Function Point Creative Agency Software Set to Launch Version 10 – New Scheduling Module.

Vancouver, B.C. (PRWEB) June 01, 2012

Function Point Productivity Software Inc. (, a worldwide leader in CRM, time tracking, invoicing and project management software for advertising agencies, design firms, and web development companies, is pleased to announce that it will be launching its newest version of the software (fp. version 10) on Tuesday, July 3rd 2012.

The upgrade to version 10 represents the fifth major release that Function Point has launched to our client base in the last 12 months” stated fp founder and CEO Chris Wilson. Tate Lillies, VP of Business Operations went on to say that “we are very excited about where our product is heading and believe that this new release will provide major benefits right out of the gate as we continue to up the ante on delivering the most effective project management and workflow tool and process built specifically for creative agencies.”

Function Point has been strategically re-writing its workflow management software with a focus on providing small to medium sized creative and design firms a business tool that will help increase profitability and ease the burden of clerical and financial work for service companies who want to maximize their billable time.

By developing the new task management and scheduling components of the system along with financial views, the company is not only trying to simplify a project manager’s job, it is trying to provide everyone in the agency with a view into the work that they are doing.

Highlights of the upgrade:

Schedules will become an independent module, with find and detail pages, more catalog and header data about the schedule object.
Schedules can be created independently, combined together and attached later to a job.
The introduction of a new fp.grid will be faster with less HTML.
Removal of the old template mechanism so any schedule can become a template.
Cloning of any schedule or template.
The Introduction of a new concept for container tasks and regular tasks.
New, more efficient loading, editing and saving mechanisms for task trees.
New, consistent state rules for task relationships with jobs, estimates, phases and services.
Addition of admin phases and services to the timeline items (when there is no estimate for pre-planning).
Notes (for CRM) become stand-alone main menu items with their own find and list pages.
An Improved UI for main navigation system (including re-sizes on smaller devices).
Addition of inline editing for more fields on schedules.
Creation of estimates and jobs from a schedule.
A sync from schedules to estimates.

About Function Point

Function Point Productivity Software Inc. (Function Point) is a web-based software as a service (SaaS) company, and is located in Vancouver B.C. The company was founded in 1997 and is a leader in workflow management software for advertising agencies, design firms, and web development companies. The software includes modules for customer relationship management (CRM), creative agency timesheet and job tracking, project management, purchase orders (POs), basic insertion orders, expense tracking and invoicing, as well as optional components for client collaboration, online design proofing and an integration to popular accounting packages such as QuickBooks and Simply Accounting. There are currently over 4000 active clients using the system as their primary task and project management tool.

With clients around the world, including Canada, the United States, Brazil, Singapore, the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa and the Caribbean, the Company is truly international and continues to work hard at creating the perfect business tool for increasing agency efficiency and profitability. Companies in all facets of the creative industries us Function Point, including ad agencies, digital agencies, Web development companies, interior designers, architects and consultants to name a few.

The company prides itself on its best-in-class customer service, and backs everything with a 60-day, 100% money back guarantee.

Mission Statement

To help improve client profitability by providing a single, integrated solution for managing the day-to-day challenges of running a growing creative services company.

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Global Renewables Industry at Tipping Point as it Seeks to Reduce Reliance on Subsidies

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 29, 2012

The renewable energy industry is at a tipping point as the developed markets start to close the door on generous subsidy programs and emerging markets develop cost strategies to compete with fossil fuels according to Ernst & Youngs latest quarterly global Renewable energy country attractiveness indices report released today.

Gil Forer, Ernst & Youngs Global Cleantech Leader, comments: Current global macroeconomic drivers are reinforcing the role of emerging markets in the future global energy mix. As renewable energy technologies become more cost-competitive, the importance of government subsidies is set to decrease to create a sustainable growth platform for both developed and emerging markets, as well as manufacturers.

The indices provide scores in 40 countries for national renewable energy markets, renewable energy infrastructures and their suitability for individual technologies. During Q3 2012, China remained at the top of the All Renewables Index (ARI), but dropped a point as its solar sector continued the consolidation process in an effort to boost domestic installation and rationalize government support, which could slow growth in the more immediate term. In recent months China has also seen a large outflow of Chinese investment in favor of markets such as Africa and South America.

