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WTC Consulting, Inc. hosts CCISDA Fall 2013 Event

Photos provided by Bert Buxbaum, The Living Desert.

More than 250 members and exhibitors attended the California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA) Fall Conference, October 27-30, at the The Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa.  The theme of the meeting was “Engaging Citizens through Technology.”  WTC Consulting was one of over 60 vendors who participated in the information exchange.

On October 28, WTC hosted a tour of the Living Desert for the attendees.  Established in 1970, The Living Desert has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving, and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life.  Located on 1,200 acres of natural desert land, the facility is home to hundreds of desert animals, including zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, wolves, bighorn sheep, camels, hyenas, ankole cows, ostrich, and many small mammals and reptiles.

Both a zoo and botanical garden, the property features numerous walking trails and abundant desert plant life.  The property includes a world class veterinary hospital and wildlife rehabilitation center.

The cool afternoon found many species roaming around their habitat, and allowed the attendees to take many pictures up close.  Although the giraffe, ostrich, bighorn sheep, and ankole cows were all popular for the photographers, a straw poll showed the cheetah is the most photogenic.

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ACUHO-I 2013 a Big Success!

Caricature cartoonist Rachel Murphy draws Arthur Perez, Associate Director of Facilities for California State University, Long Beach at the ACUHO-I 2013 in the Exposition Hall.

ACUHO-I 2013 annual Conference and Exposition – Association of College & University Housing Officers – International was held June 15-18, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Celebrating its 65th year, the conference drew more than 1,000 housing professionals, supporting businesses, and partners from around the world.  Colleagues from all positions, experience levels, and institution types came together to network, learn, and take part in a full slate of interest sessions and exposition hall time.

The WTC Consulting booth was a big hit in the Exposition Hall.  Well known caricature artist Rachel Murphy sketched over 120 attendees during the two-day exhibit hall event, including a number of group sketches.

WTC joined a small group of vendors who participated in a special event at their booth:  a drawing for the new six-volume Campus Housing Management book set.  James Quisenberry, Senior Assistant Director of University Housing and Director of Technology Services for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was the winner for his institution.

WTC is a supporter of:  EDUCAUSE ● NACUBO ● SCUP ● ACUTA ● ACUHO-I

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CCISDA Fall 2013

Photo provided by the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

WTC Consulting, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA) Fall 2013 Conference, October 27-30, at the Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa.  The theme for the meeting is “Engaging Citizens through Technology.”  The County of Riverside is the local host.

CCISDA is the official organization of the county information technology directors and Chief Information Officers in the State of California, representing 52 of the 58 counties in the area of information technology and county government.  This includes the sharing of new computer applications and products, staff development and training, consulting services to member counties and support organizations, and systems integration work between counties, the State of California, and the federal government for a variety of computer applications.

The conference covers a four-day period and includes specialized course work, workshops, seminars and information exchanges, and a complete show of new products and services by 60 major information technology firms.

For more information visit www.ccisda.org

For more information on WTC check out www.wtc-inc.net and our blog at www.wtcconsulting.info

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WTC Participates in EDUCAUSE 2013 Annual Conference

Be sure to visit WTC Consulting, Inc. in Booth #908 during the EDUCAUSE 2013 Annual Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center on October 15-16, 2013.  The show theme is titled “The Best Thinking in Higher Education IT”.  More than 4,500 attendees and 260 exhibiting companies will participate.

The annual program content is derived from member-driven content organized across six overarching IT domains:  1. Data/Information Access and Management, 2. Enterprise and Infrastructure, 3. Leadership and Management, 4. Security, Privacy and compliance, 5. Services and Support, and 6. Teaching and Learning.

EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level.  EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology.

To learn more about EDUCAUSE visit www.educause.edu

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net

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Academic Medical Center

Check out our new Client Brief for the Academic Medical Center.

For more WTC Client Briefs visit www.wtc-inc.net

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WTC Consulting, Inc. to Exhibit at HIMSS13

New Orleans welcomes the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, March 3-7, 2013, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  More than 37,000 healthcare industry professionals are expected to attend to discuss health information technology issues and review innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare.

