1. Articles in category: Information Technology

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    1. Cybersecurity Luncheon Offers Ways to Protect Against Data Breaches

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      Cybersecurity Luncheon Offers Ways to Protect Against Data Breaches

      Peritus Security Partners, Gaudreau Group Insurance Agency, and CMD Technology Group will present a cybersecurity luncheon on Wednesday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Center Square Grill, 84 Center Square, East Longmeadow.

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    2. Massachusetts Broadband recommends Comcast cable for Montague and Hardwick, despite town preferences for Matrix fiber | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Broadband recommends Comcast cable for Montague and Hardwick, despite town preferences for Matrix fiber | masslive.com

      Hardwick and Montague, two rural towns now only partially served by cable internet, could soon see broadband service expanded to a majority of homes and businesses within their borders —€” but it might not be exactly what they were looking for.  If a staff recommendation from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute holds up, the contracts will go to Comcast Corporation to expand its cable network in the towns, and not to Matrix Design Group, a smaller company which proposes a fiber-to-the-home network.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    3. Innovative Business Systems Explores Value of IT on May 20

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      On Friday, May 20, Innovative Business Systems will explore the ways IT can return more value to organizations. The lunch-and-learn session will take place at 163 Northampton St., Easthampton, from noon to 2 p.m. Ideally, every IT dollar spent should provide a return by helping to increase revenues, decrease costs, or improve efficiencies. Over lunch, participants will learn many value-driven best practices, while demonstrating how IBS best adds value through its client engagements.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Easthampton

    4. Gov. Baker names new team to head 'last mile' broadband project in Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Gov. Baker names new team to head 'last mile' broadband project in Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker has named a new team to lead the state's Last Mile Broadband Project, an effort to bring high-speed Internet service to dozens of unserved or underserved rural towns in Western Massachusetts.
      According to a May 5 press release from Baker's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Peter J. Larkin will serve as special adviser to EOHD and will oversee planning and strategy for the project. Larkin will chair the Board of Directors at MBI, the quasi-public entity at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

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    5. Westfield Gas & Electric identifies new 'fiberhoods' for high-speed Internet expansion | masslive.com

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      Westfield Gas & Electric identifies new 'fiberhoods' for high-speed Internet expansion | masslive.com

      Westfield Gas & Electric identified Tuesday the next three neighborhoods eligible to get Whip City Fiber, its new high-speed Internet service fast enough to enable 'cord cutters' to ditch their cable TV contracts.
      The three areas are:
      Eastview, Irene, Joann and Linda drives
      Middle Western Avenue from Kensington Avenue to Spruce Street
      The Prospect Street area as well as Willow Brook Lane to Foch Avenue

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    6. Holyoke Innovation District looks to take advantage of Valley broadband Internet capacity | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Innovation District looks to take advantage of Valley broadband Internet capacity | masslive.com

      The event drew more than 100 people to the 3-year-old, $165-million computing center on Bigelow Street between Appleton and Cabot streets.  'We are not among the have-nots,' Linda Dunlavy, executive director of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and a board member of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.  But fiber in the valley, centered at a major junction in the Springfield Technology Park at 1 Federal St., isn't always available in small towns and neighborhoods, said keynote speaker Christoper Campbell, director of broadband and energy consulting for Tilson Technology in Boston. Instead, it feeds major industries and universities including the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    7. Holyoke Innovation District offers workshop on valley's internet-access capabilities | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Innovation District offers workshop on valley's internet-access capabilities | masslive.com

      The Holyoke Innovation District will present 'A Broadband Workshop: Maximizing Utilization of the Pioneer Valley's Broadband Infrastructure' from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street.  'The fact that this event is being held in Holyoke is a testament to the great work being done in our Innovation District. I'm proud the Holyoke Gas and Electric has quickly become a regional leader in providing this type of service,' Mayor Alex B. Morse said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    8. State OKs broadband expansion in 'partially served' Comcast cable towns | masslive.com

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      State OKs broadband expansion in 'partially served' Comcast cable towns | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Broadband Institute will negotiate a public-private partnership with Comcast to expand broadband infrastructure in seven towns where the cable company now provides only partial service.  The institute's board of directors met Friday and voted unanimously to approve the expansion, which will benefit from $5 million in state dollars. Comcast had previously not provided service to sparsely-populated rural areas because it was deemed unprofitable.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    9. Baker-Polito Administration Elevates State Technology Office

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      Baker-Polito Administration Elevates State Technology Office

      Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced changes to the state’s administration of technology services, establishing the role of executive director of MassIT, the state technology office, and elevating the position to report directly to the governor.  The changes come after an eight-month review of current practices across state government with an immediate focus on improving and upgrading how the Commonwealth’s citizens interact with key state systems over the internet. Mark Nunnelly, current commissioner of the Department of Revenue and special advisor to Baker for technology and innovation competitiveness, will begin as executive director of MassIT on April 4.

