eHire Supports Local Technology Community through the Atlanta Spring User Group


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 25, 2011

In todays economy, keeping ones skills sharp is more important than ever. Technology professionals are constantly being told to make sure they are staying as relevant as possible, especially in the Information Technology industry where tools and trends are changing rapidly. In the IT community, many professionals stay up to date with different technologies through local user groups. eHire sponsors and organizes one of those user groups, the Atlanta Spring User Group, focusing on the SpringSource suite of products.

A users’ group (also users group or user group) is a type of club focused on the use of a particular technology, usually (but not always) computer-related[They] meet regularly to discuss the use of computers, share knowledge and experience, hear from representatives of hardware manufacturers and software publishers, and hold other related activities. The idea for the Atlanta Spring User Group was born when eHire was helping one of their largest clients find top Java development talent with expert knowledge of the Spring Framework. While connecting with prospective Java developers, it became clear that there was a lack of Spring-related resources and community.

The Atlanta Spring User Group, commonly referred to as ASUG, has a simple mission statement: ASUG is the first user group created to support the growing Spring community in the Atlanta area. Kate Clark, the organizer and founder of ASUG explains, The idea for this group came about while I was trying to connect with the top talent in the local Spring community. I quickly realized there were no groups designed specifically to support Spring professionals. So, eHire encouraged and helped me to get ASUG off the ground.

The Atlanta Spring User Group has grown to almost 300 members since their first meeting in March 2010. Meetings have covered topics ranging from guides for beginners to advanced demonstrations given by the developers who created those SpringSource technologies themselves. eHire provides the meeting space, funding, pizza, and prizes that are given away at each meeting. At an average meeting, one can find up to 40 IT professionals networking and discussing technology before the presentation begins. Every presentation is an in-depth look at a product or solution from the SpringSource suite followed by Q&A and other open dialogue. Michael Campbell, a Software Architect who has been attending ASUG since the first meeting says, Organization is excellent (food, drink, door prizes!), as are the accommodations. The discussions and Q&A are on target, focused and germane; it’s nice to be in a room with so many smart people! Looking forward to more of these.

As eHire moves into its third year and ASUG approaches its second, there are exciting things planned for both. The Atlanta Spring User Groups meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every other month with the next meeting being held on Tuesday November 29th. Please join them at the eHire offices in Buckhead to learn more about Cloud Foundry and hear highlights from the SpringOne 2GX 2011 Conference.

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Corum Group Advises Instantiations on Sale to Google


Bothell, WA (Vocus) August 13, 2010

Software mergers & acquisitions specialist Corum Group Ltd. today announced the acquisition of the Java and Ajax development tools division in its client, Instantiations, Inc. (Instantiations) by Google, Inc. (Google) in a strategic move to strengthen the Google Web Toolkit Team. Terms were not disclosed. With this acquisition, the core business and team associated with the Java and Ajax development at Instantiations have become a part of Google. Instantiations’ VA Smalltalk business will continue to operate as an independent company headed by CEO Mike Taylor under the Instantiations name. The Google Web Toolkit (GWT) Designer has been so popular it was always assumed to be a Google creation, and today it has officially merged.

“Instantiations has been building robust, commercial development tools built on the Eclipse open-source IDE for some time. Their talent is well known when IBM sold VA Smalltalk to Instantiations, knowing and trusting the strong support would continue for their client base. Eric Clayberg, Dan Rubel and the rest of the Instantiations development team will be a significant asset to Google going forward. They are serious heavyweights, said Bill Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Corum Group who advised on the deal.

Building on established operations, its established user base and strong Java and Ajax development tools, the Instantiations’ team is looking forward to be strong contributors within Google. We are all very excited about taking our technology and team to the next level and there is no bigger step up than Google!, said Mike Taylor, Eric Clayberg and the rest of the team in a public statement.

Nat Burgess, President of Corum Group had the following to say, Instantiations recruited and retained the worlds leading Java tools team, and was able to repurpose the team and technology to add value to Googles Chrome OS. This is a great example of a small company building relevance and value with a large acquirer. Congratulations to the Instantiations team, and to Google, on a very promising transaction.

About Corum Group

Corum Group Ltd. is the global leader for software M&A, serving tech companies worldwide for the last 25 years. “Experience makes the difference” with Corum, enabling the firm to deliver a proven mergers and acquisition process for its clients all over the world. From its offices in 8 countries the firm has completed over 240 software M&A transactions spanning 6 continents. Corum’s M&A advisors are experienced former software company executives themselves, who work with the support of the software M&A industry’s best researchers, writers and valuation experts, using the world’s most comprehensive database of tech company buyers. This knowledge, Corum’s experience, and its industry expertise, together ensure unequaled success in for its clients. Corum also educates the software industry with conferences and publishes the most widely distributed software M&A research, including its Monthly Tech M&A Webinar.

About Instantiations

Based nearby Portland, OR in the town of Tualatin, Instantiations specializes in creating Java and Ajax development tools, developing the popular product called Google Web Toolkit Designer which builds upon the Eclipse IDE to help developers create sophisticated browser-based applications. They will continue forward under the same name running VA SmallTalk.

About Google

Google, Inc, headquartered in Mountain View, California, provides the worlds leading search and advertising platform. Additionally, it offers a multitude of online tools and platforms including Gmail, YouTube and a growing presence in online gaming. The tech giant has been on a shopping spree, acquiring between one and three companies a month so far in 2010.

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