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This month’s presentation

Topic: The Cloud Defined

Date: Tuesday, April 8th 2014, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Presented by:  Comcast Business

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Location: Wingate Short Pump 13991 N Gayton Rd, Richmond, VA

Accommodations Provided by:  Covintus

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Seats are limited, so register now, and you won’t forget later.

Program Description:

What is the definition of cloud? Regardless of how you define cloud, what is important is knowing how the cloud can benefit you and your business.

Why should I move to the cloud? The digital economy requires unfettered connectivity, regardless of your circumstances. Employees need access to their data at all times, from any location, using any device in order to quickly respond to customers, close a big deal, and handle daily operations.

What scares me about the cloud? Cloud computing brings a myriad of benefits for any enterprise, but it is also a cause for concern in a world where, according to InformationWeek, cyber criminals are now targeting “any company where they can find data to resell, disrupt or exploit.”

It seems like everything is about the cloud these days: servers are moving to the cloud, data is stored in the cloud, applications and services are hosted from the cloud. Based on all of the buzz, it would make sense to assume your business needs to be in the cloud as well, and that if you’re not you must be missing out on something. Before you rush off to the great big service in the sky, though, make sure you understand the pros and cons, and ask yourself all the right questions. Tonight, we get to ask “those that know” some of the questions that we need to be asking ourselves. 

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)

The Association of Information Technology Professionals ( www.aitp.org ) was founded in 1951 to provide learning and growth opportunities to data processing managers and staff through networking, chapter activities, conferences, seminars, special interest groups, and several other benefits. Today, AITP offers industry leadership and opportunities for professional development and personal growth to its 7,000 professional and student members in 140 professional and 250 student chapters.

For more information please contact AITP VP Programs at vpprograms@aitprich.org

The Richmond Chapter (www.aitprich.org) provides the local presence and meeting forum to deliver the most tangible benefits associated with AITP. Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month (except December).

You may also join the AITP LinkedIn Group to keep informed about programs and other networking opportunities.

Panelists:

Steve Fey- CEO, Proxios

Steve is President and Chief Operating Officer of Proxios, having joined the firm in October, 2012. Previously, Steve served as President of Tridium Inc., the market leader in middleware for the intelligent building industry, for six years.  His leadership experience also includes general management for an Internet appliance business for Tyco Fire & Security, and the Vice President of Systems and Services for Andover Controls, now a business unit of Schneider Electric.  A graduate of Cornell University in electrical engineering, Steve began his career at Texas Instruments and is a well-recognized thought leader in the field of intelligent building technology.

Rohanna Meade- CEO, Synergy Technical

Rohana Meade has 25 years of technology experience in multiple roles, including ERP consulting, IT Senior Management, and now as the CEO of Synergy Technical.  As the CIO of a large international manufacturing firm, Rohana’s technology team was one of the first organizations to implement cloud technologies.  Rohana has experienced first-hand what works well in a cloud implementation, as well as what doesn’t work well.   As the CEO of Synergy Technical, Rohana and her team work with customers to understand, analyze, and implement cloud technologies.

P.J. Grinsell- Data center Solutions Specialist, Microsoft

P.J. Grinsell has advised business leaders on technology for nearly 20 years. His work includes enterprise architecture and hands-on implementations, as well as strategy and optimization consulting. P.J. helps customers understand the impact of trends (distributed computing, service-oriented architecture and now cloud computing) while also advising on technology and project portfolios.

P.J. joined Microsoft in 2012 after 15+ years of works with companies such as CDW, SyCom Technologies and BCTI.

Mick Vollmer- EVP Technology Innovation, TowneBank

Mick Vollmer is a 25 year resident of Hampton Roads, VA.  He currently holds the position of Executive Vice President for Technology Innovation at TowneBank where he is responsible for managing a large part of the Bank’s Technology Department and emerging technology initiatives.  This role includes responsibility for core information technology and communications functions including enterprise and line of business application life cycle management, technology project management, distributed systems computing, enterprise voice and wireless voice communications, as well as enterprise and departmental application integration.  Mick’s past assignments include Chief Technology Officer for The City of Virginia Beach and Executive Director and Information Security Officer at ValueOptions, FHC Health Systems, a large Behavioral Healthcare Company headquartered in Northern Virginia.

Mick holds an MBA and a Masters Degree in Information Technology from the University System of Maryland, a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University and a Degree in Engineering from Tidewater Community College.  Mick is a graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads, LEAD Virginia and the University of Virginia’s Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership.  His current certifications include a Federal Chief Information Officer Certificate from the US General Services Agency, CISSP from ISC2, and ITIL certification.  His honors and recognition include Virginia Governor’s Technology Innovation Award, Gartner’s Security Innovation Award and Public Technology Institute’s Technology Innovation Award.

Mick’s current and former activities include Board of Directors for Future of Hampton Roads, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Chair of LEAD Virginia Alumni Committee in Hampton Roads and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Hampton Roads Regional Public Safety Interoperability Network known as “ORION.”

Mick’s hobbies revolve mostly around chasing after his two young daughters and any form of outdoor activity, especially wildlife conservation and management of his farm in Suffolk, VA.

Panel members

  • Steve Fey- CEO, Proxios

Steve is President and Chief Operating Officer of Proxios, having joined the firm in October, 2012. Previously, Steve served as President of Tridium Inc., the market leader in middleware for the intelligent building industry, for six years.  His leadership experience also includes general management for an Internet appliance business for Tyco Fire & Security, and the Vice President of Systems and Services for Andover Controls, now a business unit of Schneider Electric.

  • Rohanna Meade- CEO, Synergy Technical

Rohana Meade has 25 years of technology experience in multiple roles, including ERP consulting, IT Senior Management, and now as the CEO of Synergy Technical.  As the CIO of a large international manufacturing firm, Rohana’s technology team was one of the first organizations to implement cloud technologies.  Rohana has experienced first-hand what works well in a cloud implementation, as well as what doesn’t work well.

  • P.J. Grinsell- Data center Solutions Specialist, Microsoft

P.J. Grinsell has advised business leaders on technology for nearly 20 years. His work includes enterprise architecture and hands-on implementations, as well as strategy and optimization consulting. P.J. helps customers understand the impact of trends (distributed computing, service-oriented architecture and now cloud computing) while also advising on technology and project portfolios

  • Mick Vollmer- EVP Technology Innovation, TowneBank

Mick Vollmer is a 25 year resident of Hampton Roads, VA.  He currently holds the position of Executive Vice President for Technology Innovation at TowneBank where he is responsible for managing a large part of the Bank’s Technology Department and emerging technology initiatives.  This role includes responsibility for core information technology and communications functions including enterprise and line of business application life cycle management, technology project management, distributed systems computing, enterprise voice and wireless voice communications, as well as enterprise and departmental application integration.