2013 CIO Symposium Enterprise Tech Future View

CIOs Bill Eline (Parker Hannifin), Terri Rini-Barber (Southwest General), George Mehok (Safeguard Properties) and Jim Sage (University of Akron) share their thoughts on coming technologies, success factors for CIOs and more.

CIOs Bill Eline (Parker Hannifin), Terri Rini-Barber (Southwest General), George Mehok (Safeguard Properties) and Jim Sage (University of Akron) share their thoughts on coming technologies, success factors for CIOs and more.

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  • Next up: 2013 CIO Symposium Leading Edge Innovation
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    Innovation can be an overused term, but if your company is not innovating it’s becoming obsolete. Jane Alexander (Cleveland Museum of Art) and Gary Fingerhut (Cleveland Clinic Foundation) share insights on creating world-class innovation.

    Innovation can be an overused term, but if your company is not innovating it’s becoming obsolete. Jane Alexander (Cleveland Museum of Art) and Gary Fingerhut (Cleveland Clinic Foundation) share insights on creating world-class innovation.

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  • Next up: 2015 Best of Tech Awards: Nominations are Now Open!
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  • 2015 Best of Tech Awards: Nominations are Now Open!

    We launched the Best of Tech Awards waaaaay back in 2007 to recognize cool companies with innovative products, inspiring leadership and impressive accomplishments. And since then we’ve recognized some incredible companies, like Hyland Software, Sherwin-Williams, Eaton, Brandmuscle, Urbancode, SparkBase and many others.

    We launched the Best of Tech Awards waaaaay back in 2007 to recognize cool companies with innovative products, inspiring leadership and impressive accomplishments. And since then we’ve recognized some incredible companies, like Hyland Software, Sherwin-Williams, Eaton, Brandmuscle, Urbancode, SparkBase and many others.

    So we’re very excited to kick off the 2015 Best of Tech Awards, nominations are now open!

    Categories for the 2015 NEOSA Best of Tech Awards are:

    • Most Promising Start Up
    • Best Tech Device / Application Innovation
    • Best IT Services Company
    • Best Software Product
    • Tech Team of the Year
    • Tech Company of the Year

    Nominations are now officially open:

    • NOMINATE YOUR COMPANY HERE.
      • note:  you'll need to create an account with our vendor to start your nomination
    • But don’t delay; the deadline to submit your company’s nomination is Friday, February 20, 2015.

    Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Best of Tech Awards dinner on Thursday, April 16, 2015 during our 5th annual Tech Week.


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  • Next up: 2015 Best of Tech Finalists: An Exciting Group
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  • 2015 Best of Tech Finalists: An Exciting Group

    In early January, we opened up the nomination process for the 2015 Best of Tech Awards. Over the next couple of months, we received numerous nominations from local tech firms with cool, innovative products and incredibly engaging stories to share with us.

    In early January, we opened up the nomination process for the 2015 Best of Tech Awards. Over the next couple of months, we received numerous nominations from local tech firms with cool, innovative products and incredibly engaging stories to share with us.

    One of the most difficult thing we do all year is to winnow those nominations down to a select number of finalists and winners. The nominations we received this year were inspiring, and motivating, and make us proud to be a part of the most dynamic, exciting industry in Northeast Ohio.

    We are very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 OHTec Best of Tech Awards:

    Most Promising Start Up
    Event 38
    Remesh
    Virteom

    Best Tech Device / Application Innovation
    1 EDI Source
    MRI Software
    Vizion Solutions

    Best IT Services Company
    BCG Systems
    BlueBridge Networks
    Park Place Technologies
    Vertex Computer Systems

    Tech Team of the Year
    DecisionDesk
    Ethode
    Veritix

    Best Software Product
    Small Company
    1 EDI Source
    e2b technologies
    OnShift
    Software Answers

    Large Company
    MRI Software
    OEConnection
    Hyland Software

    Tech Company of the Year
    1 EDI Source
    Dakota Software
    LeanDog
    OEConnection

    Winners will be announced and awards presented at the 9th annual Best of Tech Awards dinner on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  

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  • Next up: 2015 NEOSA Becomes OHTech
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  • 2015 NEOSA Becomes OHTech

    As an organization succeeds and evolves over many years, elements central to the organization typically evolve, too. Yesterday, the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) announced that as part of its ongoing transformation, a central feature of the organization – its name – had also evolved. Formed in 1998, NEOSA today answers to a new name: OHTech.

