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BITHGROUP Hosts Digital Transformation Conference

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Welcome Table

On Wednesday, June 13, BITHGROUP Technologies along with partners ClearBlade, Dark Trace, Morgan State University, University of Baltimore and the City of Baltimore, hosted an inaugural conference on Digital Transformation with a focus on progressing businesses. The conference was held at the University of Baltimore, a hub for education and a local university focusing on the technology revolution. 

Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed presentations from a wide range of speakers covering a variety of Digital Transformation topics. 

CEO Robert Wallace anchored the presentations with a look at Disruptive Technologies and dove into the History of the Future.

 Aaron Allsbrook from ClearBlade speaks about how Digital Transformation can be critical to your businesses success

Aaron Allsbrook from ClearBlade speaks about how Digital Transformation can be critical to your businesses success

To close the day attendees mingled with speakers during a networking reception at the UB Student Center, which overlooks downtown Baltimore. At the reception ideas and discussions continued to flow around the topics of Digital Transformation.

"The Digital Transformation Conference provided a great deal of confirmation of ideas surrounding where most organizations are with regards to DT," Harry Holt, BITHGROUP VP of Operations said.  "There are  a great deal of technical tools and resources available for organizations to take advantage of as they map out and implement their digital transformation strategies.  This seems to be true across public and private sector organizations and across use case scenarios."

The inaugural Digital Transformation Conference was a huge success and BITHGROUP looks forward to continue to help push the transformation of digital processees.   

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Holt Featured in Finance & Commerce Cybersecurity in Local Government Article

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Cecil Whig File Photo

Local governments a target for cyberattacks

A major cyberattack on the city of Atlanta in March shut down city computers for five days, exposing critical vulnerabilities in the government system.

Just days later, Baltimore was hit with a separate ransomware attack that required 911 dispatchers to manually dispatch calls. In May, the Idaho Legislature website was taken over by hackers who posted a manifesto on its website.

Harry Holt, vice president of operations at BITHGROUP Technologies in Baltimore, said he was not surprised to hear local governments worry that they don’t pay enough to attract top cybersecurity personnel. There simply aren’t enough cybersecurity engineers to meet the demand in the field, he said. But he believes partnerships with local universities could attract young talent to government. In the end, cybersecurity looks pretty similar for private and public entities. It comes down to the employees doing all they can to keep it secure, he said.

“Once they get in, there’s some pretty sophisticated technology folks out there that can do bad things,” Holt said. “The training has to be constant. And you have to do different types of tests and awareness on an ongoing basis.”

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Holt Featured in Finance & Commerce Cybersecurity Article

Hospitals Must Remain Vigilant with Cyber Security

When it comes to patient health records, employee information and data from medical technology devices, hospitals have a treasure trove of sensitive, private information to keep confidential.

“The whole idea of having electronic records positions hospitals to provide better care and services to the patients they are working with, but at the same time, obviously, [there is a] risk associated with this information being shared in electronic format,” said Harry Holt, Vice President of Operations of the Baltimore-based BITHGROUP Technologies.

Hospitals continue to be heavily targeted by very sophisticated adversaries including internationally based criminal organizations and nation states such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Sometimes nation states working in collusion with criminal organizations to target health care and hospitals.

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BITHGROUP's Harry Holt Featured in The MD Daily Record

Autonomous computing and AR/VR possible areas of growth in Maryland

As smaller, quicker and easier technology drives more connectivity for devices and systems, executives say smart companies large and small can leverage those advancements to create opportunities for growth.

“There are opportunities to use that information,” said Harry Holt, executive vice president of operations at BITHGROUP Technologies. “You can improve the products for your customers.”

As technology continues to evolve, Holt says it is imperative for companies to stay on the cutting edge for their businesses. An early warning of impending system failure could spell the difference between business as usual or a company-wide catastrophe.

“It’s critical to stay current with the changes in technology,” Holt said, especially if a company hopes to survive. “The systems can create an efficiency.”

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Evolving Digital Culture for Businesses

Digital Transformation has been a term that has been tossed around, especially in the past few years. Consumers and employees are interacting with businesses in new ways forcing organizations to rethink the way they use technology and data. Digital Transformation is all about empowering your employees, engaging your customers, optimizing your operations and transforming your product through systems of intelligence.

