Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Upcoming January 2011 Events

Please Save the Date:

M.S. MIT Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Saturday, January 22nd from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Bechtel.

Professional Development M.S. MIT Panel

There will be a Professional Development Panel hosted by our Career Services Department from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm prior to the Networking Reception on Saturday, January 22nd. The first 15 alumni to RSVP will be able to attend with the current NoVA students. Please let me know if you are interested.

CMIT Updates and Video Links

The interview videos of David Kirkpatrick and John Hagel are now posted on You Tube (via the McIntireatUVa Channel). Here are the links:


The following three video streams are available for download (one for each speaker and one for the Q&A/panel discussion):

David Kirkpatrick:
John Hagel:
Q&A session:

And here’s a link to an article describing the program:

Holiday M.S. MIT Alumni Reading List

Hemp, P. (2009, September). Death by information overload. Harvard Business Review.

Davenport, T. (2009, November). Making Better Decisions. Harvard Business Review.

Tannen, D., 1995. The power of talk: Who gets heard and why. Harvard Business Review.

Moseley, M. (2010). Improving data quality through agile data governance. BI Journal, 15(1), 17-24.

Shankar, R., & Menon, R. (2010). MDM maturity: Pragmatism, business challenges, and the future of MDM. BI Journal, 15(3), 19-25.

Johnson, M. (2009, April 1). Conquer your fear of public speaking: How audience-centered speaking can help you conquer stage fright. CIO.
Melymuka, K. (2004, May 10). Tall tales: Storytelling as a management tool.


Other Books:
The Business Analyst's Guide to Oracle Hyperion Interactive Reporting 11 – by MSMIT alum Ed Cody

The New Know, Thornton May

Data Driven, Thomas Redman

The Blind Spot, Charles Feld

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stefano's Dinner Guests

Congratulations to Stefano's Dinner Guests. We look forward to hosting you on Friday, January 14th!

Thank you to everyone who placed a bid in support of this fundraiser. We raised $2,211 for the Annual Fund.

Thank you for your support!

1st Place: $300 – Joelle Rowley - Alum
2nd Place: $275 – Regina Lutz – Alum
3rd Place: $275 – Regina Lutz – Alum guest
4th Place: $255 - Richard Comerford - Alum
5th Place: $255 - Richard Comerford - Alum Guest
6th Place: $251 - Rich Ross – Student
7th Place: $250 – Mark Fleeman - Student
8th Place: $250 – Dennis Francis – Student

(I will be in touch with how to submit your donation for the bid.)

Stefano Dinner Update

45 minutes left!
1st Place: $300 – Joelle Rowley - Alum
2nd Place: $275 – Regina Lutz – Alum
3rd Place: $275 – Regina Lutz – Alum guest
4th Place: $251 - Rich Ross – Student
5th Place: $250 – Mark Fleeman - Student
6th Place: $250 – Dennis Francis – Student
7th Place: $207 – Bryan Lewis - Alum
8th Place: $206 – Laurin Nesselrode - Student

Deadline to submit a bid is 5:00 pm.

Stefano Dinner Fundraiser to Support the Annual Fund

Update as of 11:00 am - December 15th

1st Place: $300 – Joelle Rowley - Alum
2nd Place: $275 – Regina Lutz – Alum
3rd Place: $275 – Regina Lutz – Alum guest
4th Place: $251 - Rich Ross – Student
5th Place: $250 – Mark Fleeman - Student
6th Place: $250 – Dennis Francis – Student
7th Place: $207 – Bryan Lewis - Alum
8th Place: $206 – Laurin Nesselrode - Student

Deadline to submit a bid is 5:00 pm.

Thank you so much for your support and for wanting to join us for this evening!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Update on Stefano Dinner Auction

8 Highest Bids:

1. $150
2. $150
3. $120
4. $101
5 – 8: $100

12 days left to bid!

What: Italian Dining prepared by Chef Professor Grazioli and Server Professor Nelson
When: Friday, January 14, 2011
Who is invited: Our eight highest bidders – Donations go to the McIntire Annual Fund

Deadline to submit bid: Wednesday, December 15th – Two weeks from today!

How to submit bids: Email bid to Nicole Fitzwater,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Auction for Italian Dining with Professor Grazioli Bid Update

Leading Bid: $100 per person

Second bid on 10/20 - $100 per person from 8 students from the Class of 2011
First bid on 10/19 - $50 from M.S. MIT Charlottesville 2004 alumnus

Auction for Italian Dining with Professor Grazioli

Auction for Italian Dining with Professor Grazioli
Friday, January 14, 2011
8 highest bidders to have an Italian Dinner and Wine at Stefano’s home prepared by him
For more details, contact Nicole Fitzwater at

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Two events for M.S. MIT Alumni this Sat - 10/23!

First Event:
Please join us this Saturday (10/23) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Bechtel Conference Center for an update on the M.S. MIT program from Professor Barb Wixom and lunch with the Class of 2011 M.S. MIT students. RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater at

Second Event:
Please join
your fellow M.S. in MIT 2003 NoVA classmates

for a barbeque!

Saturday, October 23, 2010
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
at the home of Charles Henry
21819 Inglewood Ct.
Broadlands, Va. 20148

RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater at

Thursday, October 14, 2010

M.S. MIT NoVA 2005 Class Celebrates Five-Year Reunion

Members of the 2005 NoVA M.S. in MIT Class met at Sushi Rock in Arlington, VA on Thursday, September 30th to celebrate their five-year class reunion. We had 22 total in attendance. It was great seeing everyone and catching up!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Upcoming Alumni Events

1. (Reminder: This event is TODAY.)

Educational webinar and moderated Q&A with:
• Carl Zeithaml, Dean
• Trey Maxham, Associate Dean for the B.S. in Commerce Program
• Mike Morris, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
On Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EDT, Deans Zeithaml, Maxham, and Morris will discuss McIntire's plans and priorities for the current academic year. Please tune in and learn more about our current students, curricula, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate programs.
This dynamic virtual event is part of McIntire’s Virtual Learning Series, a program designed to provide lifelong learning opportunities to McIntire alumni across the globe. To participate in this month’s webinar and Q&A, register at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you cannot join us for the presentation in real time, you may use the registration site to submit questions prior to the discussion. An archived transcript will be available online at after Sept. 15.