The quarter also saw the US drop 1.5 points in the ARI, resulting in Germany moving up into second place ahead of the US. While the German government has recently increased the countrys renewable energy target for electricity to 40% by 2020 and is proactively implementing policy measures to create sustainable growth, the downgraded score reflects the more immediate changes around possible subsidy caps for solar, wind and biomass.

Within the US, the uncertainty about long term US energy policy combined with concerns over the extension of key renewable energy incentives and the availability of low-priced natural gas are likely to continue slowing the growth in the sector in the short to medium term, particularly in the wind sector.

However when looking towards the long-term, Forer comments: Now that the US elections are behind us, we can likely expect new long-term momentum behind cleantech related regulations, such as EPA greenhouse gas regulations as well as Department of Energy and Department of Defense energy efficiency initiatives.

Clean energy investment hit by uncertainty

Globally, total clean energy investment fell 5% in Q3, to US$ 56.6b, with investor enthusiasm dampened by skepticism over policymakers renewable energy commitments and the continued decrease in solar and wind technology costs impacting on total investment values.

New investment levels have varied globally with investment in Europe, Middle East and Africa rising 7% to US$ 21bn in Q3 mainly driven by solar thermal and wind project financings in Morocco. However, in the same period, investment in the Americas and Asia-Pacific slipped by 25% and 3%, to US$ 10.4b and US$ 25.2b respectively.

Ben Warren, Ernst & Young Energy and Environmental Finance Leader comments: Political and regulatory uncertainty, working in tandem with constrained capital markets, continue to put the brakes on investment and deal volumes. Looking forward, market restructuring and the emerging secondary infrastructure financing market are likely to provide the momentum for future investment.

Emerging markets get back to basics

Having taken note of the lessons learnt across markets in Europe and the US, where high levels of subsidization have been the key driver of growth in the sector, governments in emerging markets are driving business models that work without direct subsidies or grants that could potentially compete head-on with conventional fossil fuel sources.

The latest indices include Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the first time, reflecting the growing presence of the Middle East within the clean energy market, with the UAE ranked 35th in the index, two places above Saudi Arabia. The roll-out of solar initiatives places the UAE over Saudi Arabia in the Solar Index, while the reverse is true in the Wind Index based on natural resource.

When looking at the global outlook for the clean energy industry, Forer summarizes: While the reliance on government subsidies is decreasing, it should not be forgotten that until grid parity is reached in more regions, financing will still depend on the timing and nature of individual countries incentives and support regimes, a commitment to invest in grid infrastructure and connectivity, and the ability of projects to seek multiple partnerships and investors.

To download issue 35 of the Renewable energy CAI and previous issues, visit

About the CAI

The Country Attractiveness Indices publication has been running since the beginning of 2003 and is distributed to over 4,000 people each quarter. It provides scores for national renewable energy markets, renewable energy infrastructures and their suitability for individual technologies.

The Indices monitors 40 entries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, UK and the US.

How Ernst & Young’s Global Cleantech Center can help your business

From start-ups to large corporations and national governments, organizations worldwide are embracing cleantech as a means of growth, efficiency, sustainability and competitive advantage. As cleantech enables a variety of sectors, old and new, to transform and participate in a more resource-efficient and low-carbon economy, we see innovation in technology, business models, financing mechanisms, cross-sector partnerships and corporate adoption. Ernst & Young’s Global Cleantech Center offers you a worldwide team of professionals in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services who understand the business dynamics of cleantech. We have the experience to help you make the most of opportunities in this marketplace, and address any challenges. Whichever sector or market youre in, we can provide the insights you need to realize the benefits of cleantech.

About Ernst & Youngs Energy and Environmental Finance Group

With a dedicated team of over 100 international advisors operating from our global team, Ernst & Youngs Environmental Finance Group helps private and public sector clients to increase value from renewable energy activity. The team covers established and emerging renewable technologies, providing advisory services from initial market entry strategies to commercial analysis, finance raising, and M&A transactions advice.

