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Netlink Resource Group Helps National Institutes of Health Streamline Payment Processes

In an era of when meeting government mission goals requires new IT approaches, Netlink Resource Group (Netlink) recently developed a new web-based application that streamlines the process for compensation research volunteers and minimizes payment error for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

As a result the agency moved away from cumbersome, manual-based payment processes and is now able to pay research volunteers in 3-5 days, whereas it previously took 7-10 days for dispersing compensation. In addition this new system allows NIH to be more effective in managing payment processes while also enhancing efficiencies and improving overall performance of agency financial staff.

The new Research Volunteer Payment System (RVPS) application is a completely customized, web-based payment solution that integrates with the NIH Business System (NBS). It also allows volunteers to seamlessly manage their own banking and address information.

Working with very aggressive deadlines for implementation, Netlink was able to create the new RVPS by leveraging existing systems that the company developed and currently supports for the NIH Office of Financial Management (OFM), such as the SREA Payment and Reporting System.

“In order to meet tight timelines for NIH, we took advantage of our existing solutions to create a new system that bridges a gap between three existing systems: a volunteer management system, the NBS, and the U.S. Treasury’s disbursing system,” said Christopher J. Hinkle, Senior Web Architect at Netlink. “Not only did the implementation of RVPS alleviate the need for manually keying in payment information for each volunteer, it also brought the existing processes into compliance with new government-mandated financial controls.”

Using the latest Microsoft .NET Framework the Netlink team built the complete and highly secure system within 5 months and integrated it with the NIH Secure Payee Registration System (SPRS) developed by Netlink in 2009. SPRS allows people receiving payments from NIH to register their information in one dashboard to receive electronic funds transfers or check payments.

The NBS is the central electronic business system of the NIH including the general ledger, finance, budget, procurement, supply, travel, and property management systems. NBS is aimed at improving data consolidation and financial reporting capabilities.

About Netlink Resource Group

At Netlink, we work with businesses to analyze opportunities, recommend technology strategies, and execute digital / mobile / web solutions that improve customer engagement, revenues, and operational efficiencies. We dissect complex business challenges, develop quick-to-market platforms that overcome them, and provide ongoing, professional support that allows you to focus on your business rather than managing multiple vendors. Our team delivers solutions that address hospitality, financial, workflow automation, and marketing needs. We serve a wide range of organizations, from SMBs to large companies in the private sector, as well as government and non-profits.

 

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Marriott International Launches New “Vacations By Marriott” Website with Support from Netlink Resource Group

To provide travelers with the most comprehensive online site for booking vacations, Marriott International and NetLink Resource Group has introduced the all-new “Vacations By Marriott” website, which offers vacation packages, travel deals, airfare discounts and more for Marriott destinations around the world.

NetLink provided the storefront for “Vacations By Marriott,” and implemented the underlying content management system (CMS) that allows Marriott to quickly and easily make updates based on the latest promotions and vacation package offers. In addition, NetLink built in search engine optimization (SEO) capabilities at the outset of the project, ensuring that Marriott is leveraging the latest capabilities for driving guests to the site.

“It was important that we developed an online product that was fully SEO-enhanced and offered a CMS system that allowed us to be extremely flexible and nimble,” said Todd Castor, Senior Director, Vacation Package Product Strategy & Sales, Marriott International. “NetLink took a highly iterative approach to building the site, which we found to be very effective in bringing dozens of worldwide leisure destinations to life. We look forward to continued site enhancements to provide complete support of Marriott’s growing global presence.”

As a platform that provides a unique alternative to online travel agencies, “Vacations By Marriott” enables a guest to easily book any kind of vacation package that includes hotels and resorts, rental cars, flights, tours, tickets and activities. The website also offers theme-oriented vacation package recommendations and ideas, whether the guest is planning a romantic getaway or a family beach vacation.

“We are very excited to help Marriott enhance a web presence that was built to grow revenue from guests looking to book complete, end-to-end vacations,” said Steve Short, President, NetLink Resource Group. “This project is a great example of the agile thinking and execution that occurs when marketing, sales and technology come to the table and align Marriott’s business goals with the marketplace.”

NetLink built the fully customized CMS using the latest Microsoft .NET Framework and SQL Server, which allows Marriott to create their own landing pages and make real-time updates to content as needed.

About NetLink Resource Group

At NetLink, we work with businesses to analyze opportunities, recommend technology strategies, and execute digital / mobile / web solutions that improve customer engagement, revenues, and operational efficiencies. We dissect complex business challenges, develop quick-to-market platforms that overcome them, and provide ongoing, professional support that allows you to focus on your business rather than managing multiple vendors. Our team delivers solutions that address hospitality, financial, workflow automation, and marketing needs. We serve a wide range of organizations, from SMBs to large companies in the private sector, as well as government and non-profits.

