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    • 08/11/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Montgomery Co Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton, OH
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    Security Awareness

    Security Awareness From Users, through the network to your Clients

    Speaker: Seth Marsh, McCracken Group

    • Love my family Proud Husband, Father and Papa

    • Love Golf (Like Really!) Hike/Walks Walk 4-6 miles every day!

    • Model Railroader (N Gauge)


    This is a closed session, for Senior IT Leaders only.

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org for more information.

    • 08/17/2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Municipal Brew Works, Hamilton, OH
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    • 08/19/2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Montgomery Co Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton, 45417
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    Infrastructure/Cloud Special Interest Group

    Navigating Cloud and Multi-Cloud – how to avoid wasting time and money

    This presentation will touch on Cloud adoption and workload placement, while laying out concepts around multi-cloud strategies. This will be an educational presentation. Feel free to come prepared with questions for one of the very top Cloud Architects in the Midwest.

    Speakers:

    Louie Hollmeyer, Director, ATC (Welcome/Intro Remarks)

    Brent Meadows, VP of Advanced Solution Architecture, Expedient

    Louie Hollmeyer is a hybrid marketer and consultant, providing independent IT expertise and services with a focus on Digital Transformation in four core areas; voice, network, cloud and cybersecurity.


    Brent Meadows is one of the top Cloud Architects in the Midwest. He has been with Expedient for nine years, starting as a local Solutions Architect in the Central Ohio market and working his way to his current role of VP of Advanced Solution Architecture. Meadows holds the highest VMware Cloud certification offered—VCDX—as well as top certifications with AWS and Azure. In his roles, he has designed active cloud architecture environments for hundreds of organizations.


    Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org

    • 08/24/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Montgomery Co Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300 Dayton, OH
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    Cybersecurity Special Interest Group

    IoT: Tracking and Securing the Rogue Elements

    We will be walking through an actual account takeover from a user perspective, what it looks like How the user sees things versus how the attacker utilizes tools that we all use

    Seth Marsh, McCracken Group


    • 08/26/2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300, Dayton, OH 45417
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    Predictive Analytics

    GE’s Fleet Support team provides 24/7 technical product support to assist airlines around the world with their GE aircraft engines. In addition to assisting with any engine issues, Fleet Support also uses data analysis to help prevent operational issues from happening in the first place. GE Aviation employees in Cincinnati and Shanghai perform around-the-clock engine performance data analysis, seeking to identify trends and abnormalities that could disrupt engines in the field. Once a potentially troublesome trend is spotted, they work with airline customers so that they can perform maintenance checks before any issues lead to unscheduled delays. In this presentation, Asko Soimakallio, senior product staff manager, will explain how GE Aviation approaches asset data management to support these critical efforts.

    Speaker: Asko Soimakallio, Master Data Management Lead for the Fleet Support Team, GE Aviation

    Asko Soimakallio works in the GE Aviation Fleet Support team as a Senior Product Staff Manager responsible for customer & asset data and associated digital capabilities. He has worked in the aviation industry for 12 years, supporting airline and shop customers and GE process improvements across US and Europe. Data, analytics, and digital development have been key to how he has been able to drive support and business insights for customers and GE alike.

    Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org 

    • 09/15/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Montgomery Co Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton, 45417
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    Scaled Agile Framework: Is it right for your organization?

    Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) promises increased stakeholder value, decreased time to market, and improved company culture for large-scale enterprise companies. But what if you're a small to medium size company - is it right for you? Come listen to Midmark's journey of adopting a hybrid model of SAFe and the resources that helped us along the way. Questions are strongly encouraged!

    Panelists: 

     

    Shawn Ashcraft, Vice President of IT, Midmark


     

    Danielle Weaver, IT Product Manager, Midmark

    Rigved Dubhashi, IT Enterprise Architect, Midmark

    This is a closed session, for Senior IT Leaders only.

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org for more information.

    • 09/16/2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual
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    Creating an Effective Business Case

    Join us for a panel discussion on why a solid business case is so important for the successful achievement of company goals. We will discuss various tips and tricks around developing a strong justification for a project, how the business case impacts downstream teams, why this is a team effort, and how a solid business case can be the cause of success or failure on a project. We will be discussing the most critical components of a business case including background, benefits, success criteria, scope, architectural input and risks. Bring your business case questions to the panel!

    Kristin Brand, Senior Director of Portfolio Management,  Caresource 

    Kristin Brand-Morson is Senior Director of Portfolio Delivery and Governance at CareSource. She is a multidisciplinary leader with over 25 years of experience in strategic and enterprise portfolio planning, organizational change management, product management, information technology and business operations. Her vertical experience is diverse and includes healthcare, insurance, retail, logistics, and government.

    Thank you Women 4 Technology Sponsors:

         

    • 09/21/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • PipeStone Golf Club, 4344 Benner Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342
    • 139
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    Every year Technology First awards scholarships to area IT college students.

    Join us in this fun, fundraising event!