About Ernst & Young

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Green Wall Provides Living Focal Point for new Kal Tire Office

Vernon, B.C. (PRWEB) November 13, 2012

GSky Plant Systems, Inc., a leading provider of vertical green walls completed the installation of a Versa Wall for Kal Tires new Vernon Office located in Vernon, B.C. Kal Tire employs more than 5,000 team members, is Canadas largest independent tire dealer with over 240 stores servicing commercial and retail customers, operates on over 150 mines sites in 20 countries, and is entirely Canadian owned. The installation of 254 square feet of green wall composed of ficus and lipstick plants has enhanced Kal Tires new atrium entrance into a welcoming focal point for visitors and team members alike.

David Penner, project manager, design and construction for Kal Tire states, One of the highlights of the new Kal Tire Vernon Office building is the large skylight situated over the atrium which allows for natural sunlight to enter the building. The green wall accents the atrium and together with the light brings a unique energy into the building for our team members.

The new office space has many green features including pine beetle wood interior finishing, large natural windows and skylights, and now an impressive GSky Versa Wall. The Versa Wall uses interior tropical plants that have been selected specifically for their adaptation and ability to thrive, adding a softer side to the space by drawing contrast from the weight of the concrete building structure.

We wanted to keep it soft and personal, thats when the green wall concept was introduced, said Tara Lingle, designer from BOX Interior Design.

GSkys Versa Wall has a recirculating irrigation system that is 100% water efficient and self-contained making the system suitable for any interior wall without the worry of spillage. The Versa Wall is naturally beautiful, eco-friendly, customizable, durable and economical offering flexible installation options and a variety of plant selections.

GSky hopes to extend its reach in the region to support the installation and maintenance of the beautiful green walls, while promoting a greener working space in an urban environment.

For photos of the green wall installation, please visit

About GSky Plant Systems, Inc:

Founded in 2004, GSky Plant Systems, Inc. remains the leading provider of vertical green walls in North America. The business was founded based on the explosive growth of green technology, including green wall and roof systems in Asia. GSky currently offers three products, the Pro Wall System, Versa Wall System and the Basic Wall System. Each product is unique in terms of design flexibility, installation location versatility, plant selection variety, desired size, cost, coverage time-line, and system components. GSky also offers a suite of services including maintenance, remote monitoring, and consulting as full-service contracts or

FusionRMS Launches New Scheduling Module for Point of Sale

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) July 13, 2012

FusionRMS announced today the release of a new scheduling module for their integrated Retail Management System. Fusion Scheduling targets single and multi-store retailers looking to better manage resources.

This new scheduling functionality dramatically simplifies the process of scheduling resources for our customers, says Mike Gill, President of FusionRMS. Our customers battle big box retailers every day. This new functionality continues our mission to equip them for that fight.

Fusion Scheduler provides an easy to use interface to define a resource and establish its basic availability. Whether it is a salon technician, a delivery truck or a hotel room, availability for the client defined resource is quickly and easily handled form the managers dashboard.

With availability defined, end users can, in real time, schedule tasks which consume user defined intervals, for the resources. These tasks (non inventory billable charges) can then be easily converted to a FusionPOS transaction with one key stroke for additional charges or final settlement. No need to enter any information twice. Further, because of the integration with FusionPOS all client information including historical purchases, special pricing, and demographics are at the operators fingertips. Finally, FusionPOS offers seamlessly, out of the box, integrate with many of todays accounting packages including SAGE 100, SAGE 500, SAP Business One and Acumatica.

Fusion Scheduling will be available for all FusionRMS clients on August 1, 2012.

For information on how FusionRMS can help grow your retail business, please contact their office at 214-420-5144 or go online to learn more at

About FusionRMS

FusionRMS, is a division of Point Solutions LLC a Dallas, Texas based software publisher that focuses on providing integrated point of sale software systems custom designed for the retail environment. Their unique architecture integrates into most major accounting systems, and can be hosted in the cloud for maximum flexibility. Their strong and growing customer base in multi-store retail markets are spread throughout North America. For more information, please visit

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