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NJFX Launches The NJFX Market PoP: A Community Portal for Best of Breed Connectivity and Services Options

WALL, N.J., May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — NJFX, the first and only colocation campus to sit at a cable landing station and offer Tier 3, carrier neutral data center capabilities, introduces The NJFX Market PoP, a virtual community portal that connects customers to a vast number of vetted service providers that provide a plethora of options for best of breed connectivity and services. By establishing a Point of Presence (PoP) at NJFX’s colocation campus, NJEdge and its esteemed members are now part of the NJFX community and benefit from using the newly released NJFX Market PoP.

Delivering a broadband statewide network, NJEdge establishes standards for interoperability, economies of scale, and supports new and emerging technologies. With a presence at the NJFX colocation campus, NJEdge ensures their customers receive direct transport and data services for efficient service delivery. Additionally, NJEdge is licensing seats at the NJFX campus to support its 24-hour operation.

“By establishing a presence at the NJFX campus, our educational members will benefit from a number of highly valuable onsite resources,” states Dr. Samuel Conn, President and Chief Executive Officer of NJEdge. “Our clients will now have the option for close proximity to local health care markets, along with direct access to Europe for scientific research, giving them the ability to generate strategic leads and promote our network services to our targeted vertical markets.”

“With access to NJFX’s robust ecosystem and its Market PoP, NJEdge receives immediate access to a vetted buyer or seller, and proactively pairs them together to establish the ideal solution – simply and effectively,” adds Gil Santaliz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NJFX. “This permits them to expand their customer base and target multiple verticals for enhanced service options.”

For more information on the NJFX colocation campus and its Market PoP, visit www.njfx.net.

About NJFX

NJFX is the first and only colocation campus to sit at a cable landing station and offer Tier 3, carrier neutral data center capabilities. The colocation campus is supported by several carriers and offers direct access to multiple independent subsea cable systems that interconnect North America, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. High and low density colocation solutions are available with 24/7 support as well as unique U.S. fiber back-haul offerings that avoid traditional legacy network points of failure. NJFX’s proximity to a cable landing station allows for extreme low latency and provides customers with the flexibility, reliability and security that local businesses, global carriers, content providers, enterprise and government entities require to drive revenue, reduce expenses and improve service quality. For more information, please visit www.NJFX.net. For the latest news, follow the company on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

About NJEdge

NJEdge is a member-driven, non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey with a commitment to supporting higher education, K-12, healthcare, public sector, and other non-profit organizations. With a mission to provide a high-performance statewide network connecting member organizations, access to cooperative purchasing opportunities, and other education and information technology services, NJEdge fosters interoperability among its collaborating partners and subscribing patrons to promote student success and economic development. For more information, please visit www.NJEdge.net.

Full Measure Education and NJEdge Join Forces to Improve Student Engagement and Outcomes

WASHINGTON and NEWARK, N.J., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Full Measure Education/(FME) and NJEdge, today announced an alliance to support adoption and integration of Full Measure Education’s Guided Pathways Platform as a Service in NJEdge member institutions.

FME and NJEdge will help institutions to enhance processes and improve student outcomes by delivering a combination of technology and services.  The FME Platform as a Service is an analytics-driven student engagement platform that serves to enhance the student experience across the full lifecycle.  With their patented communications algorithms, FME is helping colleges and universities close the communications gap with prospective and enrolled students.  Through a student-facing mobile application, students may also engage in self-service that greatly reduces the administrative hurdles preventing successful enrollment and completion.

Through the partnership, NJEdge educational institutions will enjoy the opportunity to experience the innovative FME Platform as a Service.  “We are honored to be working with NJEdge,” said Bob Abraham, President at Full Measure Education.  “As a passionately mission driven organization, we are excited to begin working on behalf of students and staff among NJEdge member institutions.  Together, we will better support our FME Platform as a Service client partners who are looking for improved student engagement and outcomes.”

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to help our member institutions better serve their students,” said Samuel Conn, President and CEO of NJEdge.  “We are excited to help bring to market the FME demonstrated improvements in application, enrollment and retention rates, together with helping institutions bridge the communications gap and enhance the student experience.”

About Full Measure Education.
For more information: www.fullmeasureed.com

About NJEdge
NJEdge is a member-driven, non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey with a committed to supporting higher education, K-12, healthcare, public sector, and other non-profit organizations.  With a mission to provide a high-performance statewide network connecting member organizations, access to cooperative purchasing opportunities, and other education and information technology services, NJEdge fosters interoperability among its collaborating partners and subscribing patrons to promote student success and economic development.  For more information, visit www.NJEdge.net or contact Siobhan McNulty via themcsiobhan@gmail.com or 443.253.8896.

Media Contact: Tess Frazier, SVP  tess@fullmeasureed.com

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Full Measure Education represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially.