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Tidewater Auctions Launched New Corporate Website With Support from NetLink Resource Group

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Tidewater Auctions, the leading real estate auction firm for the Mid-Atlantic region, just launched a new corporate website that enhances business processes and supports revenue growth by hosting increased volumes of residential, commercial and mixed-use properties auctions.

Designed and developed by NetLink Resource Group, the fully customized website allows Tidewater Auctions to access its database of commercial and residential properties and showcase them on the site. NetLink built a new Content Management System (CMS) using ASP.NET C# and SQL Server, as well as developed the overall design for the new site.

“NetLink was able to develop a completely unique website that allows us to showcase our current inventory of commercial and residential properties in new and innovative ways,” said Alex Forbes, Vice President, Tidewater Auctions. “The NetLink team consistently delivered and exceeded all expectations throughout the design and build-out of our new site, which enabled us to tremendously enhance our web presence.”

The new website fully supports Tidewater Auctions’ business processes, which involves hosting up to 100 auctions monthly of residential, commercial and mixed-use properties. The new web property allows the company to continually provide detailed new information on properties that are up for auction.

“Working with Tidewater Auctions gave us an excellent opportunity to build a website that fully supports the organization’s business goals and objectives,” said Steve Short, President, NetLink Resource Group. “ We also were able to provide a complete end-to-end solutions – from design to developing a custom CMS.”

The new Tidewater Auctions website can be accessed here.

About NetLink Resource Group

At NetLink, we work with businesses to analyze opportunities, recommend technology strategies, and execute digital / mobile / web solutions that improve customer engagement, revenues, and operational efficiencies. We dissect complex business challenges, develop quick-to-market platforms that overcome them, and provide ongoing, professional support that allows you to focus on your business rather than managing multiple vendors. Our team delivers solutions that address hospitality, financial, workflow automation, and marketing needs. We serve a wide range of organizations, from SMBs to large companies in the private sector, as well as government and non-profits.

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NetLink’s Director of Business Development Named Chair of CRTC’S Ambassador Committee

NetLink Resource Group, Inc., a leading provider of custom web application solutions, today announced that Diann Turner, Director, Business Development, has been named Chair of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council’s (CRTC) Ambassador Committee.

In this role, she will be helping the Ambassador Committee ensure that CRTC members are fully connected to the organization and are reaping the benefit of their membership. The CRTC Ambassador Committee’s mission is to enhance recruitment and retention of CRTC members, and provide opportunities for members to be fully connected with the organization and other members.

“Our region is full of many forward-thinking companies that are breaking the bounds of innovation and the CRTC serves as the hub for this vibrant business community,” said Turner. “ I am very excited about my new role in the CRTC and I look forward to helping advance the mission of this great organization.”

The CRTC Ambassador Committee is comprised of 13 executives from multiple business disciplines who meet monthly to develop programs for both growing membership and expanding opportunities for current members. The CRTC also recently announced the winners of its TechAwards 2012, which honored the region’s rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and regional tech leaders.

About Chesapeake Regional Tech Council

Founded in 1992, the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) energizes and propels the advancement of technologies with the exchange of ideas, expertise and business and partnership opportunities. The CRTC is a resource for visibility, connections, knowledge and education for technology companies in and around the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area, attracting new technology companies to the region and helping emerging technology companies grow and prosper in this increasingly dynamic environment. The CRTC is a non-profit membership organization supported by a grant from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (MD DBED) and a grant from the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) and enabled by membership and annual sustaining sponsorship. More than 250 businesses from the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area are members of the council, including many of the area’s well-known leading technology companies. For more information go to http://www.chesapeaketech.org.

About NetLink Resource Group

At NetLink, we work with businesses to analyze opportunities, recommend technology strategies, and execute digital / mobile / web solutions that improve customer engagement, revenues, and operational efficiencies. We dissect complex business challenges, develop quick-to-market platforms that overcome them, and provide ongoing, professional support that allows you to focus on your business rather than managing multiple vendors. Our team delivers solutions that address hospitality, financial, workflow automation, and marketing needs. We serve a wide range of organizations, from SMBs to large companies in the private sector, as well as government and non-profits.

 

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NetLink’s Diann Turner Named Vice Chair of NVTC Business Development, Sales and Marketing Committee

ALEXANDRIA, VA – NetLink Resource Group, Inc., a leading provider of custom web application solutions, today announced that Diann Turner, Director of Business Development, has been named Vice Chair of the Northern Virginia Tech Council’s (NVTC) Business Development, Sales and Marketing Committee.

In this new role, Turner will support the committee’s mission of creating opportunities for sales and marketing leaders in the Northern Virginia region to share best practices, form partnerships and collaborate on business opportunities.   In addition, she will assist in developing content and programs for networking events that help meet this mission.

“The NVTC is the premier organization for the viable and vibrant technology community in Northern Virginia,” said Turner.  “I am very excited to work with the brightest sales and marketing minds on the committee, and I look forward to advancing the goals and mission of this great organization.”

Since 2002, Turner has been the Director of Business Development at NetLink Resource Group, where she has played a critical role in expanding the company’s growth in the areas of hospitality, government agencies, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies.

