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The Minneapolis summit will kick-off with a scintillating executive panel discussion moderated by Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy, on best practices for redefining business models and platforms to meet shifting customer behaviors and needs. Other compelling sessions will include an interactive panel on planning your organization's future through the insights of venture capitalists; an executive keynote by Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics, on leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning; an executive panel that will explore how their organizations are capitalizing on emerging technologies to drive speed to market; presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Regional Champion Awards; an executive briefing by Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson, on how Mortenson is leveraging emerging technologies such as the Internet of 'Construction' Things to drive innovation; an executive panel on laying the foundation for the digital roadmap; the leadership qualities needed to drive career ascent; and the leadership qualities needed to connect effectively with the C-suite and the board of directors. Prominent speakers at the Minneapolis Summit will include Haseen Alam, Chief Information Officer, Johnson Brothers; Bryce Austin, CISM, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy; Ryan Broshar, Founder & Managing Director, Matchstick Ventures; Robin Brown, VP & CIO, Mortenson; Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics; Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner, Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry; Johnny Dranchak, CTO, Digital Thread AppStudio, GE Digital; Renee Frey, Founder and President, TalentQ, Inc.; Kathryn Freytag, VP & CIO, Donaldson; Mark Gingrich, CIO, Surescripts; Nate Haines, Executive Search Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates; Bernadette Harkin, Senior Vice President, Advisory, Avanade; Nick Hernandez, Co-Founder, Aeritae Consulting Group; Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson; Kate Lanners, Regional Business IT Leader for Supply Chain, Ecolab; Mike Larson, SVP, Chief Information Officer, Universal Hospital Services; Joy Lindsay, President, StarTec Investments, LLC; Elwin Loomis, Sr. Director, Store of the Future, Target; Michael Macrie, SVP & CIO, Land O'Lakes; Bryan Mann, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Dropbox; Anudeep Parhar, CIO, Entrust Datacard; Anwar Parvez, Sr. Director and Chief Architect, Software AG; Gary Schokmiller, President, Trio Executive Search; Carey Smith, Enterprise Technology & Transformation, BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota; Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions; Jed Yueh, Founder, Executive Chairman, Delphix; and Paul Zyla, Vice President Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, AgStar. Presenting Partners for the summit include CenturyLink. Platinum Partners include Avanade, Delphix, and Dropbox. Gold Partners include Information Builders, Magenic, and Tintri. Supporting Partners include OneNeck IT Solutions and Pure Storage. Research Partners include Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Strategic Partners include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. To visit the Minneapolis summit website and register for the event, click here. HMG Strategy is the world's largest independent and most trusted provider of executive networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of technology leaders. Our regional CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and online Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent. The HMG Strategy global network consists of over 300,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders. Additionally, our partnerships with the world's leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving role of the CIO. The HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a completely unique experience for IT executives to gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of IT, and build invaluable relationships with peers and industry experts. The HMG Strategy CISO Executive Leadership Series is designed to provide information security leaders with the insights and best practices they need to tackle the most pressing cyber security challenges facing the enterprise today and going forward. For more information on joining the strongest executive leadership network and exploring our independent, forward-thinking thought leadership platform, please visit www.hmgstrategy.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/designing-the-future-enterprise-to-dominate-the-discussion-at-the-hmg-strategy-2017-minneapolis-cio-executive-leadership-summit-300455619.html


News Article | December 12, 2016
