OH&S Announces 2016 New Product of the Year Award Winners

The magazine's eighth annual contest drew a record number of entries and 28 winning products. Winners will be recognized at this year's National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Anaheim, California.

DALLAS, September 20, 2016 – Twenty-two companies, including multiple winners Avery Products Corporation, CBS ArcSafe, Inc., Honeywell, and Ringers Gloves, were honored today for winning Occupational Health & Safety magazine's eighth annual New Product of the Year contest. Winners will be recognized with awards during the 2016 National Safety Congress & Expo taking place in Anaheim, California October 17-19.

This year's contest attracted entries in 21 award categories, with an independent panel of three highly qualified judges choosing the winners.

"Now in its eighth year, our New Product of the Year contest is a highly significant event for safety manufacturers, who submitted a record 84 entries this year. The exceptional quality and breadth of the 2016 entries is a testament to the ingenuity of these manufacturers as they compete in this fast-growing global market. Informing our readers and online audience about the best new products available to solve their key safety and health challenges has always been part of our magazine's mission, and this contest has become an essential extension of our outreach to the audience we serve. Many categories were hotly contested this year, especially the Hand Protection category, in which an unprecedented five products tied for the award," OH&S Editor Jerry Laws said. "I congratulate all of this year's entrants on their fine work and thank them for participating. We hope they and many other manufacturers will enter our ninth annual contest next year, as well."

The 2016 contest's judges were Vince Marchesani, Ph.D., President and CEO of Environmental, Health and Safety International LLC; Chuck Paulausky, CHMM, President of CPSE LLC, a consulting firm specializing in OSHA and EPA compliance and loss control for small to medium-sized businesses; and Linda J. Sherrard, CSP, MS, Safety Consultant II for the Central Prison Healthcare Complex (NCDPS) and former technical editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

To be eligible for the 2016 awards, products must have been introduced to the market between July 5, 2015, and July 4, 2016. The 2016 award winners are:

EHS Software
Avery Products Corporation: Free Avery GHS Wizard Safety Labeling Software

Electrical Safety
CBS ArcSafe, Inc.: RRS-3 SecoVac (IEEE)
CBS ArcSafe, Inc.: RRS-3 DB-50

Emergency Response
Honeywell: Honeywell TITAN SCBA

Emergency Showers & Eyewash
Bradley Corp.: Emergency Signaling System

Ergonomics
Ansell: AlphaTec 58-128 Light Duty Chemical Protection Glove

Fall Protection/Prevention
JLG Industries, Inc.: EcoLift 50 and EcoLift 70

Foot Protection
KEEN Utility: Tacoma XT CSA

Hand Protection
Majestic Glove: Cut-Less Diamond 37-1300
Ringers Gloves: R-179 Cut5 Super Hero Glove
Ringers Gloves: R-259 Cut5 Roughneck Glove
Superior Glove Works, Ltd.: TenActiv Cut-Resistant Anti-Vibe Gloves with Micropore Nitrile Grip
Ronco: NITECH EDT

Hazmat Safety
Honeywell Industrial Safety: MultiRAE Benzene – Wireless Portable Multi-Gas Detector King Technology Inc.: Oxi-King Water Treatment System

Head Protection
Honeywell: North Zone Hard Hat

Hearing Protection
Honeywell: Howard Leight TrustFit Pod

Heat Stress Prevention
Comfort Innovations, LLC: The Cold Blanket

Industrial Hygiene
Industrial Scientific: Ventis Pro Series Multi-Gas Monitors
MSA - The Safety Company: ALTAIR 5X Multigas Detector

Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding
Brady Corporation: Transparent Gate Valve Lockout Device

Online Training
e-Hazard: Electrical Safety Hour Series

On-Site Training
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.: Video Training Book

Protective Apparel
Westex by Milliken: Westex Indigo - Stylish FR Denim

Safety Monitoring Devices
Blackline Safety: Loner M6

SDS Management
3E Company, a Verisk Analytics Business: 3E Online

Signage & Identification
Avery Products Corporation: Avery UltraDuty Labels with Free GHS Wizard Software

Vision Protection
MCR Safety: Dominator DM3

In addition to being honored today, the winners are featured on Occupational Health & Safety's industry-leading website, ohsonline.com.

For more information, please contact:
Susan May
Group Marketing Director, 1105 Media
Security, Safety, Health & Facilities Group
14901 Quorum Drive, Suite 425
Dallas, TX 75254
Phone: 972-687-6744
E-mail: smay@1105media.com

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2016 Campus Technology and THE Journal “Teaching with Technology” Survey Results Announced

Research: Educators Enthusiastic about Technology ... with Exceptions

(VIENNA, VA., September 14, 2016)— 1105 Public Sector Media Group is pleased to announce that the results of the 2016 Campus Technology and THE Journal "Teaching with Technology” surveys have been published.