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    10. HOLYOKE INNOVATION DISTRICT

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      HOLYOKE INNOVATION DISTRICT

      Join us on April 13, 2016

      at the Holyoke Innovation District

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    11. 'MassNZ': Mass Net Zero Data Center in Holyoke aims to make Green High Performance Computing Center carbon neutral | masslive.com

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      'MassNZ': Mass Net Zero Data Center in Holyoke aims to make Green High Performance Computing Center carbon neutral | masslive.com

      Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing battery technology at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that could make the hydropowered city even more carbon neutral.  University scientists and Holyoke officials cut the ribbon Friday on the Mass Net Zero Data Center, also called MassNZ. It's an experimental station located at the Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., which aims to make data centers like this one more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    12. Holyoke's high performance computing center to show 'experimental' solar facility | masslive.com

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      Holyoke's high performance computing center to show 'experimental' solar facility | masslive.com

      An experimental, solar-powered 'microdata center' called MassNZ will be unveiled beside the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center at 100 Bigelow St. Friday at 10:15 a.m.  'MassNZ reinforces Holyoke's growing reputation as a leader in green energy, a hotbed of innovation and a magnet for academic and industrial investment,' Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release. 'It will also serve as an educational asset for local high schools and community colleges.'

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    13. The Holyoke Innovation District presents

      Explore From the EDC (Feb 17 2016)

      The Holyoke Innovation District presents

      A Broadband Workshop: Maximizing Utilization of the Pioneer Valley's Broadband Infrastructure

      WHEN: 
      Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 8am - 1:30pm
      WHERE:  
      Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
      WHY: 
      Planners, economic development professionals, business professionals and local leaders need hard information about our broadband infrastructure so as to inform what this infrastructure might mean to our collective future.
       
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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Holyoke

    14. Rediker Software Helps Schools Run More Efficiently

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      Rediker Software Helps Schools Run More Efficiently

      As a chemistry teacher in the late ’70s, Rich Rediker was simply seeking a way to generate tardy notices more efficiently, using a computer which, by today’s standards, seems impossibly inadequate for … well, anything. But that humble machine became the foundation of what has evolved into an international leader in school administrative software, doing business in every state and 115 countries. Through four decades of innovation and growth, one goal has remained constant: to make life easier for teachers and administrators, so they, in turn, can spend more time with the kids.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    15. Holyoke Fiber Optic Group spreading talk about spreading improved internet | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Fiber Optic Group spreading talk about spreading improved internet | masslive.com

      The mayor will contact regional planners about expanding the benefits of high-speed internet with fiber optics. The city utility chief at least is listening, though the $20 million cost remains a wall.  Such steps are progress, a resident said Wednesday.  'Right now we are very happy people are talking about this issue. There were no serious conversations about Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) before we started the group last November,' Peter Palombella, organizer of the Holyoke Fiber Optic Group, said in an email.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    16. Springfield bringing free Wi-Fi Internet to downtown; boosting connectivity capacity for Innovation Center | masslive.com

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      Springfield bringing free Wi-Fi Internet to downtown; boosting connectivity capacity for Innovation Center | masslive.com

      In a bid to boost its downtown innovation district centered on Bridge Street, the city of Springfield is creating a free municipal Wi-Fi wireless Internet network and bringing high-capacity fiber data lines into the Springfield Innovation Center. Springfield bringing free WiFi, high-capacity 'dark fiber' to innovation district downtown. The center, at 270 Bridge St., will be home to Valley Venture Mentors which helps young business get started, a high-tech innovation cafe and business incubator space geared toward tech start-ups.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    17. UMass recieves $4.2 million federal grant to support students studying Cybersecurity | masslive.com