Ryan Nelson Visiting Richmond
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Kona Grill
11221 W Broad St
Glen Allen, VA 23060-5817
Ryan will give an update on the M.S. MIT program, CMIT, the 20 year anniversary of the program and his research


M.S. MIT Class of 2005 NoVA Five-Year Reunion
Thursday, September 30, 2010
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sushi Rock
1900 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Please join us in celebrating your five-year class reunion!
Please RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater at by September 23rd


Fall Forum
Friday, October 15, 2010
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
Charlottesville, VA
Topic: Distressed Debt Investing in Post-Crisis Corporate and Real Estate Markets
Keynote Address by Bruce Richards, Co-Founder and CEO, Marathon Asset Management LLC

Panels and presentations featuring:

Michael Alexander (McIntire '99), Marathon Asset Management LLC
David Chattleton (McIntire '00), Morgan Stanley
Allen de Olazarra (College ’80), America’s Capital Partners
Robert Harper (McIntire '00), The Blackstone Group
Carney Hawks (McIntire '96), Brigade Capital Management
David Hilty (McIntire '90), Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin Inc.
Jeff Johnson, Reunion Office LLC
Phil Schaeffer (McIntire '77), Katonah Scott's Cove Management LLC
John Shippee (McIntire '85), Intermarket Corporation
Robert White (McIntire '87), Real Capital Analytics

Invitation, speaker bios, and agenda to follow.


State of the Program Information Session at Bechtel and lunch with current M.S. MIT students
Saturday, October 23, 2010
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Information Session on the State of the Program by Professor Barb Wixom
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch with the 2011 M.S. MIT NoVA Students
Bechtel Conference Center
Reston, VA
Please RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater, by October 15h


M.S. MIT 2003 NoVA Class BBQ hosted by Charles Henry
Saturday, October 23, 2010
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
at the home of Charles Henry
21819 Inglewood Ct.
Broadlands, Va. 20148
Please RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater, by October 15th


Executive Residency and Knowledge Continuum – Program 20 year anniversary celebration!
Rouss & Robertson Halls, Charlottesville, VA
Program Content: IT Strategy and Management, IT Architecture and Emerging Technologies, Project Management, Driving Results through Social Networks, Leadership, Business Intelligence
Program Fee: $2,000 for non-CMIT members, $1,000 for CMIT members
Program Credit: A non-credit course through U.Va’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Attendees will receive Continuing Educational Units and approximately 16 Professional Development Units.
We have hotel rooms reserved. Please email me to register!


CMIT Forum: “Social Media and the Facebook Effect” (Oct. 29)
This year’s CMIT Forum will be held on Oct. 29 in Old Cabell and Robertson Halls, and will feature David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, discussing the story behind the birth and evolution of Facebook, entrepreneurship in the 21st century, and the current and future impact of social media, and John Hagel, author of The Power of Pull. The forum will be followed by a networking, cocktails, and dinner event, open to all M.S. in MIT alumni.


M.S. MIT Class of 2005 Charlottesville Five-Year Reunion
Friday, October 29, 2010
7:00 pm Cocktails
7:30 pm Dinner
817 West Main St.
Please join us in celebrating your five-year class reunion!
Please RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater, by October 15th


McIntire Alumni Football Tailgate
Saturday, October 30, 2010
UVA vs Miami
Contact Nicole if interested - Go ‘Hoos!
We’ll be hosting an M.S. in MIT alumni tailgate event two hours before the U.Va.-Miami football game, followed by a group outing to the game. A $50 donation includes a U.Va. vs. Miami lower-level ticket and food and drink at the tailgate. The tailgate is kid-friendly, with fun activities, including a face painter, bounce box, and tailgate games.

Alumni Readings

The Facebook Effect, by David Kirkpatrick
Evolution of Facebook, entrepreneurship in the 21st century, and the current and future impact of social media.
Info on the book:

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, ...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Message from Career Services

We hope everything is moving along in a positive direction with your job search. Keep in mind that we have several resources for our alumni on our “Career Services for Alumni” web page:

If you’re on Facebook, consider becoming a fan of Commerce Career Services. It’s a great way to stay connected with our office/McIntire:

And, be sure to update and/or register for HoosOnline: By doing so, you’ll have access to a number of job listings that are filtered through their site.

Have a terrific rest of the week and know that you’re welcome to reach out to us for assistance!

All our best,
Commerce Career Services

Mary S. Riner
Director for Employer Relations, Commerce Career Services
McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
Rouss & Robertson Halls, East Lawn
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4173

Direct: 434-243-8838 | Main: 434-924-7986
Facsimile: 434-982-2999
BusinessWeek Ranks McIntire No. 2 among
Nation's Undergraduate Business Programs

M.S. MIT Program Anniversary

M.S. in MIT Program Celebrates Anniversaries with Gala Weekend of Educational, Social Activities

Celebrative events to be held Oct. 28-30, 2010

McIntire’s highly acclaimed Master’s in the Management of Information Technology (M.S. in MIT) Program marks two milestone anniversaries this year, and celebrations are in order. 2010 heralds the program’s 20th birthday, as well as the 10th birthday of its popular executive-format option.

“This year marks 20 years of innovation, leadership, and success in graduate education at McIntire,” says Ryan Nelson, Professor of Information Technology and Director of McIntire’s Center for the Management of Information Technology. “We look forward to celebrating the program’s remarkable achievements with the many M.S. in MIT alumni, faculty, and friends who have contributed so much to the program for two decades.”

Activities for Everyone
The anniversary celebration will include a wide variety of activities, from which alumni are free to choose. The weekend celebration will kick off with the Third Annual Knowledge Continuum Executive Residency, to be held Oct. 28 and half of Oct. 29 in Rouss & Robertson Halls. Speakers will include M.S. in MIT faculty members Peter Gray, Stefano Grazioli, Mike Morris, Ryan Nelson, and Barb Wixom, among others.

“Lifelong learning is so important to our alumni,” says Wixom, who also serves as Director of the M.S. in MIT Program’s Northern Virginia section. “We felt that a celebration of the M.S. in MIT Program wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of a leading-edge educational component.” The Knowledge Continuum is a two-day executive residency designed to provide alumni of McIntire’s M.S. in MIT Program and other IT professionals with a continuation of their academic learning experience.

The Knowledge Continuum’s academic portion will be punctuated by an evening of alumni networking, cocktails, and dinner, to take place Oct. 28.

This year’s Knowledge Continuum will include participation in a Center for the Management of Information Technology (CMIT) program, which will be held the afternoon of Oct. 29 in Robertson Hall. The CMIT event will feature presentations by industry experts, and will be followed by a second networking, cocktails, and dinner event, open to all M.S. in MIT alumni. Stay tuned for further details on the CMIT speakers.

Finally, all M.S. in MIT alumni are invited to attend an alumni tailgate event Oct. 30, followed by a group outing to the U.Va.-Miami football game.

Come One, Come All
“We’re looking forward to a wonderful celebration of the M.S. in MIT Program’s 20 years of achievements,” says Nicole Fitzwater, McIntire’s Director of Graduate Alumni Development. “We invite all M.S. in MIT alumni to join us at any and all of the events taking place Oct. 28-30.”

