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Data Centre World in National Harbor

National-Harbor-1-676x300Mike Andrea joined 20 of the top Fortune 500 company in Maryland last month at Data Centre World conference in National Harbor.
Companies attending the conference included: Apple, and Visa, AEP, AT&T, C.H. Robinson, Capital One, Dell, DuPont Fabros, Fidelity Investments, Freddie Mac, Gamestop, HP, Intel, Liberty Mutual, Oracle, Raytheon, Thrivent Financial, Timken, UPS, and Wal-Mart. Organisations represented coming from all sectors of business including service, manufacturing, education, government, finance & banking, healthcare, retail, energy, insurance, automotive, and more!

Mike was privileged to be hosted for a site tour with RagingWire and one of their Data Centers, while also having the opportunity to discuss the Data Center investment attraction, regional planning and industry collaboration models with Loudon County officials and the primary energy provider for the region (with an estimated load on the power grid exceeding 600MW, and growing).

The learnings and investment attraction approach demonstrated by the area could be of great value to a committed region in Australia with a technology focus. Similarly the minimum site requirements, pre-conditions and engagement models evident in the U.S. could readily be adapted here.

Mike presented a 2-hr workshop on the recently released Size & Density WhitePaper, which was  authored by Strategic Directions in collaboration with the Data Center Institute (USA), of which he  Mike is a current Board Member. The presentation covered global data centre growth & associated investment and regional planning implications.

A copy of the Whitepaper is available for download now





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Technology Bootcamp for Aged Care – August

aged careWith over 30 years’ experience in the technology sector, Mr Goldstone will facilitate the transfer of knowledge during the seminar to discuss the range of technologies available within the aged care industry and how they can improve the lives of health care providers, carers and clients.

Mr Goldstone emphasised the importance for aged care providers to be aware of existing innovative products as well as the development of future technologies to enable an ageing population independent, healthy and socially active lives for as long as possible.

“The aged and community care industry should embrace technology based services to a point where it is as normal as wearing a watch,” he says.

“Continuing investment in connected communities and the digital economy will enable these services to support our ageing community.”

While implementing the latest technology can be expensive and take time for seniors to adapt to new technologies, Mr Goldstone believes a seamless transition to a more efficient system will benefit the aged care sector as a whole.

The Feros Care Smart Technologies Bootcamp will be held 27-28 August, and will address virtual case management, m-health, social connectedness, falls and mobility, dementia technologies and telehealth.

Register by 25 June 2015 and receive 15% off the ticket price. Go here to learn more

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Mike Andrea to Co-MC at The Australian Data Centre Strategic Summit in March

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Data Centre Strategic SUmmitMike Andrea, a Director of Strategic Directions will Co-MC the Facilities Track of The Australian Data Centre Strategic Summit on the Gold Coast in March of this year with Glenn Gore, Senior Manager for Amazon Web Services the MC of the IT Track, and Trevor Clarke Lead Analyst Tech Research Asia the overall events MC. This is the third time Mike has Co-MC’d the Facilities Track at the event.

The Australian Data Centre Strategic Summit held March 10-12th is an invitation only event, which harnesses the collective intelligence of Data Centre leaders. The agenda that includes; over 40 key notes, round tables, collaborative think-tanks, 1-1 meetings, exhibitions and workshops.

Over 200 thought leaders and C level executives from around the world will gather on the Gold Coast to discuss best practices for Data Centres and infrastructure services. Evaluating and discussing new Data Centres online and corporates moving services to the cloud, consolidating dating IT departments, increasing capacity and availability demands and building a plan for future technology.

Mike, who has been involved in the event for the past 3 years, will again act as Co-MC for the event, and will also participate in the round table discussions and 1:1 meetings.

Mike explains the value of the event as “To hear from the best thought leaders in the Data Centre space and to develop strategies that leverage the world’s experts is an opportunity that is unparalleled.”

Mike is a member of the Advisory Council for the Australian Data Centre Summit and is on the Board of Directors of US based AFCOM Data Centre Institute.

Main Themes for the 2015 Agenda led by ITnews Editor Brett Winterford are:

  • Connecting Clouds – Blueprints for tomorrow’s IT architects
  • Information Management – Same old problem, new solutions


What others are saying:

 Westpac 10/10 “Brilliant – Great use of technology and great SE-Corp team. Much more relaxed than other events, easy to plan the day using SE-Corp App.”