SOURCE Full Measure Education

KINBER and NJEdge Strengthen Ties

Collaboration in NSF-Funded Virtual Project to Provide Enhanced Peering Connection

HARRISBURG, PA – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), a non-profit membership organization devoted to fostering collaboration through technology in Pennsylvania, and NJEdge, the New Jersey statewide research and education network, announced the establishment of a peering connection between KINBER’s PennREN network and the NJEdge network. This new advanced peering connection between the two state networks will allow for greater capacity, speed and enhanced research capabilities between PennREN connected institutions across Pennsylvania and NJEdge connected institutions in New Jersey.

The added network capabilities provided by the new peering connection will benefit a number of science, research, education and community outreach initiatives in the region, including the Virtual Data Collaboratory – A Regional Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Data Intensive Science project (VDC) recently funded $4M by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The VDC project led by the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute at Rutgers University includes KINBER and NJEDGE as regional partners funded through the NSF’s Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program. The project’s goal is to conceptualize, design, and implement a Virtual Data Collaboratory to support collaborative, data-intensive science research by multi-disciplinary teams drawn from multiple institutions across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the establishment of a Data DMZ between the two regions. The VDC will leverage existing data repositories including the Ocean Observatories Initiative and the Protein Data Bank, and existing investments in advanced cyberinfrastructure such as the NSF-funded Big Data Regional Hubs, XSEDE, and OSG, among others.

“As a result of this new peering connection between PennREN and NJEdge, KINBER continues to offer added value to its members in the research and education community by providing significantly enhanced access to the resources and infrastructure available through partnership with NJEdge,” said Wendy Huntoon, KINBER President and CEO. “The Virtual Data Collaboratory project is a key example of how the enhanced network peering will serve to advance scientific research and foster collaboration in and between both regions.”

KINBER and NJEdge also partner in other areas including sharing of educational opportunities such as webinars and special events among their respective members. KINBER also offers the award-winning KINBER Digital Cloud digital repository service in partnership with illumira (formerly NJVid) and NJEdge to serve institutions in Pennsylvania that are seeking digital repository services.

“NJEdge is pleased to deepen our partnership with KINBER through this new peering connection,” said NJEdge President and CEO, Dr. Samuel Conn. “This next step will offer added collaboration and research opportunities of value to both organizations and their respective members.”

About KINBER
The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The non-profit membership organization is comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 80 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit KINBER.org or follow @KINBER on Twitter.

About NJEdge
NJEdge is a member-driven, non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey, our dedication to higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, public and non-profit service members, collaborating partners and subscribing patrons drives our commitment to constant innovation and elevated learning. To learn more about NJEdge, visit NJEdge.
CONTACTS:
Leslie Amorós                                 Sheri Prupis
KINBER                                             NJEdge
(717) 880-4196                                (975) 596-5490

NJEdge 2.0

To advance its mission, realize its vision and maintain a sustainable future, NJEdge has thoughtfully prepared a three-year strategic roadmap referred to as NJEdge 2.0. The plan will be used to guide the organization and continue to provide increased value to its members, collaborating partners, and subscribing patrons.

NJEdge 2.0 is guided by four strategic themes:

  1. Membership investment and stakeholder advantage
  2. Operational excellence
  3. Technological advancement
  4. Stewardship and trusted partnerships

The plan strategically reboots existing support and service by:

  • Creating new opportunities to leverage its assets through better promotion and direct selling
  • Fostering academic alliances and alignment with national value-added resellers
  • Driving best-of-breed enterprise application integration partnerships

NJEdge will continue to provide value and return-on-investment to its members through advancement of architectural design and quality improvements to its high-performance optical network, supplying demand for “above net” applications and services, leveraging consortium buying power and agency status in procurement, and pursuit of funded research and shared grant opportunities. NJEdge envisions a future role that more fully accommodates the overall success of its members.

In conjunction with NJEdge’s strategic reboot, the company has restructured its work environment in its Newark, NJ headquarters to streamline service to its membership in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government and non-profit sectors.

NJEdge Elevates Joe Rearden to Chief Financial Officer

Appointment Includes Promotion to Associate Vice President

Newark, NJ – NJEdge is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Rearden to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Associate Vice President. In this capacity, Joe will lead day-to-day operations for NJEdge, manage the annual budget and direct all facets of NJEdge’s financial objectives as set forth in the company’s three-year strategic plan.

As CFO, Joe will work with each division of NJEdge to plan the year’s spending budget, outline objectives in accordance with the company’s four strategic themes and ensure each objective includes a clear deliverable with measurable performance results.  Additionally, Joe will serve as the liaison between existing corporate partners and members and manage licensing agreements with existing and prospective vendors. To further strengthen NJEdge’s service and support to its respective communities, Joe will actively promote initiatives that align with member goals.

“Joe is a respected and integral part of the organization,” explained Dr. Samuel Conn, President and CEO, NJEdge. Dr. Conn continued, “I’m confident he will further strengthen NJEdge’s daily operations as well as the company’s integrated financial and business planning process and schedule.”

