Session Speaker

 

Rick Blaisdell

Chief Technology Officer
ConnectEDU

Experienced CTO, creating technical strategies which reduce IT operational costs and improve efficiency

20 years of product, business development, and high-tech experience with Fortune 500 companies, developing innovative technology strategies, with particular expertise in:

  • Cloud computing integration – Converted all physical production environments of ConnectEDU to Cisco UCS Cloud platform, which resulted in 35% savings with ongoing maintenance and hosting costs.
  • Delivering cost effective IT services - Cloned an entire platform with a click of a button, something that would cost $300.000 up front and six weeks to accomplish the old way.
  • Strategic planning and development for Information Systems – Transferred Software technologies from MySQL, PHP, Ruby, Java, Oracle, ASP, MSSQL Server, and Cold Fusion to new platforms that are all .Net/MSSQL server with large emphasis on Web Services architecture.
  • Creating innovative businesses – Designed a system that supported over ten million end users for the banking/financial industry for SilverClout Technologies. The company became one of the fastest-growing knowledge management companies in the financial industry.

Specialties include: cloud computing, Software as a Service, virtualization, software development, cloud architecture, product development, strategic planning, business strategy, project management, business process improvement, technical leadership, large scale web architecture, enterprise architecture.

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