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2018 February Dinner Recap E-mail

Atlanta and the Internet of Things

 

 

As a long-time Board Member of AITP Atlanta, I’m always amazed by the content that is discussed at each of our meetings – and our February gathering was no exception!     AITP Atlanta welcomed back Cynthia Curry, Director of IoT Ecosystem Enhancement at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, to bring us all up to speed on the many wonderful things that the Chamber is doing in Atlanta to grow and attract IoT organizations to our city!

Cynthia had so much good news to share that it literally couldn’t be fit into just an hour!  She took us on a very informative tour to the future covering:

  • Healthcare (117B$ by 2020)
  • Transportation (90% of cars will be connected to the internet by 2020)
  • Manufacturing ($70B by 2020)
  • Smart Cities (Smart Lighting to reduce costs and improve safety)

She shared a ton of content with the group, but perhaps one of the most remarkable things we learned is that there are currently an estimated 8.4B connected “things” out there.  This is expected to grow in the next two year to over 50B!

One thing is for sure: Atlanta plans on being a leader when it comes to adopting the myriad of new applications made possible by IoT.  These include Smart Mobility, Intelligent Traffic Signalling and Autonomous Vehicles.  It's going to be a fast train so hop on new while you still can?

A great big thank you to Cynthia for sharing her time once again with us.   She is indeed a great presenter and is certainly on top of how IoT is going to help shape Atlanta into the future!  For more information on what the Metro Atlanta Chamber is doing in this space, go to their Mobility and IOT page.

For our next meeting, held on March 15th, we’ll be discussing Digital Transformation.  While we’ve seen many groups present on this topic, we’ll be enjoying a bit of a different approach.  Armond Honore, a SME in the space, as well as on Cloud Migrations and DevOps, will be treating our attendees to a fictitious “Kick-Off” meeting.  ABC Widget Corporation has decided to move its infrastructure on to the cloud as they’ve heard that that is what they are supposed to do.  In this kick-off meeting, we’ll learn what that really means, and what companies need to think about when (and perhaps if), they should embark on such a journey! 

Hope to see you there!  Registration details will be posted soon.

Frank Raimondo
Board of Directors – Treasurer
AITP Atlanta

 
2017 AITP Atlanta Golf Tournament E-mail
Written by Steve Wright   
Golf TournamentAITP Atlanta's inaugural golf tournament was a success, raising thousands for the Julian P. Wade Scholarship! AITP's dinner meetings have always been a pleasure to attend. The comradery, and topical discussions on various technical advancements always make attending these meetings a worthwhile endeavor. When Georgette Moore, AITP Atlanta's Chapter President suggested we "take it outside", I wasn't sure how that would play.......but I'm thrilled she suggested it!Tee Shots

We've all attended a variety of community groups - of which there are a large number in Atlanta - that keep our head in the game, discussing ground breaking technologies, career progression, etc., all of which are productive. But when we gathered at Fox Creek Golf Course in Smyrna, we all let our hair down a bit, kicked back and enjoyed each other's company even more. We had a such a great group of people who came out to enjoy the day....and that was what we did! We had varied skill levels - even beginners who enjoyed our Golf Clinic - who came out to spend some time with each other. It was great to see everyone put their cell phones down, get to know one another even better, and really soak in a beautiful day.

1st Foursome

With the hustle and bustle of work, shuffling kids back and forth to various events, the unending list of things to do around the home, it's sometimes tough to break free from it all, unplug, and just enjoy yourself. I apparently needed this outing more than I knew! It was a joy just to get out there, play some golf, and truly relax...something I haven't done for a LONG time. So thank you AITP. Thank you for reminding me that taking a breather now and again really contributes to positive outlook and helps maintain the sanity!

Volunteers
 
 
 
 
There where a number of folks who helped put this together, but I would to extend a special thanks to our student volunteers, Catresa Barlow, Whitlei Neal and Stephen Morrison (pictured with Harper "Lisa" Bronson, AITP Board Member and faculty adviser for the GSU chapter) This group of talented individuals really helped keep things running smooth as silk! With the positive feedback - and smiles on everyone's face - this is sure to be a repeat event for AITP Atlanta! Can't wait 'till the 2nd Annual AITP Atlanta Golf Tournament!

 
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