Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant area of innovation in the United States,” Mr. Krutko points out. “We are bringing new innovations... [Read More...]

AlertWatch Inc. Receives FDA Clearance to Sell Software to Hospitals

AlertWatch Inc., a University of Michigan startup, has just received FDA clearance to sell its patient monitoring software to hospitals. This software helps anesthesiologists monitor patients in the operating room through the use of aggregate data from monitors, lab results, and medical histories. This software was originally developed at U-M’s Venture Accelerator, and the company has also received support from Ann Arbor SPARK through an investment... [Read More...]

Systems In Motion to Hire 150 in Greater Ann Arbor Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 9, 2014 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Systems in Motion (SIM), a leading provider of enterprise technology consulting and solutions, is moving forward with aggressive growth plans in the next six months. As the company’s business continues to grow, both with existing clients and through new business development, SIM is looking to add at least 150 new employees in the next year; the majority of positions are expected... [Read More...]

GDI Infotech hires new EVP of Sales & Client Engagement to fuel second stage growth

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GDI Infotech, an award-winning company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan announced appointment of Scott Sarasin as EVP of Sales & Client Engagement. GDI Infotech is an Information Technology Consulting and Solutions Company focused on Information Management and Integration. GDI’s flexible delivery models include onsite staffing, offsite project services, and offshore development. Scott brings 25+ years’ experience in... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall is the president and CEO of Bank of Ann Arbor, and he is also the current chair of SPARK’s board of directors. Tim sat down with Paul Krutko to discuss the economy of the region, Bank of Ann Arbor, and the direction he wants to lead SPARK in.  They even touch on those clever Bank of Ann Arbor billboards that dot Ann Arbor. Q&A Paul:  One of the things that we were intrigued about is that you’ve been really innovative in... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Sean Heiney

Barracuda Networks announced earlier this year that they would be expanding their operations into the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, where the old Borders store was located. Paul Krutko sat down with Barracuda’s director of new products initiatives, Sean Heiney, as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  You are the director of new product initiatives at Barracuda. You’ve been in charge of the Ann Arbor site and you’ve been here since... [Read More...]

Barracuda Networks Engineering Team meets in Ann Arbor

Barracuda Network’s engineering leads from around the world met last week in Ann Arbor at SPARK Central Incubator to discuss ways to integrate their product line and produce new innovations to help make the IT guy’s life easier. Check out the video below to see how their stay in Ann Arbor went. The video also includes appearances by SPARK’s own Lori Emerson and Bill Mayer!  Read More →

Lakeside Software Introduces SysTrack MarketPlace

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – Lakeside Software, a leader in big data analytics for IT professionals, today announced SysTrack MarketPlace, a new capability within SysTrack providing detailed analysis for sizing and selecting hardware, software and service infrastructure. MarketPlace provides a single source for IT professionals to get the quantified data they need to maximize the performance of their infrastructure, accelerate ROI and maximize... [Read More...]