University of Minnesota partners with Datastream

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Feb 26

ADVET is a unique approach to continuing veterinary education that combines active, collaborative team-based learning with a convenient online format. The ADVET – Swine program is directed toward all types and levels of swine practitioners who would like to learn approaches and solutions to important issues facing the swine industry today. This program aims to provide knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied to the everyday practice of veterinary medicine.

Datastream was tasked with finding a very special type of learning management system that focused on simplicity, power, and mobility which is uncommon in today's typical solutions like Moodle or Blackboard.

We have deployed the new website and soon, the new Canvas LMS, for the U of MN College of Veterinary Medicine with their website located at   More than just a simple website, as the course matures and and the curriculum expands, we actually deployed an entire website management system to highlight all the functions of the Swine Curriculum and help market these courses.   The site is built to be clean, modern, and look great on all devices from desktop to phone;  keep a watch on this project as it will certainly be exciting watching a new era in education unfold at the University for outreach programs.

FDA's Food Protection Task Forces Renews with DSCXN

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sep 22

The Food Protection Task Forces, supported by the Division of Federal/State Relations at FDA, convene stakeholders in food safety. These stakeholders form Taskforces that consist of government, industry, academia, and consumer groups that create an effective state-wide infrastructure for outreach, response, and information sharing. Currently, there are 28 state Taskforces.

Datastream created a website ecosystem allowing one web infrastructure to manage all 28 websites simply and effectively.  Each task force controls their individual website, with results of the efforts sharing across all other sites and aggregating into one unified view of task force activity.

We have also implemented private, branded CoreSHIELD mini-portals for each task force and created a simple, end-user manageable mobile app infrastructure allowing each task force to manage and deploy their own iOS and Android mobile apps.

Over the upcoming year, we will continue supporting the strategic growth of the web ecosystem, as well as social media and mobile platforms.   The partnership between DSCXN and DFSR has been great, and the results are impacting food safety in the country!

PetNET Platform Continues with DSCXN

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sep 16

PETNet is a secure reporting/notification system, accessible by state and federal government officials with regulatory authority and responsibility over pet food. PETNet allows the exchange of information about pet-food related incidents, such as illness associated with the consumption of adulterated pet food or pet food product defects, between FDA, the States, and other Federal Government agencies charged with protecting animal and public health.

PETNet has elected to renew development with Datastream Connexion and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense.   By leveraging our CoreSHIELD and FormX platforms, we are able to provide innovative reporting and data capture capabilities for the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA.

National Animal Health Laboratory Network Renews Efforts

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sep 15

When a large-scale animal-disease outbreak occurs, tracking its progress and performing diagnostic tests on thousands of diagnostic samples is a big challenge. To get the job done, it is very important that all the parties involved-Federal agencies and laboratories managed by State governments and universities-communicate and collaborate effectively. The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) now forms part of a nationwide strategy to coordinate the work of all organizations providing animal disease surveillance and testing services.

NAHLN has elected to continue growing its network on the CoreSHIELD and LabDIR technology platform developed by Datastream Connexion and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense.  The Network has been a terrific partner expanding capabilities within the system by providing the technical leadership team at DSCXN critical insight and direction.  Over the next year we will be implementing innovative features to expand NAHLN's monitoring and response capabilities.


Project Joins USA Today Sports Media Group

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30

One of our very first projects,, has recently been added to USA Today's Sports Media Group.  Selected for its longevity, traffic, content and active community, we are proud to not only to have delivered top-notch Vikings news and entertainment for 14 years, but to have been recognized again nationally for our efforts.  We will be joining our associates from other NFL teams in Las Vegas at the end of June.  Did you know we just launched mobile apps for iPhone and Android for "PPO"?  Check out the site for the announcement tomorrow!

Datastream Joins the Cloud Standards Council

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Monday, April 16, 2012

Apr 16

Joining technology leaders like IBM, Symantec, Rackspace, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, Datastream Connexion has become a member of the Cloud Standards Customer Council.

Security is consistently highlighted as one of the top inhibitors to the adoption of cloud computing and an area of great interest to customers. The new CSCC security working group will focus on developing high priority use cases for cloud security that reflect the issues and pain points customers are experiencing in various cloud deployment models (private, public and hybrid). A wide range of security issues including identity management, authorization, auditing, availability, data protection and privacy will be considered.

We look forward to a strong working relationship with these organizations as we start to define best practices for the cloud.

Seapine and Datastream Combine for Best Agile Results

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, April 15, 2012

Apr 15

Choosing a vendor to help augment your development processes is a difficult one.

Seapine, the leader in ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) solutions has a terrific suite of products that covers our entire development cycle from initiation to release.   With an entire integrated suite, we have unprecedented visibility into all areas of our development while achieving federal compliance and best practices at the same time.

More importantly, Seapine's tool set flexibility allowed us to leverage all the requirements of compliance we need, and still go fully Agile!   It has been a terrific win-win scenario for us on multiple fronts.

To help launch our Agile practices, we reached out to Seapine's Agile Services group and participated in their training program.  Below, find a white paper discussing the critical success that resulted from participation in this program.

View Seapine's Datastream Connexion Success Story

Datastream Coordinates Web Ecosystem With FDA

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mar 17

To further enhance communications between states to protect the food supply Datastream, in coordination with the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and the Division of Federal/State Relations at the FDA, are deploying a unique web ecosystem.   The Food Protection Task Force required a web system that would allow for a parent site, and up to 50 state-based sites: one per state.   The goal is to allow task forces to communicate with other task forces, the FDA, and constituents in their state whether in the public or industry.

Datastream has been built a unique ecosystem of sites that allows each state to simply manage their web sites, and created automated plumbing behind the scenes to coordinate data flows as appropriate.   The result is a fluid ecosystem of sites that each maintain their autonomy to satisfy local state needs, yet within a framework that solves the needs of the FDA.

Contact us for more information on how we took a challenge of this proportion and delivered it so users with little to no web experience could manage their state's site.   To further put this infrastructure ahead of the curve: mobile app extensions of these sites are coming soon! 

CoreSHIELD Public Site Launches

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jan 15

CoreSHIELD's public FAQ interface has been launched at  CoreSHIELD is a flagship project focused on critical collaboration amongst our nation's critical infrastructures. For the first time, we put a face to the infrastructure with a simple site. We like it, and so we thought we would share. If you are in need of collaboration solutions for your industry groups/companies that really innovate and actually demonstrate return on investment, talk to us.

Datastream to Develop Global Communications Effort for United Nations FAO

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nov 15

We are working closely with the University of Minnesota and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, in coordination with the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization along with the World Health Organization to create a new worldwide discussion platform to promote inclusive dialog to bring better health worldwide. This is an exciting effort, stay tuned for launch details!

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