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As fellow Broward County and South Florida residents, the SFTA ( has created a fundraiser via Gifted Coin ( to help the families of the victims and survivors of the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that occurred on February 14th.

Like most of us, we have watched the parents of these victims and their anguish over these senseless killings also want to say “No More” and call upon our nation to protect our children regardless of what causes someone to endanger our society. This is why the SFTA is moved to do more than just have compassion, we are moved to action – one small kind gesture in solidarity within our community. We are challenging everyone who knew someone in that school, a teacher or one of the victims or survivors to help us raise funds for those in need.

Your tax-deductible gifts will be presented to the Broward Education Foundation (5013c) to help those impacted and it is fully approved and vetted organization endorsed by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

The SFTA Thanks You for any donations or support that you are able to provide during this very difficult time. The link to the Donation Site is listed below, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions on how you can help.

SFTA Page on Gifted Coin to Help Families of Stoneman Douglas

Chicago Cub and Marjory Stoneman Douglas Alumnus, Anthony Rizzo, Speaking at Vigil for Victims Video Below:

Posted by: mobilitycloud | January 29, 2018

SFTA Tech Talent Fest – Tuesday March 13th at Nova SE University!


Along with Kelly Boyle, I’ll be Co-Chairing the upcoming SFTA (@soflatech) Tech Talent Fest to help our Tech Community connect with Hiring Managers or Companies in the South Florida area to help find jobs or discuss career development options, especially as Tech evolves into many new areas that until recently, had not even been though of. Nova Southeastern University has been gracious to open up their College of Engineering & Computing (Carl DeSantis Building) so that we can get as many job seekers and candidates into the facility as possible so that we can get you in front as many Hiring Managers and Recruiters as possible. Additional details are listed below and if you are interested in being a Sponsor of the event, please contact Kelly Boyle or myself with any questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday March 13th at Nova SE!


The South Florida Technology Alliance is proud to announce that we are hosting the Tech Talent Fest being held Tuesday March 13th at Nova Southeastern University College of Engineering and Computing from 2p-8p.

The SFTA is creating the largest hiring fair in the South Florida area in 2018 by putting all players in the Tech Talent space under one roof to help our members Learn, Connect and Grow. We are looking to connect Job Seekers, Career Changers, College Students and anyone looking for employment along with Hiring Managers, Business Owners or Entrepreneurs looking for Talent.

Link to Register:!event-register/2018/3/13/tech-talent-fest

Value for Attendees includes:
1. Entrance to the event
– Networking for career advancement and/or to find employment
2. Connect with Potential Employers, Hiring Managers and Recruiters
3. Attend Breakout Sessions
– on a variety of topics geared to Job Seekers or Career Changers
4. Learn about continuing education opportunities, degree
programs and certifications
5. Access to Valuable Resources in South Florida
6. Free Drink Ticket
7. Appetizers
8. Free Parking
9. Discount on SFTA Membership

Tuesday March 13th 2018
Nova Southeastern University, College of Engineering & Computing, Carl DeSantis Building
3301 College Ave
Davie, FL 33314

2:00PM – 5:15PM EXPO HALL is Open
2:30PM – 5:15PM Breakout Sessions on Topics for Job Seekers or Career Changers
2:30PM – 3:15PM Session 1
3:30PM – 4:15PM Session 2
4:30PM – 5:15PM Session 3
5:30PM Presentation by SFTA, NSU and other Sponsors
6:00PM – 8:00PM Networking / Cocktail Hour

Sponsor Packages:
Platinum: $1500
1. Table in the Expo Hall / Atrium
2. Featured Presenter during event
– 5 minute commercial / presentation at 5:30PM
4. 45 Minute Breakout Session Speaking Opportunity
5. Logo on Rotating Slideshow at the event
6. Full Page AD in Brochure

Gold: $750 or $650 SFTA MEMBERS
1. Table in the Expo Hall / Atrium
2. 1 minute commercial / presentation at 5:30PM
3. 45 minute Breakout Session Speaking Opportunity
4. Logo on Rotating Slideshow at the event
5. Logo in Brochure

Silver: $350 or $250 SFTA MEMBERS
1. Table in the Expo Hall / Atrium
2. Logo on Rotating Slideshow at the event
3. Logo in Brochure

For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Kelly Boyle ( or @missfinance) or myself ( or @glenbenjamin) for additional details.


Click to Download SFTA Tech Talent Fest 2018 Flyer


As a reminder, the SFTA (@soflatech) is hosting a “New Technologies Educational Summit” this Thursday January 25th starting at 5:00pm at the Grand Palm Hotel in Pembroke Pines. We will featuring speakers from FAU, IBM, Miami-Dade County and Sensentia moderated by Asif Malik (@asifmalik2).