There are obviously many ways to do this and many tactics to consider when thinking about how to restructure your business practices. At the Digital Transformation Conference hosted at the University of Baltimore on Wednesday, June 13, participants will get the chance to hear from a wide variety of Digital Transformation experts.

Participants will walk away able to answer these five questions:

  1. How effective if your organization at leveraging data and analytics to power your business model?
  2. Do you understand your organizations key business initiatives and how they benefit data?
  3. Do you have business stakeholders as active participants in setting your use case roadmap?
  4. Do you understand the economic value of your data and how that affects your technology and business investments?
  5. Do you understand how to create a platform that exploits the economic value of your data?

Don't miss the chance to network with industry leaders, learn about how technology can help your business and walk away with a plan for success!

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Digital Transformation Critical For Business Development

The Internet was born in 1990 in the United States and Silicon Valley embraced it almost immediately. But since then, it’s traveled across the world faster than your free-spirited nomad friend on Instagram. The internet was invented in America, but the world was very quick to adopt it and in the last decade new tech hubs all over the world have popped up. There’s Silicon Alley in New York; Asia, Israel and India have all become hubs for tech, and that’s just a few examples.

Eastern Europe has rapidly become a center for innovation too, thanks to an increasing pool of entrepreneurial tech talent. The region has scored a host of successes in recent years, from Estonia’s Skype and Transferwise to Ukrainian facial recognition start-up Looksery which was acquired by Snapchat for a reported $150 million, the largest technology deal in Ukraine’s history.

Digital innovations are creating opportunities quicker and quicker every day. And businesses in every industry need to utilize technological advances to not only stay competitive, but to survive. Let’s take a closer look at successful strategies businesses are using to say ahead of the curve.

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#DTC18 Speaker Highlight

On Wednesday, June 13, join BITHGROUP Technologies and CLEARBLADE at the University of Baltimore as we bring together business leaders and industry experts to explore what it takes to get your business to the next level through digital transformation. Click to learn more about two of our wonderful speakers. 

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Robert Wallace Speaks at Pandora Music in NYC

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Ramsey Jay, Jr. (left) and Dr. Robert Wallace (right) at Pandora Music 

On Wednesday, May 9, Robert Wallace spoke at Pandora Music's Headquarters in New York City about Disrupting Business and Entrepreneurship in an event sponsored by his alma mater, Dartmouth College. Dr. Wallace spoke about creating BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy, two successful companies which have proven business in each of their respective fields. Dr. Wallace also highlighted his rise from the Baltimore projects and the important of developing successful businesses in inner-cities. 

 

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BITHGROUP Supports Baltimore YouthWorks Program

YouthWorks is Baltimore City's summer jobs program, offering thousands of youth ages 14-21, five-week job experiences with non-profit, government, and private sector employers. Since the program's inception BITHGROUP Technologies has supported the mission, sponsored several students and hosted them in our Mount Vernon offices for the duration of their internships. This year we were thrilled to meet perspective students at the YouthWorks Job Fair hosted by Baltimore's Mayor's Office of Employment Development. To learn more about YouthWorks and how you can get involved:

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Entrepreneur Travels Around the World to Research New Book

Local entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace is on a voyage that will take him by boat to about 35 countries and 100 ports to complete research for his new book, “Global Entrepreneurship.”

Wallace says this approach allows him to visit locations around the world and to “feel, touch, see, smell, and experience” the entrepreneurial reality and energy of the global community through the eyes of a world traveler. 

“A few years ago, I began conducting research on how American entrepreneurs could start doing business globally. I was particularly interested in learning how small businesses and grassrootsentrepreneurs could be successful at expanding their entrepreneurial opportunities internationally,” Wallace said. “I was not interested in looking at large, multinational corporations because they have been successful at building this international network.”

Not content to conduct this research from a purely academic and research perspective, Wallace said he decided to take a novel approach.

With the assistance of his wife and staff, he decided to take a sabbatical from his role as founder of BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. and CEO of Bithenergy, Inc.

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Shenice Harris Joins BITHGROUP

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BITHGROUP Technologies is thrilled to announce the addition of Shenice Harris as Regional Identity Services Manager.  Ms. Harris’s strong leadership and management skills will continue to support BITHGROUP’s strategic development by assisting to meet project commitments.

