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29th Annual IT Summit & Tradeshow – Maine’s largest business technology event

May 17, 2016

MAINE’S LARGEST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT and TRADESHOW FEATURES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS

 The Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) will hold its 29th Annual Information Technology Summit and Tradeshow on Thursday, June 2nd 2016, 7:30am to 4pm, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland. An expected 500 IT professionals will gather to share technology experiences and the latest in techniques, services and products. 

 This year's Keynote Speaker is Jamie Popkin, Managing Vice President of Data Management Strategies at Gartner Research. In his address, "Becoming a Data and Analytics Leader in the Digital Business Era" – Mr. Popkin will show how analytics are essential for small and mid-size companies to thrive in the digital business era, focusing on best practices for how to get started with business analytics.

 The event features 15 workshops and demonstrations across 5 tracks: DevOps, IT Infrastructure, Security, "Lessons Learned/Great Mistakes", and “Tech Sandbox” (hands on technology demonstrations) on topics such as campus wifi installations, business continuity, cloud disasters, 3D printing, municipal broadband, dev ops roadmap, DIY raspberry pi scoreboards, and more.  Most workshops will be led or co-led by "end-user" IT professionals at Maine-based organizations; sectors represented include finance, education, nonprofits, local and state government, professional services, and manufacturing.

 The exhibit hall of 59 vendor booths will be open all day, with IT and telecom infrastructure, service, consulting and training vendors from Maine and across the nation.

 The expected 500 attendees will include IT and telecom professionals and senior business and operations managers from Maine and New Hampshire, representing all sectors and industries, including government, finance, education, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, nonprofit organizations and more. With three food events around sessions, there will be plenty of time to network, share ideas, and ask questions of presenters and vendors.

Registration fee is $45 early bird by 5/20/16, $50 advanced purchase, and $60 on the event day. Student discounts are available. Fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, keynote, workshops, exhibit hall access and afternoon refreshments. To receive updates via Twitter, follow @MTUG_Maine and search for #MTUG2016. For complete details or to register, visit the Summit Page online at:  http://mtug.org/summit.

 At the Summit Lunch, the Fifth Annual Maine Technology Users Group Scholarships will be announced jointly with business partners FairPoint Communications, Lincolnville Communications, Norway Savings Bank, GWI, Systems Engineering and Oxford Networks.  The scholarships will be managed by the University of Maine Foundation, and will benefit six students from Maine studying in IT fields at a University of Maine System campus.

 MTUG’s 2016 IT Summit Sponsors include: Casco Bay Hall Sponsor Avaya; Lunch Sponsor FairPoint Communications; Gold Sponsors AT&T/AirWatch and Lincolnville Communications; Silver Sponsors BEK Inc., Blue Spruce Technologies, Brocade, Cisco, Fortinet, inContact, ITS Inc., Maine Fiber Company, Mosaic Technology, New England Communications, Time Warner Cable Business Class, Verizon, and Viavi Solutions.

 MTUG’s mission is to educate Maine businesses and organizations about the technical, business and regulatory aspects of information technology and its management. MTUG enhances IT infrastructure and services and their use in Maine by bringing together businesses, consumers, technology providers, and legislators/regulators through monthly free educational events. Membership is free and open to all interested parties, and most educational events are also free (except the annual IT Summit). For additional details about MTUG or other event inquiries, visit MTUG’s website at www.mtug.org and click the “Contact Us” link. 

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