If you have questions about the upcoming M.S. in MIT anniversary weekend, contact Fitzwater at 434-982-5623 or

New Alumni Directory and Jobs Blog

Alumni Directory and Jobs Blog

The McIntire alumni directory and jobs blog is now live on our website under the Alumni tab! We’ve created a shortcut link directly to the directory:

The Alumni Directory contains the email addresses that we use for our communications. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. If you have any questions about how to log in, please contact McIntire’s Director of Graduate Alumni Development Nicole Fitzwater at or 434.982.5623.

Career Services Contact

McIntire has an Assistant Director of Commerce Career Services to work specifically with graduate students and alumni.

Please contact Kelly Eddins at or 434.924.5670 for any assistance or questions.

M.S. MIT Advisory Board

M.S. in MIT Advisory Board

Represent your class after graduation!

The alumni board has four areas of focus:
- Corporate relations
- Career management and professional development
- Alumni connections
- Curriculum

For more information about the board, please contact Nicole Fitzwater at

CMIT Upcoming Events


The Center for the Management of Information Technology was established in 1991 to provide opportunities for the business and higher education communities to work together in the area of information technology. A CMIT membership entitles your organization to send four people to each of four programs held throughout the year. Individual participation is also available. These programs offer a chance to keep up-to-date on new topics in the field as well as a chance to network with peers. For more information, please visit

We’ve got some fantastic programs lined up for this year:
• September 24th – “Taming the Elephant: Managing Large IT Projects/Programs”
• October 29th – Social Media and the Facebook Effect (in conjunction with the 2010 Knowledge Continuum, which is discounted for CMIT members)
• March 11th – Managing Emerging Technologies featuring Walter Mossberg of the WSJ

M.S. MIT Alumni Social Media Connections

Social Media Connections

Please join us!

Facebook: M.S. MIT Alumni and Friends

LinkedIN: M.S. MIT Alumni

LinKedIN: M.S. MIT Women Alumnae

Twitter: M.S. MIT Twitter Feed

M.S. MIT Upcoming Events

Upcoming M.S. MIT Alumni Events

NoVA M.S. MIT Networking Happy Hour
August 7, 2010, Saturday
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bechtel Conference Center

Fall Forum
October 15, 2010
McIntire’s Fall Forum is titled Distressed Debt Investing in Post-Crisis Corporate and Real Estate Markets and is scheduled for Oct. 15. Keynote is Bruce Richards, founder of Marathon Asset Management and we will have corporate and real estate panels.

Program Anniversary
Third Annual Executive Residency / Knowledge Continuum and CMIT
October 28 – 29, 2010
Rouss & Robertson Halls, Charlottesville, VA

McIntire Tailgate and Football Game
UVA vs Miami
October 30, 2010, Saturday
Tailgate will begin two hours prior to kickoff
Please email Nicole Fitzwater to reserve your group tickets! (All in the lower level)

Friday, June 11, 2010

SW Development Company Recommendations Needed

Sean Thompson's (M.S. in MIT 2003) company is looking for recognized and established SW Development services companies that can handle a full-suite of SW Development needs (from concept development through post-development maintenance). He is looking for 1-2 such companies for an upcoming Federal Government (DHS) opportunity his company is priming.

Please contact Sean at with any suggestions.

Job Opportunity

The University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO) is seeking to fill a newly created position for an IT Operations Administrator. Details of the position and how to apply can be found on our website,

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blog from 2005 M.S. in MIT Alumnus

Don't miss Andy Rudin's (M.S. in MIT 2005) new blog, "Will the Next Sales Achiever Need an MBA?" Follow the blog today by visiting

Job Opportunity

Deloitte LLP is looking for experienced hires in multiple lines of business. Please use the link below to search for the position that matches your skills and career goals. If any jobs interest you contact Jason Brewer (

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Job Opportunity

Technical Deployment Project Manager

Status: Temporary Employee
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
FLSA/Class: Exempt
Project: June 21 – December 21

Grameen Foundation’s Technology for Microfinance (Tech4MF) team is transforming technology from a barrier into an accelerator for microfinance institutions. The team focuses on educating MFI leaders on the long-term strategic value of information systems, training their staff to successfully align information technology with their business operations, and building a network of locally based technology providers and a worldwide online community to support these institutions. At the heart of the program is Mifos™, our open source software platform that gives MFIs a cost-effective, flexible management information system (MIS) that can support their needs today and into the future.

Mifos has been deployed successfully at MFIs worldwide in countries such as India, Philippines, Tunisia, and Lebanon. The Tech4MF team is now embarking on two new Mifos enterprise deployments at MFIs in Nairobi, Kenya.

Job Summary:
We are currently seeking an experienced technical project manager to manage the end-to-end deployments from June - December. This role will oversee the implementation process through the entire lifecycle from project planning through configuration, feature delivery, legacy data migration, user acceptance testing and a production pilot at a sample of branches. Additionally, reflective of most start-up environments, this is very much a hands-on position, with technical project management and in-the-trenches tactical work required.

The ideal candidate should have a proven ability to manage the full lifecycle of a systems integration software deployment, ideally in an international context. The ideal candidate has extensive experience with application configuration and integration with other software solutions, excellent communication and collaboration skills, managing multiple projects at once, and comfort operating independently with remote management.

This is an amazing opportunity to put your experience and passion to work in the fight against global poverty.

This role will report to the Professional Services Director located in Seattle, Washington. The engagement will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Reporting and relationships: The Technical Deployment PM will report to the Director of Professional Services, Technology for Microfinance team.

Availability: The Technical PM will be expected to work a standard workweek of 37.5 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done. This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and may require travel of up to 20% regionally.

