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2017 MEEC Conference Sessions


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Accenture The Campus of the Future Ian Watt, Higher Education Strategy Lead, Accenture Technology Trends – Digital Natives
Colleges and Universities have begun to enroll “digital natives.” These are students who may have never set foot in an actual bank and cannot remember a world without Google, smartphones, or online shopping. They are accustomed to on-demand, user-oriented services such as Uber, Netflix, and Amazon, and they have very high expectations. However, when they enroll in college, most will be forced settle for digital experiences that fall well short of their expectations. According to Accenture’s global student survey, 85% of high school seniors indicated that digital innovation is an important factor in their enrollment decision, yet only 13% of current college students indicated that they are satisfied with their institution’s digital tools. And while we tend to think of digital needs from a student lens, faculty, staff, and other institutional stakeholders have similar expectations. The Campus of the Future must be designed to deliver exceptional experiences in traditional, physical contexts, while being equally attentive to excellence in the digital world. In this session, we will discuss strategies to revolutionize the digital campus experience and realize a safer, more sustainable, and cost effective campus.


Adobe Learning and Teaching with the Adobe Creative Cloud Steve Adler, Senior Solution Consultant, Adobe Technology Trends – Cloud – Creative Cloud
The Adobe Creative Cloud collection of Applications provides unlimited opportunities to enhance, enrich, and improve practically any type of communication in the classroom. From web presentations, to video, to publications of all kinds, It’s easy to transform almost any assignment of project into a more dynamic one. When integrated with the CC Mobile Apps and CC services, it becomes a powerful collaboration platform for collaborating across devices or groups. Come learn how easy and powerful the Creative Cloud is, whether you collaborate solo, or across the web. Plenty of examples and resources will be shared.In this session you will see how to quickly get started integrating and learning at your own level, without memorizing tons of menu items and application shortcuts.


Anne Arundel Community College Security Assessment of Information Technology Services. John Williams, AACC
Scott Kramer, AACC
Security – Successfully using Assessments
This session will include discussion of the selection methodology for obtaining an external IT Security Assessment; review of lessons learned from a recent engagement; and recommendations for making the experience more effective and efficient.


Applied Technology Services Extending Security Protections to leading Public and Hybrid Cloud Environments Bob Marchese, Applied Technology Services and Matt Hall, Checkpoint Security – Public and Hybrid Cloud Solutions
As more organizations are moving to public and hybrid-cloud infrastructures, it is important to ensure you are extending security solutions to support these environments. The shift to cloud-based tools brings with it an array of security risks. Learn how vSec seamlessly extends advanced security protections to leading public and hybrid cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and VMware vCloud Air and how SandBlast Cloud brings best-in-class proactive protection from known threats, unknown malware and zero-day attacks to Office 365 users.


Bell Techlogix & Microsoft Empowering a more effective work day! Jamie Bakert – Microsoft; David Kakos – Microsoft; Bryan Zatkulak – Bell Techlogix; Sarah Taggart – Bell Techlogix Technology Trends – Cloud – O365
Microsoft has been making fantastic changes to the Office Suite that will help you modernize your work environment. In this session, you will learn new tips and tricks that will help you become more effective in your work day. Also, learn about new tools that your institution already owns like Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Planner. Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. It’s naturally integrated with the familiar Office. Microsoft Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress. At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to the mission of helping people and organizations achieve more—and reinventing productivity for the cloud and mobile world is core to our ambition. We made improvement to Microsoft Office because we see both tremendous opportunity and tremendous change in how people and teams get work done. Institutions are becoming more agile and organizational structures more flat. You will learn how to:

• create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files
• utilize technology and communication to keep communications and information flowing- with chat- based functions
• leverage a digital environment that makes work visible, integrated and accessible


