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News from March, 2013

Determining Proper FCPA Due Diligence is Biggest Compliance Challenge

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Press Release–Aravo

Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) and B2B information and collaboration solutions, recently conducted a survey to evaluate the challenges and practices around managing the requirements of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Participants included financial, compliance, internal counsel and procurement executives who manage third party intermediaries. The results of the survey show that while government enforcement continues at high levels, many companies struggle with implementing effective FCPA compliance programs and policies.

Exposure to the FCPA, and the business and legal risks of corruption, continues to grow as companies drive their global footprint into new markets and partnerships. FCPA fines and penalties in 2012 alone were $260 million, averaging $22 million per incident, and the pace of SEC and DOJ inquiries shows no signs of abating. FCPA requirements apply to not only a company’s employees but also to its agents, contractors, investors and suppliers (TPIs). (Full Article)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Users Flock to InsideView Customer Intelligence Solution While Channel Partners Leverage InsideView for CRM Growth

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Press Release–InsideView

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and NEW ORLEANS, LA–(Marketwire – Mar 18, 2013) – Microsoft Convergence — InsideView, the customer intelligence leader, today announced record adoption among Microsoft Dynamics CRM users of its award-winning customer intelligence solution. One year after announcing a multi-faceted partnership with Microsoft to integrate InsideView’s curated content into Microsoft Dynamics CRM, demand for the joint solution has exceeded expectations, and has provided an opportunity for Microsoft Dynamics channel partners to bring additional value to their CRM customers. InsideView is known for its ability to aggregate and expose relevant social, news, and company information as well as professional connections within the CRM system. The solution provides critical intelligence that helps to improve lead conversions and win rates for B2B sales and marketing professionals.

“CRM is at the core of our go-to-market strategy, so we seek out only the strongest technologies and partners to add value to our clients’ CRM systems,” said Scott Mangelson, CRM Practice Leader, Armanino, the 35th largest accounting and business-consulting firm in the nation. “The customer intelligence delivered by InsideView is unmatched, making CRM even more effective for the marketing and sales teams at our clients.” (Full Article)

Why Samsung’s Challenge to Apple and Google is Great for Consumers

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Sam Gustin—TIME

Over the past few years, tech giants Apple and Google have emerged as dominant forces in the mobile-technology market. Although they’ve pursued radically different strategies, each company has been wildly successful: Apple generates $1 billion per month on iPhone sales, while Google’s Android operating system has racked up massive global market-share gains. Now, both companies face a rising threat from South Korean electronics titan Samsung, which has surged to become the largest handsetmaker in the world. Samsung appears poised to intensify competition in the mobile space, and that could benefit consumers.

Samsung’s ascent was underscored last week when it introduced its highly anticipated new Galaxy S4 smartphone at an extravagant event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The company showed off hands-free eye-tracking technology, among other new features. Google and Apple, meanwhile, are pushing toward next generation wearable computing, including Google Glass and Apple’s rumored iWatch. (Full Article)