    The Technology First Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more deserving regional college students. Students selected for this scholarship are matriculating in Information Technology related curriculums, have achieved distinguished academic success, and have demonstrated high character and values.

    Wednesday, September 21st

    11:00am-registration

    12:00pm-tee time

    Approximately 5:30pm-dinner, drinks, networking, and prizes!

    Prizes for men and women's closest to the pin

    50/50 raffle to support the scholarship fund

    Interested in sponsoring? See registration or email marketing@technologyfirst.org for more information!

    Thank you Event Sponsors!!





     

        

    • 10/05/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lexis Nexis building 4
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    Women 4 Technology

    6th annual Collaboration Event


    with LexisNexis Women's Connected and Synchrony's Women's Network+


    Confidence Code

    An informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence – and learning how to achieve it – for women of all ages and at all stages of their career




    Thank you Women 4 Technology Sponsors:

         

    • 10/07/2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300, Dayton, OH 45417
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    Don't Use a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut: When Is Data Science an Appropriate Path to Take?

    There is much hype (and expectation) around data science, but it can be easy to get lost in the buzz of it all. It can be both difficult to define it and to distinguish when to use it. You will find that you do not necessarily need data science to solve every business problem you encounter.  

    In this discussion, we will guide you on how to not oversize or overthink a project out of the gate, help you understand when to choose data science solutions to solve a business problem and what impact it will have in solving it (vs. using other techniques). 

    Speaker:

    Kevin Croxall, Ph.D. Director of Data Science, Expeed Software

     After spending a decade as a research scientist, Dr. Kevin Croxall transitioned to life as a Data Scientist in the consulting industry. He has subsequently worked on numerous projects as a team member and leader to solve complex quandaries in the government and commercial sectors. He is also actively involved with the Erdös Institute to help graduate students better navigate a career transition out of academics. Dr. Croxall has worked with diverse types of data to tackle problems from automated image analysis to the development of algorithms to optimize workflows and predict maintenance on multibillion-dollar programs. He has worked with both highly structured data, such as time-series, and complex unstructured data, such as medical dictations. In addition to working with diverse data sets, Dr. Croxall is adept at understanding the problems laid out by business leaders and how to design systems that provide solutions. While the design and implementation are key parts of a solution, so too is communication. Having spent years in a field where presentations were made to and questions could come from both university professors and grade-school kids, Dr. Croxall is highly effective at communicating the story of the data and explaining the solution to both technical and non-technical audiences.

    Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org 

    • 10/13/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Montgomery Co Business Solution Center, 1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton, OH
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    Product vs Project

    Lessons learned from failed attempts,

    recenter on how to do it effectively.


    This is a Tech Forum and open to all!

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org for more information.

    • 10/14/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Montgomery Co Employment Opportunity Center, 4303 W Third St, Dayton, 45417
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    Infrastructure/Cloud Peer Group

    Cloud Managed Services

    According to industry research, cloud managed services for IT will increase by more than 50% over the next five years. In fact, according to Markets and Markets, the managed service provider industry will reach a whopping $282 billion by 2023, a 56% surge from what the market saw last year.

    AWS, GCP, Azure and all of their Partners are trying to hire the same highly skilled personnel. This shortage of talent is making it difficult for organizations to meet their digital transformation initiatives and key projects.

    During this presentation, we will discuss industry trends and best practices relating to Public Cloud. Some key areas we will discuss also are:

    A. How to supplement the existing team to help manage Public Cloud.

    B. Have 24x7 proactive monitoring and support access.

    C. Utilize FinOps expertise to control Public Cloud spend.

    D. Learn more about DevOps as a Service.

    E. Achieve efficiencies through automation and procedures.

    Presented by: Jeffrey Dorey is the Midwest Team Leader for Bespin Global, US


    With over 28 years of experience, he specializes in design, implementation, operations, engineering,

    security and support for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. Jeff has implemented over 50 custom solutions allowing applications to scale using public cloud. He

    has most recently been focused on cost optimization strategies which have saved his customers over $50M in cloud spend in the last 12 months.

    Before joining Bespin Global, Jeff has led sales organizations in telecom, hosting and Cloud MSP providers.


    Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org

    • 11/16/2022
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Sinclair Conference Center
    Register


    Join hundreds of IT Professionals at the 16th annual

    Taste of IT Conference

    ******

    Member attendees = $175

    Nonmember attendees = $195

    Registering 6 or more? Contact mcutcher@technologyfirst.org for bundle pricing.

    Sponsorships start at $1200 - You can register for them here and review package details here!

    Please reach out to marketing@technologyfirst.org with any questions!



    • 11/16/2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Sinclair Conference Center, Charity Early
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    Join us to celebrate the contributions of information technology teams, professionals and students at the 2022 Leadership Awards

    The 9th annual Technology First Leadership Awards recognize individuals and teams exemplifying Technology First Values: Creating a community to share knowledge, grow business, and build for the future. The Technology First Leadership Awards work to ensure a vibrant IT community in our region.