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      UMass recieves $4.2 million federal grant to support students studying Cybersecurity | masslive.com

      The University of Massachusetts has received a $4.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program to the campus, the first public university in New England to receive such an award, according to a press release.  NSF's CyberCorps program, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, supports the educational and professional development of domestic students who will help the nation address threats to national security including critical infrastructure such as utilities, water treatment, military defense systems and refineries, according to the release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    18. Software Logic Joins Forces with VertitechIT

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      Software Logic Joins Forces with VertitechIT

      Software Logic, one of the East Coast’s leading Microsoft platform provider companies, has been acquired by Massachusetts-based VertitechIT as it continues expansion of its healthcare IT consultancy. Already a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of hyper-converged architecture and VDI, the new company adds additional hybrid cloud and monitoring management systems expertise to its strategic and tactical offerings.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    19. Holyoke Fiber Optic Group hoping for discussion with municipal utility | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Fiber Optic Group hoping for discussion with municipal utility | masslive.com

      The next meeting of the Holyoke Fiber Optic Group Jan. 4 will include discussion about scheduling a session with Manager James M. Lavelle of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department, an organizer said.  'The Holyoke Fiber Optic group feels the city is ready to start exploring this issue and we hope to meet with Jim Lavelle sometime in January to discuss forming an exploratory committee,' organizer Peter Palombella said in an email Wednesday.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Jim Lavelle

    20. WiredWest in talks with state broadband officials this week, hoping to bring Internet to unserved communities | masslive.com

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      WiredWest in talks with state broadband officials this week, hoping to bring Internet to unserved communities | masslive.com

      Representatives from WiredWest are in talks this week with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, three weeks after the state agency withdrew its support from the group and raised concerns about the cooperative's plan to profitably operate a multi-town, fiber-optic broadband network that would be built with up to $120 million in public funds.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    21. Holyoke Fiber Optic group heads to 1st meeting with goal of improving access | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Fiber Optic group heads to 1st meeting with goal of improving access | masslive.com

      The Holyoke Fiber Optic group will meet for the first time Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St.  The group is being formed to build support for deployment of fiber optic connections to every home and business here to allow for high-speed internet access, organizer Peter Palombella said last week. Fiber optics, which is in place here to an extent as part of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department's (HGE) system, is a technology that uses a bundle of glass or plastic threads to transmit data. The bandwidth, which is a ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    22. Voices of the Valley: Delcie D. Bean, CEO, Paragus Strategic IT, 112 Russell St., Hadley | masslive.com

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      Voices of the Valley: Delcie D. Bean, CEO, Paragus Strategic IT, 112 Russell St., Hadley | masslive.com

      We provide strategy, support, and management of IT (Information Technology) to small and medium-sized businesses between Hartford, Conn., and Brattleboro, Vermont. We help businesses and business owners with the technology that they need to run and grow their businesses. That could be anything from taking care of all of the computers and servers and equipment needed for a 15-person doctor's office to doing pretty advanced security auditing for a pharmaceutical research organization.

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    23. Massachusetts Broadband Institute pulls funding from WiredWest, advises towns to walk away from proposed contract

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      Massachusetts Broadband Institute pulls funding from WiredWest, advises towns to walk away from proposed contract

      The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has halted state funding to WiredWest, saying the rural broadband aggregator's draft operating agreement with member towns is "not compatible with the best interests of the Commonwealth, the towns, or their residents." The institute is further recommending that towns not sign a proposed WiredWest operating agreement, which is now before local officials with a Jan. 9 deadline for approval. "Because of overall concerns with project operations and sustainability, the MBI will not authorize expenditure of state funds" for the broadband model as described, institute director Eric Nakajima wrote in a Dec. 1 letter to local ...

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Northampton   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    24. Holyoke Fiber Optic group sets 1st meeting in drive for ubiquity | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Fiber Optic group sets 1st meeting in drive for ubiquity | masslive.com

      The Holyoke Fiber Optic group will meet in the Community Room at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St., organizer Peter Palombella said in a phone interview Wednesday.  Fiber optics, which is in place here to an extent as part of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department's (HGE) system, is a technology that uses a bundle of glass or plastic threads to transmit data. The bandwidth, which is a term describing information capacity, of fiber optics is much greater than that of metal cables and that increases internet connection speeds. The main drawback is the mutli-million-dollar infrastructure costs.

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