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New ASI CEO expands Fairfax, VA SDVOSB to serve commercial, government, and non-profit Clients Advanced Systems, Inc. (ASI), a leading provider of innovative solutions addressing cyber security, highly sensitive data, IT, financial, healthcare, management, and operations systems’ needs, announces its new ownership and management and its expansion into the commercial and non-profit sectors. The firm’s new owner is former chief operating officer, Scott Larkin LCDR 1630 USN (Ret.), who now assumes the positions of president and chief executive officer. “With my new responsibilities, I will assume all primary fiduciary responsibilities for the firm. I will continue to oversee all operational and administrative functions and define ASI’s overall corporate strategy,” said Larkin. After joining ASI in 2008 as its chief operating officer, Mr. Larkin's leadership grew the firm, during the nation’s lengthy period of severe economic and industry retrenchments. He played a central role in boosting annual revenue growth by 200% over four years. In 2013 he spearheaded win rates that produced positive outcomes on 40% of all proposals, 100% of all IDIQs, 100% of all option renewals, and 60% of all subcontractor proposals. Mr. Larkin’s introduction of financial procedures generated significant account management and payables gains. He ensured the firm’s success as a provider of IT services, to Department of Defense (DOD) and Federal agency customers across the U.S. and through overseas deployment of personnel. Prior to his arrival at ASI, Larkin rose to a director-level management position at Pragmatics, Inc., which provides IT services to DOD and Federal agency customers in the Washington, DC metro area. His responsibilities encompassed information assurance, operations, large/global accounts operations, IT services, program management, data systems security, and engineering. Before this Mr. Larkin worked for Command Technologies, Inc., a professional and technical services firm providing systems engineering, technology applications, and network support. In his role as a professional analyst, he delivered services to the DIA Central Measurement and Signals Intelligence Organization. He also led the team furnishing enterprise-wide architecture and web development services to the Federal Housing Finance Board. Preceding Mr. Larkin’s move over to the commercial side, he served in the U.S. Navy. During a decorated twenty year career, he served as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, from which he gained his background in highly sensitive data, cyber security, and management. Mr. Larkin holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. The certifications, which he has earned since leaving the Navy, include Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Management Professional (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Security+, Server+ and NSA-IAM. ASI, a Fairfax, VA firm, in its twenty-eighth year of operation, will remain a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). It began by assisting on compliance audit projects for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and software projects, involving state governments and the U.S. Capitol building architect - WEC. The firm features decades of project work expertise in Performance Based Contracting, and Management through Quality Assurance Surveillance & Quality Control Plans. A new business plan focuses on expanding ASI’s footprint into the commercial and non-profits sectors, and certifying under ISO standards for Quality frameworks. ASI core products and services that will address customer needs include the areas of cyber security, the protective assurance, management, storage, and networking of secure sensitive information, financial operations, healthcare/science and technology/clinical trials systems, program management, digital media/ecommerce/website strategy and development, software/application development-deployment-support, systems engineering, telecommunications maintenance, training development and delivery, marketing-communications, and policy and procedures development. ASI will continue to grow its government-based efforts, which takes in support for the DOD and other Federal Agencies, including the VA, FAA, GSA, and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). ASI plans to add new partnerships, which will complement its relationships with tech firms, such as Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, HP, and CITRIX. It will pursue relationships that match up with the distinct needs of commercial and non-profit clients. About Advanced Systems Inc. (ASI) ASI, founded in 1988, is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business S-Corporation, and a prime contractor, under the GSA VETS GWAC, GSA Schedule 70, VA FSC IDIQ, and FAA eFAST MOA. Our government and commercial clients operate domestically and internationally within sectors, such as defense, aviation, healthcare, financial, science, and non-profit. ASI offers innovative solutions spanning a full Systems Development Life Cycle. Clients benefit from high-level expertise, consultation, and support products and services, in cyber security, enterprise IT, telecomm, financial, management, analytics, healthcare, and operations systems, programming, database development, program and project management, and training. ASI’s headquarters is at 8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr., STE LL113 in Fairfax, VA 22031 and has regional presence in metro New York, NY, Gainesville, FL, Ft. Bragg, NC, and Charleston, SC. Please contact ASI at 703-218-3360 or visit our website - http://www.advsystems.com - or on Linkedin.


ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From package delivery to props in major sporting events, drones continue to play major roles in everyday life. But are enterprises prepared for “The Rise of the Drones” in their operations? That’s the focus of a new white paper and global survey available now from global technology association ISACA. “The Rise of the Drones” outlines some of the potential uses of drone technology in a commercial environment, including business implications and risk considerations, as well as critical questions an enterprise must consider prior to implementing a drone program: This white paper addresses these questions and more, with the intent of preparing management for the inevitable. If an organization wishes to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace, it will eventually look to drones (and their related technologies) as a competitive tool and embrace all that drone technologies have to offer. Along with the paper, ISACA polled its global membership to gauge the use of and planning for drones in their respective organizations. Among the findings of that survey: “Rushing to implement drone technology without first being properly prepared can result in both a legal and financial disaster. An uncontrolled drone program can also cause significant damage to the organization’s reputation,” said Albert Marcella, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, author of the ISACA paper. “However, with the right controls, policies and procedures in place, a drone program can offer significant technical and competitive advantage.” The white paper and a related checklist for organizations can be downloaded free of charge at www.isaca.org/drones. ISACA® (isaca.org) helps professionals around the globe realize the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organizations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organizations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organizations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Given IT auditors’ increasing information and cyber security responsibilities, and the widening cyber security skills gap, global technology association ISACA is providing expanded resources to help auditors make a greater impact on their organizations’ cyber security programs. “IT auditors are being called to help mitigate cyber risks and prevent business interruption and damage,” said Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D. CISA, CISM, CRISC, chair of ISACA’s Board of Directors and group director of Information Security for INTRALOT. “Based on customer needs, and ISACA member feedback, we will expand our resources available to help audit professionals provide the multilayered review that organizations need to strengthen their cyber security programs.” New guidance from ISACA, Auditing Cyber Security: Evaluating Risk and Auditing Controls, provides insights on the controls needed to protect organizations from an increasingly sophisticated set of cyber threats. Among ISACA’s cyber security-related recommendations for auditors are: The guidance explores methods to evaluate organizations’ current and emerging cyber risk, and how to audit security controls to best protect critical information assets. The white paper and a related infographic are available as free downloads at www.isaca.org/auditing-cyber-security. ISACA also is increasing the information and cyber security training opportunities for audit and assurance professionals at its North America Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS) conference, 1-3 May 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. As part of the program expansion, sessions will be available at managerial and technical levels. Experts in audit, risk, governance and information security from around the world will converge at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. New cyber-related program additions include: “Threats and Challenges in Healthcare,” the “Top 10 Cyber Security Risks,” and “Protecting Sensitive Data in the Cloud.” North America CACS will feature 80 sessions in nine tracks: Cyber security for auditors will be among the post-conference workshops topics. Other workshop topics, either before or after the conference, include data analytics, assurance and risk. Additionally, a workshop to help prepare for the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam and a CISA Prep Course to help prepare for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam are available. North America CACS attendees can earn up to 39 continuing professional education (CPE) hours. Additional details, registration and venue information can be found at www.isaca.org/NA-CACS2017. ISACA® (isaca.org) helps professionals around the globe realize the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organizations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organizations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organizations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.


Molin L.,CNR Institute of Neuroscience | Seraglia R.,CNR Institute of Neuroscience | Dani F.R.,CISM | Moneti G.,CISM | Traldi P.,CNR Institute of Neuroscience
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry | Year: 2011

1,5-Diaminonaphthalene (DAN) has been described as an interesting and effective matrix for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) experiments in positive ion mode, being able to activate in-source decomposition phenomena and, when employed for the analysis of proteins containing disulphide bridge(s), being able to activate reduction processes, resulting in disulphide bridge cleavage. The mechanisms of the DAN reactivity have been studied in detail, and the results indicate that the reduction properties of the matrix are of a radical nature. In the present study the structure of the reactive species produced by DAN, responsible for its reductive properties, has been investigated by accurate mass measurements and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) experiments. Contrary to what is usually observed by laser irradiation of other MALDI matrices (with the sole formation of the MH + ion of the matrix), DAN leads to the formation of odd-electron molecular ions M +̇. This can be rationalized by the occurrence of two photon pooling processes, due to the low ionization energy of DAN. Thus the M +̇ ion of DAN can be considered responsible for both analyte protonation and disulphide bond reduction and some mechanisms are proposed for this behaviour. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Marchioli C.,CISM | Soldati A.,CISM
