By Kris Norton
Jasper – TechKNOW, a networking and education event in the Information Technology field, will be held in Jasper later this month.
Though the location has bounced around to different cities in both Indiana and Kentucky, TechKNOW is back in the home of Matrix Integration, Jasper.
The IT event brings together individuals in different fields in Indiana and Kentucky to work, and learn, together, says Matrix Integration Chief Operating Officer Dan Fritch.
“This event brings together a plethora of technologists in this industry, manufacturing of organizations,” Fritch said. “It brings together businesses from across Indiana and Kentucky and it allows us to collaborate, innovate, and learn from each other.”
The event, to be held at Thyen-Clark Cultural Center April 22nd from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be broken into two independent branches.
“One of those paths is the executive sessions for those business owners, superintendents, operations managers,” Fritch said. “The second track is really the technical sessions, there’s your IT leaders and influencers, engineers.”
Fritch says that by breaking up into more specific groups, like-minded individuals can better work toward solutions. For business owners, they’ll look at how information technology is affected their business and bottom line.
According to a Matrix Integration press release, the business sessions will cover how to invest in IT, the best ways for SMBs to create a secure and consistent IT backbone, and leveraging IT to support concrete business goals.
Tech sessions will cover a broad range of topics, from the latest tech for manufacturing to hybrid cloud solutions and ransomware.
Cybersecurity, a leading issue throughout the technology field, will be covered, Fritch says.
“You’re going to have very specific, ‘these are the steps you need to take’ [instructions] how to prevent it and when it happens, how to mitigate it,” Fritch said. “That is a significant topic that we address with our clients today.”
Among others, representing Matrix Integration will be CEO Brenda Stallings and President Nathan Stallings. The event will also feature individuals from Hewlett Packard and Aruba.
Indiana companies participating include: Kimball International, Memorial Hospital, Springs Valley Bank & Trust, Monroe County School Corporation, and the University of Evansville.
Kentucky companies participating include: HJI Supply Chain Solutions, South Central Bank, Spalding University, and Bluegrass Network.
TechKNOW will begin with a golf scramble on April 22nd; and an additional networking event will be held the night before at High Pointe at the River Centre.
This is a free event. Registration is open at www.matrixintegration.com.