Ten commanding companies to watch in 2014

Ten companies lead the three economic sector engines of finance, healthcare and technology. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, November 28, 2013 – Excellence and innovation still thrive in American and global commerce, exemplified in many entrepreneurial companies that are solving critical problems, offering extraordinary customer service, products and services and helping right our wayward global economic ship.

Many thousands of promising companies in the United States and abroad offer optimism that the private sector can still contribute in hugely constructive ways to the betterment of our society and troubled economic state. 

Here are ten such companies, leading the three economic sector engines of finance, healthcare and technology, that stand atop their peers as the world enters 2014:

Healthcare

1. CHMB stands for California Healthcare Medical Billing. But it serves healthcare providers in nine other states as well, including giants Texas and New York, and plans to keep expanding. Obamacare, whatever happens with it, increases paperwork. And cutting through the paperwork, making it understandable and manageable, is just what this Escondido, California-based company does for doctors, hospitals and health systems. 

Importantly, CHMB also manages IT systems, provides training, optimizes workflows and monitors government compliance in the increasingly complex healthcare sector.

Finance

2. Macroaxis offers investors a platform for analyzing and measuring their personal investments. Markets are rising now, but what a roller-coaster ride it’s been since the September 2008 panic. Worried about another crisis, investors seek risk management. Macroaxis’ tools serve small, medium and large investors as well as financial advisers and financial enterprises.

The investment sequence sports three parts. First, the Portfolio Analysis checks an investor’s current portfolio. Next, Portfolio Optimization identifies the most optimal mix of investments. Last, Portfolio Suggestion gives the investor better options, making personal preference paramount. Two dozen other tools put sophisticated analyses, formerly available only to top financial firms, at investors’ fingertips. Macroaxis is located in San Francisco, part of the San Francisco-Silicon Valley fault line of the new technology earthquake.

Technology


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3. Echopass recently was acquired by Genesys, fashioning a formidable new team for cloud technology-based contact centers. The match is perfect because Echopass has run Genesys’ software since 2000, driving Echopass to an industry-leading nearly 20 percent of the hosted automatic call distribution market.

The new team provides solutions for attracting and keeping customers on a global scale – with total security. It’s based in Pleasanton, California, next to Silicon Valley.

4. NETSAS is an acronym for Network Management Solutions for Enterprise Networks. Its Enigma Network Management System electrifies solutions for clients. Problems with management audits? Performance analysis? Multi-vendor networks? Mission critical networks? NETSAS solves them.

The Australia-based firm is poised to service even more of the vast and expanding Asian computer market, as well as U.S. and other clients.

5. LiveView GPS tracks vehicles. Are employees joy riding on a company’s time and gas card? Track them. Other uses of LiveView GPS systems include calculating the fastest and most fuel-efficient fleet supply routes over time and locating misplaced or stolen vehicles.

The tracking software runs on PCs and on such mobile platforms as iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry. The company is based in Valencia, in Southern California, the major hub for Asian and Latin American imports that spread out across America.

6. Mavatar’s motto, “Shop better,” says it all. Everybody wants cheaper prices. And every retailer insists it has the best deals. But the only way to know for sure is to compare. Mavatar lets you do that without traipsing door to door – or website to website.

What’s more exciting, on Mavatar you can compile “wish lists” of stuff you want to buy, then share them with your friends. Shopping + Social Media = savings + fun. Even if a woman can’t afford that $2,000 gown, she can boast to her friends that she found the best discount. Retailers available through Mavatar include some of America’s best recognized retail brands, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, GAP, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Neiman Marcus and others.

7. Navatar Group launched in 2004 specifically to venture on cloud technology at a time when the concept still was nebulous to most people. Solving the problems of large financial services firms, it early teamed up with Salesforce.com. Starting out with cloud applications for capital markets sparked early success and encouraged Navatar to expand into products for hedge funds, mutual funds and mergers and acquisitions.

Triumphs with small firms soon led to signups by such major companies as M&T Bank, Jefferies & Co. and PNC Bank. Navatar’s Force.com platform cuts costs so much that customers usually are able to slash or eliminate their own IT departments. Headquartered on Wall Street, offices in New Delhi and Paris help service companies in more than 30 countries – as cloud technology proves increasingly vital to the functionality of global finance institutions.

8. Pay Per Cloud eliminates the need for companies to own any hardware for web hosting. Unlike similar companies, Pay Per Cloud prides itself on controlling every bit of its services. Nothing is resold from outside sources. This complete control means the firm maintains the highest quality, reliability and performance.

Pay Per Cloud builds private clouds that clients themselves manage. Or Pay Per Cloud itself will manage a cloud for convenience. Its PayPerApps feature means clients pick, and pay for, only needed applications, skipping those not useful. The Folsom, California-based company’s emphasis on security from the start, and security always, places it in the vanguard of cloud solutions for clients understandably anxious about computer viruses.

9. Saleem Technologies strategically operates from Perth, Western Australia to exploit the continent’s burgeoning natural resources industries. It specializes in IT for mining and petroleum companies, and for related construction firms.

Saleem sets up and runs a mother lode of services, including tracking and managing materials and assets to eliminate waste, GPS and barcode tracking, custom software and systems for logistics and supply. As Asian industries continue to rely on Aussie raw materials, the need for Saleem’s services only will grow.

10. Telebroad stretches beyond typical phone systems to ring up cloud systems of unparalleled flexibility. Unity is the key. The firm’s Brooklyn, New York headquarters wires directly to its offices in India. And its PBXcellent System is an umbilical cord uniting phone lines with phone systems.

At Telebroad, security, flexibility and customization drive customer satisfaction. As the global communications revolution accelerates, Telebroad prides itself on asking for no installation charges, no hidden fees and no commitment – while delivering PBXcellence.

The global economy enters 2014 at something of a crossroads with traditional industries stumbling, job creation at record lows and the gross domestic product (GDP) of most industrialized nations sluggish to a point of great and understandable global concern. Will 2014 represent a turnaround for the global economy? Time will tell. In the meantime, though, private sector companies like these ten appear poised to help usher in a new era of innovation, product and service excellence—and, in so doing, maybe more than a little optimism that brighter days lie ahead.


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