Essential Job Functions:
• Lead the technical implementation of Mifos at two MFIs, ensuring both MFIs go live on-time and on-budget. Key responsibilities include:
o Manage the overall project planning and schedule
o Infrastructure assessment and remediation planning
o Product configuration
o Integration of Mifos and core operational business processes
o Oversee development of data migration scripts and ensure successful data migration
o Ensure feature and report delivery
o Facilitate end-user training
o End user acceptance testing and live pilot
• Coordinate and manage the execution of the activities of GF and MFI project team members and consultants. For example,
o Work closely with on-site T4MF accounting consultant responsible for accounting package selection, configuration and integration with Mifos.
o Work closely with other T4MF Professional Services team members who will conduct IT Strategy analysis, conduct Business Process Management workshops, and document Mifos business case
o Manage remote engineering staff in India to generate custom reports
o Manage remote engineering staff in India to develop data migration scripts and oversee successful migration of legacy data
o Work closely with engineering staff in the US who will build custom features.
• Plan and manage the necessary human resources for the project. Work closely with the IT team at each MFI to ensure on-the-job skill transfer so that the MFI is successful managing the technology platform after pilot. Identify needed technical resources (power users) at the MFI to operate the software and provide internal help desk support.
• Become knowledgeable regarding Mifos functionality, foundational technology, and active in the open source community - able to install and configure Mifos locally.
• Share and document challenges, learnings, and best practices to other GF Technology Program Managers.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Deep commitment to eradication of poverty and alignment with Grameen Foundation’s mission
• Strong project management experience in technology; technology-related international development preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and execute software application implementations at customer site (strong project management, client management, training, with full implementation lifecycle) with limited supervision.
• Ability to effectively communicate priorities, delivery expectations, risks and concerns to multiple stakeholders
• Strong technical skills - solid understanding of SQL, ability to read and understand data models and relational databases, and familiarity with web technologies a plus.
• Strong relationship management skills to build deep, learning relationships with key customer - comfortable presenting to a room of business executives and discussing needs with villagers in rural locations.
• Proven ability to lead and succeed in a collaborative, startup-paced environment
• Exceptional communication skills – Fluency in English, knowledge of local Kenyan dialects a plus.

Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in computer science, or related field, a plus.
• Five or more years of related systems integration project management experience or equivalent technical training, education, and/or experience.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:
This position does not require unusual demands for physical effort. This position may occasionally require physical effort to lift and transport boxes weighing no more than 50 pounds.
Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, or commercial vehicles; e.g., use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.

Additional Comment:
The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Interested candidates may apply by email to Please put “IT PM - Kenya” in the subject line. No Calls Please.

Job Opportunity

Mondial Assistance - Americas Zone
Zone Coordinator

Reporting to: CEO Mondial USA
Location: Richmond, USA
Posting Date: May 2010

You will support the Americas Zone CEO and his Zone Team monitoring the performance of the business units in the Americas Zone (North and South America) by defining, implementing and following up all required actions plans. This includes Zone Financials, business plans/strategies, project planning overall zone coordination for the CEO.

Candidates should have strong project planning and financial analysis skills (5-7 years); exposure to working with executives and senior-level leaders within a variety of business functions (IT, Underwriting, Risk Management, Operations). PC skills (Excel, Powerpoint, etc) required. International business experience a plus.

Job Description:
In supporting the zone management, you will:
 Monitor the financial result of the business units of the Americas Zone (US, Mexico, Canada, and South America )
o Financial monthly closures,
o Monthly and quarterly business reviews,
o Budget and forecast meetings.
 Serve as Project Management Officer for the Americas Zone organization: formalize monthly Zone meeting with Zone Committee, deliver Zone budget (Zone organization, projects), coordinate Zone strategic planning process and Zone strategic dialog meeting…
 Facilitate and review the application of Governance processes in the zone:
o Screen BU requests prior to Zone Director sign-off (like M&A requests or every projects requiring Zone Director sign-off or Comex (Group Executive) approval,
o Review CEOs and Business Unit Executive Committees compensation review (including preparing/assessing CEO Target performance scorecards),
o Review CEO travel expenses
 Identify and coordinate implementation of regional synergies, best practices and knowledge transfer
 Serve as interface between the HQ divisions, the Americas Zone Director and the business units of the Americas Zone which may require participating to specific projects for the Americas business units or for HQ projects.
 Support the organization of Americas Zone strategic dialog meeting and Zone regional annual meeting
 Control the expenses related to Latin America zone countries where no physical operations are present.

• Organization, strictness to monitor activities, tenacity
• Pro-activity, autonomy,
• Social relations skills
• Financial analysis
• Synthesis skills
• Knowledge of group activities

Working conditions:
• Office based in Richmond,
• Domestic and international travels are required to fulfill position responsibilities

Interested applicants can apply through the Mondial USA internet site: and look under “Careers”

Thursday, May 20, 2010

M.S. MIT Social Media Links

McIntire’s Social Media page is updated and live:

Please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our Alumni Blog.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Two more Job Opportunities

Excella Consulting
The positions Excella Consulting is seeking are below. Anyone interested can contact me via

 All-Level Dot Net and SharePoint Developers (US Cit or Green Card)
 All Level Java/J2EE Developers (US Cit or Green Card)
Mid and Senior Level Business Analysts (US CIT) (we will consider junior BA’s who have at least two to three years experience)
Mid-Level Data Architects
 Marketing Communications Manager and Office Administrator

Advance Auto Parts

Systems Engineer IV

Reports to: Mahender Bongu, Manager – Systems Engineering
Pay Type: Full-time,
Location: Roanoke, VA-24012

QUALIFICATIONS: (Minimum of six (6) months in current position)
• Six years of solid PeopleSoft Administration experience. Experience installing, configuring, tuning and troubleshooting PeopleSoft applications and databases.
• Experience as a PeopleSoft system administrator for Peoplesoft version 8.x. Should be familiar with: PeopleTools, PS client/server software install, OAS, Oracle RAC, TUXEDO, JOLT, Unix and NT Operating systems, Crystal reports, NVision, SQL, SQR’s, COBOL etc.
• Required: Master’s Degree in Computer Science or related field (Math, Engineering, CS, CIS, etc.)
with six years of experience as a PeopleSoft Administrator

Or a Bachelor’s Degree from a four year college or university in Computer Science or related field (Math, Engineering, CS, CIS, etc.) with nine years of experience as a PeopleSoft Administrator

Or experience of 12-15 years as a PeopleSoft Administrator.

• Installation, administration and tuning of PeopleSoft infrastructure components - Application server, Web server, Process Scheduler, Application Messaging.
• Knowledge of Change/Upgrade Assistant and Upgrade methodologies for application and tools upgrades is required. The applicant must have experience with atleast two upgrades.
• Configure, maintain and support various instances of PeopleSoft Financials, HR and ELM applications.
• The administrator should be able to implement LDAP, must be familiar with load balancing/failover of web and application servers
• Ensure adequacy of Disaster Recovery plans and processes for all databases including periodic testing and validation of the business Disaster Recovery Plan.
• Coordinate with respective Project Managers regarding Change Control, system implementations, upgrades and required enhancements to the PeopleSoft system for approved business initiatives.
• Applying patches and fixes related to PeopleTools and bundles/maintenance packs related to the applications, applying required tax updates and migrating projects (using STAT) across various environments.
• Installation and Configuration of Oracle RETEK - includes the individual modules RMS, RPM and RIB in AIX, also setup of Forms, Reports, and OC4J Services.
• Need to have knowledge of retail apps including forms, database skills, preferred java apps and skills as well as experience leading performance efforts and teams.