In the inaugural Teaching with Technology surveys, Campus Technology readers (primarily higher education educators) and THE Journal readers (primarily K-12 educators) were asked to provide their feedback for the technologies they use in the classroom. The pioneering surveys allowed Campus Technology and THE Journal's editors to explore educators' preferences, level of confidence in their abilities, belief in technology as a teaching and learning tool and their outlook for the future.

The two research studies found that, on the whole both K-12 teachers and college/university faculty members value technology both as a tool for teaching and learning and as a means of making their jobs easier.

In the K-12 survey, a full 92 percent of respondents said technology has positively affected their ability to teach, and 88 percent of them favor schools providing devices to all students. Eighty-fiver percent said tech has made their jobs "easier” or "much easier.” The K-12 survey included 1,307 qualified respondents, 84 percent of whom work for public school systems.

On the higher education side, 77 percent of respondents said tech has made their work "easier” or "much easier.” Eighty-eight percent said technology has positively impacted their ability to teach. The higher education survey included 524 qualified respondents, 69 percent of whom work for public institutions.

"We surveyed faculty members across the country to find out how they feel about technology in the classroom, what devices are most valuable for teaching and learning, their wish lists and gripes, their outlook on the future and more,” said Rhea Kelly, executive editor of Campus Technology. "Overall, their responses revealed a positive outlook on technology — but also provided a reminder that education must be the core goal of any tech initiative on campus."

"There's a perception out there that teachers are either unwilling or unable to use technology in the classroom. But our 2016 Teaching with Technology report finds just the opposite,” said David Nagel, editor-in-chief of THE Journal. "Teachers are willing, eager and able to adopt technologies that improve teaching and learning.”

The surveys also cover:

  • Technologies teachers most value
  • Technologies on educators' wish lists
  • Use of hybrid or blended models
  • Assignment of technology-based homework
  • Technologies teachers most detest. (Mobile phones and learning management systems topped the lists!)

The full results of the Teaching with Technology Survey appear in the August/September digital issue of Campus Technology: https://campustechnology.com/currentissue and in the September issue of THE Journal: https://thejournal.com/currentissue.

About 1105 Public Sector Media Group
1105 Public Sector Media Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., provides information, insight and analysis to the Government IT and Education IT (FED/SLED) sectors. Our content platforms include print, digital, online, events and a broad spectrum of marketing services. https://1105publicsector.com

About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including the public sector (FED/SLED) information technology community; enterprise computing; industrial health, safety, and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105's offerings span marketing services; print and online magazines, journals, and newsletters; seminars, conferences, and trade shows; training courseware; web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with offices throughout the United States. https://1105media.com

Contact:
Emily Jacobs
ejacobs@1105media.com
703.876.5052

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2016 GCN dig IT Award Finalists Announced

(Vienna, VA, September 7, 2016)— GCN is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2016 GCN dig IT Awards.

For 28 years, the GCN Awards have showcased general excellence in government IT. This year, with the GCN dig IT Awards, we are sharpening the focus to showcase what matters most: transformative tech that is truly reinventing government. The 2016 awards will celebrate leading—edge technologies and the pioneering IT professionals who are driving them forward.

"From the Internet to GPS to drones, much of the most exciting and important technology today has been either invented or driven by government,” GCN Editor-in-Chief Troy K. Schneider said. “And when you look at this year’s nominations, you see all sort of great examples of pushing the envelope and discovering creative ways to make government work better with tech.”

The 2016 GCN dig IT Award Finalists:

Big Data, Analytics and Visualization:
  • Auction Optimization Model
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Homeland Security Information Network Exchange
    Department of Homeland Security
  • National Accuracy Clearinghouse
    Mississippi Department of Human Services
    Georgia Department of Human Services
    Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
    Alabama Department of Human Resources
    Florida Department of Children and Families
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • NIST Ballistics Toolmark Research Database
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
    National Institute of Justice
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Patient Movement Item Asset Tracking Project
    Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force
  • Real-Time Automated Parole Data Replication
    New Jersey State Parole Board
    New Jersey State Police
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
Cloud and Infrastructure:
  • Regional Emergency Number System Deployment
    Ark-Tex Council of Governments
  • Analytics and Data Sharing Platform to Track Disease Transmission
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • IT Consolidation and Enterprise Architecture
    Louisiana Department of Health
    Louisiana Office of Technology Services
  • myServices
    Department of State
  • Online Public Inspection Files
    Federal Communications Commission
  • Workforce Integrated Performance System
    Department of Labor
Cybersecurity:
  • Adversarial Tactics, Techniques and Common Knowledge
    The MITRE Corporation
  • Personal Identity Validation and Single Sign On Enablement
    Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • GrantSolutions Two Factor Authentication Implementation
    Department of Health and Human Services
  • Hack the Pentagon
    Department of Defense
  • Fortify for Forge
    Defense Information Systems Agency
  • Integrated Security Operations Center for Situational Awareness and Collaborative Cybersecurity Defense
    City of Los Angeles
Mobile:
  • Aero App Electronic Flight Bag
    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Enterprise Mobile Provisioning Service
    Social Security Administration
  • Fleet Management System 2 Go
    General Services Administration
  • Gov2Go
    Information Network of Arkansas
  • Eagle Directed Identification Environment Application
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Mobile App Software Assurance Research and Development Project
    Department of Homeland Security
Robotics, Automation and UAS:
  • Automated Radio Testing
    City of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency
  • FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Registration Website
    Federal Aviation Administration
  • Process Robotics
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Deploying Drones for Bridge Inspections
    Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System Program
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • SkyTracker Drone Detection System
    Federal Aviation Administration
Other - Open Data:
  • CitySDK
    US Census Bureau
  • Commerce Data Usability Project
    Commerce Data Service
  • Data Format Description Language (DFDL) and the open source Daffodil DFDL processor
    Department of Defense
  • DHS Data Framework
    Department of Homeland Security
  • Next-Gen IT Dashboard
    Office of Management and Budget
  • Open Prince George's County
    Prince George's County Office of Information Technology

The finalists will be profiled in the coming weeks in GCN and on GCN.com. They also will be honored in person at the GCN dig IT Awards Gala on October 13th, at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner, VA. The overall winner in each category, as selected by our judging panel of top government IT innovators, will also be announced at the October 13th Gala.

For more information on GCN dig IT Awards sponsorship opportunities please visit https://gcn.com/digIT.

About GCN
GCN covers the technology, tools and tactics that make innovative IT possible in the public sector. Its editorial mission is to deliver technology assessments, recommendations and case studies to support the public sector IT managers who are responsible for the specification, evaluation and selection of technology solutions. GCN is the only media brand that serves the full scope of technology decision makers in the federal, state & local and education markets (FED/SLED). https://gcn.com

Emily Jacobs
ejacobs@1105media.com
703.876.5052

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Security Products 2016 New Product of the Year Award Winners Announced

DALLAS, August 23, 2016 -Security Products magazine, the only integrated product and technology magazine reaching the entire security market, and securitytoday.com, the preeminent editorial website for the security industry, announced the winners of their 2016 New Product of the Year Award today.

The Security Products New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. A record-high number of entries was received in the eighth successful year of the independently juried contest. Winners were honored in 41 product award categories:

The winners are:

Access Control Devices/Peripherals
HES, an ASSA ABLOY Group Brand, K200 Wired Cabinet Lock
HES, an ASSA ABLOY Group Brand, KS200 Wired Server Cabinet Lock

Access Control Devices/Peripherals - Wireless
ASSA ABLOY, ASSA ABLOY IN100 Aperio Wireless Lock
ASSA ABLOY, ASSA ABLOY IN220 Power over Ethernet Lock

Access Control Software/Controllers
Mercury Security, Mercury MS Bridge for Software House iSTAR Migration

Audio Analytics
Louroe Electronics, LE-802 Intelligent Audio Analytics System

Big Data Security Analytics
Quantum Secure, SAFE Facility Analytics

Cameras - Analog
Iluminar Inc., LPRS-32-24

Cameras – Body Worn
Sentry 360, SentryMobile Body Worn Camera Series

Cameras – IP Multi-Sensor Panoramic
Digital Watchdog, MEGApix PANO 48 Megapixel Multi-Sensor Camera
IC Real Tech, ALLie Home 360-Degree x 360-Degree Camera

Cameras - IP Single-Sensor Panoramic
Oncam, Evolution-12 Camera Line

Cloud Solutions and Services
Camcloud Inc., VIP Dealer Program – Software
Honeywell, AlarmNet 360

Convergence & Integrated Software Solutions
IDIS, IDIS Smart UX Controls

Cyber Risk Management Software
RiskSense Inc., RiskSense Platform (v 5.1)