 Network Ten 9/10 “This event was the best organized that I have ever attended. The vendors all had something relevant to say and all presented well. A dry topic but done excellently. Some best moments came from the Roundtables.”

 NAB 9/10 “Very good, the best networking event on calendar.”

 HP Services 8/10 “Hands down best DC event I have attended. App was brilliant addition. Sensational, organized, helpful, and getting more intuitive which is great.”

 pdf iconYou can download the program here



MC Host Profiles

MikeMike Andrea, Director – Strategic Directions

Director and Data Centre National Practice Manager for The Strategic Directions Group and has been the External CIO for Springfield Land Corporation since 2007. He is responsible for the ICT Master Plan for Greater Springfield, which won the 2010 World’s Best Master Planned Community at the FIABCI Prix D’Excellence Awards. Mr. Andrea led the design team on the $220M, 14,000-square meter, Tier 3+ Polaris Data Centre which opened in January 2009 in Springfield, Australia. He is now a member of the Polaris Joint Venture Board and has over 23 years’ experience in the ICT industry, covering strategy, design and management across commercial and government sectors. In 2010, Mr. Andrea was appointed to the Board of Directors of AFCOM’s Data Center Institute in the USA.

GlenGlenn Gore, Technology Solutions Manager – AWS

Glenn has a strong background in Internet services. Starting with OzEmail (Australia’s largest ISP) in mid 1990’s, purchased by UUNET in 1998 (World’s largest Internet backbone provider) then moved to WebCentral (Australia’s largest hosting provider), was Chief Technology Officer for Melbourne IT. Glenn is currently Senior Manager – Solution Architecture at Amazon Web Services, leading the Solution Architecture team across Asia Pacific. Glenn has a strong R&D background in internet technologies focusing on how innovation changes how we work and interact with each other.

TevTrevor Clarke, Lead Analyst – Tech Research Asia

A passionate and dynamic analyst, Trevor Clarke has over 15 years’ experience in the Asia Pacific region and specializes in Future Work Space and Data Centre research, advisory and consulting. He was most recently the lead analyst for IDC’s Asia Pacific Future Workspace research and ANZ infrastructure research team. Trevor is also a former editor of Computerworld and ARN. A Victorian by birth, Trevor now resides in Tokyo, Japan.

The Australian Data Centre Strategic Summit

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Chris to MC Smart Technologies Bootcamp focused on Aged Care

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Chris Goldstone, Managing Director of Strategic Directions is the MC for the Feros Care Smart Technologies Bootcamp on the Gold Coast o the 27-28 August. This is a two day industry conference to introduce and improve smart technologies in Aged Care and with Community

Aged care provider Feros Care, winner of the Best Organisation category at the 2014 Aged & Community Services Australia’s National Awards for Excellence, believes collaboration is the key to providing innovative aged care models and is hosting the event to enable the transfer of information and to help build capability in the use of smart technologies of all industry stakeholders.
Chris is looking forward to being the MC, ” We have an ageing community and it is an important agenda to shape the way we live and contribute to independent living with the use of technology. We expect to host aged and community care provides from around Australia and internationally”

The bootcamp will run over two days covering practical workshops on virtual case management, m-health, social connectedness, falls and mobility, dementia technologies and tele health.

Jennene Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Feros Care for the past 14 years said the bootcamp will showcase all the work Feros Care is undertaking in smart technologies and will share with the industry our lessons learned giving many providers a flying start into the smart technology space.

“Feros Care is committed to using technology and making a positive contribution to the reshaping service provision in aged care and providing modern innovative options for healthy ageing, independent living and workforce modernisation,” said Ms Buckley.

Registrations are now open and only 200 places are available. Register now to avoid disappointment. Book before 25 June 2015 and receive 15 per cent off the ticket price.

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We are appointed panel member for QLD State Gov ICT Services Panel

QLD GovStrategic Directions is delighted to be selected a panel member for ICT Services Panel ICTSS.13.03, for the QLD State Government in 2015.

The QLD State Government has a focus on innovation as a key enabler of the knowledge economy and Strategic Directions is proud to be a partner in this vision.