Copper River IT IoT, BYOD & You Stefan Fouant, Sales Engineer, Copper River IT & Sean Telles, Manager, Public Sector Systems Engineers, ForeScout Technologies, Inc. Technology Trends – IoT – BYOD
Did you know that a network can be hacked through a printer? A Fitbit? An HVAC unit? It has happened and the threats are increasingly prevalent. Join us in a discussion about how the Internet of Things (IoT) and how the pervasiveness of Bring Your Our Device (BYOD) can impact you personally and steps which can be taken to proactively improve the security posture in your teaching environment. This open discussion will showcase how to defend against the introduction of malware into the network, data theft, unsafe app/content downloads as well as the necessary risk mitigation steps. BYOD and IoT has the ability to radically transform the education experience but at the same time it can disrupt our lives on a very personal level. While there is no magic combination that will resolve all security threats, it is our responsibility to discuss and confront these threats; to learn from one another and to put into place the right technologies that minimize our exposure to risk while also empowering our education experience.


D2L Ltd (Desire2Learn) Improving Student Success with Brightspace LMS Dan Ganesh, Sr. Account Executive, D2L
Brad Ketelaars, Sr. Solutions Engineer, D2L
IT Innovation – LMS- Instructor/ Student Engagement
Brightspace LMS technology can empower faculty to increase adoption, engagement and ultimately student outcomes. During this session, we’ll walk through tools that are built into Brightspace LMS to save time for faculty, and increase adoption/engagement/outcomes. This session will highlight the critical tools that are necessary in a Learning Management System to reach every learner. If you believe better engagement between faculty and students will have a positive impact on student outcome (while still saving faculty time), then this is a session you do not want to miss. Our students today come to expect same personalization in their LMS as they get with YouTube, Netflix, Facebook etc. We will showcase the tools that would help you create an engaging and personalized experience for students.


Daly Computers, Inc. Intelligent Edge. Scott Herman
Networking Channel Director, East, HPE
Technology Trends – IoT
The sheer number of IoT devices connecting to enterprise networks creates challenges for IT as they balance the benefits of smart buildings with the risk of onboarding lots of unknown devices to their environment, without having the right set of tools to automatically identify, profile, authenticate, and apply policies to those devices. Aruba’s latest announcement tackles these challenges with a 4-step approach to IoT connectivity at the edge: Identifying what’s on the network, connecting mobile and IoT devices with intelligent switches, protecting the network with industry-leading policy management, and innovating via our partner ecosystem to provide end-to-end security.


Data Networks Securing Student Access – Anywhere, Anytime – to Improve Outcomes Joe Green, Solutions Architect, Data Networks; and Preston Winn, VMware, Director of Education Solutions and Product Marketing Security – Mobile Devices
As mobile devices become a larger part of the fabric of daily life, mobility in the classroom is increasingly effective in helping students and teachers engage in the learning process. It’s no longer a question of whether we should use these devices to support learning, but how and when to use them. With that said, a big question still looms for education IT departments – how do you provide secure access and effectively manage a growing fleet of mobile devices that are untethered from the school environment? In this session, Data Networks hosts the experts from AirWatch who will show you how AirWatch by VMware with WorkSpace One manages your student mobility environment by allowing students secure access from any location at any time. You’ll see how other school systems and universities use this tool to promote student outcomes while maintaining security and manageability. Join us for this fast-paced, informative session. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of EMM concepts and how AirWatch by VMware can help make safe mobile student computing a reality.


Dell EMC Why Your Antivirus Isn’t Working Anymore Tim Seppi, Dell Data Security Solutions and Andreas Xenos, Cylance Security Solutions Security – Endpoint Protection with AI
Are you weary from fighting malware, ransomware, and other security threats that traditional antivirus software cannot stop? If so, join Dell and Cylance to hear about how proactive endpoint protection powered by artificial intelligence works to protect your resources, improve your business processes, and change your cybersecurity culture. During this webinar, you will see a live demo of artificial intelligence in action and learn the key reasons why traditional antivirus solutions are being replaced including:

