PADT announces leadership expansion to support 3D printing and simulation units
In the last two decades, PADT, Inc. has grown its offering from the core Ansys product in Arizona to representing half a dozen different simulations, 3D printing and scanning solutions across the United States. To address this growth, PADT executives have restructured its leadership team and created three new positions that allow the company’s sales professionals and engineers to better serve it customers. The newly appointed directors are Simulation Support Director Ted Harris, Enterprise Solutions & Alliances Director Alan McNiel and Sales Operations Director Kathryn Pesta. Read more >>
Scottsdale-based Symmetry Software acquired by California startup Gusto
Symmetry Software, a Scottsdale company that makes payroll tax withholding software, has been acquired by Gusto, a rapidly growing startup based in San Francisco. Gusto makes payroll, benefits and HR software and it originally approached Symmetry Software as a customer. The two teams worked together closely for about nine years before making the move to come together. Symmetry will continue to operate as a standalone unit within Gusto, continuing to build out the plan Symmetry CEO Elizabeth Oviedo envisioned when she took the job earlier this year. Read more >>
Intel VP of IoT Group Christine Boles named as 2021 Influential Woman
Congratulations to Christine Boles, vice president of Intel Corporation’s Internet of Things (IoT) Group, who has been named as one of 2021’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. For over 25 years, Boles led development, delivery and enabling Intel-based solutions, across a broad range of customers, applications and industries. Boles holds a BS in electrical engineering from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Arizona State University. Currently, Boles sits on Arizona Tech Council board, and previously sat on Chandler Chamber of Commerce board. This is the 10th anniversary of AZBigMedia’s Most Influential Women program.
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Salt River Project teams with Accenture to transform the employee experience
Accenture has helped Salt River Project (SRP), one of the nation’s largest public utilities, to help SRP employees access and manage their personnel data. Hosted in the cloud and powered by SAP® SuccessFactors® software, the new solution replaced disparate legacy HR systems and processes with digital capabilities for employee self-service, payroll, taxes, auditing, compliance, vacation, and time management. By automating and standardizing business processes, the solution enables employees to access up-to-date details on time worked, payroll, personal information and other HR data.
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Yeager Marketing wins 3 American Marketing Association awards
Leading marketing agency Yeager Marketing has received three American Marketing Association awards for work completed in 2019 and 2020, adding to a total of 21 AMA award wins for the company. Yeager took home top honors at the AMA ceremony in late July 2021. The American Marketing Association’s Phoenix Chapter Spectrum Awards is Arizona’s largest and most representative annual marketing competition, attracting hundreds of entries each year from agencies, companies, organizations and institutions. With categories highlighting all aspects of marketing, from strategy and planning to innovation, execution and business results, the awards honor the year’s biggest ideas and brightest minds. Read more >>
Waymo partners with local nonprofit to scale up meal delivery during pandemic
The Phoenix East Valley is known as a hotbed of technological innovation. One compelling example shows how that innovation can be deployed to extend a lifeline to those most in need during critical times. During the pandemic, autonomous driving technology company Waymo partnered with AZCEND, a Chandler, Arizona-based nonprofit, to meet a growing demand for senior meals. Out of this time of great need and great change, the partnership between AZCEND and Waymo emerged as a natural merger of one nonprofit organization’s goal and one technology company’s capabilities. For more than a year, Waymo has donated its delivery services to transport more than 2,000 meals from AZCEND’s Chandler food bank to the Gilbert Senior Center. Read more >>
Scottsdale-based Paradox makes major acquisition of Baltimore startup
Paradox, a Scottsdale company that builds conversational recruiting software, announced on Monday that it had acquired Traitify, a Baltimore startup that makes recruit assessment software. Paradox, Inc. runs artificial intelligence software that helps companies communicate with prospective candidates automatically while Traitify helps companies understand the personality (and traits) of job candidates with its mobile-first tech. Paradox has been growing rapidly since its founding in 2016. Paradox recently debuted on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the country at No. 225; From 2017 to 2020 the company’s revenue grew 1,941%. Read more >>
Alluvion Communications awarded $14.8 million for fiber network in rural Arizona
Gila Local Exchange Carrier, Inc., which does business as Alluvion Communications, headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., will use funds to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in rural Arizona. The funded service area includes 5,547 households, 22,645 people, 142 businesses, three fire stations, a police department, a school, a health care facility and six farms. Access to high-speed internet connectivity will improve the health and safety and quality of life for residents in these rural communities. The network will extend roughly 59 square miles and will be strategically placed to service both near‐term and future developments in parts of rural Arizona. Read more >>
Forced Physics celebrates first installation of Edgeility System
Forced Physics Data Center Technology recently deployed its Edgeility System outdoors at Sun West Engineering in Phoenix where summer temperatures reach over 110 degrees. Even in extreme heat, the system is designed to run smoothly without air conditioning, liquid, or server fans. The unit can support up to 24kW and has only one moving part with a highly efficient, reliable industrial blower. Cooled with proprietary JouleForce® Technology, this micro data center provides the thermal solution the industry needs for Edge and on-premise distributed compute. Read more >>
Avnet sees record quarterly revenue as fiscal year 2021 wraps up
Global technology distribution leader Avnet Inc. recently reported quarterly and full year fiscal results that showed continued growth for the state’s largest public company. The company reported record quarterly revenue of $5.2 billion for its fourth quarter ended July 3, ahead of Wall Street expectations and up 21.5% from last year. The company also reported net quarterly profit of $85.4 million and $1.12 earnings per share which beat Wall Street’s consensus expectation. The revenue was driven by record sales in the electronic components division and from U.K.-based subsidiary Farnell. Read more >>
Carvana to invest $126M in leading insurtech company Root, Inc.
Carvana, the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, and Root, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROOT), the parent company of Root Insurance Company, the leading insurtech carrier, today announced an exclusive partnership to develop integrated auto insurance solutions for Carvana’s online car buying platform. In connection with the partnership, Carvana will invest approximately $126 million in Root, Inc., subject to customary regulatory approvals. Founded in 2012 and based in Phoenix, Carvana’s (NYSE: CVNA) mission is to change the way people buy cars. Read more >>
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