Business IT forum draws broad range of industries

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

An information technology conference Wednesday in downtown Dayton illustrated the broad impact of IT on area businesses, industries and organizations.

Technology First’s seventh annual “Taste of IT” forum and trade show attracted about 200 area IT professionals to the Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center.

Those workers represented major corporations, manufacturing companies, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, county and city governments, and public libraries, said Ann Gallaher, chief operating officer for the regional IT trade association that hosted the event.

“It shows you how pervasive information technology is,” she said.

The day-long event featured keynote speakers from IBM Software, Gartner and Enterasys, as well as presentations by such companies as Oracle, Teradata, Sogeti USA, IO, NEC and Lighthouse Technologies.

Many attendees were interested in improving their IT knowledge and skills, “so things like managing big data, developing mobile applications for your business and just staying abreast of what is coming in the future is really important to everybody,” Gallaher said.

Andrew Hunt, an IT technician for Capabilities Inc., said he attended the conference to learn about securing company data and migrating to cloud computing. “We are a smaller business, so an event like this lets us learn all the new incoming technologies that we may otherwise miss out on,” he said.

John Montavon, a programmer analyst for Premier Health Partners, said he was interested in learning more about “big data” and “how other companies are utilizing IT to their advantage.”


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