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NEOSA CIO Symposium 2011

NEOSA CIO Symposium
September 15, 2011

As the preeminent association for technology companies in northeast Ohio, NEOSA recognizes the importance of IT to the region.

Brad Nellis, NEOSA Director

Brad Nellis, NEOSA Director


Their mission is to support the technology industry, from tech companies to IT executives, through valuable programming, advocacy and industry support for critical issues such as workforce and access to capital.

To support IT executives, NEOSA launched the CIO Symposium in 2000; it's the longest-running gathering of CIOs in the region.

The opening session featured successful CIOs and prominent vendors sharing their vision of "the near future". Panelists included Bill Blausey, CIO-Eaton Corporation; Greg Kall, CIO-Summa Health Systems; Jim DesPres, Regional Manager, Google Enterprise; and Terry Quinn, District Sales Manager, Hewlett-Packard.

Bill Blausey, CIO of Eaton Corp.

Bill Blausey, CIO of Eaton Corp.


Great Lakes Geek Dan Hanson asked the panelists about connectivity re poor US broadband speeds and acceptable Cloud downtime levels. Greg Kall, CIO of Summa Health Systems, says "connectivity makes or breaks a deal."

Greg Kall, System Vice President and CIO of Summa Health Systems

Greg Kall, System Vice President and CIO
of Summa Health Systems


Bill Blausey Jr., CIO of Eaton Corporation, says "connectivity is the nervous system of the enterprises."


The CIO panelists at the NEOSA event were concerned about the lack of IT talent in the US pipeline. Bill Blausey Jr., CIO of Eaton Corporation and Terry Quinn, HP Business Critical Servers Manager Ohio Valley Area, say soon-to-be retiring baby boomers are not being replaced with younger people.


Bill Blausey Jr., Senior VP and CIO of Eaton Corporation talked about the transformation in technology even for a 100 year old company. Their new iOS app for their distribution channel gives them a "weapon" to let them sell.


Greg Kall, System Vice President and CIO of Summa Health Systems, told how technology is changing the health delivery process.


Jim DesPres, Regional Enterprise Business Development Manager at Google, talked about 3 challenges for CIOs - Many different mobile devices, Social Media Concerns and Talent attraction and retention - you will have to go Global.


The CIOs weighed in on the challenges of mobile devices, like tablets, in the enterprise.


They also discussed what platform to develop for - HTML5, iOS, Android?

Jim DesPres, Regional Enterprise Business Development Manager at Google

Jim DesPres,
Regional Enterprise Business Development Manager at Google



The CIOs discussed The Cloud - what it is and why and when to use it.


When does Cloud migration make economic sense?


Who will lead transition to Software as a Service - SaaS - Oracle, SAP, Salesforce.com or who? Consolidators or Disruptors? Answered by NEOSA CIO Symposium panelists Terry Quinn, Ohio Valley Business Critical Servers Manager of Hewlett-Packard, and Jim DesPres, Regional Enterprise Business Development Manager at Google.

Terry Quinn, District Sales Manager, Hewlett-Packard

Terry Quinn, District Sales Manager, Hewlett-Packard


Social Media is different for the Enterprise.


Lance Hill, CEO of Within3, discussed Social Media and the Healthcare Industry.




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