DIY Security
Kuna Systems, Kuna

Emergency Communications Systems
Aiphone Corporation, IX Series Network Paging Adaptor/IX-PA
Talkaphone, Wall Mount S Call Station

Fire & Life Safety
Sargent and Greenleaf, S&G 2890B

Green/Sustainable Solutions and Products
ASSA ABLOY, IN220 Power over Ethernet Lock

High-Performance NVRs
Milestone Systems, Milestone Husky M500 Advanced NVR

Home Automation
Legrand, On-Q Intuity Home Automation System

Internet of Things
AlertEnterprise, bAlert Security Commander

Intrusion Detection & Prevention Solutions
Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc., Gunshot Classifier 1.0

Intrusion Detection & Prevention Solutions - Wireless
Honeywell, Lyric Security and Home Control System

Locks/Safes/Hardware
Sargent and Greenleaf, S&G 2890B

Loss Prevention
Netskope, Netskope Active Cloud DLP 2.0

Mobile Apps
Brivo Inc., Brivo Mobile Pass

Monitoring Solutions
I-View Now, I-View Now

Network Support Solutions
Aiphone Corporation, IX Series Network Adaptors, IX-1AS & IX-10AS

NVR Appliances
Promise Technology, Vess A2330

Outdoor Perimeter Protection
Gallagher, Gallagher F3 Fence Controller

Power Supply Technologies
Altronix, Netway 4EWP
Minuteman Power Technologies, RMP1581HVN Remote Power Manager

Risk Management Software
RiskVision, RiskVision Active State

Software/IT Solutions
System Surveyor, System Surveyor

Tools and Hardware
Campus Safety Products, RhinoWare Door Barricade System

User Authentication/Identification/Credentialing and Management
Bosch/Genetec/SecureXperts, Credentialed High Assurance Video Encryption (CHAVE)

Video Analytics
Bosch Security Systems Inc., Intelligent Video Analytics 6.30

Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies
Sony, SNCVB770

Video Surveillance Cameras, HD (megapixel)
Arecont Vision, MegaVideo Flex

Video Surveillance Data Storage
Salient Systems, RED3 Integrated Server 16 Port/24 Port
Spectra Logic, Spectra Verde DPE (Digital Preservation for Enterprise)

Video Surveillance Hardware & Accessories
Dotworkz, S-Type 4K Series Camera Housing
Theia Technologies, Theia 4K 1/1.7" Format Varifocal Lens Family

Video Surveillance Management Systems
Milestone Systems, XProtect 2016

Visitor Management
AMAG Technology, Symmetry GUEST

Winners will receive awards and will be recognized at ASIS International 2016 in Orlando, Florida September 12-14. They will also be featured on the security industry leading website, securitytoday.com, and will be highlighted in the December 2016 issue of Security Products magazine. Entries are showcased in the September 2016 issue of Security Products magazine. The magazine is distributed to more than 66,000* subscribers monthly as well as at key industry trade events such as ASIS, and its website is visited by thousands of security professionals every week.

"The New Product of the Year contest gives us a terrific sampling of security solutions available now," said Ralph C. Jensen, editor in chief of Security Products magazine. "Our juried judges do an excellent job of compiling and assigning a score for each entry. I applaud those who entered this year for introducing the best of the best security systems. It is always exciting to view the entries and then release information about the winning entries. However, it should be noted that all new products are important and might be able to fit into your security scheme."

Information about the 2017 Security Products New Product of the Year awards will be available at securitytoday.com in the spring of 2017.

*BPA Brand Report, December 2015

For more information, please contact:
Susan May
Group Marketing Director, 1105 Media
Security, Safety, Health & Facilities Group
14901 Quorum Drive, Suite 425
Dallas, TX 75254
Phone: 972-687-6744
E-mail: smay@1105media.com

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2016 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Now Open

(VIENNA, VA., August 5, 2016)— 1105 Public Sector Media Group is pleased to announce that voting for the 2016 THE Journal Readers' Choice Awards is now open.

In THE Journal's second annual Readers' Choice Awards, THE Journal subscribers are asked to vote for the software, hardware and services they consider most vital to the mission and business of K-12 education. Votes can be entered at thejournal.com/readerschoice before August 31.

"Our second-annual Readers' Choice Awards give educators, administrators and education technology professionals the chance to speak out in support of the tools that make a difference in the effectiveness of teaching and learning and in the efficiency of school and district operations," said David Nagel, editor-in-chief of THE Journal. "Hundreds of products have been nominated in dozens of categories, and education professionals can also write in their favorites."

The winners will be featured on THEJournal.com and will appear in the October issue of THE Journal.

