Archive for June, 2009

Next ITEE meeting is on September 18

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

The topic for the next ITEE meeting is: New communication methods – aggregation and the use of social networking tools to foster new communication methods.

Location: CBA 258, CBA, The University of Akron

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

ITEE – Cloud Computing (June 2009)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

The IT Executive Exchange group met on June 12 to discuss business and technical issues related to Cloud Computing.  Few members in attendance have experience with cloud computing. As per the discussion, some of the benefits of cloud computing include minimizing hardware and running applications off site with ownership and management still available. Other motivations involve cost savings of shared servers and a minimal security issues. Potential drawbacks relates to security & data transfer and it becomes clear that firms remain tethered to the cloud as it attempts to share data internally. The primary utilization of cloud computing of some of the companies present currently consists of e-mail. Although there remains no formal definition of cloud computing, an informal definition is obtainable by applying the purpose of the model to an active definition. The model of cloud computing implies capacity on demand such that the cloud can add or subtract servers as necessary to meet demand. Consequently, the user pays for only that capacity which is necessary. The complexity of the entire IT industry is rapidly advancing. In sum, industry CIO’s face a mosaic of both long and short-term choices entailing critical decisions. It is entirely possible that the term “cloud computing” is a mere buzzword to drive increased revenues. Only time will tell if the large IT firms gamble pays off.

New CITe Advisory Board member

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Welcome to Darren Hudach, Director, Global Software and NA Technical Support, PerkinElmer, Inc., who joined CITe advisory board recently.

Darren has been with PerkinElmer for over six years.   His primary areas of responsibility include: Global Genetic Screening Software, North American Technical Support, and Site Management for the Akron, Ohio Genetic Screening Technical Center.  Darren’s areas of expertise include team building, selecting and retaining top talent, leadership and motivation, new product development and maintenance, project management best practices, contract negotiation, P&L management, international business, and change management.