Friday, April 21, 2006

MIT offers bird flu simulation

MIT researchers simulated the effects of an avian flu outbreak on the world’s economy. The results are sobering, and worth considering. The article also offers some good advice on preparing for business disruptions such as those that could occur with the bird flu. Among the hurdles for companies to overcome, mass absenteeism as workers stay home to avoid infection. Find the infoworld article published here.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

What is in a name?

There is a Chinese proverb that reminds us, “The beginning to wisdom is to call things by their right names.”

With that in mind, the company that I work for has changed its name. The venerable company, founded in 1959, was named FP Technologies when I joined the team. As of April 1, 2006 we are now known as VIGILAIR Systems, Inc.

The new name is appropriate in that a majority of our clients know us for VIGILAIR, our HVAC decontamination product. Our product began eclipsing our company’s name recognition over the past two year when we noticed that some clients identified our company as VIGILAIR on payment checks. To eliminate any confusion, and to insure prompt processing of payments, the change was made.

We added the word ‘Systems’ because we feel that it takes a systemic approach to solve our clients’ problems. In the market place we’ve found many companies that sell one component (e.g. a filter or a UVGI fixture) as an air purification solution. The real world is more complex. The solutions to environmental contamination are multi-faceted and demand a multi-disciplinary approach.

So we glance over our shoulder and say farewell to FP Tech, as we look to the future and say hello to VIGILAIR Systems, Inc. And we are wiser for making the change.

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