LightEdge owner, Phil Anschutz, prepares to expand his arena business

Denver Business Journal

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 6:23am MDT

Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz, whose arena empire includes the Staples Center and the L.A. Live complex, is poised to take over operations of the Oakland Coliseum, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

His Anschutz Entertainment Group is bidding to take over the contract for the Oakland Coliseum. The governing body will decide Friday on which of three companies will get the job, but several administrative members of the coliseum authority and a couple of members of the authority board plan to recommend Anschutz get the job.

A rising role for IT: McKinsey Global Survey results

In our sixth annual technology survey, executives say their companies are boosting IT spending and adopting new technology platforms to support innovation.

Source: Business Technology Office

Aspirations—and current expectations—for IT have never been higher. Executives continue to set exacting demands for IT support of business processes, and they see an even larger role for IT in a competitive environment increasingly shaken up by technology disruptions. These are among the results of our sixth annual business technology survey, where we asked executives across all functions, industries, and regions about their companies’ use of, expectations for, and spending on IT.1 Looking ahead, executives expect IT to create new platforms to support innovation and growth, help guide strategy with data and advanced analytics, and stay on top of possible new roles for mobile devices. For IT leaders, the good news is that along with these higher expectations, most respondents also see a greater willingness to spend more on IT.

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LightEdge Recertifies its Microsoft Gold Hosting Competency

LightEdge has been a committed Microsoft Gold Partner since 2004.

Des Moines, IA, April 3, 2012 – LightEdge today announced it has recertified their Gold Hosting competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.   LightEdge has been a Microsoft Gold Provider since 2004.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams, resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals, to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects, implement an annual customer satisfaction study, meet a revenue commitment, and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

“As one of the premiere cloud hosting providers, LightEdge is committed to Microsoft and continues to utilize our Microsoft Gold Hosting competency to showcase our expertise and knowledge of Microsoft server operating systems, hosted products (such as Exchange) and licensing structure,” said Jeff Springborn, COO and president of LightEdge Solutions.  “We consider our Gold Partner status and relationship with Microsoft to be a key element of our Cloud Computing strategy.”

Attaining the Hosting competency is exclusively for partners that specialize in hosting solutions and maintain their own datacenters or act as a reseller or agency of services hosted by Microsoft, providing agreed-upon service levels and customized hosted offerings and consulting for common customer scenarios. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software and support, partners help customers offset the cost of maintaining critical business applications with scalable hosting solutions.

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

About LightEdge Solutions

LightEdge Solutions is a customer-centric cloud computing and consulting company devoted to solving the IT issues of businesses nationwide. By utilizing our economies of scale, connections with world-class vendors and our own internal passion for engineering, LightEdge allows its customers to “plug in” to enterprise-grade IT solutions that maximize uptime and performance, yet fit into their budget. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.

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