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September 12th 2012

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, September 12, 2012 meeting at the White Palace at Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV. White Palace is located inside Wheeling Park at 1801 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003 (map via bing).

Speaker and Topic

Jeffery Wise – Enterasys Networks, Inc.

The challenges and rewards of "Bring Your Own Device" in networking.

Bring your own (BYO) device programs are becoming popular because they allow employees to work from the device of their choice. This can increase employee satisfaction while simultaneously reducing IT equipment acquisition costs. BYO programs are increasingly being extended – both in the breadth of devices and in connectivity to the corporate infrastructure – which in turn gives rise to new security and management challenges for corporate IT.

Employees bring the "gadget of the day” to work and expect it to function. This has resulted in what many are calling the "consumerization of IT,” where users expect their device will work on the network and help them do their job better. A highly automated workflow and processes are necessary to minimize the support cost and workload for corporate IT to make this happen.

Although not unique to employee-owned smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and other devices, the security concerns around co-resident private data and sensitive corporate data on the new generation of devices are once again becoming a focus issue. Any installed "app” from an online store is a potential backdoor into the corporate network. Realizing that restricting the use of additional "apps” on the devices via organizational rules/policies is not really a workable or practical solution, IT is faced with a daunting challenge.

Jeff Wise is a Senior Solutions Engineer for Enterasys Networks, Inc. and has been in the IT industry for 29 years. Enterasys Networks is an industry pioneer providing embedded security enabled infrastructure and sophisticated management tools. Jeff's primary responsibility is to represent technology to customers, assist with network design and training.

Ed Session and Topic

For the September Ed Session please welcome Lynn Wallace and Kurt Benedict from W.A.T.C.H. (Wheeling Area Training Center for the Handicapped). Their mission is to provide meaningful paid employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. They offer Prevocational Training and Bulk Mailing services. Lynn and Kurt will discuss Watch Dog, a Secure Document Destruction service, which is a division of WATCH.

Lynn Wallace, Executive Director for Watch, Inc., is a graduate of West Liberty University with a BA in Early Childhood Education/Art.

Kurt Benedict, Director for Watch Dog and Files at Your Fingertips, is a graduate of Bethany College with a BA in Psychology and a graduate of WVU with an MBA.

SIG (Special Interest Group)

For the September meeting we are going to continue with our SIG Group (Special Interest Group). This month's SIG Group will be on WordPress.

The WordPress SIG Group will meet at a side table prior to our regular dinner & meeting. It will be a "Round Table” discussion beginning at 5:30 and lasting till about 6:00. If you are interested in this group discussion, please feel free to join in. The more the merrier (and interesting, I'm sure).

We plan on continuing this SIG Group at every meeting as long as there is an interest. Last month Bruce Koegler led the first discussion about VM Ware and its benefits. This month John Parkinson will lead the Round table discussion on WordPress.

The SIGs will take their own course from there. We will try several different SIGs, alternating them monthly. If there is a particular SIG that continually retains several participants, we will work on having that SIG meet as often as requested.  If you would like to learn about these topics, if you have any questions about them, or if you have anything that you can add to the discussion, please be there.

The SIGs are something that the board has been discussing as an added benefit to your membership. If you know of ANYONE else that might like to join in on that discussion, please make them aware and invite them to attend and help them make their reservations to attend.

If there are any other areas that you think might make an interesting SIG group, please let us know what that topic is and we will see what we can arrange. If you would like to volunteer to lead a particular SIG group, let me ( joek@healthplan.org ), or any board member know so that we can get it moving. I think that we could accommodate several Round Table discussion SIG Groups at every meeting.

Event Schedule

We will meet on the first floor of the White Palace. Social time, SIG groups, and registration will be from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. The buffet style dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the Ed Session and main presentation will start after the meal. Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, $10.00 for AITP student members, and $23.00 for guests. We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance.

RSVP to Join Us

E-mail Karen Kovacs at mailto:kkovacs@dwc.org, or make your reservation at the AITP portal at http://www.aitp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=249910. Reservations are essential to ensure there is sufficient food and seating available for our group. Please respond early to give the restaurant ample time to prepare. No shows will be billed for the reserved meal.

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