• How signature-based antivirus products have been reactive in nature and how to protect endpoints by preventing malware from executing
• How to implement endpoint protection to maximize the efficiency of your hardware processors using artificial intelligence
• How to decrease the cybersecurity burden on endpoints by eliminating daily scans and time-consuming signature database updates


Deloitte Transitioning to a Student Cloud solution Keith Costello, Manager, Deloitte and Ted Montemayor, Sr. Manager, Deloitte. Technology Trends  – Cloud – Preparing for a Student Cloud Solutions – Case Study University of Rochester – Workday
During this session, you will gain an understanding of the University of Rochester’s roll-out strategy for Workday Student and learn about the work the University has completed to prepare for implementation as well as what work is planned for the balance of FY17, leading to their Workday Student implementation kick-off in 2017. Participants in this session will gain insight into preparation activities that can be done in advance of a Student Cloud implementation project to help lower risk, increase value and improve the likelihood of project success.


ePlus Technology, inc. Enabling Effective Cyber Security Lee Waskevich, Senior Director of Architect Solutions, ePlus Security – Security Technologies
Preventative technology against cyber threats has exploded and contains numerous disparate solutions that inundate us with data and require myriads of analysts and operators to make effective. As security threats continue to evolve along with these new mitigation abilities, we need to provide increased context, rapid detection, and accelerated response. It’s becoming clear that to decrease our overall risk the technology architecture we choose must contain integration, orchestration, and automation. This talk will cover how these integration abilities can be enabled and how our investments in security technology can be empowered to reap the benefits of interoperability and automated response. We will discuss native abilities that these technologies use to communicate as well as uncover how single vendor architectures are leveraging context visibility and policy enforcement across network and endpoint solutions.


Frostburg State University Microsoft Orchestrator 2012 John Helman, Systems Engineer, Frostburg State University
Joseph Littley, Data Warehouse Architect, Frostburg State Univesity
IT Innovation – MS Orchestrator
During this session you will get a look at Microsoft Orchestrator 2012 R2 that is bundled with the Microsoft Systems Center Suite. We will be going over the challenges that FSU faced and how Orchestrator has helped FSU meet and exceed those challenges. We will be talking about what exactly Orchestrator is, what it does, and key benefits of Orchestrator. Lastly, we will show some scenarios where FSU used Orchestrator to automate various processes.


Harford Community College and CampusWorks Leveraging technology audits to reap the maximum benefits Thomas Franza, Ed.D, C.I.T.O., Harford Community College and Joe Traino, Director, Technology Leverage, CampusWorks, Inc IT Innovation – Using Audits
When you ask an IT person about an IT audit the first thing that comes to mind is the penetration test. The auditors try to get access to the organization’s digital assets via any means possible. They will try to manipulate people via social engineering and use hardware and software to find weak spots in the company’s armor. Ask a non-IT person about an IT audit and they want to know how they can leverage technology to be more efficient and decrease the amount of time working on boring things and spend their time on the more exciting aspects of their jobs. This presentation will focus on the latter. The key to a successful and useful IT audit is to embrace it. Only by looking at processes can one understand and then determine how to improve them. One must not only look deep within themselves but also listen to others in order to create a full picture. The auditors can help the organization to collect data that will in turn help them to make recommendations and align resources to better help the college/university grow. This presentation is designed to take one through the complete journey of a holistic IT audit from its initial inception…to the presentation of the findings to the Board of Trustees and campus community…to the blue prints of a plan to follow to implement the findings. Tips and tricks to getting the most out of the experience will be explained.


Harford County Public Schools Office 365 -enhanced teacher productivity & efficiency and student communication & collaboration Martha Barwick, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Alyssa King, Instructional Technology Teacher Specialist, Michelle Huebel, Instructional Technology Teacher Specialist, Laura Knapp, Instructional Technology Teacher Specialist
Harford County Public Schools
Technology Trends – Cloud – O365
Office 365 has enhanced teacher productivity and efficiency as well as student communication and collaboration in Harford County Public Schools. Attend this session as we showcase our strategy of implementation and the steps that we took to build teacher capacity through professional development. Examples of Office 365 transforming classroom practice will be shared.


Howard County Public School System & Attain LLC Promoting Success Factors Through Lessons Learned Beverly Davis (CFO – HCPSS), Valerie Beyers (Change Manager – HCPSS), Kim Demarais (Payroll Manager – HCPSS), Susan Bsharah (Program Manager – Attain, LLC) Technology Trends – Data Driven Decision Making
We believe there are clear and consistent success factors in every initiative that will promote an empowered organization: an organization that is equipped to make better data-driven decisions, access critical insight anytime, anywhere; respond effectively to an ever-changing environment; and achieve better outcomes. These success factors are based on our experiences and lessons learned throughout the Workday implementation life-cycle at Howard County Public School System. During this panel session, we will share our approach that fostered a collaborative and successful project environment.


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Loyola University Management of Unstructured Data John Manchester, IT Manager, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Patricia Malek, Director of CyberSecurity, Loyola University  Security – Data Access and Management

Discussion of the management of unstructured data and methodologies surrounding the discovery of PII, alerting, permissions management, and access recertification. Presenters will share specific use cases where solutions have been implemented to address concerns regarding unauthorized storage of secure data, response to ransomware, and permission creep. Both Loyola University and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have implemented components of the Varonis suite of products in unique and effective ways to address many problems related to insider threats, cyberware, permission management and protection of sensitive data.


Microsoft Azure Unplugged: Azure Vision and Direction in 2017 Sheela Vardahan Solution Sales Professional, US Education, Azure, Microsoft Technology Trends – Cloud – Azure
Enhancements to Microsoft’s hyper-scale, enterprise-grade and hybrid Azure platform mean a bigger, faster, more open and even more secure platform. This session will cover our infrastructure and platform vision, where we are in our execution, and future direction. Expect to see several demos highlighting existing and new services and new customer stories in education.


Microsoft Minecraft in the classroom David Kakos – Microsoft Technology Trends – Gaming in ED
If you’re new to Minecraft, we have resources including videos, sample lessons, starter worlds , and connections to other Minecraft Educators, to make your on-ramp as smoth as possible. Bringing immersive games like Minecraft into your classroom can be intimidating. Use these training materials to assist you on your journey. Whether you’re new to Minecraft or looking to improve your skills, these materials are here to help. Where to find lessons spanning primary, intermediate, and secondary school for use with your students.


North Highland Stop Paying Cash for Uber Mark Bagin, Change and Innovation Leader, North Highland; Gary Langford, Business Technology Expert, North Highland Technology Trends – IT Adoption Success within Organizations
We’ve all seen it: you introduce a new technology, system or software and your users use the new thing just like the old thing, ignoring all of the benefits. Think about those stories of people using computers like typewriters. Mobile phones like rotary phones. The person grabbing for their wallet, attempting to pay an Uber driver in cash. All of these people can be successful, but they are ignoring all of the great benefits of the new thing. So you’ve committed to implementing a new technology, system, or software – something your organization believes will enable a myriad of benefits. However, you know that you will need people to not only use the new technology to achieve these benefits, but also to understand how it can be used in ways that might be foreign to them. You are then faced with the critical question: How do you get your users to adopt the technology so that benefits can be realized?

Time and time again traditional implementation efforts fail using traditional implementation approaches. You’ve seen it before – the standard communications plan, the one hour webinar, and a declaration of victory. The research shows us that traditional adoption programs just don’t work. Implementation does not end with the launch of a new service or product. It’s merely just the beginning. And in an education environment, having your users adopt your new technology is not as simple as telling people to do it.

This session will explore how to have users successfully adopt your new IT service or product, harnessing the power of the brain to realize business benefits faster. Using what we know about how people adopt new habits, we have created engagement programs that work and work well. We will share our approach to user adoption and specific examples of how organizations have been successful. Our approach blends what we know about the brain and how it reacts during times of change with proven ways to engage with your users. We will provide attendees with pitfalls to avoid and tips for implementation in an education environment. The presenters bring deep experience in engagement and adoption programs in many different industries.


Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Enterprise CRM in the Cloud  Vince Salvato, VP Salesforce, Sierra-Cedar, Inc Technology Trends – Cloud – CRM
Enterprise CRM in the Cloud: Colleges and universities are adopting Enterprise CRMs as a critical tool to maintain a competitive edge with student recruiting as well as with providing a high level of services to constituents. The Enterprise CRM tracks student recruitment and enrollment activities as well as students’ campus interactions, providing an enhanced and personalized understanding of student behavior that helps to support improved services. In addition, the Enterprise CRM tracks student activity after graduation and program completion, providing current information about employment and career activity which supports outreach efforts involving additional certifications and competency based program offerings. An Enterprise CRM can provide a 360-degree view of the student/constituent lifecycle, which many institutions are finding to be increasingly valuable. Learn more about how Sierra-Cedar is providing services in one of the most dynamic technology growth areas for the higher education market. Over the past several years, our Salesforce Practice has completed CRM projects for Arizona State University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida International University, University of Arizona College of Medicine, University of Miami, University of North Texas, and Michigan State University. In addition, we have projects currently underway at Arizona State University, Indiana University, Northern Arizona University, Towson University, University of Miami, and University of Michigan.


SLAIT Consulting 2016 – The Year Data was Held for Ransom Arnold Bell, CISO – SLAIT Consulting Security – Ransomware
2016 saw an explosion in ransomware attacks. The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a warning of the worsening ransomware situation targeting Windows, OSX and Linux platforms. How do you defend your organization against this increasing threat? Threat actors are becoming more sophisticated and they pass their knowledge down by offering exploit kits for sale in the cyber underworld. Organizations need to be agile and maximize their tools, techniques and procedures. This presentation will help you understand the evolution of ransomware and what to expect going forward, best practice mitigation techniques, how to avoid becoming a victim, and what to do if all else fails.


UMBC Collaborating on Accessibility and Succeeding David Toothe, Associate Director DoIT, UMBC
Kyle Weihs, IT Specialist DoIT, UMBC
Jack Malone, AV Specialist DoIT, UMBC
Michael Canale, Coordinator, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Services Student Disability Services, UMBC
IT Innovation – Accessability
This session will be a joint presentation by the Division of Information Technology and Student Disability Services at UMBC.  We will discuss our partnership, the process we follow, the tools we use, and examine a case study to demonstrate our results. Our group will discuss how our teams came together to form a very successful and nimble team.  We will discuss the processes we follow to ensure the success of the student(s), faculty, and our team.  We will discuss and demonstrate some of the tools we use for assistive technology and how we “create” assistive technology solutions using “MacGyver” methods.  Finally, we will present a case study that demonstrates our success as a team.


Wor Wic Community College and Visual Sound Inc. Simple, Sleek, Sophisticated:  Our experience with networked classrooms. James Close, Lead IT Support Analyst, Wor-Wic Community College – Rob Morris, Senior Account Manager, Visual Sound – Greg Haas, Regional Sales Manager, Crestron IT Innovation – Future of A/V Classroom Solutions
In today’s day and age, everything is networked. From PCs to cell phones, televisions, and even home appliances, the devices we use every day are smarter and more interconnected than ever before. So why shouldn’t our classroom technology be as well? In this session, we will discuss our experience integrating Crestron networked technology into our learning environment. Items that will be discussed include planning and cost analysis, implementation, and the types of equipment used. This economical solution provides a high-quality user friendly experience for both the instructor and student. We are very excited to share our experience with our colleagues.