Enterprise Mobile Talk Show

April 23, 2015

If you missed our Enterprise Mobile Talk Show “Positioning your Company to Succeed in a Mobile World”, you can download it here.

Learn about the key requirements and concerns for mobile enterprises:
• Types of Enterprise Applications
• Top IT Challenges and Integration between Systems of Engagement and Systems of Record
• Security Must-Haves
• Benefits of Employing a Mobility Platform
• App Launch, Adoption and Analytics

For help assessing the state of mobile strategy and execution in your company, and building a roadmap to achieve your mobile objectives, consider our complimentary Mobile Report Card.

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Click here to learn more about IBM’s MobileFirst application development platform

March Newsletter from Leveraging Technology

March 26, 2015

Our March newsletter explains how our Managed Services offerings address the gaps between applications and platforms, as well as the lack of resources faced by many organizations.

Download the newsletter here, and visit our Resource Library to read past issues.

Register for the Enterprise Mobile Talk Show

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM EDT

Position Your Company for Success in the Mobile World.

Join three industry leaders for a frank discussion of the challenges, and opportunities, associated with the mobile world, including:
– Innovative mobile success stories
– Accelerating deployment by solving the integration challenge
– Managing the application lifecycle
– Security in a mobile world.

Leveraging Technology, IBM and Streebo Inc. bring their experience with mobile platforms, mobile application development, complex application integration and mobile management in a talk show/webinar.

Click here to download the full invitation.

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Conquering the Unknowns in Data: Mapping an Information and Analytics Strategy

March 13, 2015

Carpe Datum! That was the theme of Tuesday’s (3/10/15) conference at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa. The 47 people in the room represented a diverse set of roles and interests, making for some interesting conversations.

While it sometimes seems as though everybody’s talking about Big Data but not getting traction, our four guest presenters took us beyond the hype cycle from the perspectives of academia, industry, science and technology.

•  Scott Steele, who directs the Rochester Center of Excellence in Data Science, gave us an overview of how the U of R is investing millions in Data Science across its scientific, medical and business campuses, creating new degree programs and opening the door to collaborations with private industry.
John Walsh, Chief Architect for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, shared the challenges facing his company as it makes a huge cultural shift to data-driven business management while investigating how to leverage member data in pursuit of better healthcare outcomes and improved financial efficiency.
Bob Kremens, Research Professor at RIT, traced his 12-year adventure of developing data-collecting sensor systems in the course of investigating the propagation of wildfires.
Stewart Hanna, of IBM’s Big Data Group, gave us the perspective of the people investing in the technology that enables data science, including a variety of international use cases in which companies are using data to disrupt their markets.

Both John Walsh of Excellus and Stewart Hanna of IBM shared a similar recommendation: you need to sort out the architecture and integration bits required to capture and discover the data before you can perform meaningful analysis. With that thought in mind, Leveraging Technology offered conference-goers access to complimentary Roadmap Workshops to evaluate the state of their information strategy, enterprise architecture or integration. We are extending this offer to our followers for a limited time. Click here for workshop details and email info@leveragingtechnology.com to request a call to discuss.

Stay tuned for more highlights and video clips of the presentations at Carpe Datum: Seize opportunities emerging from the new frontier in analytics.

Free Mobile App Development Offer

February 24, 2015

Have you been keeping track of IBM’s enterprise mobility offering? Research firm Gartner, Inc. has. They placed IBM in the “Magic Quadrant” leadership spot for mobile platform vendors who enable enterprise IT developers to create mobile applications for customers, partners and employees.

Leveraging Technology, an IBM Premier Partner, knows that trouble-free back-end integration is important for mobile apps that can truly engage customers. Plus, our mobile framework enables re-usable integration of mobile apps, and sustainable operations for efficient application management.

For a limited time, if you license the IBM MobileFirst platform, we’ll create or convert a mobile app for free and save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in mobility services over the life of the app.

Click here for details on the free mobile app development offer from Leveraging Technology.

Carpe Datum! Seize the Opportunities Emerging from New Frontiers in Analytics

Web-GraphicBig Data and Analytics technologies are creating tremendous new opportunities. That is certainly the case in Rochester, NY. Join us Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa as leaders from local universities, Excellus BCBS and IBM share their visions and talk about the latest innovations and challenges in the world of analytics.

With these new opportunities come new roles and responsibilities for Enterprise Information Technology. We’re being asked to probe the “unknown unknowns” hidden in Big Data to uncover and identify insights. And IT must then enable the appropriate business processes to consume the products of our new understanding. The business applications and benefits extend into many areas: to deepen customer engagement, optimize operations, prevent threat and fraud, and capitalize on new sources of revenue. This symposium will help you anticipate how these trends will impact you and the way you do business. Click here to register for the event.

