ClickSoftware Technologies (CKSW) - The Technology Gem of Givat Shmuel, Isreal (Technorati) Technorati | (Del.icio.us) Del.icio.us | (Digg) Digg | (Blinklist) Blinklist | (Comment) Comment

As investors scramble to make sense of the short term terrors that pester the markets (GM’s $39 billion write off, E-Trades bankruptcy scares, Blackstones quartly loss and two major financial houses giving the boot to their CEO’s all in a weeks span), I was busy looking for opportunities with a touch of international flavor.

ClickSoftware Technologies (CKSW:NASDAQ, SECTOR: Technology, INDUSTRY: Software & Programming), based out of Givat Shmuel, Isreal (founded in 1979), describes themselves as a provider of mobile workforce management and service optimization solutions. The company’s products are used by customers in the telecommunications, utilities, financial services, aerospace, defense, semi-conductor, and home service industries. The Company;s Service Optimization suite includes workforce planning, optimized service scheduling, intelligent problem resolution, mobile workforce management, and business analytics, connecting various organizational levels. The Company’s Service Optimization solutions suite includes ClickSchedule, ClickAnalyze, ClickPlan, ClickForecast, ClickFix, ClickMobile and ClickLocate.

It markets and sells its products through direct sales force located in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region, as well as through reseller agreements with partners. With over 50% of CKSW’s business coming from overseas, this was the international exposure I was looking for. Now for a quick technical and fundamental breakdown of the stock and why it goes higher from here.

Pain at the Pump - This Holiday Season Will Gas Prices on the Rise Impact Your Family Ties? (Technorati) Technorati | (Del.icio.us) Del.icio.us | (Digg) Digg | (Blinklist) Blinklist | (Comment) Comment

It’s nothing new for gas prices to make headlines. It seems like every day for the last few years the media has kept a very close watch on the daily fluctuations of fuel. And Americans across the country have been tracking prices at the pump and feeling the effects. While 22Dollars.com stresses taking control of your finances, the topic of gas prices instantly causes anxiety and controversy due to the fact that it’s one area of our budget over which we feel little control.

The impact of the increasing price of gasoline touches everyone - not only those who depend on a car for their daily transportation. In somewhat of a chain effect, everything from surcharges on airline tickets to higher prices for transported vegetables is impacted and we all feel the effects on our finances. But can this even reach our personal lives during the holiday season?

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