For more information on the THE Journal Readers' Choice Awards and to cast your vote, please visit at thejournal.com/readerschoice.

About THE Journal
THE Journal is the premier resource for K-12 senior-level district and school administrators, IT administration and instructional technologists who make decisions and influence technology purchases for their districts, schools and classrooms.

About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including the public sector (FED/SLED) information technology community; enterprise computing; industrial health, safety, and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105's offerings span marketing services; print and online magazines, journals, and newsletters; seminars, conferences, and trade shows; training courseware; web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with offices throughout the United States. https://1105media.com

Contact:
Emily Jacobs
Phone: 703.876.5052
E-mail: ejacobs@1105media.com

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2016 Campus Technology Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Now Open

(VIENNA, VA., August 4, 2016)— 1105 Public Sector Media Group is pleased to announce that voting for the 2016 Campus Technology Readers' Choice Awards is now open.

In Campus Technology's second annual Readers' Choice Awards, Campus Technology subscribers are asked to vote for the software, hardware and services they consider most vital to the mission and business of higher education. Votes can be entered at campustechnology.com/readerschoice before August 31.

"At Campus Technology we hear about products all the time — in the news, at trade shows, on the web. But with our annual Readers' Choice Awards, we get to view products from a completely different perspective — that of the individual user," said Rhea Kelly, executive editor of Campus Technology. "It's a great way to find out what people think about the myriad technologies used in higher education today."

The winners will be featured on CampusTechnology.com and will appear in the October issue of Campus Technology.

For more information on the Campus Technology Readers' Choice Awards and to cast your vote, please visit at campustechnology.com/readerschoice.

About Campus Technology
Campus Technology is one of higher education's top information sources, with distribution across a website, monthly digital magazine, newsletters, webcasts and online tools. It's the go-to resource for campus professionals, providing in-depth coverage on the technologies and implementations influencing colleges and universities across the nation. Content includes valuable hands-on articles, best practices, industry trends, expert advice and insightful articles to help administrators, campus executives, technologists and educators plan, develop and successfully launch effective IT initiatives.

About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including the public sector (FED/SLED) information technology community; enterprise computing; industrial health, safety, and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105's offerings span marketing services; print and online magazines, journals, and newsletters; seminars, conferences, and trade shows; training courseware; web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with offices throughout the United States. https://1105media.com

Contact:
Emily Jacobs
Phone: 703.876.5052
E-mail: ejacobs@1105media.com

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BIMS Keynote Kapur Talks Growth, Data, Millennials and a New Era of Lead Generation

"Traditional lead generation is on its way out the door," Rajeev Kapur, CEO of 1105 Media and a keynote speaker at SIIA's upcoming Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS), Nov. 14-16 in Fort Lauderdale, told me recently. "Over the next couple years it's going to be challenged. If you continue to do lead gen the same way over time, you'll fall behind. The folks providing the leads—i.e. 1105—need to do a better job of providing leads.

"Our customer base is starting to change. Our customers, the people receiving leads, they have a challenge with thinning staffs so they want us to do more. [That means] providing more value in the leads. In the next 2-3 years or not sooner the traditional lead gen model is probably gone and replaced with something entirely different. That's why when I came aboard and talked to customers, we started to look at new ways to evolve and today we're working on a new technology platform to roll out for customers."

Kapur will speak more to this at BIMS. He has quite the interesting background—many years at Dell, co-founder of a technology company, CEO of an audio company. But 1105 Media was his first plunge into the world of B2B media.

"I wasn't necessarily looking [to move] at the time, but I knew the executive chairman of 1105 pretty well, and they were looking to make a change and reached out to me," he said. "And ultimately what they wanted to have I've done before. They wanted someone from outside of the industry who could come in with a fresher perspective and new thoughts—effectively build a new foundation and a great team."

CONNECTIV: Did coming from outside help in this case?
KAPUR: I think it did and it still does. I didn't come with a lot of preconceived notions. I have a quote that I tell people, that most companies are challenged not because they did the wrong thing, but they did the right thing for too long. That's true for industries as well. I remember back when I was with Dell around 2004, thinking that unless something drastically changes, it's going to be a challenge here. We're going to have to embrace a whole new market. Every once in a while companies have to reinvent themselves.

How does a company's size affect its growth?
Obviously, the smaller you are the more nimble you can be. I have a philosophy that in order to do this—to focus and lift the business—you need a strategy. And you have to have a culture that can support that strategy. Then it's about execution and focus. At 1105 we focus a ton on the culture and getting the best out of people—while asking, "How do we look at this from the voice of the customer?" We're strong in the data analytics world and an example of listening to the customer is that we launched virtual e-learning—a paid model in our TDWI business.