• Analyze all aspects of the existing infrastructure and recommends modifications that will enhance application performance.
• Enabled security for the Admin Console and the application components by creating user registry in LDAP and setup VeriSign SSL certificates
• Install IBM Web Sphere Application Server V6.0.X, IBM HTTP Web Server, eCommerce Server, Search Servers, reverse proxy servers in AIX, Linux environment. Deploy enterprise applications in various environments, DEV through PROD.
• Setup applications from Web sphere Application Server 6.0 Network Deployment on multiple servers. Must have strong experience in high volume enterprise level Web Sphere Admin function in distributed computing environment including Load balancers by implementing session persistence.
• Should be able to work with various departments like networking, UNIX systems engineering, mid range, data security etc. to resolve issues.
• The applicant should show the willingness and be flexible to learn new technologies and adapt to the growing requirements of the organization.
• Creating environments and doing refresh of environments. Plan and work with DBA’s to schedule backups, job-scheduling etc.
• PeopleSoft trouble shooting skills related to PeopleTools and application configuration.
• This position requires the applicant to provide support after hours. Will be on-call on a bi-weekly basis and will be responsible to provide 24/7 support for production databases.
• Ability to communicate technical information in simple terminology, organize and prioritize tasks, work effectively under pressure and maintain high quality of work by following prescribed standards and procedures.
• Preferred Skills: Use of tools like STAT and UC4. UNIX scripting desired.

Apply by submitting a Job Posting Application to Wayne Griffin - HR Mgr., no later than , 2008 . To complete a Job Posting Application online: Go to the Intranet and select Career Ops. Contact your HR Representative if you have any questions.

Job Opportunities

Email Nicole Fitzwater - for job descriptions:

Cap Tech Ventures
Attached are various postings sent to us from Cap Tech Ventures; while Cap Tech is headquartered in Richmond, these positions are for the Northern Virginia office.
Please contact me at if you have questions or for application instructions. (Your interest will be treated confidentially.)

Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts is hiring for the position listed in the attached Microsoft Word document for Program Manager.
Send all responses to:

Dominion Digital.
Senior Process Consultant
Business Consultant
Quality Assurance Lead
Technology Consultant/Java Developer
Technology Consultant/.NET Developer
Technology Consultant/SharePoint Developer

Contact Anthony Wenzel with any questions. His email is

For job seekers in the DC area, check out DC Alumni Only Multi-School Job Fair on Friday, June 18th.

JOB OPPORTUNITY (DC/Baltimore area):
BI/DW Architect (from an alum):
(Most of the work will be done at our office in Gaithersburg, MD with frequent trips to the client in Baltimore. The project will last about a year and will start in the June timeframe.)
(If you would like to contact the alum directly, please contact me at


This position will be responsible for the maintenance strategy decisions for the Learn product, which is the flagship product of Blackboard with over 3500 clients and millions of users.

Program Manager, Maintenance Experience
Tracking Code
Job Description
The Program Manager is a motivated, collaborative individual that is the internal advocate for the maintenance experience of our 3,000+ Learn client base. The Maintenance Experience team is focused on improving the total client experience of our maintenance program. We ensure maintenance reflects client need, is responsive, and delivered at a cadence that best matches client lifecycle needs with quality. The role of Program Manager will help shape the long term strategy of maintenance by working closely with both internal and external clients, understanding our business needs, and improving our existing processes and supporting tools.
The Program Manager will play an integral role in the success of the group. Specifically s/he will:
• Analyze the current maintenance program strengths and gaps and identifying improvements opportunities
• Create and execute a communication plan to inform and educate internal and external clients on changes to the maintenance strategy and schedule
• Fully understand our competitor’s strengths, weaknesses and value propositions in regard to their maintenance program including release strategy, client collaboration, and transparency of information
• Advocate for clients - specifically for the resolution of their critical issues
• Develop relationships with clients and client communities to help inform and transform the long term strategy and release decisions
• Gather and analyze data from multiple channels
• Have a strong customer focus, identifying their business problems with staying current on maintenance releases through a variety of techniques including face to face interviews, surveys, and focus groups
• Stay abreast of the current trends with a constant focus on better defining the role within Blackboard and enabling better ways of performing the responsibilities
Required Experience
• Bachelor's degree required with a minim of 8 years work related experience in at client facing role at an enterprise software company. Work experience in product management a plus.
• Proved track record at improving client experiences a must.
• Demonstrated leadership skills, communication, analytical and problem solving skills, and short term and long term planning skills.
• High standard of excellence with a positive, energetic attitude and demonstrated ability to work with all levels of the organization, in gathering information, communicating direction and obtaining buy-in from key stakeholders
• Previous experience working within a company delivering enterprise software.
Job Location
Washington, DC, US.
Position Type


ThinkNirvana Inc ( hiring for the following positions in the DC metro area :

1. Mid Level Java/J2EE Software Engineer
2. Senior Level Java/J2EE Software Engineer

Attached is the job description: TN Java Req.doc

Please contact Pramesh Trivedi with any questions:

Pramesh Trivedi
703-587 6174

Career Services Update

Here is the link for last month’s webinar on “Managing Up”:

Just Give Him 5 Sentences, Not ‘War and Peace’


Social Media: It’s Not Just for Farmville Anymore
Like it or not, social media is becoming one of the most instrumental tools in a job search and professional development. Twitter, known more for tracking celebrity escapades, has helped people find jobs and internships and network professionally (See our handout “Twitter and the Job Search” under our Handouts). In a recent survey, 82% of employers indicated they would use LinkedIn in their recruiting efforts (NACE, 2009). If you are currently in the job market, now is the time to update or create an online identity through social media.

For more information on how to use social media or other online resources for your job search or general career development, contact Commerce Career Services. To stay in the know, become a fan of Commerce Career Services on Facebook and follow Tom Fitch on Twitter. If you have not done so already, join UVA’s MS in MIT Alumni group on Linked In.

CMIT Program at the Westfields Marriott - Business Intelligence

Please see below invitation for our next CMIT (Center for the Management of Information Technology) program.

It is at the Westfields Marriott on Friday, July 9th, on Business Intelligence: Competing on Analytics. We will have an alumni happy hour following the sessions. This will be an outstanding program with highly recognized speakers in the industry. We are offering a special M.S. MIT Alumni rate as well! Hope to see you there.

Please see below for more information.

Thank you!


Center for the Management of Information Technology

Program Announcement:

July 9, 2010

8:30am - 3:30pm
(including continental breakfast & lunch)

Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
Chantilly, VA

CMIT Presents:
Business Intelligence: Competing on Analytics

The upcoming CMIT program will feature four industry experts who will demonstrate how organizations can create a business intelligence and analytics capability that enables them to routinely make better decisions in every aspect of their business.

