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2009-10 Presentations


Make Your Own Home Field Advantage

Joe Perzel, JPerzel & Associates

It is always important to have a "team" and "fans". The people who always land on their feet are not loners. They have devoted time to developing and maintaining a network of friends and associates who can help them with their needs (including professional needs like finding a new job, filling an open position, or understanding what new technologies to pursue). In this presentation, Joe Perzel will explain how to develop and maintain the network you need through face-to-face contacts, social networking media, and other ways to add some "touch" to a "techie" world.


IT Hiring Trends in 2010

Jim Johnson, Robert Half Technology

Jim has been with Robert Half for over 11 years, and will bring his knowledge of job hunting, networking, and market intelligence to share with NWAITP members.


Leadership 2.0; The Science Behind Great Leaders

Deb Jones, President, Jones Training Associates

A look at some of the new skills needed to be an effective leader in today’s complex organizations and how to utilize the core competencies of Emotional Intelligence to develop your personal leadership skill set.

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Stopping data leakage: Knowing the security threats and make sure you are protected now and into the future. Organizations are increasingly aware of the acute need to control the information that flows into, through and out of their networks. In our presentation we demonstrate the need for a high-profile acceptable use policy to prevent data leakage, gives practical guidance on how to use your security budget effectively to protect data at the gateway and endpoint, and highlights the benefits of encryption in securing data in the event that it does get stolen or lost. We also talk about the emerging Threat landscape present and future and how to protect your company from them.


Getting Ready for Microsoft Office 2010 Kevin Remde, Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist, will give us a preview of the improvements in the new version of Office 2010, an introduction to the Office web apps, and what IT Pros will need to know about deployment when its time. To a large extent, Microsoft Office sets the environment for recording and sharing between office workers. When a new version is released, it's a big deal, so the nimble IT professional should learn what's coming. Kevin Remde, IT Pro Evangelist, will give us a preview of what is in the Beta versions, including: - Lots of new collaboration features - An updated ribbon and menu that is even more consistent across products - Office Web applications - New tools and functions in all the products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote


Green IT at Great River Energy Companies are increasingly sensitive to the environmental impacts of information technology. From the dollars and cents cost of energy to run servers to the waste disposal impact of consumed supplies and discarded electronics, "Green IT" has become a top-level executive issue. In this presentation, Lauri Petersen will describe how Green River Energy created a "green" data center and workplace when their corporate campus moved in April 2008. Please come on Tuesday December 1 and learn approaches you can use to help your organization become environmentally more efficient and effective. As Manager of Infrastructure Services at Great River Energy, Lauri provides leadership and direction to her team of network, telecommunications, and systems engineers responsible for the planning, design, engineering, build, and 3rd level support of the technical infrastructure which includes network, telecommunications, servers, storage, and backup. The team is also responsible for technology infrastructure standards, policies, and processes; as well as, technical architecture. Great River Energy is a not-for-profit cooperative which provides wholesale electricity to more than 1.7 million people through 28 member distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. With more than $2 billion in assets, Great River Energy is the second largest utility in the states, based on generating capacity, and the fifth largest generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative in the United States. Prior to her role at Great River Energy, Lauri has held various IT leadership roles at St. Jude Medical, Jostens, and Target Corporation. Lauri has an Executive MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Download Presentation (.pptx)


Presentation Topic: A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Informational Age to the Conceptual Age Information is cheap! But, wisdom, artistry, creativity and innovation - based on information - becomes a rare and valuable asset in our work setting and in our homes. This presentation explores our competitive work-edge by highlighting business concepts of author, Daniel Pink, that focus on how we are moving from an economy and society built on the logical, linear, computer-like capabilities of the Informational Age to an economy and society built on the inventive, empathetic, big-picture capabilities of what’s rising in its place, the Conceptual Age. It also addresses new work and life approaches that help us stay nimble in an era of constant change. It involves "high concept” and "high touch” and features right-brain vs. left-brain thought processing. It discusses how collaboration (relationship building) is the buzzword for this new Conceptual Age. While "analysis” defined the Informational Age, "synthesis” defines the Conceptual Age. "Knowledge Workers” of the Informational Age are being replaced by "Designers” of the Conceptual Age. Design in its simplest form is the activity of creating solutions. All workers of this new work era will need to be "Designers” – because design is a "high-concept” aptitude that increasingly confers a competitive advantage in business. Download Presentation (.ppt)


Presentation Topic: Using Social Media to Stand Out in the Crowd Social media, also known as social networking, is a rapidly growing way to not only connect with people online, but also to help you do you job. According to Forrester Research, 80 percent of US online adults use social media at least once a month. LinkedIn is a professional social network with a variety of uses for IT professionals. You can find a job, connect with peers, and get technical questions answered by leveraging the 45 million LinkedIn members. This presentation will show you how you can optimize your personal profile, create a company profile, search for jobs, customers, prospects, ask and answer questions, and join and create groups. We'll also briefly delve into Twitter and Facebook and convince you that these are real business tools, not toys for mindless nattering. Mike Ellsworth is a social media entrepreneur, trainer, and speaker with 15 years experience on the Web who has been a LinkedIn user since 2003 and an active Twitter user for the last year. He pitched his first social networking gig in 2000, before there was even a name for it. Mike has 24 years experience in IT including 5 years as a trainer for the Nielsen Company and 6 years as an IT strategy consultant helping companies from the Fortune 200 to small businesses adapt technology for business advantage. Download Presentation (.pdf)


Cloud Computing Cloud computing is poised to make the transition from an interesting concept to a mainstream corporate strategy. What is driving this transition? What factors influence the decision to move IT services out of the local data center and into the cloud? We’ll address these questions and more using Business Productivity Online Services, Microsoft’s recent foray into cloud computing, as a case study for the pros and cons of cloud computing.

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