Twitter: What are #Hashtags? And why @williamscrystal is using them

Hashtags are merely keywords or keyword phrases used to categorize tweets. By putting a # symbol before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) a link is automatically created. This is called a hashtag.  This link is clickable allowing you to see all other tweets related to this topic today. Hashtags allow information to spread and be categorized through the twittersphere.

How hashtags help with marketing

It’s important to use #hashtags in your tweets effectively broadening your audience and helping you to gain more followers. Events and Conferences use #hashtags to allow attendees to hold a conversation as a group. Think of it like virtual networking.

Seriously, hashtag etiquette?

  1. Don’t overuse them
  2. Make your hashtags short remember they take up precious real estate in your 140 character limit
  3. No spaces – #charlottenc
  4. Do not hijack popular hashtags to get your tweet seen.-This is SPAM!

@williamscrystal why is this important in my tweet

When mentioning users in Twitter if you put a ‘@’ symbol before their usernames you are directing the conversation to a specific individual or group grabbing their attention.  Unlike a direct message this conversation is public.  The mention then becomes a link to that person’s Twitter account taking readers to their tweets and profiles. Mentions are a great way to shout out to your favorite brand or friends.

In summary when constructing a tweet try using a relevant #hashtag and mentioning @someone to help grow your audience and engage more followers. So get out there and shake your Twitter handles!

 

 

MetaLogix CEO Named to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Defense Business Association

Crystal Williams, CEO of MetaLogix, Inc., has been named to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Defense Business Association. “It is a privilege to sit on the Board of Directors of the NC Defense Business Association; I am proud to play a role in the important work the organization is doing in the defense community,” said Williams. 

Crystal brings 14 years of business; healthcare and technology experience to MetaLogix, Inc. serving as Director for a multi-million dollar technology consulting business where she is responsible for the Corporate Strategy, Division Performance, Business Development, Communications, and Human Resources/Sustainability. Crystal’s other experience includes working within the healthcare services industry, and founding a healthcare services start-up company that was acquired in 2011. She has a vast knowledge and experience with finance, financial reporting, treasury and cash management, acquisition, post-acquisition integration, corporate asset/liability management, software conversions, human resources and information technology.

Crystal joined the United States Army shortly after her graduation from High School. During her 10 year military career—first in the US Army and then the US Army Reserves she received the Armed Forces reserve medal and Army service ribbon. Crystal also served honorably during the War on Terror- Operation Enduring Freedom where she earned the national defense service medal. Crystal was recognized by CRN Magazine as one of Top Women of the Technology Channel in 2013 as well as being named by the Charlotte Business Journal Forty under Forty and Top Women in Business. She also received recognition from the Mecklenburg Times as one of the Fifty Most Influential Women in 2013.

Crystal is a member of Woman in Defense, National Association of Woman Business Owners, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the American Legion. She also serves as the Business Professional Women NC Women Joining Forces Chair. As well as UNC Charlotte Athletic Foundation Board of Directors.  She lives in South Charlotte with her husband and two children.

About MetaLogix, Inc.

MetaLogix, Inc., a Woman Owned, Veteran Owned, Information Technology firm specializing in SharePoint, Business Intelligence and Business Process Management solutions.  Founded in 2002¸ MetaLogix maintains offices in North and South Carolina, serving clients all over the world.  MetaLogix is privileged to provide service for local, domestic and foreign enterprises as well as various departments and agencies within the US Government. The Charlotte Business Journal recognized MetaLogix as one of the Best Places to Work 2008 and 2009 and The Charlotte Chamber acknowledged MetaLogix for Best Use of IT as winner of the Blue Diamond Award in 2003.

About North Carolina Defense Business Association

The association promotes defense related business within North Carolina by providing information and networking opportunities to members. Its purpose is to build business for North Carolina industries with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security installations and agencies.

The association represents more than 75,000 employees in 240 businesses with interests in military contracting, government affairs, and supporting the state’s military installations. Members include private businesses, economic developers, state government officials, universities, and military leadership.

www.ncdba.com

 

 

 

MetaLogix CEO Crystal Williams Recognized by CRN as one of the Top Women of The Channel

Charlotte, N.C. June 17, 2013 – MetaLogix Inc., today announced that Crystal Williams, CEO has been recognized by UBM Tech Channel’s CRN as one of the top Women of the Channel. CRN’s annual list recognizes nearly 300 female executives across vendor channel organizations, distributors and solution providers for their accomplishments over the past year, and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry going forward. This year’s Women of the Channel were chosen by the editors of CRN based on their achievements as executives and the amount of influence they wield over the technology channel. These women represent a changing trend in a traditionally male dominated industry.

“We honor and congratulate this list of influential women who are dedicated to supporting the mission of the channel,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, UBM Tech Channel. “For years, we have identified and celebrated the women who have made an indelible mark on the technology industry through unmatched innovation and razor focus on meeting the needs of the IT channel community.”

