IT Executive Exchange meeting – May 10, 2013

April 2nd, 2013 by sp103

Topic: The Internet of “Things”

Soon your toaster will tell your cell phone that your toast is ready, all the while logging your caloric consumption as you try to sneak some butter past the watchful eyes of the refrigerator… or so we are told. Is the “Internet of Things” (where devices small and large are instrumented to communicate with each other, collect data, and thereby be available for “smart” behavior) hype or reality? What implications does it have for mainstream IT? Please join us for the next ITEE meeting to discuss the implications of this emerging technology.

Location: Murphy Room, CBA 2nd Floor
Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Interested in attending? Please RSVP to Brittany Michael:

ITShadow Day @ Timken

February 17th, 2013 by bsv

When: Tue, February 19, 2013, 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM

The Timken Co. is sponsoring IT shadow day for UA undergraduate and graduate IS Students. The University is observing President’s Day on February 19th and classes will not be held.

Students will be divided into groups based on their interest (Database Management, Data Analytics, OS Administration, Information Security, Testing Services, etc) and will be put into one-on-one shadowing sessions with Timken’s employees. The day ends with a networking luncheon. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the local company, practice their networking skills, and potentially set up an interview for an internship or full-time position.


The Timken Company
1835 Dueber Ave. SW
Canton,OH 44706-0932
(P) (330) 438-3000
(F) (330) 458-6006


Take ramp onto OH 8 South
merge on to I77S
take exit 103
Keep left at the fork
follow signs for Cleveland Ave/Timken Pl/Shepler Church Ave
Continue straight onto 891
891 turns right and becomes Dueber Ave Sw
Destination will be on the right.

Next IT Executive Exchange meeting – March 15, 2013

January 24th, 2013 by sp103

Topic: Mobile Software Development

With the explosive growth of mobile devices, apps, and interfaces with all sorts of corporate systems, mobile software development is taking center stage. Come discuss with your peers how you are adapting your software development methodologies to the mobile world? Is the waterfall method finally defunct? Do you prefer some form of agile, scrum, or extreme programming? What is working best, and what are your greatest current pain points?

Location: Murphy Room, CBA 2nd Floor

Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Parking passes and directions will be sent a week before the meeting.

Interested in attending? Please RSVP to Brittany Michael:

Next IT Executive Exchange meeting – January 18, 2013

November 15th, 2012 by sp103

Topic: Help and Service Desks

Now that we have social media, do we still need help desks? Or are the demands of “bring your own device” making them even more relevant? What have we learned about running them efficiently and effectively, and what challenges remain? Come share your experiences and hear others’ insights at the next ITEE meeting.

Location: Murphy Room

Parking passes and directions will be sent a week before the meeting.

Interested in attending? Please RSVP to Brittany Michael:

IT Executive Exchange meeting – November 9, 2012

October 9th, 2012 by sp103

Topic: Business Analytics

In October 2012 the Harvard Business Review published an article called “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” ( The deepest insights that such pioneers develop comes from linking disparate data sources (internal, from far-flung business partners, and external) in ways that make analytics possible. What are you doing to clean, standardize, integrate, and analyze the data gold mine that awaits mining in your company? Come share and learn more about how you and your peers are responding to the analytics bandwagon.

Parking passes and directions will be sent a week before the meeting.

Interested in attending? Please RSVP to Brittany Michael:

IT Executive Exchange meeting – September 14, 2012

September 6th, 2012 by sp103


Do you have a social media strategy? As more and more employees are using public social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, YouTube, and Pinterest both at home and a t work, companies are struggling to catch up. How does IT leverage these public platforms to drive corporate initiatives? How does IT safeguard the company from unwanted disclosure and access to confidential information when employees use social media, and what is its role in social media governance?

RSVP to Brittany Michael at


Welcome new CITe Board Members

September 4th, 2012 by brm14

The CITe Board is excited to welcome the two newest members Fred Franks and Jim Anich

Fred Franks is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at FIT Technologies and has been part of the organization for six years.  Fred brings both strategic and tactical experience to the organization, and to the clients.  His primary focus is on business development and client solution design.