    Created in 1998 as NEOSA, IT organization re-engineers itself as “OHTech”


     
    COSE’s Technology Network broadens with 
    expanded services, evolving state-wide mission and partnerships.

     

    (CLEVELAND, OH)  - January 30, 2015 – As an organization succeeds and evolves over many years, elements central to the organization typically evolve, too. Yesterday, the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) announced that as part of its ongoing transformation, a central feature of the organization – its name – had also evolved. Formed in 1998, NEOSA today answers to a new name: OHTech.

    The change was announced by Brad Nellis, executive director of OHTech, a technology industry association that represents nearly 700 member organizations. Speaking to a group of tech leaders at the organization’s “TechThursday” event, Nellis provided background leading up to the change.

    “As part of a strategic planning process begun several months ago, our advisory board examined key issues of the organization and our industry,” Nellis explained. “The goal was to ensure we continue to grow and provide valued service to a growing tech community for years to follow,” he said.

    Among other strategic recommendations, NEOSA’s board advised that the organization’s name be changed. “There are two drivers behind this recommendation,” said Gabriel Torok, president and CEO of PreEmptive Solutions and Chairman of the Board of Advisors of OHTech (previously NEOSA).

    “Increasingly, software is a key ingredient in all manufacturing, operations and businesses. We seek to serve this broader community – not only those that sell software or software services, but also those who use software as an integral component of a variety of technical solutions and products,” said Torok.

    Nellis agreed and added, “While creating and integrating software remains a vital part of our members’ daily world, the board strongly believed the term ‘tech’ more accurately encompasses our membership and the work of IT-centered organizations.”

    “Hardware, mobile devices, apps, web services, integration, enterprise security, digital strategy – that’s the world of business today. The term ‘tech’ more accurately represents that world and our diverse membership’s place within it,” he continued.

    The second main element of the new name involves “OH.” As with the term “tech,” the use of the abbreviated reference to Ohio also represents a key outcome of the board’s strategic planning.

    “Representing the tech interests of a region has always been at the heart of our organization,” said Torok. “Our investigations revealed that a larger region, the state of Ohio, lacks a single organization that represents the tech industry.”

    “Supporting tech on a state-wide basis as ‘OHTech’ strengthens and empowers our members and the community; it just makes sense,” said Torok.

    Nellis pointed out that as part of the process, the organization engaged with many technology associations in Ohio, most notably in Cincinnati and Dayton. Initially, Nellis expects the collaboration with different organizations to center on advocacy, but content sharing, services, and coordinated events could expand through collaboration.

     “OHTech looks forward to supporting its members and helping the tech industry in Ohio grow and thrive in any way we can,” he added.


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  • Next up: 2017 Tech Company of the Year Futuri Media Continues Rapid Growth
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  • 2017 Tech Company of the Year Futuri Media Continues Rapid Growth

    In the leadup to the 2018 Best of Tech Awards, we asked one of last year’s winners to tell us how their business has changed during the past year. This update focuses on Futuri Media, the 2017 Tech Company of the Year Award winner.

    What a thrill it was for Futuri Media to be named OHTec’s 2017 Tech Company of the Year!  Ever since we launched our company out of a tiny Rocky River office in 2009, Futuri has maintained a deep belief in the quality, passion, and promise of the Northeast Ohio technology community. Today, we employ nearly 100 people, our SaaS technology solutions are relied on by more than 1,000 broadcasters in 20 countries worldwide, and all of this happens right here in Cleveland. That’s a clear testament to fact that Northeast Ohio’s technology industry is thriving, and we’re incredibly proud to be leaders in this community.

