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‘Simplifying IT’ attracts 100 participants

Approximately 100 small and medium business owners convened at a downtown information technology (IT) forum to jaxitservices1help develop a better understanding of the various types of technologies that can help them in their businesses. The “Simplifying IT” conference was sponsored by the Jacksonville IT Council of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Jacksonville IT Services.

According to Howard S. Stockdale, president of Jacksonville IT Services, the conference’s focus was to increase understanding of IT and key components, so that business decision makers could evaluate technologies and their potential fit for their organizations. “The goal was to [provide information so they could] cut costs and operate more efficiently during this downturn economy and into the future,” he said.

Among the technologies discussed were unified communications, Web 2.0 and SEO, Voice Over IP (VoIP), managed IT services, virtualization, cloud computing, green computing, mobile workforce, and end-point security. Ten speakers from throughout the United States and Canada came in to make presentations. The event was free of charge to participants.

Stockdale said this is the first of several conferences he is planning. The next one is tentatively set for the fourth quarter of this year. Although the venue is not yet determined, it will be co-sponsored by his company and Microsoft.

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