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Dachis Group Acquires XPlane

“Acquisition brings process design expertise expanding firm’s global services platform in seven cities in five countries

AUSTIN, Texas, April 26, 2010 – Dachis Group announced today the acquisition of Portland, Oregon based XPLANE Corporation, continuing the growth of the international firm with offices servicing clients in the North American, European and Asia/Pacific regions.

As one of the world’s leading information design consultancies, the acquisition of XPLANE strengthens Dachis Group’s position as the world leader in Social Business Design. XPLANE brings critical process design and change communications capabilities to the group.

“This is an exciting step in XPLANE’s evolution,” said Dave Gray, Founder of XPLANE. “Social Business Design is the future of business transformation. Dachis Group is the clear leader in the field and the perfect partner to move forward with.”

“Both Dachis Group and XPLANE are designing the consultancy of the future by leveraging design thinking, social media, and technology to drive breakthrough results for large global clients,” said Aric Wood, Chief Executive Officer of XPLANE. “The opportunity for us to join together creates a world-class firm with global scale and a truly innovative offering.”

The combined company will be able to better serve a global client base with over 100 professionals in seven cities in five countries worldwide.

“I’m eager to add XPLANE’s process design and change management acumen to Dachis Group’s strategy and implementation capabilities,” said Peter Kim, Managing Director of Dachis Group’s North American operations. “Our clients now have access to a full set of Social Business advisory services unmatched by any other business consultancy.”

“The future of global business is in a more connected, network-centric organizational model. With XPLANE, Dachis Group is better able to map our client’s complex processes and information flows and design more effective programs for organizational transformation,” said Jeffrey Dachis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dachis Group. “We are fortunate to be able to team up with Dave Gray, Aric Wood and their extremely talented group to better service our global client base.”

Jeffrey Dachis will assume the title of Chairman of XPLANE and Aric Wood will maintain the role of Chief Executive Officer of XPLANE reporting to Jeffrey Dachis, Chief Executive Officer of Dachis Group. Dave Gray will serve as Founder and Consulting Leader for XPLANE.

Founded in 1993 by Dave Gray, XPLANE is an information design consultancy that drives results for many of the world’s leading corporations by clarifying complex business process and communication problems through visual thinking and information design.

Companies have hired XPLANE to drive process innovation, motivate employees, drive sales, and convince decision makers.

At the highest level, XPLANE provides two core services: facilitative consulting to help clients unlock and synthesize critical information into clear strategies using visual thinking methodologies, and multidisciplinary design services that create change communication tools, communicating information with the effectiveness to drive breakthrough results.

XPLANE’S approach accelerates organizational understanding, which drives actions and results. Companies turn to XPLANE to define the current state, envision the desired future state, and develop a roadmap to drive the identified programmatic improvements to overcome organizational hurdles and build momentum for change.

XPLANE serves the world’s leading organizations with over 40 of the FORTUNE 500 and numerous government agencies including Microsoft, Intel, ITT, U.S. Marine Corps, Shell, Royal Mail Group, Bank of England, Hewlett Packard, BP, SunGard and Nokia.

About Dachis Group
Dachis Group has developed a framework for Social Business Design by addressing organizational change across business systems, process, and culture.

Dachis Group provides professional management consulting and advisory services, process design, program management, information design, marketing, change communication, and technical implementation services across three main practice areas: Customer Participation and Engagement, Workforce Collaboration, and Business Partner Optimization.

Dachis Group serves global companies including: Alcatel, AXA, BP, Best Buy, British Airways, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, DeVry University, Intuit, Southern Company and Yum! Brands.

Dachis Group (Dachis Corporation, Inc.) was created to unlock the value of social technologies for large corporate enterprises. Founded in 2008, by Jeffrey Dachis, Dachis Group services companies all around the globe with offices in seven cities in five countries. Dachis Group is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices in Portland, Oregon, St. Louis, Missouri, London, England, Sydney, Australia, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Madrid, Spain. Dachis Group operates as Dachis Group, Headshift, part of the Dachis Group, The 2.0 Adoption Council, part of the Dachis Group and XPLANE, part of the Dachis Group.