Joe brings extensive financial and operational leadership as well as legal experience to NJEdge.   Prior to joining NJEdge in 2010, he implemented projects funded by the NJ Department of Commerce and USAID, served as the consortium’s business manager and was a key member of the in-house counsel team for a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Joes has a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

About NJEdge

NJEdge is a member-driven, non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey, our dedication to higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, public and non-profit service members, collaborating partners and subscribing patrons drives our commitment to constant innovation and elevated learning. Connect with NJEdge via NJEdge.net, email at (INSERT CORRECT CONTACT) or 973.396.5490.

NJEdge Promotes Bruce Tyrrell to Director of Member Services

Tyrrell to Cultivate ‘Service Excellence’ Culture

Newark, NJ – Academic and research technology consortium NJEdge announces the promotion of Bruce Tyrrell to Director of Member Services. In his new role, Bruce will elevate customer service by fostering a “service excellence” culture in response to membership needs. To accomplish this strategic goal, Bruce and his team will introduce operational efficiencies that streamline all transactions processes such as billing, contracting and services acquisition as well as contract development and service level agreements. Additionally, Bruce will oversee the development of accelerated custom service through an online self-service portal and application environment. All services will include 24/7 cloud based phone support and third party operational support.

“Bruce has the internal knowledge and industry expertise, to competently deliver member service requirements,” noted Dr. Samuel Conn, President and CEO, NJEdge. Conn continued, “As a key member of our management team, Bruce is committed to delivering all service components of NJEdge’s three-year strategic plan.”

Bruce has 24 years’ experience in telecommunications operations and service delivery, IT solution development, project and service management. He has worked with NJEdge since the earliest iteration of the network and has significant experience with Higher Education, State Government, K-12, local and county government IT environments and processes. Bruce holds an ITIL V3 certification which is the most widely adopted approach for IT service management in the world, providing a practical, no-nonsense framework for identifying, planning and supporting IT services.

About NJEdge

NJEdge is a member-driven, non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey, our dedication to higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, public and non-profit service members, collaborating partners and subscribing patrons drives our commitment to constant innovation and elevated learning. Connect with NJEdge via NJEdge.net or 973.396.5490.

NJEdge to Welcome New President and CEO in September

Newark, NJ NJEdge has hired Samuel Conn, Ph.D., as its new president and CEO, effective Sept. 12, 2016, after a long and extensive search. Dr. Conn will take the reins of NJEdge (formerly NJEDge.Net) from founder, outgoing president and CEO, George G. Laskaris.

NJEdge, housed at and staffed by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), is a nonprofit research and education network that fosters and supports the productive use of new and emerging technologies across the academic enterprise. The organization was established in 2000 and today serves more than 60 members that include primarily higher-education institutions, as well as K-12 schools and health-care systems. NJIT President Joel S. Bloom serves as treasurer on the NJEdge Board of Trustees

“Since its inception, NJEdge has been a frontrunner in supporting the technology needs of the New Jersey higher-education community,” remarked Steve Rose, chair of the NJEdge Board of Trustees and president of Passaic County Community College. “Dr. Sam Conn is a visionary leader who we are confident can take our organization to the next level in helping New Jersey’s colleges and universities thrive and excel into the future.”

Dr. Conn joins NJEdge from State University of New York Empire State College, where he was executive vice president for finance, administration and information technology, as well as chief information officer. He brings more than 35 years of combined military, professional, industry and academic experience in the field of technology and information systems. He began his work in higher education in 2001 with a focus on information-technology management, administrative and educational technologies, e-learning networks and online program construction and management. His service to academe includes leadership positions in information technology at Regis University, Virginia Tech, Georgia Military College and Southern Polytechnic State University.

Dr. Conn is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and a distinguished member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society in the Computing Sciences. He is widely published in the fields of information systems, educational technology, e- learning networks, cyber learning, system development methodologies and epistemic- belief research. He holds a BSci in business administration, an MSci in computer information systems and a doctorate in information systems.

Among Dr. Conn’s goals for his first year at NJEdge are further developing the organization’s capabilities to deliver high value to its member institutions, serving as a catalyst for innovative and transformative technologies that support digital learning, and strengthening member relationships and collaborations to inform new products and services that meet current and future needs related to educational and academic computing.

“It is a wonderful honor and I am excited to be chosen to serve the member institutions of NJEdge as president. The organization’s history, technology focus, solid foundation in higher education and talent provide incredible opportunities for future innovation and advancement,” said Dr. Conn. “I look forward to engaging with all members to achieve the organization’s mission to provide ‘collaborative resources and networked information services in support of teaching and learning, research and development, outreach and public service, as well as economic development throughout the state of New Jersey.’” 

About NJIT

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of

Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,325 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the state of New Jersey. For more information, visit njit.edu.

About NJEdge

NJEdge is a New Jersey-based 501.3(C) research and education network that supports its members in their institutional missions by providing collaborative resources and networked information services in support of teaching and learning, research and development, outreach and public service, as well as economic development throughout the state of New Jersey. In providing a broadband statewide network, NJEdge establishes standards for interoperability, achieves economies of scale, and supports new and emerging technologies to foster productive use of technology across the academic enterprise. For more information, visit NJEdge.net.