Topics expected to be covered (but not limited to) relate  to IoT, Smart Systems, Smart Cities, Healthcare, Cognitive Computing and Solution Development.

Below is our list of Panelists and Moderator along with a link to register for the event. We look forward to seeing you this Thursday!


Asif Malik is an independent consultant in IT Architecture and Design space. He has interest in Human Development, in general, the role IT plays in it. He is currently engaged with offshore companies to develop solutions for Cognitive Era especially those based on IBM Watson APIs. He is also deeply involved in the development of 3D modeling solutions for IT Architecture. Mr. Malik is IBM Middleware User Group lead for last 10 years and currently committee chair for events and memberships at SFTA. He envisioned, planned and implemented this idea of an event on Cognitive Computing from SFTA Platform. He is very excited to see it actually happening.


Dr. Alhalabi is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at FAU’s main campus of Boca Raton.  His primary area of expertise is Embedded, Wireless, IoT, and Smart Control Systems, which span over consumer, industrial, educational and medical applications.  Currently, he is developing smart healthcare devices to improve general healthy living especially for elderly people and autistic children, and environmental applications. Dr. Alhalabi has conducted sponsored research and has over 80 publications in IEEE and other institutions journals and conference proceedings. For his research, he created Embedded Systems graduate and undergrad courses with hands-on labs.


Carmen Suarez has been an employee of Miami-Dade County for over 36 years. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis degree at the University of Miami, she joined the Information Technology Department as an entry level Systems Analyst in the Database Administration Unit. Throughout the years she has risen through the ranks and held positions as a database administrator, applications developer and technical manager in several IT disciplines within the organization. She is currently the Division Director in charge of 6 IT managers, with a total staff of over 100, belonging to the Enterprise Architecture Division.


Jeff Rogers leads the North American team responsible for Industry Solution sales to government and healthcare clients. Focus solutions areas include Health and Human Services programs, Smarter Cities/Government, Emergency Management, Enterprise Health Analytics.



Peter Stephenson is an innovator, developer and entrepreneur with a track record in researching, developing, and deploying advanced technology products. Expert in the product lifecycle from identifying and analyzing opportunities, developing solutions using open innovation, rapid prototyping and piloting, developing business strategy, and overseeing the deployment. Skilled in managing multi-disciplinary project teams that include business owners, operators, innovators, academia, entrepreneurs, VCs, designers, and technologists.

Register for SFTA New Technologies Educational Summit:!event-register/2018/1/25/new-technologies-educational-summit


Posted by: mobilitycloud | January 17, 2018

SFTA/vBeers Tonight at Biergarten Boca – Glen Benjamin Hosting!


As a reminder, I’ll be pinch-hitting for @johnjmclaughlin at tonight’s SFTA/vBeers Networking Event, being held at Biergarten in Boca. For those who have not attended before, vBeers is a very casual networking event for Tech Geeks or Non-Tech Geeks to get their Geek Speak on or better yet, simply connect with old friends or new folks at a very cool spot. I’m attaching below a link if you would kind enough to register on the MeetUp site plus we also have events in Miami, Palm Beach and Broward so be sure to check those out as well.

We look forward to connecting with you all tonight plus don’t forget to send your good wishes to John McLaughlin for a speed recovery!

Link to vBeers MeetUp:

South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) Social Meetups: vBeers @ Boca

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018, 5:30 PM

Biergarten Boca
309 Via De Palmas #90 Boca Raton, FL

25 Techies Attending

The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL.The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.$5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour!  We meet i…

Check out this Meetup →

As a reminder, I’ll be pinch-hitting as your Host for tonight’s SFTA/vBeers Networking Event as our good friend, John McLaughlin, in on the mend from a recent surgery and we wish him all of our best for a speedy recovery!

For those that have not attended a vBeers event, it is a very casual networking opportunity to meet fellow Tech Geeks, Recruiters and Peers and you can choose to use your best Geek-Speak or talk about whatever you would like with our attendees, so feel free to join us tonight or any of the other vBeers sessions in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton or Miami. You visit in the Event Calendar to see what is coming up in your area.

See You Tonight!

Location and Time:

Funky Buddha Brewery

1201 NE 38th St Oakland Park, FL 33334

5:30pm – 8:00pm


Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 31, 2017

New Years Eve 2017 – Let’s Be Safe Out There!

New Year’s Eve (NYE) is now just hours away and if you plan being out and about tonight, please be sure that if you plan on drinking, tonight is NOT the night for getting behind the wheel. NYE is arguably the busiest night of the year so with all of the other drivers on the road, expect local police departments to be on the lookout for drunk drivers in order to insure our roads along with you and your friends and family are extra safe tonight.

Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are available along with traditional taxi services, so please take advantage of those especially if you have consumed any alcohol tonight. Also take note that AAA and Budweiser sponsor “Tow To Go”, which will provide you a ride within 10 miles should your vehicle break down, so another great program to remove impaired drivers from the road.

Go ahead and have a great time tonight, but as that wise Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from Hill Street Blues used to say, “Let’s be careful out there!”

Link to Tow To Go:


Since 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and the Midwest. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and Budweiser provide this program to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives of other motorists. Tow to Go also enables AAA and Budweiser to remind the public to always plan ahead when celebrating with alcohol. That means choosing a Designated Driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of safe transportation.

  • Free confidential ride available to AAA Members and non-members
  • The AAA tow truck transports the vehicle and driver home or somewhere safe within 10 miles
  • Tow to Go is provided in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only) and Wisconsin (Wausau only)


Tow to Go Service Areas Toll Free Phone Number
FL, GA, TN, NE, IA, MI, ND, IN (Fort Wayne/South Bend) and WI (Wausau) (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246

Congratulations to The Monaco Group and ChildNet on their collaboration to improve ChildNet’s Network Services while reducing OPEX and most importantly, serve the children under their care. Please read the attached Press Release detailing how they partnered to provide solutions that delivered signification impact to the ChildNet organization!!

ChildNet is a Private Non-Profit organization authorized by the Florida Department of Children & Families to serve as the Community Based Care (CBC) lead agency in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties. As a CBC, children’s safety and security are ChildNet’s top priority. As such, it is the single private non-profit entity responsible for managing the local system of services and supports for the communities’ most vulnerable children and whose mission is to protect abused, abandoned and neglected children in the communities that it serves. Our system of care was developed with extensive input from local stakeholders, and its effective implementation depends upon their continued support. In addition to their Ft. Lauderdale headquarters, Child Net operates facilities in the Broward and Palm Beach area.

ChildNet’s Major challenges included bandwidth constraints, network performance issues, Quality of Service, lack of dedicated support and response for critical services, causing issues across all sites that ChildNet depends on to provide care in the communities it serves.

ChildNet sought a partner to assess and optimize network resources across all locations. After careful consideration, ChildNet selected The Monaco Group based on their clear focus and a proven track record of delivering an exceptional customer experience to clients in the US and across the globe.

Joe Monaco, CEO of The Monaco Group, stated, “During the time we spent at ChildNet working closely with Emanuel Anderson, Director of IT, we learned about the positive impact that this organization has on children’s lives. His vision for Business Continuity allowed us to deliver solutions that guaranteed little to no interruption to the services provided to the community.”

The Team at The Monaco Group worked closely with ChildNet’s IT Leadership Team to design a Wide Area Network that provided optimized bandwidth, application visibility, and control, better utilization of their resources, resulting in a lower OPEX (Operating Expense) over 50% for ChildNet.

“Despite the fact that I was hesitant, due to the lack of support from other service providers, The Monaco Group more than delivered,” said Emmanuel Anderson, ChildNet Director of IT. They assisted us in realizing our true needs and worked closely with us on auditing services, drastically reducing our expenses with a huge positive impact on our budget, without compromising the integrity of our network. We can now redirect these savings to better serve the children in our care. Thank you!”

For additional information about ChildNet, please visit their website below:

About The Monaco Group:

Collaboration, SD WAN, and Security
Network has never been more critical to the success of your business. The Monaco Group understands your challenges and works with you to reallocate time and resources to be more strategic and carry out the mission of your organization. We handle the technology. You handle the innovation.

Staying ahead in this environment requires IT leaders to focus on innovation, and delivering personalized experiences to meet and exceed expectations. As a leader in network services, our business is enabling you to grow yours – by delivering secure, reliable, and engaging customer experiences.

For additional information about The Monaco Group, please visit their website below:

#childnet #tmg #childrensafety #security @themonacogroup1 @childnet2 




Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 27, 2017

The Monaco Group – Updated Social Media Platforms

mmon logo

During my recent “Down” time (which will hopefully be ending very soon), I spent time with fellow SFTA and ITPalooza Board Member, Joe Monaco and this team helping update their Social Media so that they can reach their followers across multiple platforms.  For those that don’t know Joe or his company, The Monaco Group (TMG) provides consulting services and customer advocacy for clients looking to collaborate on Network Infrastructure and Cyber Security initiatives within their organizations. I have gotten to know Joe along with Sal Miglino and Ramon Guevara well over the past couple of years through SFTA/ITP and I’m looking forward to helping them grow their Social Media presence as we move into 2018.

