Local Community Leader Selected to Attend National Security Forum

Natural Insight, has received and accepted a personal invitation from the Secretary of the Air Force to attend the 62nd annual National Security Forum at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The purpose of NSF is to expose influential citizens to senior U.S. and international officers and civilian equivalents in order to engage each other’s ideas and perspectives on Air Force, national and international security issues.

During the week of May 5-7, approximately 150 civilian leaders in business, educations and government from all over the U.S. will meet with senior military leaders to explore current and future national security issues facing our nation. The NSF provides a great opportunity for an open and candid exchange of ideas among these guests, senior military and civilian leaders, and Air War College students. Natural Insight’s president and CEO, Stefan Midford will attend lectures, meet in seminars for in-depth discussions and participate in social events.

The Air War College is the senior professional development school in the Air Force officer education system as a part of Air University. AWC educates selected senior officers to lead at the strategic level in the employment of air and space forces. The AWC curriculum focuses on coalition warfighting and national security issues, with emphasis on the effective employment of aerospace forces in joint and combined combat operations.

Air University is a major component of Air Education and Training Command and the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force. Air University’s eight colleges and schools provide the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to the highest levels of professional military education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel throughout their careers.

For more information on Air University and Air War College, visit www.au.af.mil.

About Natural Insight 
Supporting 60,000 skilled professionals in more than 110,000 locations worldwide, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto, Canada and Birmingham, England. Visit http://www.naturalinsight.com.

Natural Insight Announces Record Quarterly Growth and Opening of New R&D Facility in Romania

Natural Insight, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for the retail merchandising and field marketing industry, today announced record quarterly operating results as well as the opening of a new research and development facility in Romania.  The announcement, made at the WARES 2015 Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference (RMMC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, not only extends a series of company growth milestones, but accelerates and complements existing R&D facilities in Sterling, VA and design team in Montreal, Quebec.

Following record results last year, Natural Insight momentum continues with record first quarter operating results in 2015.  In the last 90 days alone, Natural Insight’s cloud-based labor automation platform has helped retail merchandisers and field-marketing organizations successfully schedule and complete over 1.3 million work assignments and capture 38 million points of execution data, including 1.4 million photos.  Moreover, Natural Insight now supports more than 60,000 workers in 5 languages across 25 countries, and enables consistent and high quality execution in merchandising, product distribution, marketing and specialty retail operations.

“Simply stated, our momentum is strong and our business continues to grow because our software platform is delivering great value to our customers through superior retail merchandising and field marketing results,” said Stefan Midford, CEO at Natural Insight.  “While we’re encouraged by our progress, we’re far from complacent – we continue to invest for innovation and service to expand customer success.”

Visit booth #3 for a full demonstration of the Natural Insight workforce management platform.

About Natural Insight 
Supporting 60,000 skilled professionals in more than 110,000 locations worldwide, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto, Canada and Birmingham, England. Visit http://www.naturalinsight.com.

Future Retail Professional Scholarship Awarded by Natural Insight

Today, Natural Insight, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for retail merchandising and field marketing, awarded Lauren Wellenstein, a student at University of Wisconsin – Madison, a $1,000 scholarship.

Developed in conjunction with the Kohl’s Center for Retail at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the Natural Insight Future Retail Professional Scholarship program provided funding for four finalists to attend the annual Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference hosted by the World Alliance for Retail Excellence and Standards in Las Vegas, NV.

The runner-up finalists were Kelly McCamley, Lauren Freedman, and Morgan Loomis.

The winner, Lauren Wellenstein, was formally recognized at the WARES annual gala on Sunday night. A student of University of Wisconsin, Lauren is studying Consumer Affairs and Communication Arts.

“We are excited to recognize all four finalist as future retail industry leaders” said Stefan Midford, President and CEO of Natural Insight. “All of them, and especially Lauren our winner, have demonstrated an ability and a desire to innovate within the retail industry and we’re pleased to enable their attendance at the RMMC and help further their education.”

Jerry O’Brien, Director of the Kohl’s Center for Retail Excellence at the University of Wisconsin said, “This opportunity has been invaluable to these students. They have been able to make connections with industry professionals and gain real life experiences which will help launch their careers once they graduate.”

About Natural Insight 
Supporting 60,000 skilled professionals in more than 110,000 locations worldwide, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto, Canada and Birmingham, England. Visit http://www.naturalinsight.com.