And this is where data becomes so important?
Yes. We have a leg up because of our TDWI business, which provides training to data scientists. We've been building out our data sets internally so we can slice and dice the data and anyone on my management team can have phenomenal data at their fingertips. Overall, the biggest challenge in data is that it's the buzzword. Everyone wants to do data. Publishers are saying we're not publishers any more we're data companies. But just because you say you're a data company doesn't make you a data company. The challenge is going to be that there's so much data out in the marketplace, CEOs and management teams are going to suffer real-world, analysis paralysis. Unless you're really able to understand what the data is telling you…

It's of no use.
It's all in the interpretation—what are the tools that you need? How do you understand the trends properly? Data is important but if you can't measure it, you can't manage it. You also can't forget the voice of the customer. So yes data analysis is real hot, but if you don't know how to use it, it will cripple your business. I'm a huge basketball fan. The Lakers were criticized for not moving fast enough in the world of analytics like the Golden State Warriors. But there's a happy medium. In the end you have to pass the eyeball test. Data analysis doesn't tell you if [NBA first draft pick] Ben Simmons is a good dude. You need good instincts as well.

You've also talked before about the importance of influence.
People in the publishing industry have to understand that it's going to be about influence. How is your brand influencing others? How are companies going to show their influence—that's what will set them apart. Over the next few years, millennials will start to make more headway, and their habits are totally different—80% prefer to text not talk, 67% learn how to do things by watching YouTube, and 48% want to own their own business. "If you want me to buy your product, let me help you design it." They're going to be an incredible generation.

Has the funnel been inverted?
Yes, but the idea of listening to the customer is not new. What's new is that tech is making that easier. One takeaway is that if you don't embrace [the kind of] tech that puts you closer to the customer—like virtual learning, more digital, more social—you could miss out on the millennials. Live events will be even more important because they will provide a place for the next generation to meet. Instead of going to a classroom and learning something, they'll do that virtually, and then congregate at an event.

So events will continue to grow?
Yes. The events business will continue to grow exponentially with the addition of virtual education and e-learning. This will cause a domino effect across all aspects of the industry and there will be a consolidation again. Understanding the customer will be more important than ever and big data is going to play a key role in that changing landscape, be it with lead gen, events or marketing services.

We've talked about lead gen, data, tech, but does it still come down to content?
As the demographics start to shift, you can't sleep on having great content. I was recently at a conference a while back when someone claimed that millennials don't have attention spans. I have two millennial sons, and they'll binge-watch a show for hours. So it's not the attention span that's the issue, it's the content… Internally we are constantly looking for new ways to deliver content that's relevant and provides great take-home value.

I've written a lot about "failing fast" and the importance of developing new products. But how do you make your employees feel safe enough to try new things?
I tell everybody that works for me that I'd rather have them try and fail than not try. And that I want them to make a decision. We can fix a bad decision; we can't fix a no-decision. No one will ever get fired for trying something new or for failing at something they tried to do. I reward people who try, people who think outside the box. I am doing everything I can to empower my team all the way down the chain to say, "Look, this is what we need to do for the customer." If you look at our Acquire Show in Washington, D.C, that was something the team had been thinking about for a while when I joined. I said, "Let's do it."

You must be a popular CEO.
My job is to hire the best people, give them the tools to do their job, remove obstacles when needed and get out of their way. I'm happy to say that when I walk in the room I'm not the smartest person in the room. If you're a leader and you walk into a room and you are the smartest person, that's a problem. But what I'm good at is creating a culture, listening, coming up with ideas, and helping my team grow and achieve goals.

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Aquire Conference & Expo

1105 Media, Inc. Celebrates Successful ACQUIRE Show Debut

(VIENNA, VA, June 16, 2016)—1105 Media, Inc. recently wrapped its first annual ACQUIRE Show featuring keynote speakers, Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of the bestselling book The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks, and Captain Mark Kelly and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords with their inspiring keynote ‘Endeavor to Succeed.'

The event was hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC and welcomed a large audience of contracting officers, acquisition executives, program managers, government and military IT professionals plus a wide-variety of federal buyers and industry partners across multiple tracks including Information Technology, Acquisition Management, Project Management, Office Management, Talent Management and Professional Services.

