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Vision7 launches self storage software
These days it seems like every industry is staking its claim online, so why should the self-storage industry be any different? Launched in April, www.onlineselfstorage.com provides comprehensive online reservation and payment systems for 13 self-storage companies across the United States.

While the site represents a nationwide campaign, the idea itself was home-grown in Tucson by Vision7 Software.

National Self Storage and The Schomac Group formed the new company Online Self Storage after being approached with the idea by Vision7, which now holds an equity position in the company in exchange for software development services. As part of the Online Self Storage partnership, Vision7 creates the features and functions of the site, while leaving the other partners free to perform marketing and sales operations.

This business relationship model, called a Venture Technology Partnership, was created by Vision7 in order for the company to invest in new business ventures as partners rather than performing work-for-hire. Through the model, instead of investing cash in a new company, Vision7 invests its technological expertise in exchange for royalties or equity in a long-term relationship. Vision7's fields of expertise include Internet, e-commerce, database and wireless mobile computing solutions.

APAC supports AT&T

AT&T Broadband’s customer support services will now be provided by the local center of customer relationship management company APAC Customer Services.

After establishing a presence in Tucson last month, APAC announced the deal with the nation’s largest provider of broadband services on Tuesday. The AT&T network currently serves about 16 million homes.

APAC will provide customer service for several broadband markets, as well as selling services such as high-speed Internet, cable and phone. The company also hopes to sign other western region clients.

Based out of Illinois, APAC operates 53 customer service centers across the country with about 14,000 employees. The new Tucson inbound sales center is 63,000 square feet and will employ approximately 450.

Ephibian ‘Provider of Year’

During its Celebration of Innovation Awards, the Arizona Software and Internet Association recently named Tucson’s Ephibian as the “Service Provider of the Year.” Ephibian is an Internet service firm specializing in database-backed Web sites.

Over 800 people attended the June 14 AZSOFT.net ceremony. The top award winner, named “Company of the Year,” was Scottsdale’s KnowledgeNet.

Area code changing

Just another friendly reminder: the 520 area code will officially split in two on June 23. The new 928 area code will launch on Saturday, effective in areas such as Yuma, Flagstaff, Sedona and Prescott. Tucson, Sierra Vista, Nogales, Casa Grande, Benson and other cities in the Tucson area will not be affected. Customers in the 602, 480 and 623 area codes will also be unaffected.

Between June 23 and Jan. 5, customers will have a permissive dialing period, allowing either area code to be used.

For more information, contact the Arizona Corporation Commission at (800) 222 7000.

Telecom Expo postponed

The Community Information And Telecommunications Alliance’s fifth annual Tucson Link Telecom Expo has been postponed again. Initially set to take place in May, then changed to June 26,"Getting Connected: Telecommunications In Tucson” will now be postponed until August.

However, in July, CITA will pick up with a regularly scheduled Tucson Link Forum, "E-learning: New Options For Education and Workforce Development."

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Aug 20, 2001

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