Cloudy Forecast in MN • September 25, 2018
The cloud has been around for a while, but its impact on IT is still revolutionary. IDC estimates that in 2019 40% of all technology spending will go toward digital transformation technologies.
Today’s IT department has shifted from a support organization to a more strategic function critical to the core of the business.
The revolutionary changes to technology delivery also bring the additional challenges of increased security threats and compliance requirements.
Topics of discussion include how to drive business outcomes with today’s evolving technology landscape including factors such as:
- Digital Transformation
- Hybrid IT (optimizing cloud, colocation and on-prem)
- Big data – IoT
- Edge computing
Come to Pittsburgh Blue on September 25th for an engaging conversation with experts sharing real life use cases around cloud, data management, security, architecture, design and the newest Cloud in Minnesota.
ANDREW COLE (AC) is an industry well-known Solutions Architect and 25-year veteran of the IT industry. AC holds a degree in Architectural Engineering and after a few brief years designing structures, crossed over to the world of Information Technology, quite by accident.
In the years since the transition, AC has held multiple positions across several different industry verticals. From the VP of Information Technology of a startup technology company that focused on content creation and a financial vehicle for the motion picture industry to a Business Dev. Engineer for one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics companies. Currently, AC is the Director of Partner Enablement and also leads the team of National Solutions Architects for the nation’s largest Hybrid IT provider.
Most people know AC as an articulate engineer with a keen sense of listening to the business initiatives of his customers and designing tailored solutions to satisfy those initiatives.
AC holds multiple IT certifications including, some from Microsoft, VMware, Veeam and Citrix. AC has spoken to audiences across the nation as well as started writing several blogs.
Of all the accomplishments and accolades, AC is most proud of his family. AC married his high-school sweetheart, Christy, almost 25 years ago. AC and Christy and their 5 children, Jacob 23, Kailynn 20, Zane 16, Tate 11 and Sarahn 11, live in the Cincinnati, OH area.
When AC isn’t traveling, speaking or teaching, he enjoys travel with his wife and kids. Being an Indiana native, Basketball runs deep in his veins and whenever he can, he enjoys playing with his church buddies. He also loves to play golf and is a strong believer that in the game of Golf, the more times you hit the ball, the more you get for your money.
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