Acta Mechanica | Year: 2013

In this paper, the rotation of rigid fibers is investigated for the reference case of turbulent channel flow. The aim of the study is to examine the effect of local shear and turbulence anisotropy on the rotational dynamics of fibers with different elongation and inertia. To this aim, statistics of the fiber angular velocity, Ω, are extracted from direct numerical simulation of turbulence at shear Reynolds number Re τ = 150 coupled with Lagrangian tracking of prolate ellipsoidal fibers with Stokes number, St, ranging from 3 to 100 and aspect ratio, λ, ranging from 1 to 50. Accordingly, the fiber-to-fluid density ratio ranges from $${S \simeq 7}$$ S ≠7 (for St = 1, λ = 50) to $${S \simeq 3, 470}$$ S ≠3, 470 (for St = 100, λ = 1). Statistics are compared one to one with those obtained for spherical particles to highlight effects due to elongation. Results for mean and fluctuating angular velocities show that elongation is important for fibers with small inertia (St ≤ 5 in the present flow-fiber combination). For fibers with larger inertia, elongation has an impact on fiber rotation only in the streamwise and wall-normal directions, where mean values of Ω are zero. It is also shown that, in the center of the channel, the Lagrangian autocorrelation coefficients of Ω and corresponding rotational turbulent diffusivities match the exponential behavior predicted by the theory of homogeneous dispersion. In this region of the channel, the probability density function of fiber angular velocities is generally close to Gaussian, indicating that particle rotation away from solid walls can be modeled as a diffusion process of the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck type at stationary state. In the strong shear region (comprised within a distance of 50 viscous units from the wall in the present simulations), fiber anisotropy adds to flow anisotropy to induce strong deviations on fiber rotational dynamics with respect to spherical particles. The database produced in this study is available to all interested users at https://www.fp1005.cism.it. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Wien.


News Article | November 17, 2016
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ROCHELLE PARK, N.J., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Essex Technology Group, Inc. (Essextec) is pleased to announce the formation of a new business unit focused on helping organizations navigate and take advantage of the Cognitive Era. Essextec Cognitive InnovationsSM (Essextec CISM)...


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Healthcare management company The Sprout Health Group (http://www.sprouthealthgroup.com) has recently introduced a new critical stress response program designed for first responders at their Advanced Health and Education facility in Eatontown, New Jersey. The group owns and operates drug and alcohol rehab centers as well as medical detox facilities across the United States. The program, named “Frontline” (http://www.frontlinerehab.com) is designed to quickly attend to the mental health and well-being of response community members following critical incidents or unexpected traumatic events such as the recent attack on the Orlando nightclub or the violence seen in cities like Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Baltimore. Frontline is also designed to address the long-term effects of critical stress on responders from the daily stress and pressure of the job. John Becker Jr, who has stepped in as the Director of Services at the New Jersey facility, is also a retired law enforcement officer. According to Becker, with the added stress of increased scrutiny, civil unrest and recent attacks on responders, especially law enforcement, there is a greater chance for long-term issues as these responders inadequately cope with short-term but constant stress. Becker has experience as a police officer, clinician, and outreach professional. He is an active member of the Montgomery County (PA) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and is certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) for individual and group interventions. Becker is also a member of the National Police Suicide Foundation and has provided training to first responder agencies throughout the country. Because the end result of responder career pressures often result in addictions or severe mental and emotional struggles, The Frontline Program is driven by trained responders that address the psychological, physical, mental and emotional needs of victims or those effected. “We understand these unique needs” stated Becker. “This program has been designed to immediately meet these responders right where they are on day one and bring them back to their full potential and return them to their own communities.” During the course of Frontline’s involvement, each client is assigned a responder/practitioner and treatment is customized to meet the individual where they are in the career and in their struggle while addressing issues such as addiction or substance abuse. The new program’s staff has been specifically chosen to create a team of specialists that understand the underlying sources and causes of problems specific to first responders and their families. Studies have shown that addiction is a steadily rising menace in the United States amongst first responders and despite massive outreach efforts, few seek treatment due to fear of reprisal, rejection, loss of job and even the withdrawal itself. Due to the complex nature of recovery and the individuality of each case, The Sprout