SPECIAL SECTION | Technology

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 By Arquimedes Trujillo / Publisher Miami Empesarial Magazine

Board Member, Marketing Committee Chair

South Florida Digital Alliance / March 2011 – December 2013 Marketing and Communications

C3 Cloud Joins The South Florida Digital Alliance

Miami Empresarial Magazine joins the Board of Directors of the South Florida Digital Alliance and Jim Osteen, Executive Director, in welcoming  C3 Cloud  to our organization.   We want to thank C3 Cloud for joining us in our efforts to bridge the digital divide in South Florida and increase the availability of affordable, high-speed internet access in our community. http://www.c3office.com

Sabadell United Bank And Sherlock Technology Staffing Join The South Florida Digital Alliance

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As new members, they are now a part of SFDA’s efforts to bridge the digital divide in South Florida and increase the availability of affordable, high-speed internet access in our community.

Two important business concerns recently joined the South Florida Digital Alliance as official members of the regional, not-for-profit, technology services consortium that supports digital literacy programs and aims to eliminate the digital divide in South Florida: Sabadell United Bank and Sherlock Technology Staffing will actively collaborate with the Alliance’s efforts to stimulate technological innovation and increase the availability of affordable, high-speed internet access throughout the area, especially in the community’s disadvantaged sectors.

Headquartered in Miami, Sabadell’s operations are comprised of a nationally chartered bank, Sabadell United Bank, a wealth management division, Sabadell Bank & Trust, and an international branch of the parent company, Banco Sabadell. They are owned by Banco Sabadell, a global banking institution founded in 1881 that is one of Europe’s oldest and most successful banks. The bank has expanded its presence in Florida and currently has 23 locations and serves over 35,000 clients. https://www.sabadellbank.com

sherlock-logo-extSherlock Tech Staffing is the premier staffing and consulting source for technical talent in Florida and beyond. The company provides recruiting and consulting services to both Fortune 1000 companies and to job candidates in a wide range of technology areas of expertise including the Microsoft Technologies. http://www.sherlocktech.com

ABOUT THE SOUTH FLORIDA DIGITAL ALLIANCE: Established in 2009, the South Florida Digital Alliance, formerly known as Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition, is an unprecedented collaboration of diverse South Florida entities representing government, health care, education, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Its shared goal is to increase South SFDA_logo 400 dpiFlorida’s economic competitiveness through the support of digital literacy programs and the elimination of the “digital divide”, especially in the underserved areas of the community. The mission of the SFDA is to transform the community through the promotion of digital literacy and the adoption of affordable broadband access by all citizens of South Florida. What makes the Alliance unique are its members: anchor institutions and businesses working together toward the organization’s common goals. For more information, please visit http://www.sfdigitalalliance.org

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Microsoft Donates $1.1 Million To South Florida Digital Alliance

Crowds gather at the Grand Opening of the Microsoft Store at Dadeland Mall

Arquímedes Trujillo | Publisher

James E. Osteen, Jr., executive director, SFDA

James E. Osteen, Jr., executive director, SFDA

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez inaugurated the anticipated second Microsoft store to open in North America, this time at the world-renowned Dadeland Mall in Miami’s Kendall district. Members of the South Florida business community, public officials and the press were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony during the official opening of the retail outlet.

Hundreds of tekkies stood in line for hours for a chance to preview the new store and were thrilled to be among the first to discover the latest technology that Microsoft has to offer.

After walking through the store with Microsoft representatives, Mayor Gimenez remained for the second, and very special, ceremony of the day: The IT giant presented a $1.1 Million software grant to the South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) for the creation of technology learning centers (TLCs) in South Florida.  Members of SFDA’s board of directors were on hand to receive the check.

“I would like to thank our Board Members as well as our organizational members that participated this weekend in all of the events surrounding the opening of the new Microsoft Store at Dadeland Mall!” — James E. Osteen, Jr., executive director, SFDA

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More on the South Florida Digital Alliance in Miami Empresarial Magazine:

– South Florida Digital Alliance Named ‘Technology Organization Of The Year’ by The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

The South Florida Digital Alliance Held Its Second Annual Universal Access Awards at University of Miami

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In the News

Hugo Alvarez, CTO, Nova Southeastern University, Elected Chair of the South Florida Digital Alliance

Hugo-Alvarez-1839691-220The South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) announced that Hugo Alvarez, CTO of Nova Southeastern University, was elected Chair of the South Florida Digital Alliance at the organization’s annual membership meeting.

