Utilizing Open Source Technologies in a Business Environment
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This presentation will cover a wide variety of currently available open source software and provide real world examples of how that software can be used for business purposes. Open source software can be used to provide everything from your traditional word processing, workstation operating systems, project management, bug tracking, version tracking, and so many other things. Open source software can provide significant cost savings and can work for you.
Over the years, Michael Viron has gained a wide variety of experience as a senior IT manager, business owner, speaker, volunteer, and event organizer. Since 1995, I’ve helped launch numerous startups, company divisions, product lines, professional user groups, and technology events.
In 2010, Mr. Viron launched the Northwest Florida Software Architecture Summit (designed to bring developers & IT professionals together) and complimented it with the launch of Careers in Tech in 2011. Careers in Tech underwent a successful reboot in 2015, reaching over 200 attendees and will be back Fall 2016.
Mr. Viron’s wide range of experience covers many key areas, including operations (both business & IT), project management, security, and software engineering. In addition to his full time job, Mr. Viron continues to be heavily involved as an alumni volunteer, presenter, and mentor at the University of West Florida and in various leadership and consulting roles for projects and organizations nationwide.
In his role as Director of IT & Software Engineering at KAMedData, Inc / KontactIntelligence, Mr. Viron has been heavily involved in coordinating numerous product launches and both company and division startups. A key member of the company's management team, his main responsibilities include day-to-day technical operations, project management, security, short and long range technical planning, and development.
In addition, Mr. Viron is the founder of General Education Online (GEO), handling a wide variety of business and technical operations. GEO has been recognized for quality and excellence, and as an industry innovator and leader by the Chronicle for Higher Education, the US Department of Education, and LibrarySpot.com .
Mr. Viron continues as a volunteer with a wide variety of professional organizations and user groups at both a local and national level, including IEEE Northwest Florida (IEEE NWF), the Computer & Communications Joint Society of IEEE NWF (as Chair since 2009), the international IEEE Computer Society (currently serving on the Awards & Recognition Committee), and IT Gulf Coast. Mr. Viron also serves on advisory boards in IT, computer science, and cyberforensics for Pensacola State College (since 1/2015) and the IT Advisory Council for the Escambia County School District (since 09/2015).
In his sparse spare time, Mr. Viron is active on social media, as a photographer and writer, and as a consultant / advisor for Fortune 500 companies and startups nationwide.
Lunch for this month's Lunch & Learn has been generously donated by our friends at Kontact Intelligence for all guests that are attending. Due to ordering constraints, please reserve your place by July 18th so that we will have an accurate headcount to provide to the caterer.