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Problem solvers and communicators gravitate to Operations and Technology Management

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New half-engineering, half-business degree at the University of Portland is a hit with local advanced manufacturers.


PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A Mandelli machine at Boeing's plant in Gresham uses a robot to pluck the correct milling spindle and put them into place to fashion a wing component. Operations Technology Managers are increasingly neeed to mediate between the engineers who run such machines and write the software and the executives running the company.


To explain why the world needs Operations and Technology Management experts — a job halfway between techies and business types — Naveen Gudigantala tells an Apple story.

How much more would it cost Apple to assemble its iPhones in the U.S. as opposed to China?

The answer is just $4. The parts (the supply chain) come from all over the world, but they are put together in China because there is less risk there. If there were a sudden change, which country could adapt better?   See full article here:  http://bit.ly/2kV8DPW








Youth Judges 1st Place Award goes to Ben Berry's 1981 Delorean

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (17)

The Youth Judges Choice honored Benjamin Berry's 1981 Back to the Future Delorean with a 1st Place Award at the Lake Oswego Annual Auto and Boat Show.  See:  http://portlandtribune.com/lor/48-news/230853-94674-thank-you-its-a-beautiful-show





Posted on September 9, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (4)

National Movement Targets Lack of Women, Minorities in Computing

"There are many factors to consider when it comes to keeping students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Portland Chief Technology Officer Ben Berry said. Students first need access and exposure to what’s available; parents need to support their interest; students’ peers must accept their choice to be involved with technology; they need to feel inspired to continue participating; and they need role models who can show them the way.

The country needs more mentors for black and Latino students, Berry said. His own success in a technology-based career comes from seeing his father, the first black student to graduate in aeronautical engineering at USC, assume a position of authority in a STEM field. Seeing his father's success showed him that this was a kind of position that was possible for him, too."


CIO Magazine -- Branding IT: Logos, Slogans Sell the IT Message

Posted on May 17, 2010 at 11:13 PM Comments comments (2)

Branding IT: Logos, Slogans Sell the IT Message.  Making an IT organization act like a business is no small job. Letting your internal business customers know you're doing so is just as crucial, particularly today, when business leaders are scrutinizing the performance of every department.

IT World: An Open Exchange

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 8:51 PM Comments comments (22)

Five CIOs talk about managing IT costs in a weakened economy, IT World- An Open Exchange,


December 30, 2008, 04:23 PM — ITworld — Because of the current economic slowdown, which many expect to last through 2009, CIOs are faced with some hard choices when it comes to investing in IT. And they're cutting or delaying projects and not investing in new technologies that aren't increasing revenues, creating business or boosting operational efficiencies.


ITworld asked five CIOs in various industries to discuss how they're planning to weather the softening economy and balance the needs of the business with shrinking IT dollars; what three projects they're currently doing or plan to do over the next year; and what projects have fallen off their lists completely because of the economy.

Statesman Journal

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 9:42 PM Comments comments (3)

Four professionals answer our questions about business and technology

Federal Computer Week

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Open Source Myth Busters – “Don’t let common misconceptions about freely distributed software derail your IT strategies.”

Government Technologies Public CIO Magazine

Posted on August 1, 2007 at 3:21 PM Comments comments (11)

Marginal or Mainstream: Open Source?

"If we define ways open source tools might be valuable," Berry explained, "the next discussion is with business management of the agencies to see if it can help solve real business problems."

Top CIOs to Present at Computerworld's Mobile & Wireless World Conference in Orlando

Posted on May 21, 2007 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Peer-to-Peer Conference Will Focus on Strategic Deployment of Mobile and Wireless in the Enterprise.  MWW is a rare opportunity to gain insight on the way user companies deploy their mobile and wireless strategies in the enterprise.  At Computerworld's Mobile & Wireless World Conference, IT executives join thought leaders, key solution providers, and their peers for a visionary overview of mobile and wireless platforms and solutions.


Posted on May 21, 2007 at 1:22 AM Comments comments (1)

Top CIOs to Present at Computerworld's Mobile & Wireless World Conference

Portland Business Alliance

Posted on May 3, 2007 at 8:01 PM Comments comments (2)

Open Source: How to Contain Software Costs.  How much are you paying in license fees for all the software your business uses?  Is your company in jeopardy of being fined for violating proprietary software laws?  Open source may be the answer for your business.  Leading technology companies have been using open source software and operating systems for years. Many open source tools can work for smaller businesses like yours.


Posted on April 8, 2007 at 1:36 AM Comments comments (14)

Sheila Hamilton interviews Ben Berry and Rich Bader about the news geeks are following closely.


       "Think about how many times in the course of your day you use technology; whether it’s checking websites for travel conditions, uploading your kids favorite you tube video, downloading your favorite music; and that's just in our personal lives. Technology is an essential part of every one of our lives. So get your geek self out to the InnoTech conference, coming to Portland, April 25th and 26th at the Oregon Convention Center. Here this interview with Ben Berry and Rich Bader talking about the newest technological trends, and what it is wireheads do when they get together to talk shop!"


Posted on February 1, 2007 at 1:44 AM Comments comments (1)

Open Technology Development Road Map Featured at Government Open Source Conference By Todd Simmons.