About University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kohl’s Center for Retailing
Our mission is to nurture a synergistic relationship between the retail industry, its partners, and the world-class faculty, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This relationship is to be built on the highest ethical standards and dedicated to improving the lives of consumers, productivity of the industry, and elevating the status of retail by fueling innovation and competition in the market place.

About World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards 
World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards (WARES) is an alliance of at-retail companies committed to delivering exceptional sales, marketing and service support to B2C manufacturers and retailers across all channels and countries. Its members are retailers, manufacturers, distributors/wholesalers, food and non-food brokers, retail service providers and support service providers working collaboratively in the retail space.

CareKinesis Sees Growth Spurt: 1q15

CareKinesis announces first quarter 2015 increase in growth. Seven new or expanded Programs for All Inclusive Care of the Elderly sign on with CareKinesis, a Tabula Rasa HealthCare Company.

Moorestown, NJ, April 01, 2015 –(PR.com)– CareKinesis CEO Calvin H. Knowlton, BscPharm, MDiv, PhD, reported today the Company has contracted with seven (7) new or expansion client Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in 2015. Program locations include: LIFE Armstrong, Kittaning, Pennsylvania and an expansion location of VieCare/Lutheran Senior LIFE, Aliquippa; Brandman Centers for Senior Care, Reseda, California; Franciscan Senior Health and Wellness, Indianapolis, Indiana; InnovaCares for Seniors, Fairfax, Virginia; LIFE PACE, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma; Senior CommUnity Care, Lansing, Michigan; and Valir PACE, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Since its start-up in 2011, CareKinesis has grown over 100% year after year, now servicing over 50 PACE centers in 17 States.PACE, in some states known as Living Independence for Elders (LIFE), provides comprehensive, community-based, long-term care services and support to Medicaid and Medicare enrollees. An interdisciplinary team of health professionals provides individuals with coordinated care, including medication management. For most participants, the comprehensive service package enables them to receive care at home rather than in a nursing home.PACE/LIFE organizations nationwide rely on CareKinesis to personalize medication selection, and increase medication adherence, resulting in reduced participant hospitalizations and recidivism. CareKinesis accomplishes this through expert clinical pharmacist support, EireneRx® Medication Risk Mitigation platform, custom adherence medication packaging, and flexible medication access options.

“We are proud and excited to welcome our newest PACE clients to the outcomes-focused services of CareKinesis,” said CEO Knowlton. “Our goal is to consistently reduce medication-related risk while documenting improved economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes.”

According to client Susie Fishenfeld, RN, MSN, Executive Director, Brandman Centers for Senior Care, Reseda, CA, “Working with our new partner, CareKinesis, I believe our participants’ medication adherence, medication education, and overall health and wellness, will be enhanced.”

About CareKinesis
CareKinesis partners with health care organizations to provide personalized medication therapy management and pharmacy services for high-,risk populations. The results are enhanced medication-related outcomes and greater operational efficiency. It is the first national PACE-specific pharmacy and the safe choice for PACE organizations. CareKinesis is a Tabula Rasa HealthCare Company.

Natural Insight Concludes 4th Annual User Conference

Each spring Natural Insight, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for retail merchandising and field marketing, invites its valued customers, potential clients, and strategic partners to its annual user conference.

This year more than 30 Natural Insight customers traveled to Washington DC to learn about current products, future development plans, as well as network with their peers in the merchandising, field marketing and specialty retail industries. For 2015, Natural Insight chose the theme, “Become Insightful,” to emphasize the opportunity to learn best practices from various companies operating across the retail ecosystem.

The conference featured keynotes from LEGO’s Chris Herb, Director of National Merchandising, and Sahir Anand, Principal Analyst and Vice President at EKN Research, and included numerous presentations and panel discussions featuring experiences and observations from existing customers. Moreover, attendees were presented an in-depth look at Natural Insight’s existing capabilities and future development plans, and had on-site access to over 20 Natural Insight staff members (including the Senior Leadership Team) that were all available to answer questions and demo products.

“This year we experienced our highest attendance ever, and we’re thrilled to have so many customers and industry experts sharing their wisdom and experience and learning about our products and future strategies,” said Stefan Midford, CEO of Natural Insight. “We were especially enthusiastic to share our road map plan for digging deeper into retail execution data for purposes of making better business decisions in real time.”

