UNC Charlotte Announces New SaaS Conference

On Apr-21, 2009 the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will be hosting a SaaS Conference. The conference will consist of several key speakers, a discussion panel and probably more.

As we’ve done in the past, my friend Igor Jablakov, of Yap, and I will be participating in the panel discussion.


NC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics is pleased to announce the first of its Emerging Issues in Information Technology Series. In response to remarkable innovations in the past years in new methods of delivering software via the web, UNC Charlotte has selected Software as a Service as the first topic for the conference series.  Software as a Service (SaaS) is growing fast as a means to acquire needed information technology power without the large front-end development and hardware expense normally associated with new applications. The benefits are huge, yet the challenges are not for the unknowing. Security, legal, performance, and technical issues are among the expertise needed by a savvy buyer.

The conference program will be divided into topics of general interest to all attendees, technology topics and business related topics. The audience for this conference will include prospective customers of SaaS solutions (including non technical business personnel), application services providers, infrastructure providers, technology providers, and associated support providers.

This conference will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 on the UNC Charlotte Campus. It will start at 8:30 AM and conclude at 4:30 PM.  Outstanding speakers will translate this challenge with must-have information. CEU and CPE credits will be offered.

The speaker roster is an outstanding group to include the following:

1.      Monty Blight-Corporate VP of Managed Services, Peak-10.
2.      Ted Claypoole-Senior Member, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
3.      Lawrence Cruciana- founder and president of Corporate Information Technologies        (CIT).
4.      Jay Dominick, Ph.D.-Associate Provost for Information and Technology Services and CIO, UNC Charlotte.
5.      Forrest Frazier, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP.
6.      Connie Kellen-Master’s Student, College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte.
7.      Sharon Mertz-Senior Analyst, Gartner.
8.      Peter Murphy-SVP, CTO, TIAA-CREF.
9.      Shawn Murray-Microsoft Director, Cloud Computing-Southeast.
10.  Ric Telford- IBM-Vice President-Cloud Computing.
11.  Christopher “Kip” Turco Chief Operating Officer for Hosted Solutions.
12.  Josh Wolff-Regional Manager for Hosted Solutions in the Charlotte market.

To register for the event click here.  All of those registering before April 14th will receive a $30 discount off of the regular price.

This event is being sponsored by Charlotte Research Institute, Bank of America, Duke Energy, Wachovia Bank, Hosted Solutions, TIAA-Cref, Mariner, Frontier Capital,  North Carolina Technology Association, Microsoft, Business Innovation and Growth Council, Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, Queen Associates, Peak-10, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, and The Training Company.

About the College of Computing and Informatics

The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Center for Digital Identity and Cyber Defense Research (DICyDER), the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute (DITI), the eBusiness Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab.

About UNC Charlotte

A public research university, UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina system.  It is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. The University offers 18 doctoral programs, 62 master’s degree programs, and 90 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees.  Fall 2008 enrollment exceeds 23,300 students, including almost 5,200 graduate students.


Morehead Associates user conference

So, the Morehead Associates user conference starts this week. The first ever.

Representing a major leap for our organization, we will be host to our largest and most significant client organizations. We will be showcasing some of our SaaS technology, in addition to significant OD Research.

Specifically for our SaaS system, this will be the first time many of these clients have seen our new systems. Much of which took over three years to develop.

I’ll make sure to write again for the conference this week.

Employee Opinion Research Technology

On Thursday November 1st, 2007 we (Morehead) will be hosting a Webinar on Using Morehead’s Hosted Solution to Enhance the value of your Employee Opinion Survey. Here, we will be talking extensively about Morehead’s technology and our Managed Services Platform. Here’s a summary overview of what we’ll be discussing;
Extensive research has shown that while Employee Engagement and Commitment are linked to organizational performance and even specific business outcomes, the measures do not solve all of the challenges facing HR executives today, who increasingly require/demand evidenced-based solutions.

In this presentation, we illuminate, using data from the nation’s leading healthcare organizations, Morehead will illustrate the added value that can be derived from an employee opinion data when the right models, analytics and hosted solutions are employed.


  • Know where and how to drive change
  • Know which groups are vulnerable to turnover or unionization
  • Know how to better align people with desired business outcomes
  • Know what drives accreditations and awards
  • Know how to improve the retention of key talent
  • Know how to elevate the importance of human capital issues with organizational leaders

After this presentation, you will know how to deliver evidence-based solutions to senior leaders by integrating a robust empirical model and Morehead’s Hosted Solution into your employee opinion survey.

Morehead Technology

Taleo’s Acrobats – HR Technology 2007 Continued

The second day or the HR Technology conference in Chicago brought an interesting addition to my understanding of HR and Technology conferences. Taleo decided, in order to gain attention (which succeeded) that they’d hire a couple of acrobats to perform moves that make most of us cringe. To that end, their booth was SWAMPED most of the day. The attention that received was overwhelming.

All I have to say is “brilliant”.

Taleo’s Booth Picture 2 Picture 3