Authors also were onsite at FCW Bookshelf LIVE! to share their expertise and field audience questions on topics ranging from cybercrimes and digital government to invention and big data. "We had a packed house at FCW Bookshelf LIVE! for both days," FCW Editor-in-Chief Troy K. Schneider said. "Government attendees obviously wanted to hear the big ideas that our authors brought into the conversation, and the questions they asked showed that they were already thinking about how to apply what they've learned in their jobs."

There was also a consumer-focused element of the show in the Happy Fed pavilion which was incredibly popular. Attendees lined up to hear information on a variety of topics from federal benefits to how to build and manage teams to achieve mission goals.

"ACQUIRE delivered on its promise to be a platform of learning and professional development opportunities for all federal employees—78% of the attendees were government employees. We're very proud of our first-year achievement and have successfully created a foundation for the future," said Carmel McDonagh, Chief Marketing Officer, 1105 Public Sector Media Group. "This was the start we needed for what ACQUIRE is poised to be—a very dynamic and fast-growing local show."

There were 116 speakers and 20 agencies represented on panels hosting thought leadership and training sessions. Attendees enjoyed the variety of courses available and sourced information from leading vendors. The response from attendees and exhibitors was overwhelmingly positive. ACQUIRE 2016 was sponsored by founding partner Professional Services Council, and platinum sponsors Akamai, Deltek and NITAAC.

ACQUIRE 2017 will be held June 21-22, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Sponsorships and exhibit space for ACQUIRE 2017 are available. Please visit: https://ACQUIREshow.com.

About 1105 Public Sector Media Group
1105 Public Sector Media Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., provides information, insight and analysis to the Government IT and Education IT (FED/SLED) sectors. Our content platforms include print, digital, online, events and a broad spectrum of marketing services. https://1105publicsector.com

About 1105 Media, Inc. 1105 Media, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including the public sector (FED/SLED) information technology community; enterprise computing; industrial health, safety, and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105's offerings span marketing services; print and online magazines, journals, and newsletters; seminars, conferences, and trade shows; training courseware; web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with offices throughout the United States. https://1105media.com

Contact:
Carmel McDonagh
Phone: 703.876.5040
E-mail: cmcdonagh@1105media.com

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GCN DigIT Awards

GCN dig IT Tech Arcade Nominations Now Open

(VIENNA, VA., June 3, 2016)— GCN, an 1105 Media brand, is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 2016 dig IT Tech Arcade is now open.

For 28 years, the GCN Awards have showcased general excellence in government IT. This year, with the GCN dig IT Awards, we are sharpening the focus to showcase what matters most: transformative tech that is truly reinventing government.

New this year is the Tech Arcade, an exhibit area open to event attendees that will feature hands-on demonstrations of government agencies' most innovative and leading-edge technologies – from robots to interactive visualizations to augmented and virtual reality.

"Most of us are familiar with the Mars rover and DARPA robots, but there’s remarkably cool tech being used in almost every corner of the public sector," GCN Editor-in-Chief Troy K. Schneider said. "Our Tech Arcade offers a chance to see some of those innovations in person, and interact with them in a hands-on way."

Technologies in the Tech Arcade should have compelling interactive qualities such as wearable tech, robots, UAVs, and 3D printers to encourage attendee interaction. If you think your technology fits this description; submit your nominations at http://gcn.com/techarcade. Nominations are open until August 31st and anyone may nominate a technology.

About GCN
GCN delivers technology assessments, recommendations and case studies to support public sector IT managers who are responsible for the specification, evaluation and selection of technology solutions. www.gcn.com

About 1105 Public Sector Media Group
1105 Public Sector Media Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., provides information, insight and analysis to the Government IT and Education IT (FED/SLED) sectors. Our content platforms include print, digital, online, events and a broad spectrum of marketing services. https://1105publicsector.com

Contact:
Carmel McDonagh
Phone: 703.876.5040
E-mail: cmcdonagh@1105media.com

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Campus Technology

Campus Technology Announces 2016 Innovators Award Honorees

(VIENNA, VA., June 1, 2016)— Campus Technology has officially announced the recipients of its 2016 Innovators Awards. After a nomination process that brought in submissions from all over the world, 11 honorees were selected in six categories.

The Campus Technology Innovators Awards annually recognize the exemplary colleges and universities, along with their visionary project leadership and technology vendor partners that have used technology in innovative ways to solve campus challenges.

"We are thrilled to have a diverse group of Innovators this year — projects ranging from crowdsourcing and gamification to multimedia and mobile apps. It's exciting to see these institutions using technology to impact teaching, learning and administration in a big way," said Rhea Kelly, executive editor, Campus Technology.

The 2016 Campus Technology Innovators:

Teaching and Learning

Virginia Commonwealth University
Project: The Great VCU Bike Race Book
Project Lead: Gardner Campbell, Special Assistant to the Provost and Associate Professor of English
Vendors/technologies:

  • Adobe
  • Apple
  • BePress
  • Canon
  • Feedly
  • FeedWordPress
  • Nikon
  • Reclaim Hosting
  • Sennheiser
  • Slack
  • Sony
  • WordPress
  • WP Engine

London School of Economics and Political Science
Project: Constitution UK
Project lead: Peter Bryant, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation
Vendors/technologies:

  • Crowdicity
  • Facebook
  • Storify
  • Twitter

University of South Florida
Project: My Reviewers
Project lead: Joe Moxley, Professor of English
Vendors/technologies: Developed in-house

University of Michigan
Project: GradeCraft
Project lead: Barry Fishman, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Learning Technologies, School of Information and School of Education
Vendors/technologies:

  • Alfa Jango
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Developed in-house

 

Student Systems and Services

University of San Diego
Project: Insight Mobile App
Project lead: Avi Badwal, Senior Director, Enterprise Technologies, Information Technology Services
Vendors/technologies:

  • Apple
  • Ellucian

 

Administration

University of Central Florida
Project: Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool
Project lead: Jacob Bates, Techrangers Lead, Center for Distributed Learning
Vendor/technology: Instructure

University of Maryland University College
Project: Office of Analytics / HelioCampus
Project lead: Darren Catalano, CEO of HelioCampus and former Vice President of Analytics at University of Maryland University College
Vendors/technologies:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • HelioCampus
  • Tableau

 

IT Infrastructure and Systems

University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Project: FLEXspace
Project lead: Lisa Stephens, Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation
Vendors/technologies:

  • Artstor

Clemson University
Project: Watt Family Innovation Center
Project lead: Charles Watt, Founding Partner
Vendors/technologies:

  • Biamp Systems
  • Brocade
  • Christie Digital
  • Cisco
  • Crestron
  • Da-Lite
  • Dell
  • Digital Projection
  • Echo360
  • Extreme Networks
  • Harman
  • Jupiter Systems
  • Mersive
  • Planar
  • Visix
  • XPAND

 

Education Futurists

Marshall University
Project: Clio, A Mobile GPS-Enabled History Application
Project lead: David Trowbridge, Associate Professor of History
Vendors/technologies: Strictly Business

University of Oklahoma
Project: OU Libraries NavApp
Project lead: Matt Cook, Emerging Technologies Librarian
Vendors/technologies:

  • Aruba
  • Meridian
  • RFIP

This year's honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the 2016 Campus Technology Conference held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Aug 1-4. The winners will also receive in-depth coverage on the Campus Technology website and will be featured in the July/August print edition of Campus Technology.

“We are excited to feature the Innovators Awards alongside a keynote address on the connections between innovation and potentially transformative change from internationally recognized expert, Stephen Downes. The awards represent excellence in experimentation, design, collaboration, and implementation, and the projects they recognize expand the possibilities for individual campuses and the field of higher education technology,” said Dr. John Hess, program chair, Campus Technology Conference- “We are certain that the Campus Technology 2016 audience will learn from and be inspired by the originality of the winning projects. Congratulations to all of the recipients on their achievements.”

For more information on the awards, please visit the Campus Technology Innovators website: www.campustechnology.com/innovators.

About Campus Technology
Campus Technology is one of higher education's top information sources —delivering valuable information via a digital magazine, website, newsletters, webcasts and online tools. It's the go-to resource for campus professionals, providing in-depth coverage on the technologies and implementations influencing colleges and universities across the nation. We provide valuable how-to content, best practices, industry trends, expert advice and insightful articles to help administrators, campus executives, technologists and educators plan, develop and successfully launch effective IT initiatives. www.campustechnology.com

About 1105 Public Sector Media Group
1105 Public Sector Media Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., provides information, insight and analysis to the Government IT and Education IT (FED/SLED) sectors. Our content platforms include print, digital, online, events and a broad spectrum of marketing services. www.1105publicsector.com

About the Campus Technology Conference
The Campus Technology Conference, produced by LRP Conferences, brings together thought leaders from the fields of higher education and technology to explore innovative solutions and to develop effective strategies for campus administration, infrastructure, teaching and learning, and more. This year’s conference will take place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Aug. 1–4. For additional information, please visit www.campustechnologyconferences.com.

Contact:
Carmel Mcdonagh
Phone: 703.876.5040
E-mail: cmcdonagh@1105media.com

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Posted on 06/01/2016 at 8:28 AM0 comments