“The retail labor model is rapidly changing and success requires an efficient blend of store associates, product merchandisers, third-party servicing representatives and even crowd sourced labor,” said EKN’s Sahir Anand. “The innovative software developed by Natural Insight reflects a deep understanding of this dynamic, and their conference fostered an honest and productive conversation on the challenges and emerging opportunities facing companies operating in the retail ecosystem.”

About Natural Insight
Supporting 60,000 skilled retail professionals in more than 95,000 locations globally, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software for merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto and Birmingham, England. Visit www.naturalinsight.com for more information.

Ace Hardware Selects BA Insight to Power Next-Generation Search Solution

BA Insight’s Knowledge Integration Platform to Transform Information Access for More Than 4,700 Ace Hardware Stores

BOSTON, Mass. – March 10, 2015– BA Insight announced that Ace Hardware selected its Knowledge Integration Platform to power its next-generation ACENET, a search-driven intranet portal serving independent retailers and employees nationwide. Unified product and content search improves store efficiency, maximizes upsell opportunities and improves customer satisfaction.

The new ACENET, already running in over 3,000 stores, uses the BA Insight Knowledge Integration Platform along with SharePoint 2013 to drive more precise, accurate, and complete search results. Ace Hardware store owners and staff can use a single interface to quickly access product information, real-time inventory, pricing data, and corporate information. The solution surfaces targeted content based on the user’s geographic location, specific store attributes, and unique search preferences.  ACENET is being deployed across the company’s 4,700 independently-owned stores.

“Access to relevant product and inventory information is the lifeline for Ace retailers, and our search has to be the best out there,” stated Scott Heyer, Ace Hardware’s Manager – Store Systems. “BA Insight was a unique choice because of its comprehensive product capabilities and deep expertise with SharePoint and search. ACENET takes advantage of the new Web Content Management (WCM) and search capabilities in SharePoint 2013, brought to life by BA Insight. The new platform has a friendly user interface, great navigation, and an easy-to-use product comparison and shopping cart, allowing us to extend new cross-selling opportunities to Ace retailers.”

“Retail organizations such as Ace Hardware rely on quick and easy access to actionable information to drive sales and customer satisfaction. Ace Hardware’s new search-driven application will help its franchises be more efficient, serve their customers better, and increase revenue,” said Massood Zarrabian, Chief Executive Officer of BA Insight. “We are thrilled that Ace Hardware chose our platform and expertise to rapidly create their next-generation ACENET.”

About Ace Hardware
For 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2013, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Seven Years in a Row” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,700 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.

About BA Insight

BA Insight provides connectivity, classification, and application software that accelerates and future-proofs the implementation of on-premise and cloud-based SharePoint portals, transforming how users find information across the organization.  Our technology enables search engine independence and reduces implementation cost, time, and risk.  Customers leverage our User Experience Engine to help with the creation of knowledge centers along with preview, refinement, and reuse of search results; our Content Classification Engine to increase findability using auto-tagging, metadata generation, and text analytics; and our Content Connectivity Engine to provide secure connectivity to a wide variety of content systems, enabling unified views of all information assets.

We serve organizations of all sizes around the globe including the Australian Government Department of Defence, CA Technologies, Chevron, Deloitte, Ford Motor Company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Pfizer, and Travers Smith.

Visit www.BAinsight.com for more information and follow us at @BAinsight.

MEDIA CONTACT

Debbie Braunert,
Chief Marketing Officer
E-mail or call 339.933.4060

 

BA Insight Named in KMWorld’s 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management

Company Recognized for Fifth Consecutive Year

BOSTON, Mass. – March 3, 2015– BA Insight is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of KMWorld’s 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management for 2015. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company has received this recognition from KMWorld.

BA Insight provides connectivity, classification, and application software that accelerates and future-proofs the implementation of on-premise and cloud-based SharePoint portals, transforming how users find information across the organization. Our technology enables search engine independence and reduces implementation cost, time, and risk.

Our Knowledge Integration Platform consists of three software engines that provide a comprehensive set of capabilities:

  • User Experience Engine – provides applications and UI components to help with the creation of knowledge centers along with preview, refinement, and reuse of search results.
  • Content Classification Engine – increases findability using auto-tagging, metadata generation, and text analytics.
  • Content Connectivity Engine – provides secure connectivity to a wide variety of content systems, enabling unified views of all knowledge assets.