“I am honored to be recognized among the influential executives who comprise CRN’s Women of the Channel,” said Crystal Williams, CEO of MetaLogix, Inc. “I am blessed with significant support from MetaLogix staff, the community, and my family, and they are what make such achievements possible.”

A special feature of the Women of the Channel is in the June issue of CRN magazine and expanded coverage of The 100 Most Powerful Women of the Channel will be featured online at http://www.crn.com.

About Crystal Williams and MetaLogix, Inc.

Crystal Williams is CEO of MetaLogix, Inc., a Woman Owned, and Veteran Owned, Information Technology firm specializing in SharePoint, Business Intelligence and Business Process Management solutions. Crystal brings 12 years of business; healthcare and technology experience to MetaLogix, Inc. serving as Director for a multi-million dollar technology consulting business where she was responsible for the Corporate Strategy, Division Performance, Business Development, Communications, and Human Resources/Sustainability. Crystal joined the United States Army shortly after her graduation from High School. During her 10 year military career—first in the US Army and then the US Army Reserves she received the Armed Forces reserve medal and Army service ribbon. Crystal also served honorably during the War on Terror- Operation Enduring Freedom where she earned the national defense service medal. Crystal is a member of Woman in Defense, National Association of Woman Business Owners, NC Defense Business Association, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the American Legion. She lives in South Charlotte with her husband and two children.

About UBM Tech Channel

UBM Tech Channel, a UBM company is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With more than 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Tech Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives, managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. To learn more about UBM Tech Channel, visit us at http://www.ubmchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UBMTechChannel

UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

Situational Awareness Solutions for Defense

Essential to the success of military operations is the ability to have an accurate and up-to-the-minute view of impending threats as well as an understanding of the exact location, capacity and status of people and resources across forces and agencies. Situational Awareness solutions from MetaLogix built on the Microsoft platform can help enable commanders to make rapid decisions, deploy the right level of support and determine the most effective response to unfolding events.

In pressurized, rapidly changing environments, Microsoft Situational Awareness solutions, based on Microsoft technologies and platform, enable informed, precise decision-making, providing an intuitive geo-spatial display of information that is consistent with the customer’s operational techniques and procedures. Gaining the most accurate information possible helps leaders and teams optimize their decision-making, thereby providing superior support to people in the field and maximizing their operations’ success.

Microsoft Situational Awareness solutions are designed to meet military customers’ requirements to:

  • Interoperate with allies and coalition partners by adhering to open standards
  • Comply with national and international security policies
  • Accommodate legacy technology
  • Scale from fixed headquarters, mobile, and dismounted units
  • Accommodate operations on austere networks
  • Reach back to leverage remote resources
  • Support independent operations at lower echelons
  • Manage frequent “join and leave” changes during operations
  • Operate on another unit’s network infrastructure (tenant operations)
  • Address space and power limitations with options for virtualization and smaller-footprint devices.

Managing systems, people and information is everything on the battlefield or when managing an emergency situation or conducting daily operational duties. The ability to combine data from all sources, and to connect systems and people, enables leaders to communicate with all levels of tactical operations, and to fully utilize all information. This seamless network of communication and data transmission results in a common operational picture, producing confident decisions, and successful endeavors.

Microsoft Situational Awareness solutions aggregate and analyze multiple sources of data and information to give users an accurate, real-time visualization of the battlefield, regardless of physical limitations. The visual display is consistent with doctrine, operational procedures, and techniques developed by the customer or universally applied in military circles.

Microsoft Situational Awareness solutions are built on a technology platform that supports a wide range of applications, services and hardware, from mobile devices to data center resources. They can be deployed at a strategic, national, regional or local level, at command posts that are fixed, deployed, or mobile.

Microsoft Situational Awareness solutions can leverage the capabilities and extend the value of many Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 201, 2007, Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Office Groove, a collaboration program that enables information sharing with team members who work for different organizations, or who work remotely or offline. These products adhere to an open standards architecture designed to grow and extend current investments and help meet users’ future needs.

Engineered by MetaLogix into a variety of Situational Awareness solutions, these products give users the ability to see beyond their own network to get real-time data on troop positions, to communicate and collaborate with coalition forces, or respond effectively to unexpected events.

Microsoft Situational Awareness solutions are designed with enhanced security in mind for deployment and communications. Microsoft products that comprise Situational Awareness solutions are developed with the principles of Trustworthy Computing – a long-term, collaborative initiative to help increase the security, privacy, and reliability of everyday computing.

Microsoft Situational Awareness solutions incorporate internationally-recognized military and commercial standards to allow users to collaborate with a variety of military partners, civilian authorities and coalition allies, enhancing decision-making and force control at all levels.