I hope that you are able to join us for this thought-provoking program and an opportunity to network with your peers.


Ryan Nelson
Director, CMIT

Business Intelligence: Competing on Analytics

July 9, 2010
8:30am - 3:30pm

Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
Chantilly, VA
Click Here for Directions

Program Agenda:
8:30 - 9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 Jeanne Harris, Accenture Institute for High Performance "Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results"
10:40 - 11:40 Thornton May, Futurist & Executive Director, IT Leadership Academy " The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics"
11:40 - 12:00 Panel Discussion - Moderated by Professor Barb Wixom
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 John Elder, Elder Research Incorporated

2:10 - 2:55 Ken Harrop, CEO Infinitive Analytics

3:00 - 3:30 Panel Discussion - Moderated by Professor Barb Wixom

Program Website:
Business Intelligence: Competing on Analytics

Register Now!

Please click here to register by June 30th, 2010 and include the following information for each attendee:
• Name
• Title
• Company
• Email
• Phone Number
You will be called to confirm and arrange payment.
Registration Fees:

CMIT Member Companies – Contact Jenny Leslie
MS-MIT Alumni: $250
All Others: $400

Three Ivy Society Events for M.S. MIT Women Alumnae in NoVA/DC, Charlottesville and Richmond

About the Ivy Society

The Ivy Society is dedicated to promoting networking, mentoring, and philanthropy among women students, alums, and friends of the McIntire School of Commerce. Our mission is to support women enrolled at McIntire; to create a stronger bond among McIntire alumnae; to provide a setting for meaningful interaction and the sharing of experiences, opportunities, and ideas; and to highlight the importance and impact of women's philanthropy.


Charlottesville, Virginia
The McIntire Ivy Society invites you to join us for dinner and drinks with fellow McIntire alumnae and McIntire Professors Marcia Pentz (Communication Faculty) and Susan Perry Williams (Accounting Faculty).
Conversation throughout the evening will focus on the importance of women's networking and strategies for creating work-life balance. Whether you are searching for a new career, new clients, new friendships, or new tactics for managing your busy schedule, this Ivy Society event will be an opportunity for learning and connecting with like-minded women professionals. Please come to share your experiences and perspectives with the group.

When: Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: West Main Restaurant | 333 West Main Street | Charlottesville, VA 22902 | 434-293-2605

A $30 cost to attend includes a three-course dinner, all tax, and gratuity. A cash bar will be available.

Limited spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register today at

Northern Virginia/D.C.
The McIntire School of Commerce and the McIntire Ivy Society
invite you to join fellow McIntire alumnae and hostesses
• Lauren Alexander (McIntire ’03), Senior Manager, Veris Consulting
• Ruth Bollinger (McIntire ’84), Management Consultant, RHB
• Jacquelyn Kittredge (McIntire ’84), Founder, e-bakery social media consulting
• Payal Maheshwari (McIntire ’06), Volunteer Consultant Program Manager, TechnoServe
for an evening of dinner, drinks, and discussion on non-profit careers and volunteer opportunities in the Northern Virginia/D.C. community.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 9
La Tasca Tapas Restaurant | 2900 Wilson Blvd. | Arlington, VA 22201 | (703) 812-9120
Come network and socialize with fellow McIntire alumnae in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area. Discussion throughout the evening will focus on issues related to working for and volunteering with non-profit organizations in your local community. Whether you work in the non-profit realm, have extensive volunteer experience, or simply wish to find opportunities for getting more involved in the Northern Virginia/D.C. community, come and share your perspective!
A $40 cost to attend includes a three course dinner, sangria, tax, and gratuity.
Attendance is limited. Email to reserve your spot.
Richmond, Virginia
The McIntire School of Commerce and the McIntire Ivy Society invite you to join fellow McIntire alumnae and hostesses
• Beth Blake (McIntire ’77), Consultant to the Securities Industry, Wells Fargo Advisors
• Allison Bloor (McIntire ’91), District Sales Manager, Paychex
• Diane Enroughty (McIntire MS-MIT ’04), Business Systems Analyst, Capital One
for an evening of dinner, drinks, and discussion on career transitions and professional development.
WHEN: 7:00-9:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 15
WHERE: Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar | 1409 East Cary Street | Richmond, Virginia 23219 | 804-643-0911
Come network and socialize with fellow McIntire alumnae in the Richmond area. Discussion throughout the evening will focus on ideas and resources for transitioning careers in today's corporate climate. Whether you are currently in transition, beginning to think about your next career move, or simply interested in hearing how fellow alumnae have navigated changing firms or changing industries, come and share your experiences!
A $30 cost to attend includes a three-course dinner, tax, and gratuity. A cash bar will be available.
Limited spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Email to reserve your spot.

M.S. MIT Anniversary Events

This year, 2010, is our ten year reunion of the Executive format of the M.S. MIT program and 20 year reunion of the M.S. MIS/MIT program overall. Two big milestones. We are planning an important alumni engagement event in Charlottesville to celebrate this anniversary.

Please Save the Date for:

October 28 – 29, 2010 – Executive Residency – faculty to teach, topics TBD, Alumni Dinner in the evening
October 29, 2010 – CMIT and Networking Opportunity
October 30, 2010 – MS MIT Tailgate and Football Game – UVA vs Miami

Professor Barb Wixom in the News

The articles feature a survey Professor Wixom did on the state of BI in academia:

Tags: Faculty News, Headline News
Although business intelligence (BI) is one of the hottest areas of enterprise IT, college professors around the world say they face a variety of challenges in training the next generation of BI workers, according to a new study. Study author Barbara Wixom, an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, received responses from 85 institutions worldwide. Her study has been featured in an article that appears on several news Web sites.

NY Times:



CIO Magazine:


UVA Teacher of the Year:

Barbara Wixom
Photo by Jane Haley
April 28, 2010 — Her students say Barbara Wixom has the extraordinary talent to make winners out of ordinary people. Her consistently stellar evaluations support this enthusiasm.
She teaches with a personal passion, tying the classroom to real-world experiences and engaging students in challenging ways. Her expertise is widely acknowledged by corporate leaders, as well as her own colleagues, and she shares these connections for the benefit of her current students and alumni.
"She is strong, intelligent, down-to earth and a great leader," student Sherrie Khambata said. "I consider myself fortunate to know her as a teacher, a leader and a friend."

Barb Wixom is quoted in the following story:

SAS OnDemand for Academics will be free to all university students and professors around the world starting this fall. Professors say the move – and model – will have a big impact on business analytics education.