BA Insight’s Knowledge Integration products are fully flexible in how they can be configured and implemented. Deployments of all types are supported- from multi-component, enterprise-wide rollouts to departmental, component-based, phased approaches – and everything in between.

“We are delighted and proud to have received this recognition from KMWorld,” said Jeff Fried, Chief Technology Officer at BA Insight. “We provide a lower cost, lower risk alternative to SharePoint portal and intranet implementations that integrate on-premise, cloud-based, and hybrid environments to provide a unified view of all knowledge assets, independent of where the content resides. Organizations around the globe use our products to transform their intranet search experiences into internet-like search experiences.”

“The criteria for inclusion on the list vary, but each of those listed have things in common. Each has either helped to create a market, redefine it, enhance or extend it,” says Hugh McKellar, KMWorld Editor-in-Chief. “They all share a fundamental motivation to innovatively meet and anticipate the widely diverse needs of customers with robust solutions to meet evolving customer requirements challenges.”

About BA Insight

BA Insight provides connectivity, classification, and application software that accelerates and future-proofs the implementation of on-premise and cloud-based SharePoint portals, transforming how users find information across the organization.  Our technology enables search engine independence and reduces implementation cost, time, and risk.  Customers leverage our User Experience Engine to help with the creation of knowledge centers along with preview, refinement, and reuse of search results; our Content Classification Engine to increase findability using auto-tagging, metadata generation, and text analytics; and our Content Connectivity Engine to provide secure connectivity to a wide variety of content systems, enabling unified views of all information assets.

We serve organizations of all sizes around the globe including the Australian Government Department of Defence, CA Technologies, Chevron, Deloitte, Ford Motor Company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Pfizer, and Travers Smith.

Visit www.BAinsight.com for more information and follow us at @BAinsight.

MEDIA CONTACT

Debbie Braunert,
Chief Marketing Officer
E-mail or call 339.933.4060

Signature Retail Services Selects Natural Insight for End-to-End Workforce Management

Natural Insight, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for retail merchandising and field marketing announced today that Signature Retail Services, a national provider of retail merchandising and construction services, has selected Natural Insight for end-to-end labor management.

Founded in 1991 as a regional manufacturer’s rep and service firm, Signature Retail Services has grown to more than 1,000 employees performing best-in-class sales, merchandising, logistics and construction services in more than 3,500 stores across the United States.

“Our sole mission is to support our customers with superior retail merchandising and construction services combined with continuous process improvements, innovative technology, and rich data reporting,” said Dan Perry, President of Signature Retail Services.  “We partnered with Natural Insight because their technology platform provides us with the integrated workforce management capabilities that we need to continue to grow and deliver on our mission.”

“Signature Retail Services is a well known and proven leader in the retail merchandising industry and we share their passion for customer service and excellence in retail operations,” said, Stefan Midford, president and CEO of Natural Insight. “We’re honored to be selected as their technology partner and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow.”

About Natural Insight
Supporting 60,000 skilled retail professionals in more than 95,000 locations globally, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software for merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto and Birmingham, England. Visit www.naturalinsight.com for more information.

About Signature Retail Services

Signature Retail Services provides best-in-class retail sales, merchandising, logistics and construction services to leading brands and retailers across all 50 states in the U.S.  Signature Retail Services is privately held and headquartered in Aurora, IL. Visit http://www.sigretail.com for more information.

Dr. Calvin H. Knowlton receives E-3 Award

EOLA, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The chief executive officers of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY), Apogee Enterprises (NASDAQ: APOG), Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT) and CareKinesis (privately held) have been named as the recipients of the fifteenth annual “E-3 Awards,” presented by Emerald Asset Management at the 22nd Annual Emerald Groundhog Day Investment Forum, held in Philadelphia on February 5, 2015.

Joseph Besecker, President of Emerald Asset Management said, “We created this unique award to recognize leaders who epitomize the qualities that are inherent in the most successful business leaders – qualities that reflect an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to excellence,” adding, “The award’s name – E-3 – reflects these criteria: the Emerald Entrepreneurial and Excellence Award.” Joseph Garner, Director of Research for Emerald, said, “These leaders have taken risks and fueled innovation. They have created jobs and built companies. They have bested their competitors and rewarded their employees and shareholders. They are leaders in every sense of the word.”

