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March 20th Newsletter


Welcome to SIMCAC's Weekly Newsletter 
....Where each week, we continue to share SIMCAC announcements, member spotlights, career opportunities shared by SIMCAC Members, local/national industry news, upcoming events, and recaps of past ones! 

                  SIMCAC Recap: Pandemic Preparation Webinar 

Last week we SIMCAC held a webinar focused on Pandemic Planning and the impact on our member base.  While the event was planned and promoted in a very short period, the timing could not have been more relevant.  With companies across the country creating plans for what-if scenarios, the SIMCAC board thought it was prudent to get the chapter talking.

The call was hosted and moderated by chapter Chairman, Mike Huthwaite and it included a discussion with Shola Oyewole (VP of Digital Innovation at United Therapeutics) and David Tamayo (CIO at DCS Corporation).  The conversation also benefited from planning contributions from Michael Cannon (CTO of Stafford County) and Lawk Salih (VP of Technology from ICBA).

The webinar began with recognizing that the session was a safe space for all participants to ask questions, garner advice, and provide transparency with judgement or recourse. The goal was for the chapter to help each other.

As the discussion progressed, our panelists brought forward some of the challenges they faced in their organizations around planning for a large percentage (if not all) of the workforce to move to a remote status.  We learned that most organizations are centralizing communication to staff, with information being culled from committees or management groups to provide clear direction.  However, while the content of these communications where agreed upon in groups, we found that the actual dissemination of directions came from one person, such as a C-Level executive or HR staff.

Another key discussion point was how critical it is that organizations look at all functions and how they would be handled in this new remote work world.  While most companies had staff that had worked remotely at least some percentage of the time, moving a majority of the workforce remote simultaneously would present new challenges. Discussion centered around functions that required physical presence or specific physical assets, such as check printing, product manufacturing and shipping, etc.  We also heard some great advice from David and Shola, such as splitting shifts in manufacturing facilities to ensure limited exposure, or making prepayments in common amounts for payroll, or repetitive vendor invoices to reduce the need to have onsite staff.

We talked about scalability of infrastructure and licensing. We reviewed the criticality of planning documents and written process/procedures. There was a good conversation around Office 365 and reducing the burden on VPN resources when accessing cloud applications.

In the end, it was great to see so many SIMCAC members working together, offering suggesting, and heading advice from peers.


March Meeting (now a webinar)
"5G - Unwiring Corporations & Communities"

Complimentary registration for current & eligible prospective members! 

2020: The Year of 5G?  There is so much buzz about 5G these days, but what does it all mean for businesses and personal use?  This session will attempt to answer these and many of the following questions we all pondering these days:

  • Every carrier is promising large roll-outs of 5G. Which technology will win out?
  • What types of infrastructure will need to be deployed by the carriers?
  • Which spectrums are best and what will coverage look like?
  • Will 5G be limited to dense urban areas?
  • Can fixed wireless 5G eliminate the need for fiber-based enterprise network connections?
  • What will 5G look like in other countries?
  • What are the greatest risks both in deployment and for personal health?

We will hear from a panel of industry experts to sort this out, provide an overview of where the industry is headed, and what your IT strategy for 5G should look like in 2020 and beyond.


Michael Q. Cannon - Chief Technology Officer of Stafford County, Virginia

Mike has over 30 years of information technology management experience.   He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Stafford County, Virginia, where his team of 20 IT professionals supports a community of 150,000 residents and 1,000 users.  One of his major initiatives is a public private partnership for Stafford with the Center For Innovative Technologies and OST to build the first of it's kind Smart Community in Virginia.   Previously, Mike was an independent consultant providing services to local governments throughout the US.   Mike also served as the CIO of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the City of Rockville, MD.   Additionally, his nonprofit experience includes the Travel Industry Association and the Council on Foundations.    Outside of his C-Level IT roles,  he currently serves on the board of the Society for Information Capital Area Chapter responsible for programs  and is a member of two regional CIO groups, COGCIO for the national capital region and VALGITE Virginia Local Government IT executives.   


Thomas Steegmann - Principal Architect for AT&T Public Sector Solutions


Thomas Steegmann is a Principal Architect for AT&T Public Sector Solutions supporting the mid-Atlantic region.  Tom has been in the telecommunications industry for 20+ years, focused on next generation, enterprise solutions encompassing data communications and complex integration across multiple environments.  Tom is currently focused on helping his Government customers modernize their workforce and infrastructure via mobility and cloud technologies, including 5G, IOT, and Smart Cities.

Nicholas Nilan - Director of Product Development for Public Sector at Verizon

Nicholas Nilan is the Director of Product Development for Public Sector at Verizon. He is responsible for the development and deployment lifecycle of innovative and mission impacting products and solutions for Federal, State and Local, and Education customers. Previously, he led Federal Marketing strategy at Verizon, and before that, engineering teams supporting mobility and Internet of Things deployments in the Department of Defense. He has been in the telecommunications industry for over 16 years and holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from York College of Pennsylvania.  Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors for AFCEA DC. 
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