As SFDA Chairman, Mr. Alvarez will work  along with a distinguished group of colleagues to bring digital access to all communities.

Hugo Alvarez serves as Chief Technology Officer at Nova Southeastern University, responsible for overseeing the development and integration of information systems that provide the foundation and support of the student experience, from virtual classrooms to online seminars and administrative portals.

Prior to joining NSU, Mr. Alvarez was the Executive Director for Academic Systems development at Kaplan Higher Education, and CIO at BankAtlantic, in Fort Lauderdale, where he received the 2008 CIO of the Year Award from the South Florida Business Journal, and at Marsh Inc. for its Latin American division in Miami.  Prior to this, he was a managing director for AIG and a vice president at Chase Manhattan, both in New York.

Alvarez earned his MBA in finance and international business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  In addition, he holds an M.S. degree in computer science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.E. in electrical engineering from The City College of New York.

“As the winner of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Best Technology Organization Award, the South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) is no longer the best kept secret in South Florida. Thus, it is my great pleasure to pass the Chairmanship of the SFDA Board of Directors on to Hugo Alvarez, CTO of Nova Southeastern University, who is very talented and uniquely positioned to lead SFDA into its next stage of planned growth and new programs”  — Jackie Zelman, immediate past chair, SFDA and continuing Board Member

The South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) is an unprecedented collaboration of South Florida leaders dedicated to closing the digital divide by bringing robust, next generation high speed internet and network services to homes, community organizations and businesses in South Florida.  The Alliance’s mission is to create technology infrastructure and services that will advance economic development and individual empowerment to improve our community’s quality of life. The Alliance is working to link people with online services that will help close the digital divide. Increasing broadband connectivity will provide access to a wider range of goods and services at more competitive prices. The SFDA initiative is designed to connect anchor institutions with members of the South Florida community, for the delivery of healthcare, education, government and business services that will positively impact our region, improve public safety, and attract and retain businesses that create jobs in the digital economy.

Change is unavoidable, let’s work together to influence change and be prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities that it brings” — Hugo Alvarez, SFDA chair, and CTO, Nova Southeastern University

ABOUT NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY: Situated on 300 beautiful acres in Davie, Florida, Nova Southeastern University is a dynamic fully accredited institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs of distinction from preschool through the professional and doctoral levels. NSU has more than 28,000 students and is the eighth largest not-for-profit independent institution nationally. The university awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, various health professions, law, marine sciences, early childhood, psychology and other social sciences. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU was also awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification for the university’s significant commitment to and demonstration of community engagement. NSU is one of only 37 universities nationwide to have earned both of these Carnegie recognitions. For more information about NSU visit http://www.nova.edu.

ABOUT THE SOUTH FLORIDA DIGITAL ALLIANCE: Established in 2009, the South Florida Digital Alliance, formerly known as Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition, is an unprecedented collaboration of diverse South Florida entities representing government, health care, education, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Its shared goal is to increase South Florida’s economic competitiveness through the support of digital literacy programs and the elimination of the “digital divide”, especially in the underserved areas of the community. The mission of the SFDA is to transform the community through the promotion of digital literacy and the adoption of affordable broadband access by all citizens of South Florida. What makes the Alliance unique are its members: anchor institutions and businesses working together toward the organization’s common goals. For more information, please visit http://www.sfdigitalalliance.org 

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Arquimedes Trujillo is Co-Founder and President of Conceptual Advertising, Inc. and Publisher of Miami Empresarial Magazine. He may be contacted via e-mail at arquimedes@miamiempresarial.net and by phone at 305.281.9700 / www.miamiempresarial.net – The latest issue of Miami Empresarial can be viewed in its digital flip-book format at http://www.youblisher.com/p/1378039-Miami-Empresarial-Magazine/

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