Through an intensive multi-faceted process, Emerald’s team of research analysts and portfolio managers identified corporate leaders who have demonstrated:

  • A creative “outside the box” approach to corporate achievement;
  • An entrepreneurial approach that maximizes human initiative;
  • A corporate culture that promotes personal and corporate excellence;
  • A demonstrated record of accomplishment: creating jobs, stimulating growth, and enhancing shareholder value; and
  • An ability to effectively identify and adapt cutting-edge technologies and processes.

The 2015 winners of the E-3 Award are:

Public Company Executive Award:

  • Dr. John Maraganore, Chief Executive Officer, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY)

Public Company Science & Technology Executive Award:

  • Gary L. Steele, Chief Executive Officer, Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT)

Green Company Executive Award:

  • Joseph F. Puishys, President & Chief Executive Officer, Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG)

Warren “Pete” Musser Private Company Executive Award:

  • Dr. Calvin H. Knowlton CEO, Chairman and Founder, CareKinesis, Inc.

Presented by Emerald Asset Management, Groundhog Day Investment Forum sponsors include Pepper Hamilton LLP, Sturdivant & Co., Janney Capital Markets, Trout, Ebersole & Groff LLP, Boenning & Scattergood and Greentree. The first Emerald Investment Forum was held in 1994 and has grown to become the definitive yearly kick-off conference for investors focusing on small- and mid-cap companies.

Founded in 1991, Emerald Asset Management, Inc. is a diversified investment management company that operates through its subsidiaries Emerald Advisers, Inc., Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust, Emerald Separate Account Management, LLC, Emerald Fixed Income Advisers, LLC and Emerald Direct Lending Advisers, LLC. Assets managed by these companies totaled over $3.2 billion as of December 31, 2014. “Driven by Research,” Emerald employs an intense fundamental, research-focused investment philosophy and focuses primarily on growth-oriented equity investing and high-quality disciplined fixed-income investing.

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Contacts

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Natural Insight Announces Record Growth in 2014, New Financing

STERLING, VA – JANUARY 7, 2015

Natural Insight, a leading provider of cloud based workforce management software today announced record revenue for 2014 and the closing of a $2 million debt financing with SaaS Capital the leading specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured loans to emerging SaaS companies.

During 2014, Natural Insight again reached new revenue levels while also signing a record number of new customers across Canada, the United Kingdom and the US.  These customers are from all parts of the global retail ecosystem including retailers, product companies and servicing agencies.  In the fourth quarter alone, Natural Insight’s cloud based platform helped employers schedule and manage more than 1.4 million work assignments and capture 45 million pieces of task execution data, including 1.7 million photos.  Today the company’s platform supports more than 60,000 thousand workers in 5 languages across 15 countries, which allows for greater coordination between employers and employees and consistently improves execution in merchandising, product distribution, marketing and specialty retail operations.

“We had another great year in 2014 and we’re thrilled to have the support of a leading technology investor like SaaS Capital as we continue to grow and execute on our business plan,” said Stefan Midford, Chief Executive Officer of Natural Insight. “This partnership is important because it gives us the financial flexibility to grow even faster by introducing our innovative labor management service to new market opportunities.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Natural Insight by providing the financing to help them achieve continued growth,” commented Todd Gardner, Managing Director at SaaS Capital.  “Natural Insight’s core business is very healthy and we’re confident they will continue to capitalize on emerging opportunities as labor becomes increasingly dynamic and more employers move toward SaaS solutions to modernize their workforce management capabilities.”

About Natural Insight:
Supporting 60,000 skilled professionals in more than 90,000 locations worldwide, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto, Canada and Birmingham, England. Visit www.naturalinsight.com.

About SaaS Capital:
Founded in 2006, SaaS Capital is the pioneer provider of debt-based growth capital for SaaS companies. By leveraging the predictable revenue streams of the SaaS business model, SaaS Capital allows companies to use debt instead of equity to fund investments in sales, marketing, and new product development. SaaS Capital’s line of credit approach combines more availability and longer terms, with more flexible drawdown and repayment, versus other lenders in the market. Through its partnership with DH Capital, SaaS Capital can also assist with a variety of M&A and capital raising advisory services.  For more information, please visit www.saas-capital.com.

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