WTC Consulting, Inc. is proud to be an exhibitor at this annual event that helps healthcare IT professionals make the right decisions for their organizations.  Conference education sessions include pre-conference symposia on ICD-10, clinical and business intelligence, health information exchanges, clinical engineering, innovation, meaningful use, nursing informatics, physicians’ IT, and RFID and RTLS in healthcare.  More than 300 peer-reviewed sessions, including workshops and roundtables, round out education offerings at HIMSS13.

President Bill Clinton leads a keynote roster that also includes James Carville, political consultant, and Karl Rove, media contributor and former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush.

Exhibit floor highlights include the Meaningful Use Experience, new to HIMSS13 and designed to help providers find EHR solutions that are certified for acute or ambulatory facilities.  Three Knowledge Centers, on the floor, with more than 60 education and vendor solutions, aim to bring attendees a one-stop experience based around the hot topics of mobile health, clinical and business analytics/intelligence, and ICD-10.

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc., stop by Booth # 7557 during HIMSS13 or visit the WTC Consulting website at www.wtc-inc.net.  Access the IMSS13 web site at www.himssconference.org for more information on the conference.

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EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference

Come visit WTC Consulting at the annual EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference, held February 12-14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  This years Conference, “Strategic Impact: Partnerships and Values in a Changing World,” will focus on how to leverage the changing landscape of technology to meet the evolving needs of higher education.

Sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Enterprise and Infrastructure
  • Leadership: Resource and Data Management
  • Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.  EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information resources to shape strategic decisions at every level.  Their conferences are a gathering of professionals from all levels and roles in the field.

To learn more about EDUCAUSE visit www.educause.edu

To learn more about WTC Consulting, Inc. visit www.wtc-inc.net

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Announcing our 2013 “Road Show”

Take a look below at what WTC has in store for 2013.  We are looking forward to all the new shows this year , as well as returning to previously attended events and catching up with old friends.  Hopefully we will see you at one, or many, shows this year!

EDUCAUSE
West/Southwest Regional Conference
February 12-14, 2013
Sheraton Austin Hotel
Austin, TX
www.educause.edu

HIMSS13
Annual Conference & Exhibition
March 3-7, 2013
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
www.himss.org

CISOA 2013 with ELLUCIAN
March 10-12, 2013
Hyatt Regency Monterey
Monterey, CA
www.cisoa.com

EDUCAUSE
NERCOMP 2013
March 11-13, 2013
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI
www.educause.edu

CCISDA Spring Conference
March 17-20, 2013
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Burlingame, CA
www.ccisda.org

EDUCAUSE
Midwest Regional Conference
March 18-20, 2013
Swissotel Chicago
Chicago, IL
www.educause.edu

42nd Annual ACUTA Conference & Exhibition
April  14-17, 2013
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA
www.acuta.org

EDUCAUSE
Southeast Regional Conference
May 29-31, 2013
Westin Buckhead Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
www.educause.edu

ACUHO-I Annual Conference & Exposition
June 15-18, 2013
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN
www.acuho-i.org

NACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting
July 13-16, 2013
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN
www.nacuboannualmeeting.org

EDUCAUSE 2013 Annual Conference
October 15-18, 2013
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
www.educause.edu

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WTC’s 2013 EDUCAUSE Road Show

WTC Consulting is excited to be a sponsor and/or exhibitor in the following EDUCAUSE 2013 events:

  • West / Southwest Regional Conference, February 12-14 in Austin, Texas
  • NERCOMP, March 11-13 in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Midwest Regional Conference, March 18-20 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Southeast Regional Conference, May 29-31 in Atlanta, Georgia
  • EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 15-18 in Anaheim, California

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.  EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information resources to shape strategic decisions at every level.  Their conferences are a gathering of professionals from all levels and roles in the field.  The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference draws people from across the United States and around the world, and their two-day, multi-topic regional conferences offer a convenient and cost-efficient way to learn, share, and connect with others in higher education IT in various locations around the United States.  To learn more about EDUCAUSE visit www.educause.edu.

We at WTC hope to see you at one or all of our EDUCAUSE events.

For a complete listing of WTC’s 2013 Road Show, visit our website at www.wtc-inc.net.

