GM and Walmart execs headline tech event
General Motors’ director of information technology, Kim Clower, and Walmart vp of strategy for innovation, governanance and communications are keynote speakers for the 9th annual Women in IT Conference.
The event, presented by the Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, will focus on celebrating innovation and developing opportunities for women in technology. It will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Ar.
"The conference is structured in a way that helps women expand their information technology skills and to both think about and to apply those skills in new ways," said Eric T. Bradford, the research institute’s managing director.
Others presenting at the conference include Katie Ertz, senior operations director for the National Center for Women and Information Technology; Alan Harvill, senior application sales executive and mobility applications consultant for AT&T; Helena Gadison, founder and chief executive officer of EMW Enterprises Inc.; Patti Leith, managing partner and founder of EDGES Inc.; and Jeff Woods, the managing member and principal of Arkansas Legal Tech.
On Thursday, conference participants will tour the University’s new RFID Research Center facility and attend a dinner and ceremony recognizing recipients of the Aspirations in Computing Award from the Information Technology Research Institute and the National Center for Women and Information Technology. The regional award seeks to recognize high school women in Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma with outstanding achievements and aspirations in computing and technology. Six young women were recognized with awards last year.
"It is a way to encourage more young women to choose a career in technology," Bradford said.
The second day of the conference features session topics such as the state of women in information technology, cloud computing, innovation, mobile security, building effective relationships and a panel discussion on celebrating innovation and developing opportunities for women in technology.Registration information and the event agenda can befound here.
OfficeMax.com named best of the Web
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Office Max’s retail website, OfficeMax.com, was named a 2012 Best of the Web award winner. The fourth annual Best of the Web Compuware Application Performance Awards showcase leaders in web and mobile site performance across several major industries nationwide.
OfficeMax was honored as the 2012 Compuware Best of the Web Silver award winner in the retail category. The award is based on OfficeMax.com’s average year-long performance in product order transaction, which is determined by the speed, availability and consistency of going to the website to search and select a product, adding it to the shopping cart, logging in to a shopping account and reviewing the order before purchase.
"Delivering an excellent online shopping experience for our customers is essential to building deeper relationships with them to drive long-term brand loyalty," said Jim Barr, OfficeMax executive vice president and chief digital officer. "So, we’re very pleased to receive validation from Compuware that our site performance is top-notch."
Ad vet joins new retail media network
Jim Farrell has joined Stratacache’s interactive media subsidiary enVu to lead the sales effort for a new gestural ad network with intriguing retail applications.
Farrell will be responsible for building and overseeing the sales efforts for enVu’s five North American sales regions including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit and will focus on cultivating a successful sales and customer service team.
"It’s an exciting time to join the enVu team as the company continues down a path of growth and innovation," Farrell said "enVu is unlike any other mall DOOH network, because it not only provides an immersive experience that engages consumers, but it establishes deeper customer interactions with the ability to download videos, games and promotions to mobile devices. I see a lot of talent at enVu, and I’m thrilled to take on my new role and drive further growth."
Prior to joining enVu, Farrell was the vp of sales with ABC’ s Regional Sports and Entertainment Group. During his tenure with ABC, he oversaw the sales efforts for its DOOH networks including digital signage in Times Square, the McDonalds Channel, CMT Taxi Network, the 7-11 Network, Ski TV, and the Digital Outdoor Network. Farrell also spent six years with Captivate Network as VP of Sales, North America where he oversaw the sales efforts in the United States and Canada.
"We are very excited to have such a well diversified expert in all facets of media sales to lead our sales team," said Jimmy Abraham, COO at enVu. "When it comes to digital out of home (DOOH), Jim’s experience and relationships in the industry is vital. It is exactly what we are looking for to sustain our growth strategy and increase market share in this space."