Fred was honored as a Crain’s “20 in their 20s” and upped his hipster status by being named on Inside Business’ “Powerful Techies” list a couple years ago.  This year, he was honoured as a NEOSA CIO of the Year.  Fred has also led FIT to earning Best IT Services Organization from NEOSA.  Fred loves working at FIT because of the culture that has been created here and the really talented, smart people that are part of the team.

Prior to joining FIT, Fred worked in IT at Sherwin Williams for 5-years. He has an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and a BS in Management Information Systems(MIS) from College of Business Administration, The University of Akron.

Jim Anich Is currently the Data Center Manager at Allstate Insurance. He has a BSBA of Finance from the University of Akron and more than twenty years of experience leading line managers and technicians in multiple data centers. He works to lead operational organizations and align individual contribution with the businesses goals. He has worked in Datacenter construction and helped teach a senior level Large Systems Class at Kent State for three years.


The University of Akron MIS Students wins first place in a competition

April 17th, 2012 by sp103

A team of four MIS majors won first place at the first ever Information Systems Project and Case Competition hosted by Ball State University in Muncie Indiana.

A team of four students majoring in Information Systems at the College of Business Administration took FIRST PLACE in the PROJECT CATEGORY, FIRST PLACE in the PRESENTATION CATEGORY, and THIRD PLACE OVERALL. Congratulations to the four senior MIS Majors who independently conceived of their project, developed it on their own during the spring semester, and successfully presented and defended it against 11 other teams. They are (see picture below):

Iulian Arsene, team captain and Chief Engineer (right)

Derek Lippert, taking on the role of Chief Product Designer (middle)

Gary Ward and Ben Gump, talking on the role of Business Analysts (left and second from left)

Dr. Bill McHenry, Professor of MIS and coach (second from right)


In a nutshell, the team took on the idea of developing a USB device with a small screen that can transfer files wirelessly to a similar (or other Bluetooth-enabled) device without having to go through the intermediary of a computer. The team treated this as a new product development, selected a hardware and software platform, investigated and understood the capabilities of a small chip that would be at the heart of the system, wrote code to implement several classes needed to make the transfers work, documented their developed in a UML diagram, developed a 3-D model and animation to go with the presentation, created a lively and informative poster board that blew all the other teams away, analyzed the market position of their product using a SWOT and Five-forces analysis, priced what it would take for an initial proof of concept batch to allow them to move on to seek further funding, and explained all of this in a 20 minute presentation/Q&A session, including a small demo of bits being transferred from the development environment/chip (“the device” as we fondly called it) to an iPhone. A couple of the other teams wrote mobile phone apps or did some programming, but no one took on anything close to the scope of this project. One of the judges told us privately that he has judged many student presentations at Ball State over the years and this was the best single student presentation he has ever seen! Congratulations again to our most successful team!

IT Executive Exchange meeting – June 1, 2012

April 17th, 2012 by sp103

Topic: IT/IS Talent Management Report Card: Where are we, and where do we need to go

Does your workforce/talent management strategy for IS/IT resources support your business strategy? Have you considered where you will be in 3, 5, or even 10 years from now? Is there a talent crisis in NE Ohio? What creative solutions are you applying now and will apply in the near future to ameliorate these problems?


Date and Venue:
June 1, 2012
2:30PM – 4:30PM
Murphy Room,

College of Business Administration
The University of Akron, OH.

IT Shadow Day at Westfield Group

February 28th, 2012 by sp103

On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, a group of 15 Information Systems students from The University of Akron visited the Westfield Group campus in Westfield Center, Ohio. The morning began with an overview of the company and internship/career options, presented by Tony Cascaldo, Wayne Hartzler, and Rebecca DiRienzo. CTO Steve Tien shared his personal experiences with the group and answered a range of questions from the students. The Westfield Campus has preserved the original architecture of the buildings and was shown to the students on the tour of the rotunda. The breakout sessions were conducted for an hour and a half; students were paired with Westfield employees based on their interest areas and learned about the employees’ day-to-day operations at Westfield. The group met for a delicious catered lunch in Smucker Hall and concluded the day with a tour of the Center for Innovation and Technology. CITe would like to thank Westfield Group for organizing a wonderful opportunity for the students.