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PowerLogix signs distribution pact

Woodstock, Ill.-based Other World Computing (OWC) signed a distribution agreement with Austin-based PowerLogix, giving OWC the right to sell and distribute PowerLogix’s entire line of Macintosh upgrade products.

As part of the agreement, OWC has also agreed to provide fulfillment and distribution services, as well as back the end-user support, for PowerLogix products found via

Selected PowerLogix products are available immediately through OWC via its Web site at www.

ProfitMetrics licenses product to Vision Research

Software and services firm ProfitMetrics has licensed its Dashboard Builder software to Vision Research Organization to provide research updates on 6,100 companies.

ProfitMetrics says it worked closely with Vision to develop a concise one-page Vital Signs report that would capture the most important insights about these companies.

ProfitMetrics says its dashboards help streamline procurement, improve sales and marketing, increase safety, lower risk and improve financial operations and performance.

Tech rental company comes to Houston

ABC Rentals recently opened a new Houston office.

Las Vegas-based ABC is a technology rental company for plasma and LCD displays, computers, laptops and audio equipment for events, meetings and trade shows.

The Houston location, at 4123 Hollister St., is the fourth regional office for the company joining New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Graphic design firm launches in Bay Area Houston

Business communications company eMerge Works recently opened its doors in Bay Area Houston.

eMerge Works offers services including information technology solutions, graphic design and advanced Internet solutions. The company is divided into two major sectors: IT outsourcing and graphic design.

Setec Security expanding to Dallas

Information security services provider Setec Security said its Setec Forensic Laboratories division would open new facilities in New York, Chicago and Dallas during the first quarter of 2005.

Los Angeles-based Setec Laboratories currently serves clients from facilities in Los Angeles; San Jose, Calif.; and Portland, Ore.

The labs’ focus is to design and expand controls for minimizing risks, neutralizing threats, and elevating the security posture of organizations across a wide-spectrum of industries, the company said.

Setec Forensic Laboratories also will serve as a vehicle for research and information sharing among leading visionaries and practitioners of information security.

Report: IT hiring in state to grow in 2005

Hiring activity in Texas’ information technology field is expected to outpace the national average for the coming year, according to a recently released report.

The findings are from the IT Hiring Index and Skills Report, which was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by international IT staffing company Robert Half Technology.

The report said IT hiring activity in Texas in 2005 will exceed the U.S. average by two points, with 11 percent of chief information officers polled expecting increased hiring.

Nationally, chief information officers expect IT hiring to increase by 9 percent, an increase of three percentage points from the previous quarter’s forecast.

The poll, which includes responses from more than 1,400 chief information officers from U.S. companies with 100 or more employees, found that the Pacific and the West South Central regions will likely have the strongest employment growth in 2005.

Networking remains the specialty most in demand throughout the country, according to the report. And executives at larger firms with 1,000 or more employees are the most optimistic about IT hiring activity for the coming year.

The report also said that the first quarter of 2005 is expected to be the fifth consecutive quarter in which executives have cited business expansion as the primary cause for IT hiring.

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