    In the months since receiving OHTec’s 2017 Tech Company of the Year honor, Futuri Media has continued our rapid growth.  In August, Futuri was named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the fourth consecutive year, and this year, we took the coveted #1 spot for percentage of three-year revenue growth among all Northeast Ohio software firms. Obviously, revenue growth means that we can hire more people to create, market, sell, and train partners on Futuri’s innovative SaaS technology solutions, so we’re very focused on an Inc. 5000 five-peat in 2018.

    Speaking of hiring more people, the size of our team has more than tripled in the past three years, and we’re currently hiring for several new positions. We’re sure that many who have worked in a fast-growing startup environment know that growing pains frequently manifest themselves in the office, in the form of a lack of personal space. It’s hard to do brilliant work when you’re packed in like sardines! So this year, after working from a series of spaces that couldn’t accommodate our faster-than-anticipated growth, we moved into a new headquarters.

    On the product side, our incredible technology team once again outdid themselves by creating, maintaining, and constantly improving on dozens of new features, and in some cases, new products. Our entire family of audience engagement and sales SaaS technology solutions has been deployed around the world - interactive broadcasting tool #engage; podcasting and on-demand platform POST; sales research and data visualization app TopLine; data-driven story discovery tool TopicPulse; high-quality Futuri Streaming; our smart speaker skills division, Futuri Voice; and our app division, Futuri Mobile

    POST, our podcasting and on-demand audio platform, was one of our highest-growth products. While this might sound unsurprising to anyone who’s familiar with the incredibly fast pace of growth in the streaming audio market - a recent Nielsen Audio report showed that 2017 saw a 59% increase in year-over-year on-demand audio streams - we built POST to stand out in a very crowded technology market. For example, understanding that visuals are a great driver for on-demand audio consumption - and that an increasing number of brands are getting fined for unauthorized usage of copyrighted photos - we built a library of fully-licensed images into the product.

    We completely redesigned TopicPulse, our real-time story discovery tool that delivers audience-specific insights based on engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and 100k+ sources of verified news sources. As one of our TopicPulse partners, Emily Stone at Fox 5 DC, recently said during a panel at a convention of television executives, “You used to go into your news meeting with a stack of papers...you’d assign your reporters, and you’d start your day. Now, everything would be different by the time you printed the paper.” Media has never been in such a period of rapid change, and it’s critical that the art of story selection be paired with the science that tools like TopicPulse provides. Now, broadcasters can see in real time not only which stories are predicted to go viral with the specific demographic they target, but they can also see which stories their audience is tiring of, and find fresh angles on ongoing stories to keep their audiences engaged.

    We’re committed to generating strong ROI for our partners.  In January, we launched the Futuri Ad Network to help our partners take better advantage of on-demand audio growth. Now, POST and Futuri Streaming clients have very flexible ad insertion options, where they can sell all of their advertising inventory, some of their inventory, or none of it. Inventory is available through the Futuri Ad Network and our clients are compensated for their time.  Of all the reasons we’re excited about this, it’s gratifying that our technology now gives our partners direct access to revenue opportunities.

    Futuri is well positioned for another banner year. There are several new product developments and partnerships that will be announced over the coming months, and as always, we continue to cultivate a company culture centered around trust, speed, passion, and proactivity. We’ve consistently found that the best talent thrives in that type of culture.

    We’re very much looking forward to future events OHTec and its technology partners have in store! It’s so important to take the time to celebrate Northeast Ohio’s incredible technology community. We’re a fast-moving, forward-thinking, change-minded group of people, and to see this sector booming is incredibly gratifying. And we love all the opportunities Tech Week provides for us to meet our peers, share ideas, talk about how what we’re doing to shape the future, and encourage each other.

    Learn more about Tech Week, of which the Best of Tech Awards is a part, by clicking here.

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