition drew more than 1,000 participants, developing software around the theme of preventing or ending homelessness.

LTU’s team tackled the problem of homeless shelter intake management, since there’s currently no system in place for organizing the distribution of homeless shelter resources in large cities. Additionally, there is no way for homeless individuals to know which shelter will best meet their needs without extensive planning or last-minute visits.

In preparing for the event, the LTU CS team learned that most homeless people have access to the internet via phone or computer. So, the LTU team designed a system using Google Maps to allow shelters to quickly redirect homeless people to nearby shelters. It also provides a way for homeless people to communicate with shelters. Finally, it provides a dashboard interface for shelters so that they can manage the number of individuals staying in their beds.


The project made it to the finals round of the competition, along with about 20 percent of participating teams.

Team members were: Nicholas Paul, captain, a senior in computer science with a concentration in scientific software, and a minor in mathematics; Nick Virag, a senior in computer science, scientific software; and Jacob Crane, a sophomore in mathematics and computer science, with an economics minor.


The project’s back-end system was written in Java and JavaServer Pages and hosted on an Apache Tomcat Server. The team used Oracle’s MySQL database system to store data regarding clients and shelters. The front-end interface was designed using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

The team received the project Friday night, and the completed project was developed by Saturday night. Team faculty advisor C.J. Chung said the team worked on the system for 17 hours, averaging one line of code per team member per minute.

Chung said the team plans on publishing the source code for the application with a free, open source license so that anyone can use it. The project submission is publicly available at https://devpost.com/software/globalhack.

Team members said they wanted to thank Hsiao-Ping Moore, dean of the LTU College of Arts and Sciences, Shannon Timmons, assistant professor of chemistry, director of LTU’s Quest experiential learning program; Marilyn Wiseman, administrative assistant in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; Tracy Kash, administrative assistant to Dean Moore; Patrick Nelson, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Chung, for all their assistance to the team members’ efforts.

A YouTube video chronicling the team’s efforts can be viewed at https://youtu.be/OKJ0_3w1shs.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.