The company’s strategy is backed by a commitment from Austin Ventures to build and grow organically and through acquisitions.

If you are interested in finding out how Dachis Group can help your business, contact: inquiries@dachisgroup.com.

For more resources: Stay on top of the most current thinking on Social Business Design in the Dachis Group Collaboratory

To learn more about Social Business Design, download our Social Business Design white paper free of charge.

Dachis Group is always looking for talented individuals and leaders, contact: opportunities@dachisgroup.com. “

Advertising and Marketing Jobs 10-27-09

From a friend of mine:

Our client, an award-winning interactive and promotion agency in South Carolina, is seeking a strategic Interactive Senior Account Executive.This client is open to relocating the right candidate for this role. The Interactive Senior Account Executive provides strategic direction to the agency and its client teams on interactive initiatives, and will oversee diverse, interactive-based projects from initiation through completion, all while working within a team environment. This individual is also responsible for creating media specific documents such as RFP’s, objectives & strategies decks, POV’s, and other related functions.This position works closely with clients, as well as the agency’s account, strategy, creative, design, and tech groups to develop and manage the planning and execution of multiple interactive projects at one time.

This client is open to relocating the right candidate for this role.


· Passion for modern web technology, experience managing online and interactive projects in an agency environment, and experience with high-profile clients

· 5+ years experience managing interactive or digital marketing

· Experience in project management for a full range of web services and initiatives,
such as:

o Social media

o Website development

o Viral and rich-media

o Online advertising

· Proven record of successful implementation of various interactive projects

· Knowledge of new and upcoming interactive market trends, technologies and innovative solutions

· Excellent communication and presentation skills (both orally and written)

· Have managed & tracked projects from initiation through final completion/evaluation.

· Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

· Have leadership abilities

· Creative problem-solving abilities

· Experience building and tracking budgets and schedules

· Knowledge of common front-end and back-end technologies, frameworks and platforms

· An entrepreneur attitude (does not like to be micro-managed)

· Team spirit – we don’t use the statement ‘that’s not my job’

If you would like to be considered for this position and your background matches the criteria, please send the following to maricel.quianzon@paladinstaff.com:

· Current Resume (Word.doc only)

· REQUIRED: 2 or 3 paragraphs on how your background and experience relates to this role. Talk about your major brand interactive account management experience and other relevant interactive account experience as it related to this role

· REQUIRED: URL link to your portfolio

· Salary range requirement

· Three references

Candidates whose profiles most closely match our client’s requirements will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

Advertising and Marketing Jobs 10-1-09

Joe Udell is looking for some talent/help:


* Minor creative – mostly layout changes for routing

Application Developer:

* Python Language
* Django Framework
* PostgresSQL Database
* git Source Control
* HTML/CSS Coding

Server Administrator

* Apache server administration (server tuning would be a plus)
* Linux Shell
* Database Administration

Email judell@udelldirect.com if you are interested.


“If you are 35 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears
with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking Twenty-five miles to school every morning

Uphill… barefoot…

BOTH ways

Yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up,
there was no way in hell I was going to lay
a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it
and how easy they’ve got it!

But now that I’m over the ripe old age of
thirty-five, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today.

You’ve got it so easy! I mean, compared to my
childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

And I hate to say it but you kids today you
don’t know how good you’ve got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have The Internet. If we wanted to know something,

We had to go to the damn library and
look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write
somebody a letter, with a pen!

Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! No where was safe!

There were no MP3′ s or Napsters! You wanted to
steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ’d usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up!

There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished and the tape would come undone….cause that’s how we rolled dog!

We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you
were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that’s it!

And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either!
When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school,
your mom, your boss, your Bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you
just didn’t know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn’t have any fancy Sony Playstation video
games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games
like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘asteroids’. Your guy was a little square! You
actually had to use your imagination!! And there were no multiple levels or
screens, it was just one screen forever!

And you could never win. The game just kept getting
harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was
on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off
your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel! There was no
Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons
on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I’m saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK
for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!

And we didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat
something up we had to use the stove … Imagine that!

That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it too easy.
You’re spoiled. You guys wouldn’t have lasted
five minutes back in 1980 or before!

The over 30 Crowd”