    Wednesday, November 16th, 4:30-6:00
    Sinclair Conference Center, Charity Early

    4 p.m. - registration, networking, drinks & hors d'oeuvres

    4:30 p.m. - award presentation followed by photos and celebrations!

    The annual event is sponsored by many local organizations, including SOCHE, Dayton Development Coalition, Montgomery County Business Solution Center, Project Management Institute – Dayton/Miami Valley Ohio

    Thank you Sponsors!

     

         


    • 12/01/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    Quickly and Reliably Creating Psychological Safety in Agile Teams

    In this talk, we’ll introduce the concept of psychological safety as a core foundational element for Agile teams. We’ll define psychological safety, share why it matters, and provide practical tools for increasing psychological safety on your team(s). We’ll also discuss the two big-picture purposes of psychological safety: 1) improving the work environment and 2) opening doors to innovation and growth.

    Presented by: Rich Theil, The Noble Foundry

    Currently the CEO of The Noble Foundry, Rich previously worked in a large corporate environment and most recently as the CIO for a large, scrappy, and aggressive non-profit in Cincinnati. With 20+ years of leading teams, he encourages trust, authority, and autonomy for team members as the way to build amazing teams and work environments. In his role at The Noble Foundry, he helps technology leaders improve underperforming teams using Agile approaches, while deepening their relationships across the business.

    OPEN TO ALL LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP INCLUDING TEAM-LEVEL MANAGERS. (If in doubt please register and join us anyway)

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org for more information.

    • 12/02/2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Virtual
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    Data Visualization for Business Performance

    Ten years ago, most companies primarily used Excel for data analytics and reporting. During the past few years, we have seen more and more companies switch to Power BI for data analytics and visualization. Power BI allows users to interact with the data, drill through summary pages into details and find answers to their data-related questions. During this session, we will present sample reports used at a law firm, explain the value of using Power BI over Excel (and vice-versa), then answer any questions you may have.

    Speaker: Peter Qumsiyeh, WilmerHale

     Peter Qumsiyeh has been with WilmerHale for almost 12 years. Since day one, Peter has used reports and data visualizations to optimize business performance. During his first few years with WilmerHale, Peter was very involved with IT Workplace Support. He analyzed Help Desk tickets to understand trends and resolve customer issues collectively as opposed to one at a time. Then, Peter was part of the team that started the Matter Management initiative, creating reports and dashboards for lawyers displaying their billable hours, dollars and budgets. Mostly recently, Peter was promoted to a Sr. Practice Solutions Analyst, further utilizing his skills and firm data knowledge to create and maintain reports and visualizations used by attorneys and staff as part of their practice of law.

    Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org 

    • 12/07/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual
    Register


    Cybersecurity Special Interest Group



    Topic description and more details to come!

    • 12/09/2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 1435 Cincinnati Street, Suite 300, Dayton, OH 45417
    Register


    Infrastructure/Cloud Special Interest Group

    AI & Automation

    an interactive working session with some peer-facilitated discussion

    Speaker: Rajesh Naik, MinedXAI


    Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org

    • 12/09/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Montgomery Co Employment Opportunity Center, 4303 W Third St, Dayton, 45417
    Register


    Infrastructure/Cloud Special Interest Group

    Why Organizations are Considering Cloud Managed Services Today

    Facilitated by: Ed Burns, Bespin Global


    According to industry research, cloud managed services for IT will increase by more than 50% over the next five years. In fact, according to MarketsandMarkets, the managed service provider industry will reach a whopping $282 billion by 2023, a 56% surge from what the market saw last year.

    AWS, GCP, Azure and all of their Partners are trying to hire the same highly skilled personnel. This shortage of talent is making it difficult for organizations to meet their digital transformation initiatives and key projects.

    During this presentation, we will discuss industry trends and best practices relating to Public Cloud. Some key areas we will discuss also are:

    A. How to supplement the existing team to help manage Public Cloud.

    B. Have 24x7 proactive monitoring and support access.

    C. Utilize FinOps expertise to control Public Cloud spend.

    D. Learn more about DevOps as a Service.

    E. Achieve efficiencies through automation and procedures.


    Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact marketing@technologyfirst.org

    • 12/13/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual
    Register

    Women 4 Technology

    Career Development

    Topic discussion will include writing a professional development plan, planning and strategizing for career growth, and mentorship in your career. More details to come!

    Thank you Women 4 Technology Sponsors:

         

    • 02/15/2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, 45324 Apollo Room, Student Union
    Register


    Are you looking to add to your team?

    Are you looking for your next opportunity?

    The Digital Mixer is an annual event that brings together hundreds of students and IT professionals to network and connect with regional employers. Join us for casual yet meaningful conversations that could land you the job or the talent you’ve been looking for!

    Students will bring their resumes and are interested in learning more about the internships and career possibilities in the region.

    Employers will share internship, part-time, and full-time opportunities they have available.

    Please contact info@technologyfirst.org with any questions!

    Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

         



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