Health Group stays involved in each case alongside the Frontline Program to aid in the process. “Many of our responders are self-treating with pharmaceuticals,” stated Frontline Executive Director Mark Lamplugh, Jr. “Without the recommendation and supervision of a health care specialist, many of these addiction situations arise quickly and spiral out of control”. Due to the ramifications of addiction on the family unit, the Frontline Program has been constructed to include the families of responders as well, assisting them in recovering and coping as a unit. According to Lamplugh, drugs such as valium and Xanax which are normally used for relaxation are being abused along with Alcohol and prescription pain medication. Lamplugh is a responder himself; a fourth-generation firefighter and former captain with the Lower Chichester Fire Company. Lamplugh is nationally recognized in Crisis Stress Intervention through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and has worked with many public safety individuals such as firefighters, police officers, veterans, EMS personnel, and civilians nationwide in an effort to lower PTSD and addiction statistics through treatment services and mental health support counseling, “This is a program specifically designed by addiction and mental health professionals in collaboration with men and women that have served as responders,” Lamplugh explained. “There is an understanding that is needed when dealing with these specific needs that ae being experienced by responders. This program was designed to be comprehensive in order to meet those needs.” Speaking about the most recent attacks in New York and New Jersey so soon after the 15th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Lamplugh addressed the enormity of the situation. “It is estimated that there could be as many as 2.3 million fire, police and emergency medical personnel out there that we could consider first responders,” Lamplugh explained. “The problem is, with larger or more frequent attacks, we are adding to the potential stress and subsequent effects of that stress throughout a larger group which could encompass as many as 9 to 10 million in the public emergency response community. This does not include the 6 to 7 million construction workers in the United States who could be called up to respond in the wake of a massive event like September 11. It’s a changing world creating more need than we ever imagined.” “Our Frontline program addresses the public safety culture in a time when that culture is dealing with high levels of stress caused by many of the incidents we are seeing on the news every day,” added, Becker. “We are seeing more intense and prolonged exposure to extreme tragedies and events which is creating a greater problem within this population.” “We are able to provide our clients with the ability to address their drug or alcohol problem as well as the underlying causes and stresses that come with today’s issues in public safety. Frontline is combining substance abuse treatment with treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and other mental health issues.” The goal of The Sprout Health Group is to create a productive and efficient means of reaching into the responder community with much-needed support, treatment and wellness promotion.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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The Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) Data Breach Reports lists, “Over 169 million personal records were exposed in 2015, stemming from 781 publicized breaches across the financial, business, education, government and healthcare sectors.” With such an alarming number, authors Anzar Hasan and Abbas Mirza urge readers to “Protect Your Personal Information” (published by Trafford Publishing) and give them the tools to do so. This book provides detailed information about the threats that readers and their computer have when they enter the world of internet. It will discuss different ways through which readers could protect themselves from intruders. This book covers all the major kinds of threats that anyone faces when they go online. “We believe cyber security is everyone’s responsibility and people would want to learn more about the present dangers of being online and how to protect themselves and their family from cyber threats,” the authors say. The in-depth guide covers everything from preventing identity theft, to keeping children safe while online. With this level of depth, “Protect Your Personal Information” aims to help everyone access the wonders of connectivity without worrying over the intricacies of web-based personal attacks. “Protect Your Personal Information” By Anzar Hasan; Abbas Mirza Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781490775272 Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781490775258 E-Book | 160 pages | ISBN 9781490775265 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Anzar Hasan is one of the leading information security audit professionals. He is extremely dedicated to implementing the best practices and optimizing the current policies. Hasan graduated in electronics from NED University of Engineering & Technology. He is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP) and certified information security manager (CISM). He studied further and took a graduate diploma in business analytics from Southern Methodist University (SMU). He also has graduate certificates in crisis management and business continuity from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Abbas Mirza is one of the renowned personalities in the computer world. He has an experience of over 15 years in architecture, analysis, design, development, implementation, and management of information technology systems. He is the laureate of the Computerworld Honors Program 2013. Mirza earned his bachelor’s degree in business computer information systems from Midwestern State University, while he was able to get his advance technical training from Southern Methodist University (SMU). Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.