Microsoft Situational Awareness products and MetaLogix solutions give users the ability to connect beyond their own network to get real-time data on the operational picture, position of assets and people, communicate and collaborate with other agencies and forces, or respond effectively to unexpected events. Users can collaborate, using familiar and easy to use tools, with a variety of allies, partners and civilian authorities, enhancing understanding, situational awareness and decision-making.

Microsoft Situational Awareness solutions can be customized to incorporate video streams, low-bandwidth synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, team workspaces, customized e-mail systems, integrated GIS, mapping and mobile device support. The Microsoft .net™ Framework also enables customers to rapidly develop and adapt highly functional, interoperable applications.

Microsoft Office 365 is a no brainer for small business

Let’s face it, moving to the cloud isn’t a quick or easy decision. You’ve got a lot to think about. What is it really going to cost? Will it allow your people to work how and where they want to work—but still keep you in control? Is your data really going to be secure in the cloud? We hear you.
That is why we recommend Microsoft® Office 365 for your business. Office 365 is a set of cloud-based services that bring together Office 2010 with sites to share documents, IM, web conferencing, and the power of Exchange Online, the industry’s leading business-class email with 25GB mailboxes and built-in layers of antivirus and anti-spam protection. So why should you care?

ANYWHERE ACCESS
WORK HOW YOU WANT, WHERE YOU WANT
“Most people work from home or client locations. That is why have a cloud solution is so appealing. It reaches out to everyone and removes barriers.”1
• Secure, single-sign-on access to email, documents, people, and meetings without VPN
• Access from Windows® Phone, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android
• Works on virtually any device with Internet Explorer®, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome

SECURITY AND RELIABILITY
STAY ONLINE, STAY PROTECTED
“Peace of mind is the biggest benefit for me. Knowing that someone else is taking care of everything is great.”
• 99.9 percent uptime Service Level Agreement with money back guarantee
• Latest defenses against viruses and spam
• Geographically-distributed data centers with backup and premier disaster recovery

IT CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT
KEEP IT IN CONTROL
“Things are getting more complex. Without Office 365 we would need more people to understand it all.” 1
• 24/7 IT-level phone support
• Role-based access control to sensitive documents
• One easy-to-use and robust control panel for all of your online services

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OFFICE 365?
Office 365 is not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are multiple plans available to fit different company sizes and needs. Enterprise SKUs are a great fit for companies between 25-250 PCs, and include the following:

MICROSOFT OFFICE PROFESSIONAL PLUS
The world’s leading productivity applications, giving you anywhere access from virtually any device.
• Best productivity experience and familiar interface
• Consistent formatting across your PC, Phone, Browser
• Edit documents at the same time with colleagues with IM and presence

MICROSOFT EXCHANGE ONLINE
Business-class email, calendar, and contacts.
• 25GB mailbox with voicemail and unified messaging
• Shared calendars, contacts, and tasks
• Mobile email for most mobile devices including Windows Phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia

MICROSOFT LYNC ONLINE
Connect with people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere.
• PC-to-PC audio and video conferencing
• Click-to-communicate from Outlook®, team sites, and other Office Applications
• One-click to create online meetings with desktop sharing

MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT ONLINE
Create sites to share documents and information with colleagues and customers.
• Team sites to keep track of documents and schedules
• Extranet for sharing large files with customers
• Offline access to documents using SharePoint® Workspace

 

[1]The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft Office 365 for Midsize Businesses, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Microsoft, June 2011

METALOGIX PARTNERS TO WIN SEAT ON NAVY’S 5.3B SEAPORT-E PROGRAM.

METALOGIX PARTNERS TO WIN SEAT ON NAVY’S 5.3B SEAPORT-E PROGRAM.

Fort Mill, SC. July 14, 2011 /-Today, MetaLogix, Inc (www.meta-logix.net) announced that it has teamed with GBTI Solutions of McLean, Va. to win a seat on the Navy’s seaport-e program. The US 8tiNavy’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award valued up to $50B thru 2018. This Multiple Award Contract (MAC) is used by the U.S. Navy to address ongoing engineering, technology and program management requirements across twenty-two functional areas.

Under this contract MetaLogix will be providing a full-range of SharePoint consulting and integration services. MetaLogix CEO Crystal Williams commented, “Being a part of a winning team is a boost to MetaLogix as we continue to expand our comprehensive offerings in the Federal market. We are excited to be part of this opportunity on the Navy’s Seaport-e contract.

About MetaLogix

Since 2002,South Carolina based MetaLogix helps customers directly reduce costs, save time and streamline business processes by providing SharePoint Customization and Integration services, Document Management software, Agenda Management and creation software, Complicated Collection and Receivables Management solutions, and our award winning Business Intelligence Solutions. MetaLogix is a unique blend of senior project managers, technical specialists and application developers who have extensive experience in the delivery of IT solutions for businesses and government agencies.

For further information please visit www.meta-logix.net or GBTI Solutions.