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BITHGROUP Technologies Participates in BWI/Synergy Conference

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BITHGROUP Technologies' Vice President of Operations, Harry Holt, participated in the BWI/Synergy Conference on April 30th, 2018. Presenters also included, Chief of Planning & Engineering, Paul L. Shank, P.E., C.M., and President of MD Washington Minority Companies Association, Wayne Frazier, Sr. The information session covered practices and tactics for companies to become partners and sub-contractors.

Panelist discussed the best practices for leveraging public data and government sites for teaming partners, competitive intel and contact information. In the end, attendees walked away from the conference with actionable items to implement in their business plan.

For more information about BWI/Synergy Conference, please visit: http://synergybwi.com/.

 

 

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BITHGROUP Attends ICIC Baltimore Kick-Off Event

Fittingly, during Small Business Week the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) launched their kick-off information event in Baltimore, as they set to offer an Inner-City Capital Connections (ICCC) program for businesses in Baltimore City. The initiative positions inner-city businesses for long-term success through consulting, education and mentorship.

Maryland is the tenth city participating in this series, which is sponsored in part by Kaiser Permanente and the City of Baltimore. 

The kick-off informational breakfast was hosted at the Vollmer Center at Clyburn Arboretum by Paul E. Taylor, Mayor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Businesses, and featured remarks from Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Kim Horn, Kaiser Permanente, Steve Grossman, ICIC, and representing BITHGROUP, Bithenergy and Robert Wallace was Coretta Bennett. 

For more information about the program, or to nominate a business:

 
 

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BITHGROUP Supports Upward Bound Math & Science Program

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BITHGROUP Technologies is proud to support Baltimore City Community College's Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) programs through assistance to the UBMS Book Scholarship Fund. The donation will be used to support this year’s 2018 graduating seniors as they move on to postsecondary education and later careers in math and science.

The Upward Bound Math and Science program focuses on pre-college supplemental instruction that will strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

The year round program provides academic support in science, math, engineering, and biotechnology and consists of Saturday academic sessions, high school visits, an intensive six-week academic and residential program, and a college bridge program. Course work in English composition, literature, computer literacy, study skills, and leadership training supplement the academic services. Individual and group counseling on personal and academic matters in addition to financial aid information is readily available.

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Maryland Governor Appoints Robert L. Wallace to Board of Regents

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Robert L. Wallace and Govener Larry Hogan at an event

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Robert L. Wallace to the University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents effective July 1, 2018.  The Regents oversee the system’s academic, administrative, and financial operations; formulate policy; and appoint the USM chancellor and the presidents of the system’s 12 institutions.

Robert Wallace’s economic development consulting services have supported companies and community leaders charged with accelerating economic growth. Since rising from a financially disadvantaged and racially segregated community to build three of his own successful companies, Bob has consulted hundreds of other leaders around the world – sharing his researched, tested and proven methodologies to unleashing economic growth and human achievement at all levels.

I am honored to be appointed as a Regent for the University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents. Looking forward to serving and helping with moving the system’s needle forward.
— Robert L. Wallace

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Robert Wallace Named As A 2018 Influential Marylander

The Daily Record announced last week that Robert Wallace, Bithenergy's CEO and President, is being recognized as a 2018 Influential Marylander. Congratulations to Mr. Wallace on this well-deserved achievement!

Influential Marylanders was created to honor individuals who have made significant impacts in their field and continue to be leaders in Maryland. These individuals are chosen by The Daily Record's editors for their contributions and leadership in the following areas: Civic Leadership, Communications, Education, Finance, Freestyle, General Business, Health Care, Law, Philanthropy, Real Estate, and Technology.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Grand Lodge of Maryland on March 22, 2018.

For a full list of this year's honorees, please visit http://thedailyrecord.com/influential-marylanders/winners/.

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BITHGROUP Technologies Participates in the Western Technology School of Environmental Science Career Fair

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Friday, March 9th, 2018, Harry Holt, VP of Operations, and Angela Evans participated in the Western Technology School of Environmental Science Career Fair. This is the third year that both, BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy have participated. The career fair had over seventy organizations participating from larger to small businesses, non-profit, military, government sector and colleges and universities represented. The junior class demonstrated career-oriented thinking, ready to prepare their futures.

Harry Holt, VP of Operations for BITHGROUP Technologies stated, “The absolute highlight of this fair is the students, who show up dressed in professional business attire, with resumes and portfolios that rival college students and professionals who would be many years their senior.”

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