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The Transformation of IT Management and Delivery:
Part One
Posted on 6/19/2015 8:13:57 AM by Chris Claudio

In May, I had the opportunity to speak to IT executives and professionals at the annual MTUG IT Summit and Tradeshow on the topic of 'The Transformation of IT Management and Delivery.' It was energizing to be around professionals and other technology enthusiasts. In addition to the environment, it was also a privilege to speak alongside Dan McCormack, CEO of InterMed and Eugene Slobodzian, Vice President of Winxnet Security. Our collective experiences throughout the evolution of IT delivery as well as great questions from the crowd lead to a lively discussion.

As a recovering "IT guy" I am passionate about how technology has changed over the last decade. IT has evolved tremendously and is now seen as a competitive advantage. Many organizations use technology as a strategic tool that can them focus on optimizing their actual business rather than worrying about their changing technology needs.

Dan McCormack from InterMed focused on how his organization has leveraged technology to help improve patient care across their entire patient population. InterMed and Winxnet have partnered for nearly six plus years and collectively continue to innovate and transform the delivery of healthcare in the community. Eugene Slobodzian from Winxnet wrapped up the presentation by focusing on the importance of security within an organization.

From my presentation, here are two major elements to understand about the transformation of IT:

  1. The IT Method and Delivery Platform - The role of IT in the organization has changed. Keeping the lights on is no longer seen as a valuable accomplishment and, increasingly, low-level technology skills are commoditized, outsourced, and/or hosted in the cloud. This change enables IT resources to focus on more strategic, project-focused work which requires a highly qualified skill set. Modernizing your IT organizational structure is pivotal to enhancing the role of IT in your organization. Organizations that fail to evolve their departments will not be able to keep up with competitors and will eventually become irrelevant.
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The Transformation of IT Management and Delivery:
Part Two
Posted on 6/23/2015 2:44:03 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet and Dan McCormack, CEO of InterMed to IT executives and professionals at the annual MTUG IT Summit and Tradeshow on the topic of 'The Transformation of IT Management and Delivery.'

In my portion of the presentation, I focused on the cultural transformation of security within organizations. In today's evolving technology and threatening environment, it is not possible for IT professionals to monitor all their systems for security purposes. The good news is that there are a few things a company can do to manage its cybersecurity effectively.

Before an organization can create a secure environment, it is important to understand basic security facts. Let's start with a PICNIC - Problem In Chair, Not In Computer. Almost all security issues begin with human error. Security is an Arms Race: No Set and Forget. Technology is always evolving and because of this organizations need to be proactive and continuously monitor and check their networks. Hackers understand that networks are constantly changing and will find a way into your network if it is not complex. Organizations need to be continuously updating their networks to avoid hacker invasions. And finally, Technology is not a Panacea. Stop thinking about firewalls and other technical controls when you hear 'information security'. They are a mere aid to help your company to achieve its security goal - establishing a culture of security and continuity.

Here are six things to consider that will help you to establish that culture:

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Peaks Island manufacturer wins $30K in
Launchpad contest
JUNE 19, 2015

Winxnet CEO Chris Claudio serves on Judges Committee.

Flowfold, a company based on Peaks Island that makes wallets and tote bags from recycled high-tech sail material, walked away Thursday night with $30,000 as the victor of the third annual LaunchPad business plan competition.

Gorham Savings Bank created the LaunchPad competition in 2013 to help Maine businesses or promising startups that can demonstrate solid business plans and a compelling need for the money.

This is Flowfold's second year reaching the final stage of the LaunchPad competition. It was a finalist in the 2014 competition, which was won by Bixby & Co., a Rockland-based chocolate company.

Flowfold plans to use the $30,000 award to grow its business.

"This Launchpad grant has provided the resources to purchase necessary equipment to scale production and delivery to national retail accounts, bringing a piece of Maine to homes across the country, and we are so excited and honored." Devin McNeill, Flowfold's co-owner, said in a statement.

Five finalists took the stage Thursday night at the University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Hall in Portland to pitch their businesses to a live audience and panel of three judges.

The other finalists were:

• Beach Glass Transitions, a senior-care consulting company in South Portland that provides personalized transition assistance to families and their aging loved ones;

• Casco Bay Butter, a Scarborough-based business that makes all natural and organic butter;

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In this issue:
June 2015
What Role Does Technology Play in your Healthcare Practice?
The Transformation of IT Management and Delivery: Part Two
Peaks Island manufacturer wins $30K in  Launchpad contest
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On the Moves:

Derek Laroche
Derek Laroche joins Winxnet as a Field Technician in the Methuen office. Before joining Winxnet, Derek worked as a Systems Engineer for the last six years with a managed services provider in Rhode Island. His expertise in Desktop Support and Customer Service will help Winxnet provide the best service to its growing client base.

Stephen Tarara
Stephen Tarara joins Winxnet as a Senior Systems Engineer in the Methuen office. Stephen has over thirty years of IT experience as a Systems Engineer, IT Manager, and Senior Technical analyst. His expertise in Microsoft Exchange, Customer Service skills, along with a broad use of business technology will help Winxnet provide the best service to its growing client base.


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