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:

https://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx

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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
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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!

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/12/prweb15043092.htm#!

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:

https://www.childnet.us/

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:

http://monacogroup.net/

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

 

 

 

Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 27, 2017

The Monaco Group – Updated Social Media Platforms

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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!

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/the-monaco-group/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheMonacoGroup1 or @themonacogroup1

Joe Monaco’s Twitter Page (I did have to coax Joe into this as he is quite shy): https://twitter.com/joemonaco70 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”:

https://www.southfloridatech.org/event/sfta-presents-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!

Glen

 

 

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, LeapSecurity.io, 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 (https://www.facebook.com/ItPalooza/) as well as my LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/glenbenjamin) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/gbenjamin11/about?view_as=subscriber) 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: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ItPalooza/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1380530145403632

Mobile Uploads: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ItPalooza/photos/?tab=album&album_id=611386428984678

Sun-Sentinel Article on ITPaloozahttp://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-itpalooza-thursday-20171207-story.html

South Florida Business Journal Article on ITPalooza:  https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2017/12/07/salaries-rise-for-south-floridas-it-pros-itpalooza.html

Glen ITPalooza Boca Chamber Radio

 

My Thanks to Boca Chamber Radio (https://www.bocachamberradio.com) for helping create and promote ITPalooza, coming up this Thursday December 7th (www.itpalooza.org) via this online radio spot, please listen to both parts of the session as to what we have planned for you who are attending! #itp17 #sfta

Click to Listen to Both Sections of this On-Line Radio Spot:
https://www.bocachamberradio.com/itpalooza-2017

A Terrific Tech Event from SFTA and ITPalooza – Coming up this Thursday November 30th at Citrix HQ here in Ft. Lauderdale.

How IBM Boca Influenced the World – 50 Years of Innovation

Additional Details Below – Register Today at www.southfloridatech.org

Have you signed up for ITPalooza coming up on Thursday December 7th? Be sure to register at www.itpalooza.org as well. Follow us on Twitter at @soflatech and @itpalooza for the latest updates.

You are invited to join the SFTA for the exciting Citrix led panel as we look back and recall the birth and development of IBM in Boca with the people who were actually there!

What Do the IBM PC, the First Smartphone, Citrix & Robots Have in Common?

The answer: these and many more innovations all have roots in IBM Boca Raton.

Citrix is hosting “50 Years of Innovation — How IBM Boca Raton Influenced the Tech World” with the South Florida Technology Alliance this Thursday, 11/30, at our headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, along with some of the original engineers that made it all happen.

Why you should attend:

  • Free drink ticket and buffet
  • Meet the personalities who helped forge change in the IT world
  • Network with local and region execs
  • Meet local subject matter experts

Students:
If you are a full-time student, please email executivedirector@southfloridatech.org and you may qualify for a discounted ticket price of $15.

Meet the Panel

Dave Bradley – System Architecture – 1975-2004 @ IBM
Dr. Dave Bradley, one of the 12 engineers that developed the original IBM PC. Also inventor of the Control-Alt-Delete command used by every PC user.


Gary Wisgo – Management and Engineering Design – 1976-1994 @ IBM
The engineering manager of the team that developed the worlds first Smartphone, the Simon.


Scott Kinnear – Senior Programmer – 1981-1989 @ IBM, then became VP of Worldwide Products at CITRIX


Pete Martinez – Vice President of Global Business Services – 1975 – 2007 @ IBM. During his 32 year tenure with IBM, Martinez, Vice President of Global Business Services and the Senior Location Executive for IBM South Florida, led a 1,700-person organization composed of consultants, hardware and software developers, industry specialists and sales leaders. Read more

 

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | November 23, 2017

Keep Calm and Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Now is the time for Fantastic Fun with Family, Friends, Food, Football and Turkey Coma’s! I know that’s a lot of “F” words but I can get away with it today.

Happy Thanksgiving All!!!

Glen

Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: mobilitycloud | November 21, 2017

ITPalooza – Black Friday 50% Off Discount – Sign Up Today!

The countdown to ITPalooza is getting quickly getting to our December 7th date, now almost 2 weeks away, so in the spirit of giving (OK I guess Black Friday counts), ITPalooza has an offer that will appeal to all you Techies. Now through Monday November 27th, we have our own Black Friday deal without having to stand in line.

We are reducing the price of the All-Day Pass from $65 to $32.50 or if you bring in a Toy for our Marine Toys for Tots donation, we will lower that cost from $35 to $17.50. For those wanting to participate in our VIP Experience, we are also lowering that price from $250 to $150 so you can mingle with our Speakers, Sponsors and ITPalooza Team throughout the day. Finally if you can’t get out of work during the day, you are welcome to join us from 5p-7p at NO COST if you bring in a Toy for donation. Please be sure register at www.itpalooza.org and use the following codes when you submit for your ticket:

50% Off All-Day Passes (BF50OFF)
$100 Off VIP Experience (BF100OFF)

We will also have a major announcement for a significant sponsor coming up very shortly, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates at:

https://www.facebook.com/ItPalooza/ and

https://www.facebook.com/SouthFloridaTechAlliance/

@itpalooza and @soflatech

www.itpalooza.org

See you December 7th!

 

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | November 15, 2017

ITPalooza Tickets at Prices for Every Budget – A Tremendous Value!

We are just about 3 weeks away from our big event, ITPalooza, which is being held on Thursday December 7th at the Broward Convention Center. Part of what we wanted to insure is that we continued to get our South Florida Tech Community involved and thus make sure that this was affordable for everyone that wanted to participate. We also wanted to make sure that we continued our support of the US Marines Toys for Tots Program, which last year ITPalooza was the 3rd largest contributor of Toys in the region, which is acknowledged in the video clip by the US Marines, who presented us 2 awards at the bottom of this message.

The pricing for #itp17 is simple, if you bring a Toy for donation to the US Marines Toys for Tots, then your cost is $35 + the Toy or you can pay $65 to attend. If you choose to attend our Evening/After Hours Event from 5pm-7pm, your admission is free if you again bring a Toy for donation. Finally for those that want to attend our VIP Experience, that cost is $250. You can register for any of these options at www.itpalooza.org.

ITPalooza is a great opportunity to Learn-Connect-Grow with the Strategic Technology Leaders of South Florida all under one roof in one day! We have Thought Leaders, Speakers and Panelists from some of the most impactful organizations in our area such as AutoNation, Modernizing Medicine, Dell/EMC, Vitas Healthcare, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, IronHack, ABB Optical Group, Jackson Health System, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, US Gas & Electric, First Green Bank, IBM, Mount Sinai Medical Center, WLRN Public Radio & Television and many, many more!

There is tremendous value in what ITPalooza is bringing to the community so please purchase your tickets today at www.itpalooza.org.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Video Link: US Marines Toys for Tots Ceremony for SFTA/ITPalooza at the Cinco de Mayo Golf Event

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