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EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Conference

“Join the Best Thinking in Higher Education IT” is the theme for the EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Conference. This event is held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, on November 6-9, 2012. Stop by WTC Consulting , Inc. in Booth #812 to pick up our latest client briefs and enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. This event will give the 4,500+ attendees an opportunity to network with the 270+ exhibitors on site. Participants are able to attend the Technology Solutions presentations, corporate workshops and discussion sessions, and take part in the Unconference experience and discuss BYOD on campus and a variety of crowd-sourced community topics.

For more information on EDUCAUSE 2012, visit their website at www.educause.edu

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CCISDA Fall 2012

WTC Consulting, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA) Fall 2012 Conference, October 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Monterey, California. 

CCISDA is the official organization of the county information technology directors and Chief Information Officers in the State of California, representing 58 counties in the area of information technology and county government.  The CCISDA Fall Conference will be attended by more than 100 firms, both public and private catering to the IT needs of the State of California and its affiliate counties.

For more information visit www.ccisda.org

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College of Marin Five-Year College Technology Plan

Check out our new Client Brief for the College of Marin.

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CLAC 2012

WTC Consulting is proud to be a sponsor at the 2012 CLAC Annual Conference themed Fermenting Grape Ideas: Transforming Learning in the Liberal Arts. This year’s conference is held at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington beginning tomorrow, June 19th, and going through Thursday the 21st.

The Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) is an organization consisting of 65 of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States.  CLAC focuses on the uses of computing and related technologies in the service of the liberal arts mission.  Each year, CLAC sponsors an annual conference held on the campus of one of their member institutions.  These conferences bring together 100+ technology  professionals, from all levels of the organizations, that are dedicated to advancing the values of a liberal arts education.

Visit www.liberalarts.org for more information on CLAC and the 2012 Conference.

 

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WACUBO 2012 Annual Meeting

Make sure to come see WTC Consulting, Inc. at the WACUBO 2012 Annual Conference, Booth # 512, held in Denver, Colorado on May 6-9, 2012 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel.  This year’s theme, “New Heights, New Vistas, New Horizons” will feature general and concurrent sessions ranging from budgeting to Human Resources to leadership to sustainability.  It will also focus on such areas as America’s best places to work, issues facing higher education, creating an academic business plan, building bridges, transcendent learning, and working with faculty.

NEW at the WACUBO 2012 Conference: A Policy Track (in partnership with ACUPA) Members of the Association of College and University Policy Administrators (ACUPA), will be joining the conference to present a new policy track to supplement WACUBO’s outstanding conference program.

ACUPA will bring a wealth of policy information—from process and structure to policy best practices to specific experiences in tackling today’s difficult policy issues facing colleges and universities.  For more information on ACUPA, go to www.acupa.org.

For more information on WACUBO and this event visit www.wacubo.org.

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CISOA/SecureIT 2012

WTC Consulting is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the 2012 CISOA/SecureIT Conference.  This conference takes place at the Ontario DoubleTree Hotel on March 18-20, 2012 in Ontario, California.  Be sure to attend the WTC sponsored President’s Reception on Monday night from 6 -7:30 pm held in the conference Exhibit Hall.

The California Community College Chief Information Officers Association (CISOA) and SecureIT’s joint conference is a “must attend” event for those tasked with protecting personal or confidential information in a rapidly changing technological environment.  This year’s joint conference sessions address new and continuing threats to information security as well as responses to the increasing risk of security breaches and data exfiltration, identity theft, cyber terrorism, and more.  The conference will provide information security professionals and managers with the most up-to-date information, tools, trends, legislation, and strategies for addressing information security issues.

For more information visit www.cisoa.net

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NERCOMP 2012

Visit WTC in booth 514, at the NERCOMP Annual Conference held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island on March 12-14, 2012.

The NERCOMP Annual Conference delivers content that shapes the future of IT.  By asking “Does Technology Enhance or Limit Human Interactions?” the NERCOMP Annual Conference program strives to find the balance between technology and humanity.

