Automation Alley Tech Committee To Talk Cloud Computing: Cloud technology, from file storage to Web-based apps to virtual workspaces, has delivered a new paradigm in how business is managed and accomplished. Businesses have developed and implemented strategies for moving to the cloud, and others are exploring the transition while wondering whether the cloud is a fit for their business objectives. Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, invites all comers to an open discussion on cloud computing, “Reaching for the Clouds: What Every Small Business Should be Preparing for,” on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Automation Alley headquarters, 2675 Bellingham in Troy. The event is presented by Automation Alley’s Technology Committee. While many in business have heard of the cloud, or experienced it in one form or another, the real challenge is understanding whether the cloud is a fit for the goals of each individual organization. There are a variety of topics to consider when exploring what the cloud offers to businesses, and this event will cover several of them, such as, should I consider the cloud? What are the risks and rewards? What is my liability in the cloud? Is it possible with the staff and resources I have? And will my data be safe? A keynote address, presentations of case studies, a panel discussion and Q&A and time for networking will allow attendees to investigate these topics as they consider cloud technology for their business. Brandon Burchard, director of sales engineering at Telegration, Inc., will deliver the keynote at 9 a.m., moderated by Dennis Radosevich, Telegration Inc. senior sales executive. Three case studies will be presented from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Intellimins LLC, Future Help Designs and Cellular City Inc. The panel discussion and Q&A will follow until 11 a.m., with time left for networking until 11:30 a.m. Panel speakers will include Bob Breitman, IT That Works, CloudAny; Kurt VanderWal, Plante Moran; and Ryan Bonner, Brightline Technologies Inc. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for nonmembers is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. Pre-registration closes August 21, 2012 at close of business. Foundation Members are invited to attend at no cost, but pre-registration is appreciated. This event is sponsored by IT That Works and Telegration, Inc. For more information or to register, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit automationalley.com.
Business Performance Improvement 2.0 Series Announced for August: The Business Performance 2.0 Series meets the third Tuesday of each month — this month, Aug. 21 — to discuss topics related to business ownership, problems and solutions, avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls, legal issues, taxes, raising capital, getting started and operating a business successfully. Sessions discuss new ways to accelerate business and innovation. Attend this meeting and learn about “Creating a Healthy, High Performing Team” presented by Sue Emery of Emery Benefit Solutions LLC and “Driving Organizations to Excellence with Metrics” presented by Spencer Silk of Franklin CIO Services. The seminar will be held in the lower level conference room of Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward Ave. in Birmingham, from 4 to 6 p.m. Register at http://bizimpteam.com/events or call (248) 641-8400 or email event@BizImpTeam.com.