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8:00 – 8:30 – Registration, Continental breakfast, Networking

8:30 – 9:00 – Jim Cantin, President, Leveraging Technology
Review Agenda, Logistics, Introductions, Opening Comments

9:00 – 9:50 – Henry Kautz, Director of Institute of Data Sciences, Chair of Computer Sciences Dept., University of Rochester.
The Institute of Data Sciences at the University of Rochester
Ten-minute Q&A follows

10:00 -10:15 – Break

10:15 – 10:45 – John Walsh, Chief Architect, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Commercial application of emerging data technologies and analytics
Ten-minute Q&A follows

10:55 – 11:25 – Bob Kremens, Research Professor at the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
Forest fire research: Capturing and analyzing remote sensor data
Ten-minute Q&A follows

11:35-12:05 – Stewart Hanna, IBM Big Data Group
Big Blue on Big Data: IBM’s Vision & Strategy and its platform’s innovative technologies and business applications
Ten-minute Q&A follows

12:15 – 12:30 – Wrap-up and closing

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch and continued discussion

Click here to download a printable version of the agenda.

Speaker Bios
Henry Kautz, University of Rochester
Dr. Kautz is Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester and Director of the University’s Institute for Data Sciences. Dr. Kautz and the Institute focus on healthcare, cognitive systems, knowledge representation, machine learning, pervasive computing, and assistive technology to meet the challenges of Big Data. His Computer Sciences Dept. is doing groundbreaking work in such areas as human computer interaction and the mining of social networking sites such as Twitter as a means of tracking and predicting disease outbreaks. The university has partnered with IBM to leverage Watson and Blue Gene supercomputers. The Institute is working with local companies, including Wegmans, to use their massive amounts of Big Data to understand and utilize consumer behavior data.

Dr. Kautz’ academic degrees include an A.B. in mathematics from Cornell University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Rochester. He was a researcher and department head at Bell Labs and AT&T Laboratories until becoming a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Washington in 2000. He joined University of Rochester in 2006. He was President (2010-2012) of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and is a Fellow of the AAAI, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award.

John Walsh, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Mr. Walsh directs the delivery of Enterprise Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Information Management and Business Intelligence services. He is a highly experienced, hands-on, visionary leader with expertise in the Healthcare Payer, Financial Services, Telecommunications and General Consulting industries. As a trusted advisor to executive leadership, he is passionate about delivering results and value and enjoys applying innovative uses of technology to help enterprises realize their goals and objectives.

His specialties include:
– Information Management & Analytics
– Business, Enterprise, Solution & Data Architecture
– Web & Mobile Strategy and Development
– Application Development and Delivery
– Integration (B2B, HIPAA, HL7 EDI, SOA, BPM, REST, ETL, APIs)
– Data Management (MDM, EDW, ODS, Hadoop)

Bob Kremens, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Kremens is a physicist by training but a generalist by choice. He has worked in the private sector as an electronics engineer and consultant, as a physicist for the US Army, as a physicist at the University of Rochester Lab for Laser Energetics, and now leads a research program investigating combustion processes for wildland fires. This physics-based research into the combustion of wildland fuel materials integrates ground based, airborne and satellite observations of wildland fires from meter scale to landscape scale.
Education: B.S. Physics, the Cooper Union; M.S., Ph.D. Physics, New York University; M.S. Environmental Studies, University of Rochester

Stewart Hanna, Worldwide Big Data Expert, IBM
In his current role, Mr. Hanna specializes in helping clients address the challenges of Big Data and to turn them into opportunities that deliver real business value.

Mr. Hanna has over 15 years of experience promoting enterprise data integration and data management, including Technical Sales leadership in Australia / New Zealand, Worldwide Product Management, and a focus on Integration, Governance and Big Data. He has a deep understanding of the value IBM’s Solutions deliver to clients and enjoys engaging with clients and helping them understand the value of Big Data and effective Information Management.

Jim Cantin, President, Leveraging Technology
Company Co-Founder Jim Cantin has led Leveraging Technology through 16 years of diversification and growth. Based on previous corporate experience at Bausch & Lomb and Eastman Kodak, Jim developed a foundational vision for the Company of how the integration of disparate software systems into coherent architectures would create a variety of potential business benefits. His interest in unlocking new value from technology innovation continues today, taking Leveraging Technology into deeper knowledge and expanding strategies for adding value to clients’ businesses.
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Is Your Marketing Department Wasting Half its IT Budget?


Streamline your marketing applications & technologies.

All too often, corporate IT departments are so buried in their own priorities that the marketing department gets short shrift. Those are the findings of a survey referenced on CIO.COM in an article titled “CMOs Paralyzed by Paradigm Shift (and CIOs Aren’t Helping).” Often, CMOs are on their own when it comes to figuring out what is and isn’t working – and what to do about it.

Without a good view of where your applications stand, you could be misallocating resources to applications that have outlived their usefulness or missing the opportunity to turn low-performing applications into revenue engines with just a small investment.

At Leveraging Technology, we recognized the need for a methodology that would fast track a way past the gridlock and get CMOs the findings they need to go forward. We developed an approach that is fast and easy and has a low impact on IT resources. Click here to read our analysis of the challenges facing CMOs and preview our tested methodology for discovering a pragmatic path to sales and marketing application excellence.