Google and Innovation Webinar by Professor Grazioli

Webinar Link

Below please find the link to Professor Stefano Grazioli’s Webinar on his research on Google and Innovation that we hosted this year.

May Alumni Reading List

Here are three new books, by three authors that will be presenting at the July 9th CMIT program:

• Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results, by Tom Davenport, Jeanne Harris, and Robert Morison -
• The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics, by Thornton May -
• Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications, by Robert Nisbet, John Elder IV, and Gary Miner

Other readings:

“Is the Rookie Ready: HBR Case Study and Commentary,” by Sarah Green, HBS # R0912B, (December 1, 2009).
“Managing Project Uncertainty: From Variation to Chaos,” by A. De Meyer et al., Sloan Management Review, (Winter 2002).
The Economist; A special report on managing information “Data, data everywhere” Feb 27th 2010
Johnson, M. W., et al. (2008, December). Reinventing your business model. Harvard Business Review.
Data Driven by Thomas Redman, Harvard Press


The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple is Just Fine

Friday, May 7, 2010

M.S. MIT Ladies Networking Event in Reston

Thank you to all of the M.S. MIT Women Alumane that attended our Ladies Networking Event this month at Jackson's Restaurant in Reston, VA!

It was great to see everyone. We had women ranging from the Class of 2002 through even a new 2011 NoVA student. We had 25 women attend.

Looking forward to seeing all of you again soon and hope to have more join us at the next Women's Alumnae event!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring Symposium - China's Emergence and the Transformation of Global Commerce

Thank you to everyone that attended our Spring Symposium on China's Emergence and the Transformation of Global Commerce.

Program detail below:

The Center for Global Commerce
at the McIntire School of Commerce

The 11th Annual Spring Symposium

China's Emergence and the Transformation
of Global Commerce
Friday, April 23, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
University of Virginia

Keynote Address by James Fallows,
National Correspondent for The Atlantic

Panels and Presentations featuring:

Barry Naughton, University of California, San Diego
Susan Shirk, University of California, San Diego
Kellee Tsai, Johns Hopkins University
Harry Harding, UVA's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Robert Daley '92, CEO, Thorley Industries
Chris Nassetta '84, President and CEO, Hilton Hotels
Scott Kelley '83, CEO, Aetos Capital Asia and Aetos Japan
Nestor Gounaris (Law '01), Principal, China Solutions LLC, and
Lecturer at the UVA School of Law

Click here for a detailed agenda and speaker bios.

Click here to RSVP by April 16.

Special thanks to the University of Virginia Center for International Studies
for their generous support.

Questions? E-mail Mandi Crisp, Director of Special Events, at

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

M.S. MIT update

Dear M.S. MIT Alumni,

Four things:

1. Program Referrals

The MS MIT 2011 class begins the first weekend in May. We still have seats available. Applications are due April 15th. Please contact Matt Miller at if you have any referrals for the program.

2. Upcoming Events

- NoVA Happy hour on Thursday, 4/15 at Clydes in Reston from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
- Women’s Networking Event, Thursday, 5/6 in Reston at Jackson’s from 5:30 – 9:00 pm.

3. McIntire Madness

Please help us increase our participation rates by making a gift of any size. Most of the classes still have under 20% class participation.
Link is:
4. Facebook
We have made Facebook pages by MS MIT class to try and help increase class communication, networking and engagement.
Let me know if you have any questions joining.

Thank you for your support!

Have a great day!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Professor Barb Wixom in the News

For those of you that had Barb Wixom as a professor, she has won the UVA Teaching Award this year, which is a huge honor! Please congratulate her.
And... today is her birthday!

Her email is:

Have a good weekend!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Managing Up Webinar

Below please find an invitation for Thursday’s Managing Up webinar. Please formally register below to secure your spot.

Please let me know if you have questions.
Managing Up: Navigating Working Relationships

Join us for a Webinar on March 25

Managing Up: Navigating Working Relationships
• What is “Managing Up”?
• Making an Impression in the Workplace
• Mentoring relationships
• Managing difficult situations

And will include time for questions and discussion.

Title: Managing Up: Navigating Working Relationships

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Amanda G. Flora, Ph.D. (Curry '08)
Assistant Director, Commerce Career Services
Rouss & Robertson Halls, East Lawn
Room 407E
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Professor Nelson in Richmond - Project Management Upate

Professor Nelson will be at the Capital Ale House in Innsbrook this coming Tuesday, 3/23, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm to give an update on his project management research and a few projects. We will have a reservation in the “Game Room”.

Please join us for his update and then a happy hour to follow.

RSVP by Monday, 3/22 to me,

Thank you and hope to see you soon!


Save the Date for Ladies Networking Event

Save the Date
M.S. MIT Ladies’ Networking Event in Northern VA
May 6th, Thursday, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Jackson’s in Reston

Please join us for a M.S. MIT Ladies’ Networking Event in Reston at Jackson’s on Thursday, May 6th. Barb and I will be there from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. Please stop by anytime, we would love to see you and catch up.

Also, we have a subgroup on LinkedIn for M.S. MIT Women Alumnae! Please request to join the group.

Thank you for your support!



Sunday, February 7, 2010

February Events

We have a lot of February events (Speakers, CMIT, Networking Events with Charlottesville and NoVA 2010 students, Career Services Events, and M.S. MIT Admissions events. Hope everyone is surviving the snow and hope to see you in February!

1. CIO of Lowe’s speaking in Charlottesville, “Defining and Delivering IT Value”

Mr. Stone, the CIO of Lowe’s, will be speaking at MSMIT. I am told that he is a good speaker and will tackle a theme central to our program: “Defining and Delivering IT Value”.

The occasion will also be a networking opportunity for current students and alumni.

Thursday, February 11th 2010, room 123, 7:00pm-8:15pm

2. Networking Event with Charlottesville M.S. MIT 2010 and Alumni

Following the Lowe’s speaker, please join us in the Grad Lounge for drinks, food, games and networking with the current Charlottesville Class.

Thursday, February 11th, Grad Lounge, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

3. Networking Event with NoVA M.S. MIT 2010 and Alumni

Please join us for a Wine Tasting Event with the current NoVA Class on Thursday, February 18th, at Sipps on the Downtown Mall between 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. We will taste five different wines from around the world and give them a break from their residency! Please join us. RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater,

4. CMIT Presents:
Lifting the Fog: The High Potential of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has arrived. More and more organizations are turning to cloud computing to reduce costs and shorten the time to market. While traditional corporate data centers and on-premise software are not going away, cloud computing will have a far-reaching impact on enterprise IT and business in virtually all organizations. The objective of this CMIT program will be to help CIOs and other business leaders "lift the fog" and look beyond the hype to see what opportunities and challenges lie in the cloud. To this end, a panel of experts will address important questions such as:
• How did cloud computing evolve?
• What is new and different about cloud computing?
• Why is cloud computing inevitable?
• What are the technological and business benefits?
• How do you decide when the time is right to migrate data/applications/platforms?
• What are the barriers and challenges?
I hope that you are able to join us for this thought-provoking program and an opportunity to network with your peers.


