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Dona Keating's blog
March 5, 2013 @ 3:36pm | Doña Keating
NOTE: In an effort to bring valuable high tech related content to the community-at-large, I’ll occasionally feature advice and thoughts from industry leaders in our region. Brian Morkert, president and founder of Audit West IT Risk & Compliance Advisory Services, has graciously agreed to address the critical topic of securing your strategic assets. Morkert will co-present “Information Security in Today’s Business Environment ” with Michael Hamilton, City of Seattle’s Chief Information Security Officer, on March 21, 2013 at Poulsbo City Hall, 5:30p - 7:30p.
Keeping Pace with the Changing Face of Security
With internal and external threats growing exponentially, protecting your information assets, operational performance and reputation are critical. read more »
January 6, 2013 @ 9:17pm | Doña Keating
I was all set to write a blog post about Understanding Technology. As I began the fourth paragraph, writer’s block hit me straight between the eyes. Below is from a President’s Corner recently sent to the community by Charles Keating, president of West Sound Technology Association. It was worth sharing forward. I’ll get back to you on that other post…
by Charles Keating
As we look back on 2012, there is much to be grateful for. The holiday season and New Year are opportunities to re-evaluate our mission, progress towards goals, and future plans.
A week ago, we held our holiday celebration and visioning event at the Yonder Retreat Center. We are grateful the owners make this beautiful facility available to non-profit organizations like WSTA, just as we are for the contributions of current and past WSTA board and member volunteers since the inception of the association. read more »
October 11, 2012 @ 7:42pm | Doña Keating
- US Congressman Norm Dicks: The Growing Threat Landscape: Cyber Security Initiatives that Safeguard American Business and Intellectual Property
- State Senator Derek Kilmer: Technology, Innovation and the Changing Economy
- Egils Milbergs, Washington Economic Development Commission: Building a World-Class Innovation Ecosystem
- Patty Lent, Mayor of City of Bremerton: The New Bremerton: Doing More With Less
- John Powers, Kitsap Economic Development Alliance: Kitsap — The Most Competitive Community in a Globally Competitive Region
August 2, 2012 @ 3:36pm | Doña Keating
I experienced an epiphany spike in early June while writing a short book, and it’s been one of the best ones in years. Consultant Dave Allen and his GTD (Getting Things Done) reminder about focusing on the most important thing “now” and avoiding distractions couldn’t have been more timely.
Yes, I know…there is still that contingent which will equate “I’m so busy!” with “I’m so important!”
I’m over it.
I like to play hard and work hard, and in that order. To do so requires an almost neurotic level of time management skills, which I possess. Once in a while, obligations from several businesses, civic activities, and personal life converge into the perfect storm of ‘whoa!’. I go into a mode where my biggest priority is getting the important stuff done as quickly and efficiently as possible so I can get back to… read more »
August 1, 2012 @ 12:39am | Doña Keating
On October 10, West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) will welcome an international icon, Gary Shapiro, to our shores.
You know…Gary Shapiro. The CEO of The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a preeminent trade association which promotes growth in the $173 billion U.S. consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. Its annual International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the stuff of legend.
That’s not all.
He writes for Forbes and Huffington Post, and has appeared on CNN, C-SPan, MSNBC, PBS, and anywhere else they’re fortunate to have him. read more »
July 17, 2012 @ 7:21pm | Doña Keating
[Full disclosure: The blog subject doesn’t know I’ve written this. Nor did he ask me to…]
I’ve known Harry Brelsford for over twelve years, and what I like about him most is his ability to reinvent himself and offer continued value to the small and medium business (SMB) channel. We’ve shot the breeze on several occasions regarding ‘what ifs’ in the industry, and often agree regarding the ubiquitous role of technology as a critical platform and tool in 21st Century society.
Lest one thinks he’s yet another self-appointed expert capitalising on recent trends with rehashed or borrowed content, it might be useful to know he’s written 17+ SMB technology books as author and/or co-author. read more »
May 1, 2012 @ 10:41pm | Doña Keating
I recently encountered a situation wherein an individual created a video of private material without my knowledge and consent, placed it on YouTube as unlisted, then refused to remove it with the justification that switching it to private was proper amelioration.
An unlisted video means only those who know the link can view it. YouTube’s site indicates it will not appear in its public spaces (search results, your channel, or the Browse page). You don’t need an account to watch it, and there isn’t a 25 person sharing limit. Although your video won’t appear in YouTube’s public spaces, links could still end up on the web if put out there by those with whom you shared the URL. Users are thus advised to mark the video as private. read more »
April 20, 2012 @ 12:01pm | Doña Keating
The SMB 150 is produced by SMB Technology Network (SMBTN) and SMB Nation and brought to you by BlackBerry. The SMB 150 honours individuals who have made a significant impact on the worldwide small and medium business (SMB) channel.
A three-part process determined this year’s list of SMB 150 influencers. The competition began with an open nominating process, followed by the SMB IT community voting on the nominees at www.smb150.com. In addition to the community vote, a panel of industry experts judged each nominee based on a variety of relevant areas. read more »
April 4, 2012 @ 2:28pm | Doña Keating
West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) is hosting its monthly meeting on April 19 at Poulsbo City Hall from 5:30p-7:30p. The topic “Windows 8 - What Happened to My Desktop?” is presented by Microsofties who will be crossing the pond to cover the next version in Windows, which promises to be the most significant release of the Windows operating system lineup since Windows 95. Some of the highlights include: (1) Metro User interface - bringing a touch interface to the desktop and tablets alike; (2) Continued improvements in speed, startup time and security, demanded of a audience which expects appliance like simplicity and reliability; and (3) A new Windows application store. Registration is required, and non-members pay a suggested donation of $10. WSTA members attend for free. read more »
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