Turner is also heavily involved in a number of other business and technology organizations in the region including the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council (CRTC), Women in Lodging (WiL), American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the BWI Business Partnership, the Ft. Meade Alliance, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and AFCEA-Central Maryland Chapter.

 

About NetLink Resource Group

At NetLink, we work with businesses to analyze opportunities, recommend technology strategies, and execute digital / mobile / web solutions that improve customer engagement, revenues, and operational efficiencies. We dissect complex business challenges, develop quick-to-market platforms that overcome them, and provide ongoing, professional support that allows you to focus on your business rather than managing multiple vendors. Our team delivers solutions that address hospitality, financial, workflow automation, and marketing needs. We serve a wide range of organizations, from SMBs to large companies in the private sector, as well as government and non-profits.

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TSS Taps Into NetLink Resource Group for Development of Marketing Site for “TitleSphere”

ALEXANDRIA, VA – NetLink Resource Group, Inc., a leading provider of custom web application solutions, today announced that it developed the marketing site to support “TitleSphere,” a 100 percent Web-based HUD-1 solution for use by realtors, mortgage lenders, title agents and closing attorneys nationwide, created by Annapolis-based TSS Software Corporation.

A key component of promoting the new Web-based solution, NetLink Resource Group developed and designed the online marketing site aimed at driving additional TitleSphere sales leads for TSS Software Corporation.  The website can be accessed at www.TitleSphere.com.

“We required a partner who understood the value of developing a marketing site for our cloud-based application,” said Barbara Miller, TSS president and chief operating officer. “As such, NetLink was the ideal partner to provide the development skills and insights required to build out a website that raises awareness of this industry-leading solution.”

A unique cloud computing offering for the real estate market, TitleSphere offers complete Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 preparation, along with document, contact, and calendar management.  The easy-to-use solution can be accessed anytime from any computer with a reliable Internet connection, and multiple team members and colleagues can access data from any location.

“We were excited to have the opportunity to promote an industry-leading solution that uses cloud computing like TitleSphere,” said Steve Short, President, NetLink Resource Group.  “TitleSphere is a prime example of a Web application that addresses unique market needs that offers complete flexibility and is easy to use – and we are confident the marketing site will help with market penetration.”

About TSS Software Corporation

TSS Software Corporation is an independent provider of software and services for the real estate title and settlement industry, with more than 18,000 users nationwide. To learn more about TSS’s industry-leading solutions, visit www.iwantTSS.com or call 443-321-5600.

About NetLink Resource Group

At NetLink, we work with businesses to analyze opportunities, recommend technology strategies, and execute digital / mobile / web solutions that improve customer engagement, revenues, and operational efficiencies. We dissect complex business challenges, develop quick-to-market platforms that overcome them, and provide ongoing, professional support that allows you to focus on your business rather than managing multiple vendors. Our team delivers solutions that address hospitality, financial, workflow automation, and marketing needs. We serve a wide range of organizations, from SMBs to large companies in the private sector, as well as government and non-profits.

 

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Major Government Agency Awards NetLink Resource Group Employee with Prestigious Awards

ALEXANDRIA, VA – NetLink Resource Group, Inc., a leading provider of custom web application solutions, today announced that Christopher J. Hinkle, Senior Web Architect, NetLink, received two awards from a major government agency that specializes in medical research.

In October 2009, Hinkle received the very prestigious award in recognition of his superior achievement in developing and implementing an easy-to-use web application that allows peer reviewers to register their banking, address, and other required information in order to receive payments from the government agency.  And this January, Hinkle received an additional award from the agency for his work in streamlining this system into the existing grant review payment process.

“I find it an honor to be recognized with these awards,” said Hinkle.  “I’d like to acknowledge the support of our company staff, especially our company President, Steve Short.  The whole staff contributed to the success of the project and the ability for it to be delivered in such a timely fashion.”

Developed by NetLink, with Mr. Hinkle as the senior lead developer, the new system addresses the critical need at the agency for a secure repository of payment remittance information for reviewers in the agency’s peer review process.  Prior to the advent of this new system, reviewers were required to register their information with a legacy system, which fed into the payment system.

The legacy system offered considerable drawbacks in that it was partially open to the public and was vulnerable to receiving unsolicited commercial email and spam.  By developing the replacement /private system, NetLink was able to swiftly mitigate the problem and complete the project on time and on budget.

About NetLink Resource Group

At NetLink, we work with businesses to analyze opportunities, recommend technology strategies, and execute digital / mobile / web solutions that improve customer engagement, revenues, and operational efficiencies. We dissect complex business challenges, develop quick-to-market platforms that overcome them, and provide ongoing, professional support that allows you to focus on your business rather than managing multiple vendors. Our team delivers solutions that address hospitality, financial, workflow automation, and marketing needs. We serve a wide range of organizations, from SMBs to large companies in the private sector, as well as government and non-profits.

 

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