Master Data Management, enterprise architecture & IT governance 1525_ 4/3/14 - We are at the Future of Technology Conference where they are discussing 'Software Defined Technology' and our next guest Michael Wall and his organization are sponsors of the Communications Technology Professionals. We like to see organizations that are really involved with the community as a whole. Michael tells us that is important to them "A Precious Child and non profits, we like to help those companies that are giving back to the community as well." So we asked Michael to tell us about his organization. He said, "Apoorva is an IT consulting company but it concentrates on three foundations within IT, master data management, enterprise architecture and IT governance. Not treating each one individually, but intertwining the three together when we come in to the solution. Effectively we come in and find where you might be having data integrity issues - clean up the data, make sure you have better performance and can trust the data that sits in front of you.' While every situation is different, the process used is the same - but each client is different because they have customized data and different data needs. Enterprise architecture and master data management typically has been done by some larger consulting companies. But, it's on page 7 or 8 of their 'services provided'. So they're not really providing the due diligence and the focus that you need in master data management. That is our only focus, so my job is to reach out to different companies to educate them on different ways to do master data management and of course, architecture as a consultant and also bring in our CEO who is just a genius when it comes to identifying areas of risk... RELATED LINKS: Apoorva || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || A Precious Child || w3w3.com Blog || In the News || KEYWORDS: Michael Wall, Client Services, Apoorva, Communications Technology Professionals, CTP, A Precious Child, Master Data Management, Enterprise Architecture, IT Governance, bytes=5413305 LISTEN TO: Michael Wall, VP, Client Services, Apoorva and CTP Sponsor
She advocates for folks connecting and networking with one another 1524_ 4/2/14 - Larry and Pat attended a key event, put on by the Communications Technology Professionals (CTP). Larry interviewed Kira Swift who is a Vice President at CTP and also on the board at A Precious Child. Kira is the owner of Swift Technology Advocates and the Director of Global Consulting for Global Communications Group. She was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most powerful Sales people in Colorado by Colorado Biz Magazine in 2013. Kira serves on three different Board of Directors seats, and is the 1st VP for CTP for 2014. She is also on the Advisory Board for “A Precious Child”. Kira’s practice is around connecting technology leaders with technology buyers and help them vet and compare the costs to ensure that competition brings a healthy understanding of the most current and best solution in the tech space. Larry asked Kira, what advice she would give a person in high tech, who may be wondering about their organization. What steps should they take or where should they go? Kira said, "Well I think it's always good to do your research. So understanding what options are out there, partnering with someone who has a good handle on the tech community, networking with the partners that are out there. C-Level and technology people don't stay well networked. Then as things move and shift they find themselves, sometimes not ready for that next step in their careers - and so, I advocate for folks connecting, networking with one another at that level." RELATED LINKS: Global Communications Group || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || PodCast Directory || A Precious Child || Future of Technology Event Recap || KEYWORDS: GCG, Global Communications Group, Kira Swift, Software Defined Technology, Communications Technology Professionals, CTP, Bandwidth, Fiber, Telecom, A Precious Child, bytes=5413305 LISTEN TO: Kira Swift, Director, Global Consulting, GCG and Vice President, CTP
Entrepreneurs, mid-market, large corporations and public sector 1523_ 4/1/14 - Larry attended a high-profile ACG Denver luncheon and talked to a number of attendees about the business timing in the marketplace today. Larry interviewed Nate Oatman, ACG Denver Board Member, with Capital Value Advisors, an investment bank - a boutique bank based here in Denver, Colorado. Nate's firm works with middle market, privately held businesses, primarily helping them execute a transaction when it's appropriate, but also working with them multiple years in advance. And, they've been doing this for over ten years. Larry asked what the biggest challenges are facing us in the next years. Nate replied, "I would say there's a bit of a longer term uncertainty out there. I think a lot of our clients current and prospects, are trying to figure out, do they want to reload and go for the next level of growth or do they want to partner with someone else to do that. Or, are they ready to potentially exit and move on to a next chapter. So I think that is a challenge of 'hey we've recovered, the economy is doing very well', from our perspective, right now. But you know good business owners are always looking 3 to 5 years out. So I would say that's one challenge and the other is time. Right. Everyone we work with, and being a boutique outfit, we are very selective on who we work with and so that's always a challenge and we notice with our really strong clients, they're always searching for more time to achieve their goals." Larry asked, you're on the board at ACG, give us an overview of what you have coming up. "ACG is great, we've got our Corporate Growth Conference on April 1st where we anticipate getting about 500 business advisors, intermediaries, private equity groups, investment bankers, lawyers - so they'll be getting together and"... RELATED LINKS: Capital Value Advisors || RM Corporate Growth Conference || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || w3w3.com Blog || In the News || KEYWORDS: Association for Corporate Growth, ACG Denver, Nate Oatman, Capital Value Advisors, Annual Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference, Investment Bank, bytes=3073570 LISTEN TO: Nate Oatman, Capital Value Advisors, and ACG Denver Board Member
Software Defined Anything – Network, Storage, and Security 1521_ 3/28/14 - Colorado’s top subject matter experts discussed: Software Defined Anything – Compute, Network, Storage, and Security. What you need to know right now. Software defined is the next stage in the evolution of data centers and the cloud. It will dramatically alter the entire IT landscape. Use software defined anything to empower IT and your company. With the unequivocal emergence of the cloud and virtualization, a simple...
