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July 11, 2013 Does the Cloud Computing Model Really Work?

There’s certainly a tremendous amount of chatter regarding the concepts and capabilities of cloud computing. Much of the buzz is based on very sound business fundamentals, and some is marketing hype. The idea of cloud computing encompasses many very important innovations and trends that are occurring in the Information Technology (IT) industry today coupled with the concept of “economies of scale”.

For many organizations, the cloud can be very liberating, allowing them to focus more of their time, energy and money on their core business and less on the IT infrastructure required to operate their businesses.

So does the cloud model work for everyone? Well, as you can imagine, it depends.

This presentation was designed for the National Weather Service’s numerical modeling branch known as the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC). It has been adapted to highlight the process that EMC will use for determining whether or not the public cloud can and should be used to augment their existing High Performance Computing (HPC) resources as well as non- HPC resources.

Come join us in July to learn more.

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June 13, 2013 Creating an Effective Personal Leadership Plan for Thriving in the Ever-Changing IT World

Creating an Effective Personal Leadership Plan for Thriving in the Ever-Changing IT World

 

No matter how sophisticated the technology, it still takes the people. Many of us are confronted on a daily basis with the challenge of figuring out how to manage our leadership together with our technical expertise to serve the ever-changing needs of our customer. It can feel exhausting and overwhelming at times. What if you could learn some techniques that would enable you to manage your leadership energy so that these opportunities help you to invite creativity, communicate effectively, and embrace continuous change for yourself and those around you? Impossible? Pie-in-the-sky?  Maybe, but the truth is that it is all up to you and how you think about yourself and the opportunities that present themselves to you.

Our speaker, a Certified Professional Leadership Coach, will introduce you to a process that helps you to develop a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole. The system is called Energy Leadership and was created by Bruce Schneider, founder of The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. (IPEC).

You will learn how Corporate Catabolism (the process the body uses to generate energy to counteract a stressor=draining, contracting, resisting) has impacted engagement, performance, and the bottom line. Did you know that in 2011 Corporate America lost more than $328 billion from lower productivity…and 84% of workers claimed that they are planning to look for a new job? Engagement of workers is at an all time low of less than 30%. These statistics tell a sobering story, but the truth is you can learn how to be a catalyst to reverse the trend inspiring anabolic energy (the process of building up, expanding, fueling) in yourself and others by becoming aware of your thought patterns and how they effect your results. People have extraordinary influence over each other---consciously and unconsciously. One of the most influential pieces is our individual and collective energy, and energy is quite contagious. Whether from increasing job demands, lack of resources, the “always plugged in” pressure of technology or the general uncertainty of economic and social times, people are surrounded by stressors, which can trigger catabolic perceptions.

 

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May 9, 2013 Hypervisors

Our esteemed Executive VP and Web Master will talk about the current status of hypervisors.  He has spoken to our chapter many times since he was a student chapter member of AITP.  Please join us and welcome Bernard Igiri as our speaker this month.

Software virtualization has been a major topic in the enterprise space for quite some time, but has become an important technology for embedded systems only in the last few years.

A hypervisor provides a software virtualization environment in which other software, including operating systems, can run with the appearance of full access to the underlying system hardware, but in fact such access is under the complete control of the hypervisor. The software running in such a hypervisor managed environment is said to be executing within a virtual machine (VM). Multiple VMs may be managed simultaneously by a hypervisor.

A use case for an embedded hypervisor is System security. An embedded hypervisor is able to provide secure encapsulation for any subsystem defined by the developer, so that a compromised subsystem cannot interfere with other subsystems. For example, an encryption subsystem needs to be strongly shielded from attack to prevent leaking the information the encryption is supposed to protect. As the embedded hypervisor can encapsulate a subsystem in a VM, it can then enforce the required security policies for communication to and from that subsystem. (adapted from Wikipedia)

 

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April 11, 2013 Social Entrepreneurship & Building Tribal Connections

Most of IT professionals already know the "backbone structure" for a successful corporate/entrepreneur outreach to their "tribe":

1) Build a "tribe" using Opt-In forms, placed strategically on dedicated landing pages throughout the website, and carefully crafting SEO terms best suited to entice readers,

2) Follow-up with new tribe members as they join, and continue feeding them "loaves and fishes" by providing valuable free content via blogs and webpages, and

3) Use the Opt-In list to send emails to the "tribe," alerting them to latest postings and other relevant-to-them information.

Our guest speaker will give IT professionals the opportunity to go beyond this standard approach, mapping content categories to client groups in a structured manner that will lead to greater loyalty, sales, and growth. This unique approach capitalizes on Dr. Maren's years of leadership in knowledge discovery and ontology/taxonomy research, as well as her practical, day-to-day implementation of these methods as a newly-emerged solo small business entrepreneur.

 

After hearing our speaker, Dr. Maren, you will be able to:

1) Help your clients identify their optimal sets of diverse clients, each with a distinct representative "persona," and an associated Opt-In list.

2) Identify the driving needs and interests of each client-set ("persona") that will bring them to YOUR (or YOUR CLIENT's) site, services, and products

3) Translate those needs into KEY CATEGORIES that you can use to organize and manage client's content (both static and blog)

4) Develop a MAPPING from client-sets ("personas") to content-sets ("categories")

5) Manage the overall process for loyalty-building, more accurate product/service positioning, and upsells.

In short, you'll be MASTER of a new set of methods that will directly impact your (or your client's) bottom line.

 

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There will be no March meeting

The next AITP meeting will be in April.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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