Covisint Helps Oil and Gas Companies Engage Securely for Joint Ventures: The Covisint subsidiary of Detroit’s Compuware Corp. said Tuesday that its chief security officer, Dave Miller, is speaking Tuesday and Wednesday at Digital Oilfield Summit — an online conference and exhibition — regarding how companies can engage to manage security information, practices and processes for oil and gas joint ventures. The presentation, titled Successful Knowledge and Information Exchange for Oil and Gas Joint Ventures, is free and available by registering at Webinar attendees will learn from Covisint how to decrease the “time-to-first-oil” through better business collaboration and connectivity; avoid millions of dollars in auditing penalties by providing better control and insight; foster “community creations” that bring disparate-yet-complementary businesses and services securely together; increase implementation speed for key business initiatives; and build productive trust relationships among competitors. Wednesday’s session begins at 1:30 p.m. London time (8:30 a.m. Eastern). Digital Oilfield Virtual Summit will remain available on demand through December. Covisint identity management services — at the core of the Covisint ExchangeLink platform — significantly reduce the burden of integrating complex systems, managing multiple IDs and passwords across a wide network of constituents by performing time-consuming administration and reporting tasks while also ensuring compliance. Covisint identity services enable organizations to simply and securely manage digital identities across virtually any combination of internal/external systems and end user groups. Delivered as an on demand set of services, Covisint identity services centralize and automate processes surrounding the exposure, acceptance, and monitoring of digital identities across security domains. Covisint ExchangeLink for energy ( provides identity management services in the oil and gas industry where joint ventures are formed frequently and secure information sharing across the extended enterprise is required.

GVSU Hosts IBM-Sponsored Regional Programming Contest: The demand for computer engineers and programmers is expected to grow the fastest and add the most jobs from 2008-2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley State University prepares students for the workforce through learning opportunities like the IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) on Oct. 22. Student programmers from the School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley will be participating as well as students from Central Michigan University, Indiana Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and University of Michigan-Dearborn. Teams of three are given eight real-world problems to solve in five hours and must use skills based upon open technology and advanced computing methods. The winning team that finishes the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will win a spot on the World Finals roster. The World Finals, held May 14-18, 2012, will take place in Warsaw, Poland, where 100 world finalist teams will compete at the University of Warsaw. This select group of programming students is chosen from tens of thousands of participants from universities in 90 countries and six continents. For more information about the ACM ICPC visit To learn more about Grand Valley’s participation contact Hugh McGuire, or (616) 331-2915.

Presentation On Accounting Software: The Bloomfield Hills-based Business Improvement Team, a consortium of area professional consulting firms, announced today an informative presentation entitled “Is Your Accounting Software Right For Your Business?” business, has been added to its Web site. It is available via download on the Business Improvement Team’s Web site, at Craig Skulsky and Mark Wolak of Tobias, Vandeputte & Skulsky, PC, a CPA firm who for more than 70 years has been providing accounting, tax and advisory services to businesses in metropolitan Detroit, discussed, Is your accounting software right for your business. Skulsky stated, “A good approach would be to look at all aspects of your needs and define requirements in detail prior to contacting vendors of software and then observe the application in operation.” The member firms are Absolute Engineering & Consulting, LLC, Expense Reduction Analysts, Fletcher Business Solutions, LLC , Franklin CIO Services, LLC  , Glass Retirement Strategies, SocialOrgs, Tobias, Vandeputte & Skulsky CPA’s, PC, and Witzke Berry & Carter PLLC. More at

Online Tech Hosts Webinar Series on Achieving HIPAA Compliance: Online Tech is hosting a three-part series of free educational Webinars titled “A to Z to Achieving HIPAA Compliance” running Oct. 25 – Nov. 8. This Webinar series is for health care organizations that interact with patient information or vendors of covered entities that need guidance on becoming HIPAA compliant. In the first Webinar of the series, special guest speaker Joe Dylewski will discuss HIPAA enforcement and penalties in the event of a HIPAA violation and how to avoid a HIPAA breach using the most cost-effective methods. “Cost-Effective Protection Against HIPAA Enforcement” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Dylewski, a Certified HIPAA Security Specialist and Certified HIPAA Professional), has twenty-three years of IT professional experience with eight years spent exclusively in the healthcare industry. Serving as a former Healthcare IT Services Practice Director, Dylewski is now the current President of the ATMP (Applied Technology Methods and Practices) Group, offering HIPAA risk assessments and HIPAA compliance remediation solutions. The second webinar of the series, “Impact of HIPAA Compliance on Business Associates – Changes to Company Policies and Day-to-Day Operations” features Online Tech’s Risk Management Officer and Security Officer, Jason Yaeger and his experience guiding a company through a HIPAA audit. Yaeger will discuss the impact of HIPAA certification on his role, company policies, and day-to-day operations for employees of a HIPAA compliant data center on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at 2 p.m. ET. For the third Webinar of the series, special guest speaker Tatiana Melnik will cover legal implications of BAAs (Business Associate Agreement) when patient information is shared, processed, or stored between companies. “Sharing PHI Data? Legal Implications of BAAs & Avoiding HIPAA Pitfalls” will start at 2 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Nov. 11.

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