Encourage people to innovate and collaborate as a team 1519_ 3/27/14 - Larry was talking with Stephanie Lindquist, CEO and Nina Parr, CCO, of PQCareers. They take a very different approach in their business. Stephanie is also President of the Communications Technology Professionals Association. Stephanie and Nina shared some very insightful ideas for building the careers of their clients and employers. Stephanie said, "PQcareers has many goals: 1.) We want to help people find a career they love. 2.) We want to help companies create a stronger workforce. We are going to do this by helping people first. People First: Life is about the people you meet. Our people make us happy. Our people make our world go round. Our mission is to help our candidates find a job they love. This is no easy task, and we do not take our jobs lightly. We want our candidates to be successful throughout all stages of the job search lifecycle and beyond. Our recruiters are amazing people and they are what make this possible. PQ recruiters are dedicated, talented, smart, responsive, and ready for anything. We promise this will be a recruiting experience unlike any other. 2.) Clients second. We focus on people first because..." and Nina said, "PQcareers was formed with a mission, to bring the humanity back to recruiting. In order to do this we put People First - PQ people, candidates, clients, and everyone in between. At PQ we do not operate with a hierarchical structure, we encourage people to innovate and collaborate as a team. We focus on sustainability, always looking toward the future. We help our people find success and feel abundance. We help our people spend more time with family and helping their communities. We help our people have fun at work and..." RELATED LINKS: PQ Careers || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || PodCast Directory || In the News || KEYWORDS: Stephanie Lindquist, Nina Parr, PQ Careers, Communications Technology Professionals, CTP, Careers, Recruiters, Hierarchical Structure, bytes=6066994 LISTEN TO: Stephanie Lindquist, CEO & Nina Parr, CCO, PQCareers
The relationship between Sci-Fi and entrepreneurship 1522_ 3/26/14 - Our Silicon Flatirons Center's 2014 Entrepreneurship Conference, on the afternoon of March 14th, 2014, analyzed the relationship between Sci-Fi and entrepreneurship. Sci-Fi writers and entrepreneurs both innovate to "create the future." Looking at the relationships, similarities and synergies between the two disciplines, the Conference's discussion focused on three primary topics. First, to explore what entrepreneurs and innovators have learned from science fiction and what science fiction might suggest about the entrepreneurial opportunities ahead. The Conference then discussed the potential ethical cautions that science fiction can provide and the role of entrepreneurs and the government in being attentive to these ethical concerns. Finally, focusing on the process of creation that occurs during entrepreneurial innovation and the construction of science fiction, how the processes are similar or different, and what the two crafts can learn from each other.
Regulations shaping the global economy 1520_ 3/25/14 - Larry and other top executives are very involved with the growing and expanding organization, Colorado Companies To Watch. Lyle Wallace is on the COCTW sponsor board and Larry and Lyle decided they would like to meet and discuss their career focus. Lyle Wallace, with Baker Hostetler, serves as corporate counsel to regional and national privately held companies with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities. He has particular experience representing clients in the manufacturing and distribution, professional services, and building materials and construction industries. With an understanding of the business and legal issues facing his clients, Lyle takes a practical and proactive approach to their corporate concerns. "Our firm was founded on three core principles: to develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and high quality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where we work. We have consistently nurtured a collegial approach among our lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide." Listen for more... RELATED LINKS: BakerHostetler || Colorado Companies To Watch || CCTW Channel || w3w3 Blog || KEYWORDS: Lyle Wallace, Baker Hostetler, Colorado Companies To Watch, COCTW, Law Firm, Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Tax, Legal Services Worldwide, bytes=5165874 LISTEN TO: Lyle Wallace, Baker Hostetler
Driving growth and attracting new customers 1516_ 3/20/14 - Larry is very involved with the growing and expanding organization, Colorado Companies To Watch and has met a wide variety of senior level executives. Jim Berman, Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits for GCG Financial, originally joined GCG in 1989 with the responsibility of building GCG's Employee Benefits Division in Illinois. After 13 years of leading the firm to tremendous growth in the Employee Benefits area he decided to try his skills on the Carrier side of the business. In 2003 Jim joined United Healthcare as Vice President of sales for Colorado and New Mexico. His responsibilities included developing and managing a large sales and support team, developing marketing strategies for new products and services, and driving growth in membership and profitability. In 2006 Jim was promoted to a Regional and National role in Large Accounts with the responsibility of creating and launching new products around consumer driven strategies. Jim returned to GCG in August 2009 after a five year run at United Healthcare. Jim said, "We believe in being contributing members of the communities we serve. Through our Generous Community Giving program, GCG advisors and staff participate in community service activities. Each month a team from GCG selects and participates in a worthy local charitable project. Our culture rewards teamwork. Whether we are working for you or helping in our communities, we do it together." RELATED LINKS: GCG Financial || Colorado Companies To Watch || CCTW Channel || PodCast Directory || KEYWORDS: Jim Berman, GCG Financial, Generous Community Giving, Colorado Companies To Watch, COCTW, Employee Benefit Division, Productivity, Bottom Line, bytes=4694834 LISTEN TO: Jim Berman, CGC Sponsor -COCTW