Thursday, March 28, 2013

3/27/13 Cloud Seminar: Optimizing for Growth: Cloud Infrastructure Choices

Mark Imbriaco, Operations at GitHub, kicked off our cloud seminar last night at UKTI in Cambridge.  He has a ton of experience with the cloud for companies such as GitHub,, 37Signals, Heroku and LivingSocial. Mark outlined the 3 reasons why people move to the cloud:  
  1. Save money.  Mark debated this one and disagrees that the public cloud will save you money.  He's done the math and expenses are 2 ½ times more running in the public cloud – fully loaded. You can see this across the different providers as vendors are no longer differentiating on price. Too many people have done the math to show it’s no longer a cost savings.
  2. Avoiding IT  - Mark still doesn’t see this as the compelling reason to move to the cloud as it's not going to be the reason to say good-bye to your IT staff
  3. Agility - 100% the reason why people should use the cloud.  It is the path to get things done quickly and optimize for growth.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

3/6/13 Healthcare Roundtable: MGH's Ambulatory Practice of the Future: Technology Adoption, Challenges, and Opportunities

Imagine interacting with your doctor on a video call from your home or prescribing your own medication when an app on your smart phone tells you to do so.  These were some of the ideas discussed at MassTLC’s healthcare event held at Mass General Hospital’s Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF). 

The event included a tour of MGH’s pilot ambulatory office which is the brainchild of Dr. David Judge, Medical Director of the Center and co-chair of MassTLC’s healthcare cluster. When you walk in, the APF feels more like a day spa that a clinic.  In addition to soft lighting and comfortable seating, each examining room is full of technology, including twin flat screen monitors and a small table where the patient sits with members of their “care team” to review their medical history and lab test results.  Everything, including the equipment that captures vital signs, is wireless so information flows directly into and out of the electronic medical record.  The entire clinician workflow has been revamped with a focus on wellness and providing a full complement of services including nutrition and fitness coaching.  Many times a patient can visit the clinic in person and then continue care using a virtual consultation using video conferencing technology.

Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 MassTLC Marketing Summit: OPTIMIZE

More than 200 marketers gathered on February 28 at Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge to share insights at MassTLC's 2013 Marketing Summit. The focus this year was doing more with less.

Thanks to our technology partner and platinum summit sponsor, KnowledgeVision, those who couldn't make it or want to hear it again, can. We have most of the sessions of the day available for you below on video and the corresponding slides, each in KnowledgeVision players.

Thank you to all the speakers listed below for contributing their time and knowledge to the day!

CLICK on the links below to watch video and slides of the following sessions:

(WATCH VIDEO) Finding the Right Marketing Mix

  • Mary-Katherine McCareyVP of Marketing, Ipswitch 
  • Melodye Mueller, VP of Marketing, NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable Company
  • Sheila RocchioVP of Marketing, PHT Corporation
  • Rich VancilGroup VP, Executive Advisory Strategies, IDC
  • Catherine Van Evans, Director of Marketing Programs and Demand Gen, Lavastorm Analytics

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

MassTLC Annual Member Meeting Features “Fireside Chats” with Governor Deval Patrick and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots

More than 500 Tech Leaders Come together for an informative and inspiring morning

This past Tuesday, March 12, more than 500 tech leaders gathered in Boston for MassTLC's Annual Membership Meeting. The day began with MassTLC President and CEO, Tom Hopcroft, who emphasized MassTLC's purpose as the region's leading tech association: to accelerate innovation by providing member companies with the connections, knowledge and visibility needed to help them get where they are going, faster.

Hopcroft honored outgoing Chairman of the Board, Mohamad Ali, Chief Strategy Officer of HP, for his service to MassTLC and the tech community at-large. When Ali took to the podium he announced his successors Steve Krom, VP and GM of AT&T and long time Boston-area business leader, Kirk Arnold, who most recently served as COO of Avid Technologies. Krom went on to share a joint vision for his and Kirk's work with MassTLC, including a commitment to addressing the region's workforce challenges and a greater focus on promoting Massachusetts as a place to start and build a company.

Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, took the stage along with Scott Kirsner of The Boston Globe, for a "fireside chat." Kirsner started the interview on a humorous note, asking how much time politicians should spend on regulating soft drink consumption to which, Patrick responded, "Scott you do know which state I'm the Governor of, don't you?" After a few laughs from the speakers and the audience, the conversation moved on to more serious issues including proposed tax plans, workforce and education. Watch the interview below.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Mobile World Congress 2013

Observations from Mobile World Congress 2013

I have just returned from a very interesting and jammed-packed week at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. More than 70,000 people were estimated to have attended this year’s MWC, and its fabulous new conference facilities proved a great place to celebrate the industry’s accomplishments and catch a glimpse of its potential future. The mobile industry continues to grow while moving from success to success. And though much has changed since I reported my observations of MWC 2012, I would characterize the process as more evolutionary than revolutionary. 

The following are my personal observations and extrapolations from the show, based on my conversations with operators, customer meetings, analysts, and colleagues, as well as from simply walking the show floor. 

1. LTE Has Evolved—At previous shows everyone was talking about LTE (Long Term Evolution) as the latest 4G wireless technology. This year you had to look pretty hard to see those letters, and they didn’t seem to be on the tip of most people’s tongues. Though many countries in the world still lack 4G coverage and many others are just beginning to deploy LTE, the industry seems to have moved on and is taking LTE as a given. This leaves us in a technology trough, awaiting the next new, shiny network technology.