From a Social Media perspective, we have spent the majority of our time working on their LinkedIn site plus this week we have now created a Twitter page for you all to interact with TMG on. As we referenced in our very first Twitter message, “We would be honored if you would follow us, share our posts and most importantly, collaborate with our team.”

Listed below are the updated links to TMG’s Social Media for your review as we look forward to seeing you in CyberSpace in 2018 and beyond. Please have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Holiday!


Twitter or @themonacogroup1

Joe Monaco’s Twitter Page (I did have to coax Joe into this as he is quite shy): or @joemonaco70

Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays – Getting Ready for 2018!

As we all get ready for the Holiday Break coming up, I wanted to take a moment to Thank those that have been instrumental in helping support me as I have been looking to secure a sales position here in the Tech space, which I’m nearly there. The people that have lined up in my corner is probably too many to mention as I’ll likely forgot 1 or 2 key people so I’ll skip naming folks but I certainly appreciate all that you all have done for me in the past few weeks to get me in front of recruiters, hiring managers and organizations, which that journey should be ending real soon, so again I can’t Thank You All enough as we get ready to close 2017. Special Thanks goes out to the Board Members and General Membership of the SFTA and ITPalooza Teams (again too many to name) for helping me get in front as many people as possible.

Speaking of SFTA and ITPalooza, it’s also been an incredible year working with those organizations and with the euphoria of the success of ITPalooza fresh in our minds, another Shout-Out is in order for all of the Sponsors, Speakers, Volunteers and Attendees who participated in the event and took it way over the top in terms of our success. Besides helping manage the massive amount of Social Media prior to and during the event, I did multiple Facebook Live Sessions during ITPalooza that I have converted to video and posted across the ITPalooza Facebook and Twitter sites, plus put on my LinkedIn and YouTube page for your viewing pleasure so you all could see what our wonderful Technologists had on their minds for 2018 and beyond. Also be sure to view the Closing Ceremonies from ITPalooza which featured the US Marines, who acknowledged our efforts for Toys for Tots where our attendees provided $35,000 worth of toys to be given to children who would not have received them this Holiday Season.

As a reminder, SFTA does have an event coming up  that I want to make sure that you all are aware of before we start our respective holidays on January 25th. That event is the “New Technologies Educational Summit” that will be held at the Grand Palms Resort in Pembroke Pines where we will have a panel discussion with Tech Leaders from FAU, IBM, Miami-Dade County, Sesentia and our moderator, Asif Malik, who specializes in Cognitive Computing. Please register for this event below before you start your Holiday as we know how hard it will be to remember doing this when you get back to work in early January when we have a few hundred emails on our screen.

Link to Register for “New Technologies Educational Summit”:!event-register/2018/1/25/new-technologies-educational-summit

Finally I’d like to wish each any every one of you and your families a Wonderful and Happy Holiday Season and look forward to reconnecting in 2018!




Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 18, 2017

ITPalooza – It’s a Wrap!

On behalf of the entire ITPalooza Organizing Committee (Pictured Top Left), I wanted to extend our sincere Thanks to our Sponsors, Vendors, Speakers, Volunteers and of course our Attendees, all of whom participated at the Broward Convention Center on December 7th. This was our 6th Annual ITPalooza and it was clearly our most successful event, which we could not have been able to do it without the assistance of the entire South Florida Tech Community, so hat’s off to you all for helping put #itp17 over the top!

Listed at the bottom of this blog are some of the pictures taken at the event and more will be coming plus ITPalooza was featured in the Sun-Sentinel and South Florida Business Journal and those links are listed at the bottom as well.

As our #itp17 Social Media Guru, I did a series of recorded video’s with Google Cloud/BenQ to show off their new Jamboard plus during the event I conducted multiple Facebook Live Sessions showing presentations again with Google Cloud as well as with Dell-EMC, Two Degrees and our Opening Keynote with the EVP/CTO with AutoNation, Tom Conophy. I also held sessions on the Exhibit Floor with Nebular Agency, Hotwire Communications, CSPi,, and did a larger session recording OKTA, Blue Ally, TechLaunch, CareerSource Broward and Southern Glazer’s all in a single recording. Finally I also broadcasted our Closing Ceremonies featuring the US Marines acknowledging ITPalooza and SFTA for our contribution in the South Florida area. The US Marines also referenced that in 2016 that we were the 3rd largest contributor in their region, so we’ll wait to see how we fare in the 2017 ranking.

All of the aforementioned video’s are posted on the ITPalooza Facebook Page ( as well as my LinkedIn ( and YouTube ( Pages so feel free to View/Like/Share/Comment.

Once again, Thanks to everyone who contributed for a successful ITPalooza and we wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!

Random Pix:

Mobile Uploads:

Sun-Sentinel Article on ITPalooza

South Florida Business Journal Article on ITPalooza:

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