|February 27, 2009|
|8:45am: Welcome – Deborah Boisvert, Director BATEC and Keynote Speech “The Future IT Organization ” – David Brown, Independent IT and Business Consultant|
|David Brown brings more than 25 years of IT leadership and operational experience in the worldwide consumer products, manufacturing, logistics, retail and analyst/consulting industries to his position as an independent IT and Business Consultant.
Prior to his current role, he was an Analyst at AMR Research where he focused on such areas as IT management, enterprise applications, governance and architecture, enterprise performance management and applications portfolio management in his research, speaking and writing.
Before joining AMR Research, David was the Vice President of Merchandising and Supply Chain Systems at Staples, Inc. Prior to that, he held senior leadership positions in various companies including: Stride Rite, Polaroid, Whittman-Hart, Malden Mills and Cranston Print Works.
David has a B.A. from Unity College, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also is a retired U.S. Army Major and a past-president and trustee with Boston Society for Information Management (SIM). David has also taught at Babson College and Northeastern University.
Workshop #1: 10:30-11:20
“IBM Academic Initiative: Skills for the 21st Century and a discussion on “smarter planet”
Robert Bry, IBM
Global forces are altering the educational landscape as many countries face a serious skills shortage in the technology industry that’s fueled by huge numbers of retiring professionals and declining enrollments in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields of study. In addition, globalization is increasing the demand for more highly skilled workers and toughening the requirements for the best jobs, forcing academic institutions to make fundamental changes in how, where, when and to whom they deliver educational content. During this presentation we will introduce you to how IBM is positioned to help meet these challenges, and partner with colleges and universities. Through the IBM Academic Initiative, we’re working with thousands of schools around the world to teach students the open-standards skills they’ll need to compete in the ever-changing technology workplace. We will highlight how IBM is helping shape the future IT organization, through innovation, by helping organizations address declining IT skills and leading the discussion of building a smarter planet.
“Green Technologies and Architects of the Networked Economy”
Bill Gustafson, Cisco Systems Inc., Mike Puopolo and Biljana John, Bunker Hill Community College
This workshop will present an overview of Cisco’s Networked Sustainability framework, including EnergyWise®: an innovative technology added onto the Cisco Catalyst® switching portfolio that enables companywide optimization of GhG emissions by measuring, reporting, and reducing energy consumption across the entire corporate infrastructure. The Demand for CISCO trained professionals to maintain Green Technologies is growing fast. You will also learn about how you can become architects of the networked economy to address our country’s growing need for tech talent and create new opportunities for economic development in your communities in Massachusetts.
“Virtualization: What It Is All About and Its Advantages To Education”
David Nelson, VMware Academy
Virtualization essentially lets one computer do the job of multiple computers, by sharing the resources of a single computer across multiple environments. Virtual servers and virtual desktops let you host multiple operating systems and multiple applications locally and in remote locations, freeing you from physical and geographical limitations. In addition to energy savings and lower capital expenses due to more efficient use of your hardware resources, you get high availability of resources, better desktop management, increased security, and improved disaster recovery processes when you build a virtual infrastructure.
“Trends in Biotechnology Technician Education”
Elaine Johnson, Bio-Link
The dynamic nature of the growing biotechnology industry has influenced the development of programs that provide technical education to meet the need for a skilled workforce. This session focuses on the nature of biotechnology, the growth of technical programs, the creation of competency models and career pathways, and the cross-over between biotechnology and other technical fields.
Workshop #2: 11:30-12:20
“Convergence Technology – The Green IT Solution”
Helen Sullivan, Convergence Technology Center
Educators in the Information Technology (IT) field now find themselves in the middle of an IT and Energy Technology (ET) revolution called the “Energy Internet.” How will community college programs be affected by this revolution? What kind of education and career paths will be affected in this merging of IT and ET? The Convergence Technology Center, funded by the National Science Foundation, is evolving its offerings and the way it prepares educators and students. In this session, participants will learn from the center’s research on how to balance the needs of economic viability, social responsibility and environmental impact. The CTC will show how this “green” education and career path has evolved through the help of an engaged group of regional businesses.
“Healthcare IT and Medication Safety”
Mark Hulse, North Shore Medical Center
Medication errors are a major source of adverse events in hospitals and can result in injury or death, as well as being a significant contributor to rising health care costs. The Institute of Medicine has stated that reducing risks and ensuring safety requires greater attention to systems that help prevent errors. This workshop will focus on recent advances in medication safety technology including Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), electronic prescribing, bar coded medication administration and smart IV pumps.
“EMC Academic Alliance: Bridging the Information Storage Knowledge Gap”
Karen Mancini, EMC Educational Services
EMC Corporation, the world’s leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions, created the EMC Academic Alliance (EAA) Program to educate students about the fastest growing segment of IT: Storage. EAA allows CS / IT programs to align with industry and teach students about information storage and management technologies. Corporations are spending significant portions of their IT budget (~$66 Billion in 2008) on technologies such as SAN, NAS, Data Replication, Security, and Virtualization to solve the problems of storage capacity, data availability, and data mobility. Future trending suggests that data storage itself will play a more prominent role in the daily tasks performed by anyone in an IT environment. The EAA program offers an ‘Open’ course on Information Storage and Management and a faculty readiness seminar to colleges and universities to create partnerships that develop tomorrow’s information storage professionals today.
“Boston: the Hub of the Multiverse? — The state of the global game industry and where Boston fits into it.”
Kent Quirk, Game Developer
The modern digital game industry spans single-player casual games to massively multiplayer online universes, and is built by companies all over the world. Boston is probably the fourth largest center of game development in North America, and most people don’t realize it. This talk will examine trends in the global game industry and take look at both the history and the future of Boston-area game development — education, finance, marketing, and development.
Workshop #3: 1:00-2:30
“The College Placement Test – Impact on Student Readiness & Success”
Jibril Solomon, BATEC
This session will introduce participants to the Accuplacer Assessment Test. The session includes learning about how the test is used as an assessment tool as well as a hands-on online session where participants will get to experience the test first-hand. Participants will also be informed, using college data, about the effects of the placement test on high school graduates who enter 2-year and 4-year colleges as freshmen. The issues of course enrollment, financial aid implications and persistence through the sophomore year will be discussed. The presenter will draw from findings from his current research as well as pilot practice models. He will also describe resources and promising intervention models.
“Mentored College Program to Help Launch Your Convergence Degree”
Helen Sullivan, Convergence Technology Center
In order to meet the growing need for technicians supporting the converged network and the increasing Green IT needs in energy conversation and environmental impact, the Convergence Technology Center has implemented strategies to help colleges around the country implement their own convergence program. The CTC will share how the process has worked for its mentored colleges and how other colleges can benefit from these experiences. Strategies will cover recruiting, engaging and retaining an active Business Advisory Council; creating curricula in partnership with faculty and business; providing professional development opportunities for faculty; and marketing and recruitment strategies to engage students into the program. The process for applying to be a Mentored College will be discussed and materials distributed to support the application process.
“Microsoft Application Virtualization”
George Matthews, Microsoft
Tired of applications that leave behind bits and pieces of themselves when you uninstall them? Wish installing applications was a one-click process? Ever lose your laptop and dread the time you’d have to spend re-installing all your apps? Answer rhetorical questions no longer and learn about Microsoft Application Virtualization which lets you stream your applications on-demand. Applications run virtualized so they don’t impact your machine’s state and always uninstall cleanly. See how you can “install” hundreds of applications in mere seconds and how AppV makes application deployment to multiple machines a snap.
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