Ryan Nelson
Director, CMIT

Lifting the Fog: The High Potential of Cloud Computing

Program Agenda:

February 19, 2010
9:00am - 3:00pm

McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia
Rouss & Robertson Halls - Room 123

Click Here for Directions

Register Now!

Please click here to RSVP by February 10, 2010 and include the event name in the subject line.
This event is open to CMIT members and invited guests only.

5. M.S. MIT Admissions Events

Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6pm in Reston, VA (Info Session)
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8:30am in Charlottesville, VA (Class Visit & Info Session)
Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6pm in Richmond, VA (Info Session)
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6pm in Reston, VA (Info Session)

You may register to attend an event by visiting or contacting me directly.

If I may be of further assistance, just let me know!


P.S. It is not too late to apply for the May 2010 start! We are accepting applications through early April.

Matthew J. Miller
Assistant Director, Graduate Marketing & Admissions
McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 162
phone: 434-982-2245
fax: 434-924-4511
twitter: msmitatuva

McIntire School of Commerce: MS MIT Overview
One of ComputerWorld's "Top 10 Innovative" IT Programs to Watch!
BusinessWeek ranks McIntire #1

6. Career Services Events

Here are a few career fairs that may interest you. If you are unsure how to use career fairs to your advantage, check out our handout on “Making the Most of Career Day” at or contact us for more information. In general, student job fairs target candidates for entry level positions but it never hurts to network with a recruiter!
Government & Non-Profit Career Expo
Thursday, February 18, 2010
10:00 AM — 3:00 PM
Georgetown University, Leavey Center
This career fair is open to students and alumni from U.Va., Georgetown University, University of Richmond, New York University, NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Swarthmore, and the College of William & Mary. Last year, over 1,500 students attended.

4th Annual UVA Club of Washington/W&M Alumni Career Fair
February 22, 2010
5:00 – 8:00 pm

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA
Metro: Ballston

For more information:
(If you would like to volunteer a few hours for the event, email

19th Annual National Capital Region Job Fair
Tuesday, March 9th

Open to all job seekers. You will need to pre-register:
If you are unable to attend, it offers a “resume only” option.

DON’T FORGET!: Follow Tom Fitch on Twitter and Commerce Career Services on Facebook for up-to-date career information!

7. Survey for M.S. MIT Alumnus

Hi Everyone: thanks to Ryan's help and input, I have released the first Sales Risk Management Survey in partnership with CRM website Here's the link to the survey:

If you know of anyone in the McIntire/Darden community involved in sales, business development, marketing, and enterprise risk management, I greatly appreciate your forwarding this link to them, or making it available to the group.

Many thanks again for your valuable input on this project. I look forward to receiving the responses and analyzing the results.

Best regards,

Andy Rudin
Managing Principal,
Outside Technologies, Inc.
703.371.1242 (mobile)

Thank you for your support!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thank you - Winter Warming Reception

Thank you to all of the alumni that attended our Winter Warming Reception at Bechtel this past weekend. We had 55 alumni attend - ranging from the Class of 1999 - 2010.

Thank you for making the event a huge networking success!

Hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Job Opportunities


We’re searching high and low for software engineers. If you know of anyone in Richmond looking for a new and exciting challenge, please let me know. I’d be happy to talk further about the position as well as life at Please feel free to forward this on.
More details at:

Amanda Richardson
SVP, Product and Business Development

(804) 433-4318 : Direct
(804) 836-3769 : Mobile
(931) 233-4897 : Fax
(877) 461-7624 : Toll Free

Proud to be a Best Company to Work for in America

2. Merlin International

Merlin International is in search of an Enterprise Architect that has a specialty in Distributed Data Management.
Please take a look at the attached position description and notify me if you know of anyone who may qualify.
Steve Johnson
3. International Monetary Fund
I have the following position available in the International Monetary Fund for a consultant position.

SharePoint Developer

We are looking for a SharePoint developer with the following skill sets:
SharePoint API
SharePoint Best Practices
Out of the Box Features
SharePoint Security
SharePoint Publishing Model
SQL Server
Membership Provider
HttpHandlers / HttpModules

Has Medium level expertise in
• Branding Skills
• Working with Hosted environments
• Administration (back up - recovery, Content Migration, Export / Import)
• Deployment Strategies and best practices
• Caching
• Performance Tuning
• XHTML & CSS complaint markup
• Hand coded HTML & CSS design skills (Not SharePoint Designer)

And Nice to have
• Know-how on Latest Technologies
• Idea on next generation versions
• 3rd party controls and tools (Telerik etc)
• Web 2.0
• SilverLight and integration with SharePoint
• Team Foundation Server
• Certification (preferably 70.542)
Communication Skills
Critical Thinking
Verbal Presentation
Consultative Approach
Please send your resume to: Arash Sadati -

Friday, January 15, 2010

News Update

1. Exec helps nonprofits do more with technology
Published: December 14, 2009
Article by Rob Jackson, M.S. MIT ‘03

2. A Realistic Data Warehouse Project: An Integration of Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel Advanced Features and Skills
Article by Mike King, M.S. MIT ‘06

Upcoming Events 2010

Richmond Graduate Alumni Happy Hour
Capital Ale House
1/19/10 - Tuesday
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Come anytime!)
4024-A Cox Road (Cox and West Broad Street)
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone: 804-780-ALES

NoVA Winter Warming Reception
1/23/10 - Saturday
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please stop by Bechtel and see NoVA MS MIT 2010 students, Barb, Ben, myself and alumni
Alumni will receive two free drink tickets : )

Webchat Series with Stefano Grazioli
1/27/10 - Wednesday
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 27, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EST, Stefano Grazioli will present his most recent research on Google—today’s most visible case of IT innovation on a large scale.
In our rapidly changing economy, increasing profits takes more than just cutting costs. Innovation is vital to growth and forward movement. This presentation will highlight best practices driving Google’s success, as well as lessons learned and steps to encourage innovation in your company or organization.
Link to chat will be provided soon.

January Reading List

List of new readings for January’s Reading List:

1. A video link on the 'psychology of security.'

2. (2009, October 15). Clash of the clouds. The Economist.
Armbrust, M., et al.

3. Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results (Hardcover)
~ Thomas H. Davenport
(Author), Jeanne G. Harris
(Author), Robert Morison

4. Worldwide cost of IT failure: $6.2 trillion