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Saturday, March 10, 2018

TITLE: "If, Then, Else; The Ultimate Reference Guide for Anyone Who Works In or With Information Systems Professionals" by Michael Davids, Dan Secor, Stephen Farnum and Roydon Lewis AB
TIME: 1-3 pm
LOCATION: Event Room
DESCRIPTION: In "If, Then, Else;" authors Michael Davids, Dan Secor, Stephen Farnum and Roydon Lewis offer a practical analysis of typical behaviors and personalities found in information systems organizations to assist those working within the sector and related behavioral management training consultants. Compiling their collective knowledge and expertise, the authors aim to illustrate how to anticipate likely scenarios by positing day to day IT activities and common events within the workplace to help readers understand how to formulate an appropriate action plan. Davids says, "The intent is to provide a path to effective and efficient ways to adapt in these real-world use-cases and interact with these common, stereotypical IT personalities." Although there are countless books on Information System technology, "If, Then, Else;" focuses on common personalities and situations expressly within the IT world offering career-beneficial insight on navigating those often choppy waters. The authors provide a unique tapestry of character and scenario intersections certain to resonate with anyone involved with IT participants. As personalities and situations "hit home" with the reader the authors provide invaluable guidance on successful interaction in those specific conditions. Furthermore, the authors collaboratively provide insight and guidance on the best way to identify and respond to the general temperaments and attitudes of IT professionals. Written by IT professionals for IT professionals about IT professionals, "If, Then, Else;" proffers a tool to aid professionals in achieving a favorable interaction and the best possible outcome throughout daily IT operations and interactions; a key in attaining overall career success. About the Authors Michael Davids began his career in information systems as an application programmer and progressed to a systems analyst, database administrator/warehousing, business intelligence, and ultimately a series of manager and director positions. With degrees in computer science and an MBA, Davids has also served as a continuing educational instructor for computer-related subjects at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and is a certified ITIL V3 practitioner and holds green belts in Six Sigma & Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Dan Secor graduated with a BS in business management and a minor in computer programming. After almost a quarter-century in electrical equipment sales, Secor returned to school and graduated with an MA in counseling psychology, and became a licensed mental health counselor. Secor works in private practice and lives with his wife, Laura, and his daughter, Rhea, in Central Mass. Steve Farnum's first IT role was that of a computer operator and progressed into advanced roles including helpdesk analyst. It was there he honed his skills leading to technical analyst and IT consulting. Since then, Farnum has held many roles and has evolved to senior roles in Service Management. Roydon Lewis started his career as an operational engineer, transitioning to a database administrator, then on to web development, and finally to a business intelligence architect consultant. He has worked with most of the large software firms, their support groups, and local and offshore independent implementation vendors.

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