March 3-7, 2013. This is largely about IT and its applications in healthcare. Presenters and attendees at HIMSS 2013 said healthcare organizations are overlooking a major opportunity if they leave nurses and other support staff out of the mix. The focus on physicians makes sense on one level, we heard; with a couple exceptions, physicians are the only clinicians eligible for meaningful use incentives. They are the ones whose use of EHRs federal regulators will measure and judge, so they must be able to fit the technology into their workflow. But nurses can improve transition of care outcomes, which tend to be poor at most organizations. The meaningful use rules requires much of the documentation that happens during transition of care situations be made in electronic formats. So maybe the IT thing needs “nursing back to health”, like the patients…
Nov. 11-15, 2012. SC? Something to do with South Carolina, maybe? Nope. SC tells us it is the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. This year SC12 took a major step forward not only in supercomputing, but in super-conferencing, with everything designed to make the 2012 conference the most user-friendly on record. There they were, streamlining conference information and moving to a virtually real-time method of determining technical program thrusts. No more pre-determined technical themes picked far in advance! Through social media, data mining and active polling, they were pinpointing what IT technical interests and issues emerge throughout the year. (Might even inspire us to do some super-synopsis-writing….)
Aug. 5-10, 2012. Share says it’s about “Technology, Connections, Results”. The branches of the IT industries dealt with at this show included application architecture development and integration, communications infrastructure, network management and security, virtualization, storage, data center management, and much besides. Seminar attendees learned about Cloud and Big Data driving IT transformation. A general session looked at Crossing the Generations Divide: Leveraging the Power of the Generations for Your Strategic Advantage. Even the daddy products like mainframe computers got a look-in, with a session on Ensuring Mainframe Viability — 30 Minutes on Mainframe Modernization, and another on how to Attract Your Next Generation of Mainframe Developers. Sounds like a kind of IT dating agency….
July 15-18, 2012. If you look hard enough, SLA info tells you that they are in the “dynamic information industry”, so naturally they give you no information as to what SLA is or what SLA does. We did, however, figure out that SLA was for “Information Professionals, Collections Managers, Research/Intelligence Professionals, Information Center Managers, Knowledge Managers, Web Developers, Information Analysts, Consultants, Content Managers, Educators, Content Rights Managers, Library/Information Students…and the Ambitious”. Proceedings were aimed at “helping information professionals better understand technology and its beneficial impact on their careers and their organization’s success”. Those who only felt intermittently ambitious could take a moment to relax in the Social Media Lounge, and chat with friends both online and in-person. Was that your cellphone or mine?
Apr. 17-18, 2012. Okay, no-one gets a prize for guessing that Infotec stands for Information Technology. Sessions covered such topical matters as mobile computing, business process management, data security, cloud-computing, infrastructure and project management. Biggest demand was for BYOD, or the “Bring Your Own Device” session. The 2012 Technology Celebration Banquet and Awards honored recipients recognized for their outstanding contributions to the region’s thriving and robust information technology landscape. Selection was based on the nominees’ contributions, either through sustained performance or a special notable achievement, to the region’s worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation in information technology. Oh no, who’s cellphone just interrupted the awards ceremony with a “La Cucaracha” ringtone?
Apr. 11-13, 2012. This conference is intended for those who use spatial information or are in the spatial information field. It is a conference conceived for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) professionals to network with others in California and learn about new techniques, skills and innovative products. Each year, CalGIS show sponsor the URISA association invests resources in the development and production of URISA Certified Workshops. These span an imposing variety of topics, and have been recognized the world over as some of the best learning experiences in information technology and GIS. In addition, URISA presents a number of specialty topic conferences. Program committees organize the educational program for events, which include an exposition and networking events to help to build up professional networks. Now, which direction is North here?
Feb. 28 – Mar. 01, 2012. Big Data is here, and it changes everything, we heard. From startups to the Fortune 500, smart companies have been betting on data-driven insight, taking control of new data opportunity at Strata, and immersing themselves in hands-on training, information-rich sessions, and a sponsor pavilion full of key players and products. This conference brings together the people, tools, and technologies needed to make data work. There were practical sessions for both business users and hardcore technologists; success stories (and cautionary tales) from startups making data their business, and also established companies saving millions and creating new revenue streams. Data, data everywhere…