Track Sessions, and Corporate and Campus Solutions include:

  • IT Support Services: Models and Practices
  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Libraries and Scholarship in the 21st Century
  • Policy, Regulations, and Security
  • Systems and Solutions
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Corporate and Campus Solutions

For more information visit www.educause.edu/NC12

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CENIC Annual Conference

WTC Consulting is proud to be a 1st time participant and Gold Sponsor at the 2012 CENIC Annual Conference, titled “Beyond the Network.”  This conference will be held at the Sheraton Palo Alto, in Palo Alto, CA from March 12-14, 2012.  Attendees will enjoy three days of programming, demonstrations, sponsor talks, and human networking, as well as presentations by the winners of the 2012 Innovations in Networking Awards.

CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, leverages networking resources for California’s education and research communities in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff, and students.  CENIC designs, implements, and operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of these communities.

For more information visit www.cenic.org

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EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference

Come visit WTC consulting at the second annual EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference, held February 22-24, 2012, in Portland, Oregon.  This year’s conference, “Engaging Everyone Effectively,” will look at ways to collaborate, lead, and assess IT’s role within higher ed as it continues to evolve.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.  EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information resources to shape strategic decisions at every level.  Their conferences are a gathering of professionals from all levels and roles in the field.

To learn more about EDUCAUSE visit www.educause.edu.

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ACUTA Webinar with Presenter Phillip Beidelman

Thursday, September 22, 2011, from 1:30-2:30 pm EDT, WTC President, Phillip Beildelman, will be presenting the ACUTA Webinar, titled “8 Small Schools Face the Future to Manage Technology.”  This presentation will describe strategic approaches taken by several small institutions to manage and fund technology needs over the next five years.  Topics to be covered will  include strategic technical and financial considerations involving 1) reinvesting in wire to support wireless, 2) strategic hardening of the data network, 3) the role of carrier-neutral DAS and in-building penetration for cellular, 4) increased network resiliency, and 5) identifying the true cost for all of IT.

This webinar will be of special interest to members at small- to medium-sized colleges or universities.  The content is also relevant to  larger universities, but the examples are all taken from different types of smaller institutions.  It is a very special opportunity for those who have limited travel  funds.

What You Need to Participate

  • A computer with a standard browser.
  • Computer speakers or a phone line (for the audio portion of the webinar).
  • Your unique GoToWebinar access link – You will also be required to ‘register’ with GoToWebinar in order to participate.  You will receive a confirmation from ACUTA via e-mail that will include detailed instructions on how to register with GoToWebinar and obtain your unique access link.

The webinar technology integrates the presenter’s slides on the Web with a computer-based or phone-based audio seminar.  The presenter will take your questions via the Web. For more details about system requirements, go to GoToMeeting.com/fec/webinar/webinar_support.

Registration
Payment of your webinar fee ($89 for ACUTA members; $129 for non-members) allows an unlimited number of people from your institution to participate by sharing one Internet and  phone connection.  Webinar slides will be available on the ACUTA website prior to the webinar.

Go to www.acuta.org to reserve your spot now.  (Please register with ACUTA no later than Tuesday, September 20.)

For more information visit www.acuta.org

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Rate and Funding Trends from the desk of Phillip Beidelman

One of the trends we see these days has been an extension of activity-based costing principles directly to the entire IT environment.  In the past, colleges and universities limited the idea of full costing to telecommunications and networking, but in recent years there has been significant interest in extending the identification of fully-loaded cost into IT.  It seems in these hard economic times, everyone is interested in what things really cost and how the cost of services might be reduced.  One way to reduce costs is to conduct an analysis of services provided by central providers on campus and departments.  This analysis will give you the knowledge necessary to consolidate duplicate services, discontinue departmental services that are centrally provided, or combinations of other ways to reduce your IT costs.

Another trend we have been seeing across different institutions is an interest in integrating strategic technology planning, with capital and operating cost projections, and the development of rate and funding plans to come up with a realistic picture of what it will take to fund strategic goals.  These are complex interactions that need clear issues-based decisions.  Creating such models and plans for your institution will allow for greater flexibility for the adoption of newer technology solutions, like mobility.

With all the issues in the economy today, it is important to fully utilize your budget in a way that best benefits your institution.  Creating a practical 5 or 10-year plan will help you focus on what is important and make sure you are able to reach all your strategic goals.

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