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.


Yap Me. Say what?

A few years ago a couple of buddies of mine, Igor and Victor Jablakov, decided that they could make a cool voice-to-text mobile phone internet gateway. Of course, I chuckled and said; good luck with that. Well, to my delight they’ve succeeded (I should have known since Igor’s background is in Voice Recognition at IBM). A few short weeks ago they were on the stage at TechCrunch 2004 and showed their stuff. So far, the feedback has been outstanding. I think everyone is falling over them selfs for this stuff.

So, what can a speech gateway do? Well, a few applications could be; text messaging, blogging, updating twitter, searching for a restaurant, etc… all via your voice. This sounds a lot better to me so I’m not stuck messing around with T9. Ugh. Check it out at YapMe.com.

Also, make sure to check out their demo; very cool.