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The BDPA Insider - May 1, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, May 1, 2011

The BDPA Insider - May 1, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

In this issue:

The Tech Pioneer Who Dared to Speak out Against Racism in IT

BDPA Los Angeles Member Reviews Online Tutorial for BDPA Students

Member on the Move: Prince Ellis (BDPA Cincinnati)

Kroger's Steve Gutter joins BDPA Cincinnati Board of Directors

BDPA Brotha on Promoting Your Chapter to Local Media

Leadership in Information Technology – 4 Questions

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

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The Tech Pioneer Who Dared to Speak out Against Racism in IT

Posted byDon Tennant

TheIT Hall of Fame, which is administered by the IT trade associationCompTIA, has bestowed the honor on Earl Pace, co-founder ofBlack Data Processing Associates and chairman of the board of trustees of theBDPA Education and Technology Foundation. I had the pleasure of conducting anin-depth interviewwith Pace a couple of years ago, and I was heartened by the fact that he had no inclination to steer away from the issue of racism in IT.

Pace said it’s probably more subtle than it used to be, but it’s still very much a problem that confronts the IT community.

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BDPA Los Angeles Member Reviews Online Tutorial for BDPA Students

Temitope Sonuyiis a member of ourBDPA Los Angeles chapter.He joined BDPA because he saw it as an organization devoted to the service of educating young people. This fit with his personal desire to assist in the spread of knowledge to those who don't have the resources and opportunities and those thatWANTto learn.

Therefore, it is not a surprise that Temitope was interested in bringing 'best practices' from other BDPA chapters to support the efforts of training young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)initiatives within BDPA Los Angeles chapter.

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Member on the Move: Prince Ellis (BDPA Cincinnati)

BDPAis all about the advancement in careers made by people of African descent in the Information Technology (IT) industry from the 'classroom to the boardroom'.As such, we are proud to share some news about the upward mobility of BDPA Cincinnati VP-FinancePrince Ellis.

Prince recently accepted a promotion to Department Chair of Information Technology at Brown Mackie College (BMC). Prince joined BMC in 2007 as an IT adjunct instructor and was later promoted to full-time instructor. He holds a B.S in Finance and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Northern Kentucky University. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctoral Degree from Argosy University in Business Technology. He serves on various committees at BMC including the Faculty Development Leadership Team, Professional Learning Committee, Blended Task Force Committee, and Library Advisory Committee for IT / Computer Networking.

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Kroger's Steve Gutter joins BDPA Cincinnati Board of Directors Article Contributed By: Wayne Hicks | Hicks Enterprises

Black Data Processing Associates' Cincinnati chapter has announced the newest members of its board of directors.

Steve Gutter, a developer in the Software Engineering Department at The Kroger Company, has been appointed to serve as BDPA’s vice president of strategy and planning.

BDPA is a nonprofit organization made up of racially diverse information technology professionals who advance the careers of African Americans from the classroom to the boardroom.

Gutter joined BDPA in 2002 as a volunteer for weekend technology training provided to local high school students. He took the leadership role in the annual BDPA Midwest Regional conferences held in Cincinnati, OH from 2003-2007.

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BDPA Brotha on Promoting Your Chapter to Local Media

by Wayne Hicks

I have been in BDPA since 1988. Some of y'all refer to me as theBDPA Brotha! One of the constant concerns that I hear expressed by most local chapters is that they are the 'best-kept secret' in their community and industry.Perhaps it it time to remember that there are still ol' school marketing opportunities with your local media.

Media are constantly looking for new stories and information that will interest their audiences. Chances are, your town has at least one major newspaper, several smaller papers, a few TV stations, a bunch of radio stations, and at least one cable company. Here are a few things to consider:

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Leadership in Information Technology – 4 Questions

by V_LAN Technologies

Social media — digital consumption is here to stay!! IT senior management must define how the enterprise will do business in a digital economy. IT initiatives can no longer have a functional/vertical implementation; but must cross all business lines. The demand to access data globally means the organization cannot "afford” to ignore Business Process Management and standardization.

Regrettably, too many CEOs are not in step with their CIOs and other senior IT executives when the long-range strategic planning begins and the question: "How to do we manage IT” is addressed. They are not just on the wrong page but often not in the same book!!! How do you get all of the executive stakeholders reading from the same script? Propose the following four critical path questions and begin to implement a strategy that will provide your organization with a high-quality Information Management plan, cost-effective service delivery that includes … data mining, mobile, social media, virtualization, blogging, posting and most importantly, "like”. Like will define your focus group for free!!!!

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2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

Early bird registration for $350 now open!

Click here to register for the 2011 National BDPA Conference today!

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

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