Industry and Academic Luminaries from BlackRock, Carnegie Mellon, Stripe and Others Help Pepperdata Define its Next Generation of Big Data Products CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 21, 2017) - Pepperdata, the Big Data performance company, today announced the formation of its Technology Advisory Board to help the company develop advanced performance products for modern Big Data architectures. Leading experts and influencers from technology, industry and academia -- with backgrounds at BlackRock, Carnegie Mellon University, Stripe, VMware and more -- will provide focused input and advice to guide product strategy as Pepperdata brings new innovation to Big Data. As enterprise use of large production Hadoop and Spark continues to grow, the need to run at scale, with high performance, continues to increase. Pepperdata has a proven track record of helping Fortune 500 customers ensure performance in production Big Data applications and will be collaborating with these expert advisors to chart the future direction of the company's technology. "Enterprise Big Data application performance is more important than ever," said Ash Munshi, CEO of Pepperdata. "Performance means the difference between business critical or business useless. Our new Technology Advisory Board members not only understand Big Data, but also know how to build systems at scale. As a result of their guidance, as well as feedback from our customers, we will be bringing exciting new products to market in the coming months." David Andersen is an associate professor in the Computer Science department at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from MIT, and received B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Biology from the University of Utah. Before joining MIT, he was a co-founder and CTO of an Internet Service Provider in Salt Lake City. His research is focused on computer systems in the networked environment. Andersen's research and published talks can be accessed through Carnegie Mellon and Google Scholar. Thomas S. Bain, CGEIT, CISM, CRISC, is an information technology professional with more than three decades of financial services experience. Currently, he is a managing director at BlackRock and is Chief Administrative Officer for BlackRock's Aladdin Product Group. Previously at BlackRock, Bain managed the technology and corporate services departments and founded the business continuity, information security, internal audit, and technology risk management departments. Before joining BlackRock in 1994, Bain was employed in technology roles at CS First Boston, Goldman, Sachs & Co., and ITT Avionics. Ian O'Connell is an accomplished software engineer with a decade of experience in Silicon Valley. His unique expertise in monitoring, performance and scalability is derived from leading projects for several successful companies. He currently works at Stripe, driving mission-critical projects including the architecture and design of the underlying infrastructure that processes billions of dollars a year. Previously, Ian was at Twitter, where he led development on several data-processing-related open source libraries, including Scalding, Bijection and Summingbird. He holds a MSc degree in computer science from Trinity College in Dublin. Carl Waldspurger has a long record of innovation in systems software and resource management. As a consultant and technical advisor, he works closely with engineering and research teams on a range of topics including resource management, performance analytics, storage caching, security and hardware support for processor-level QoS. While at VMware, Waldspurger led the design and implementation of processor scheduling and memory management for the ESX hypervisor, and was the architect for the VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT, for which he received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. Supporting Quotes "The team at Pepperdata is tackling hard technical problems that are of interest to everyone doing Big Data. I'll bring my experience with projects designing and building systems at extreme scale, which lends a deep understanding of performance and its implications in production environments to the work Pepperdata is undertaking." - David Andersen "I am delighted to sit on the Technology Advisory Board and look forward to working closely with Ash and his team. With more than three decades of IT infrastructure and management experience at BlackRock and Credit Suisse, I understand firsthand the impact of underlying infrastructure and software systems on business performance and success." - Tom Bain "The importance of performance when building systems at scale has never been more critical. Pepperdata is addressing the needs of large production Hadoop and Spark, where guaranteed performance throughout the application lifecycle is key." - Ian O'Connell "I enjoy working with the talented Pepperdata team on challenging problems related to improving the performance and predictability of modern Big Data systems. Providing value to users requires a deep end-to-end understanding of the entire Big Data stack, from processor hardware to application-level issues. Pepperdata is in the right place at the right time, delivering practical, innovative solutions with a Big Data focus." - Carl Waldspurger Tweet This: All-Star Technology Advisory Board to guide future innovation and growth for @Pepperdata http://bit.ly/2kHGyqi #bigdata #startups About Pepperdata Pepperdata is the Big Data performance company. Leading companies such as Comcast, Philips Wellcentive, and Zillow depend on Pepperdata to manage and improve the performance of Hadoop and Spark. Enterprise customers use Pepperdata products and services to troubleshoot performance problems in production, increase cluster utilization, and enforce policies to support multi-tenancy. Pepperdata products and services work with customer Big Data systems both on-premise and in the cloud. Founded in 2012, Pepperdata has raised $20M from investors including Citi Ventures, Signia Venture Partners and Wing Venture Capital, and attracted senior engineering talent from Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Netflix. Pepperdata is headquartered in Cupertino, California. For more information, visit www.pepperdata.com. Pepperdata and the Pepperdata logo are registered trademarks of Pepperdata, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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