BDPA hosts ‘Cincinnati Blacks In Technology’ to collaborate with the vibrant community of like-minded technology professionals of color in our city. The doors are wide open for anyone who is passionate about all things technical. Our meetups encourage fun, socializing and high level talks on a variety of technology topics. IT recruiters and IT job seekers are encouraged to share information in a face-to-face setting.
Cloud computing has proven a boon to businesses—especially small businesses, for which it hits a particularly sweet spot. With cloud services, small businesses reap the benefits of not having to deploy physical infrastructure like file and e-mail servers, storage systems or shrink-wrapped software. Plus, the "anywhere, anytime" availability of these solutions, means hassle-free collaboration among business partners and employees using the ubiquitous browser. Cloud services also provide entrepreneurs, SOHOs, and mom-and-pop outfits access to sophisticated technology without the need of an IT consultant or tech worker on the payroll However, before making the move, small businesses need to be sure that they have a clear picture of all that the cloud entails, and then determine whether it is the right solution for them.
Our guest speaker, Ricardo Wilkins (@ricardo303 (http://twitter.com/ricardo303)) will discuss many of the cost-effective cloud-based services available to businesses today, specifically those offered by Microsoft. Ricardo is a seasoned software developer and technology consultant whose current focus centers on Microsoft SharePoint technologies. In the past he has also provided web development services and built data-driven applications for local and international companies, and has been involved in application development projects involving motion control and embedded devices. He’s given talks and technical demonstrations on SharePoint and other technologies at local user groups, non-profit agencies and national conferences and webinars. Ricardo is well-known to BDPA audiences - http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/05/take-five-ricardo-wilkens-columbus.html - for his volunteer work with award-winning youth in Columbus OH. We look forward to engaging with all Cincinnati Blacks In Technology attendees about the impact that cloud services can have in the greater Cincinnati area for technology professionals and small business owners.