The aim of the Department of Science, Information Technology Innovation and Arts is  improve government service delivery through efficient use of information and communications technology services and ensure Queensland businesses and consumers benefit from current and emerging digital technologies and services.

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MAV technology conference, Chris as judge

MAVThe MAV Technology Annual Conference is a two-day event that explores the transformative role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in delivering services to Victorian councils and their communities.

The program is designed to be of interest to all local government business areas and will include high profile speakers, council case studies and discussion of mobility, e-services, GIS, information management, open data, whole-of-government integration opportunities, cloud computing and other transformative technologies and processes now available to local government.

Formerly called the LGICT Awards for Excellence, the MAV Technology Awards for Excellence recognise outstanding achievements by local government information and communications technology (ICT); geographic information (GIS) and records management (RM) practitioners to encourage innovation in council service delivery for the people of Victoria.

Chris Goldstone was one of the three judges this year. The three categories for judgement were: Individual Achievement, Team Achievement, Innovation Fellowship, Collaboration of the Year and the Exemplar Award.



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Media Release: Strategic Directions extends strategic alliance partnership with AFCOM

Strategic Directions has extended their Strategic Alliance partnership with AFCOM, withSD logo the new agreement being signed at the Asia Pacific Data Centre Symposium held in September in Melbourne. Strategic Directions is the only company outside North America represented on the AFCOM Data Centre Institute (DCI) Board – a thought leadership group for the global data centre industry.AFCOM

AFCOM  advances data center professionals by delivering comprehensive and vendor-neutral education and peer-to-peer networking to its members around the globe. Through forward-looking research by the Data Center Institute, publications including Data Center Management Magazine, local chapters, regional symposiums, and major events like Data Center World, AFCOM supports thousands of data center professionals in their career advancement. In serving the greater data center industry for more than 30 years, AFCOM has earned recognition as the market leader in connecting the data center community.

“We will continue to be invested in our relationship with AFCOM by providing thought leadership, education, resources and solutions to the challenges that IT and facilities professionals tackle daily across the data centre because being at the forefront of the data centre industry is part of our DNA.” Mike Andrea, Director of Strategic Directions stated.

Strategic Directions regularly attends, and has presented at the AFCOM World Data Center conference that is held twice a year in the USA. In addition the company directly supports the annual AFCOM Asia Pacific Symposium with industry focused presentations targeted on the local data centre industry. Made up of Industry Leaders, the US based DCI Board provides leadership in all areas of the data centre industry including cloud computing, security, disaster recovery, business process continuity and data centre operations and management.

Strategic Directions is dedicated to ensuring innovative data centre design, operations and management is supported across the marketplace. Based on our project experience and industry research, Strategic Directions regularly shares its findings with industry through conferences and presentations.

With our AFCOM Strategic Alliance we regularly present at the AFCOM Data Centre World Conferences in the USA, and support the AFCOM Asia Pacific Symposiums held annually in Australia.

Strategic Directions has partnered with the AFCOM Data Center Institute to release a new data centre Standard. There are levels of confusion over data centre size and density across the industry, resulting in the AFCOM Data Center Institute and Strategic Directions working together to create an Industry Framework and Standard for Data Centres.

The Standard, presented as white paper, outlines a standard set of facility size and density ratings to inform the development of regulatory obligations, such as building energy efficiency reporting, at state, regional and local levels.

It answers the following questions:
• Why does size and density matter?
• Why are standard definitions for data centres needed?
• What standard terminology, and industry recognized language can be applied internationally across the Data Centres?

Learn more by visiting StrategicDirections website and downloading the whitepaper.

About Strategic Directions

Strategic Directions are ICT Strategy and Management specialists, providing vendor independent IT and Telecommunications advice and guidance to Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, as well as Commercial Organisations, at Executive Management level.

The sole focus of the Strategic Directions Group is to help our clients improve their operational efficiency and maximise the return on their ICT and Data Centre Investments.

AFCOM Strategic Partners support the data centre industry.

Strategic Directions is AFCOM’s Asia Pacific Strategic Alliance Partner where we support collaboration of data centre professionals, vendors and providers in continuous learning and business improvement regarding data centre management and operations.

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