Navigation Links
S.C.-Based Technology Consortium Names Interim Executive Director and Board

COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management, a recently formed collaboration of business, academic and economic development organizations intended to build information technology (IT) opportunities, has configured its board and named Lonnie Emard as the interim executive director.

Previously director of staff resource management for information systems at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Emard was instrumental in building the coalition that was launched in a public announcement last month. Emard spent the past 18 months carrying forward a vision originated by Stephen K. Wiggins, executive vice president and chief information officer of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

The coalition was set up by BlueCross, IBM (NYSE: IBM), and the University of South Carolina (USC) as a collaboration to grow IT talent, nurture IT management expertise and cultivate related business and organizational relationships. It now includes 14 member organizations.

"This is a unique collaboration that converges business, academia and economic development to foster growth in education in the Palmetto State and across the nation," said Emard. "I'm honored to be at the helm of a new endeavor that has such a huge potential for success for South Carolina and the Southeast."

Emard's background is diverse and positions him well as the initial choice for this position. While his bachelor's degree is in computer science, his experience leading and managing business and educational organizations will be of value equal to his understanding of the IT industry. His most recent observations of hiring needs and talent development issues faced by IT companies is integral to the direction of the consortium.

Emard will be responsible for the strategic and tactical operations of the consortium. He will have an events coordinator as well as three half-time associate directors from USC responsible for academic programs and curriculum recommendations. He also will be accountable for financial management and Innovista facility planning.

"In the consortium's first year, the most important element of strategy is marketing and promotion," said Emard. To that end, the consortium will look for help from such organizations as New Carolina and Jute Networks.

In addition to Emard's appointment, the consortium's board has been configured. Stephen K. Wiggins is the chairman. Other members are Ravi Ravindra, BlueCross chief technology architect; Dr. Christine Curtis, USC vice provost for faculty development; Dr. Sheryl Kline, USC interim dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management; Andy Bernardin, IBM client director; Mark Anzani, IBM vice president of System z client technical support.

The consortium will address growing IT hiring challenges, such as attracting students to consider technology careers in insurance, banking, retail, airlines, petroleum and other industries dependent on high volume transaction processing. It also will dedicate efforts to directing students to companies that are hiring IT professionals.

The consortium will be housed in Horizon II, to be constructed in the University of South Carolina's Innovista research campus in Columbia, S.C. It will use this facility to house meeting rooms and classrooms for all types of academic preparation in the business of IT, including post graduate training of business and academic professionals as well as activities for secondary school students such as computer camps. It also will host incubator opportunities and space for applied business research. Participating companies and universities, as well as interested students will have opportunities to engage in experiential learning using the data center and business-like environment provided by IBM.

Groups interested in joining may call 877-214-3513 for more information.

SOURCE The Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Quantum light beams good for fast technology
2. New Smart Technology Makes Patient Data Collection Easier, More Efficient
3. Align Technology Executive to Present at Upcoming Financial Conferences
4. Pioneer Surgical Technology Hires Vice President of New Business Development
5. Purdue researchers develop technology to detect cancer by scanning surface veins
6. Creative Technology Services Enhances its Global Competitiveness with Additional Regulatory Certifications
7. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Complete System-Wide Conversion to Masimo SET Pulse Oximetry Technology
8. Patent Reform Legislation Threatens Americas Leadership in Medical Technology Innovation
9. Stevens Health, Technology and Society roundtable: Sept. 19
10. Microbiotic technology developed for microinjection of zebrafish embryos
11. Proven Terumo Coronary Guidewire Technology Is Now Available in the United States
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Chiropractic student Katie ... (CU-KC), in Overland Park, Kansas. Benson, a fifth-trimester student in the university’s ... Cleveland III on October 16. , “Katie is very excited and greatly appreciative ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... award for its exceptional customer service: the TrustDale certification. The award recognizes good ... Baltimore stone honing , tile and grout, and hard surface restoration company ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Bibliomotion is thrilled to announce the launch of UNCONVENTIONAL ... Nancy M. Schlichting, Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System (November ... of patients and their families, shaped my desire to improve the system of care. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dr. Kevin Day, local family ... community stress less this holiday season. During the Indiana winter months, Vitamin D ... and the team at AlignLife want to help provide the tools needed to combat ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Peck’s mother wondered if she was a descendant of Samuel Fuller, a passenger on the ... for information, Don and his aunt discovered that she was not, in fact, related to ... Don’s father who was descended from not one, but four passengers on the famed ship ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015 F1000Workspace - a ... since it was launched just six months ago. --> ... authoring platform for scientists - since it was launched just ... been loaded on to F1000Workspace - a research ... it was launched just six months ago. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nov. 24, 2015 iRhythm Technologies, Inc. , a ... today announced that it will participate in the 27th Annual Piper ... New York, NY . Kevin King , ... December 1, 2015 at 8:50am ET. --> ... . --> . --> iRhythm ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for Type 1 Diabetes ... says GBI Research . --> The ... Mellitus (T1DM), will be a key driver of market growth to 2021, ... The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for Type 1 ... 2021, says GBI Research . Type ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: