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Utilizing Open Source Technologies in a Business Environment

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This presentation will cover a wide variety of currently available open source software and provide real world examples of how that software can be used for business purposes. Open source software can be used to provide everything from your traditional word processing, workstation operating systems, project management, bug tracking, version tracking, and so many other things. Open source software can provide significant cost savings and can work for you.

Details and registration here.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently awarded Raytheon a $1 billion contract to protect the networks of dozens of federal agencies from cyber threats. Raytheon will be hosting an open house in Pensacola to attract local cyber talent who will be critical to the program's success. Raytheon plans to hire around 140 employees in the Pensacola area. Key cyber skills desired: NOC/SOC • Linux Admin • Windows Admin • SourceFire • ArcSight • Network Engineering • Information.


Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Time: 7am - 9am, 11am - 2pm, 4pm-7pm ET


Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1144 Airport Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504


More information: 

June Networking Social


Join your colleagues and friends from IT Gulf Coast and the IT community at O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown for drinks, snacks, and camaraderie. As always, it's free for IT Gulf Coast members and their guests. Please register so we will have an accurate headcount for the venue.


Please note that drink purchases are member and guest responsibility and will not be paid by IT Gulf Coast.


When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm


Where: O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown 321 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502

(2nd Floor)

Who: Current and future members of the IT community

Register here.

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Special thank you to our new
Platinum Sponsor!



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CSRA delivers a broad range of innovative, next-generation IT solutions and professional services to help our customers modernize their legacy systems, protect their networks and assets, and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of mission-critical functions for our warfighters and our citizens.


Whether we’re helping our U.S. government customers meet their mission and operational challenges or working to address critical needs within our local communities, we bring the same level of passion and commitment, developing solutions that meet or exceed the challenge. 

In case you missed the
March, 29th Lunch And Learn


"Robotics Revolution"

I.T. Gulf Coast would like to thank Konica Minolta and TJ Edwards for presenting and Southern Light for the catered lunch.


To view the material you missed, you may view TJ's presentation by following this link.


Synopsis: Robots have been a reality on factory assembly lines for over twenty years. But now the technology has become advanced enough to penetrate into home and office settings. As a total solutions provider, Konica Minolta is installing and servicing the most innovative robots around the world in the security and hotel industry. In the session today, you will see and hear how robots are making parking lots and malls more secure, assisting the hotel industry to become more customer service friendly and how robots are turning the document imaging industry into a manufacturing style environment of back file conversion.

Supporting STEM Saturdays at The National Flight Academy

IT Gulf Coast is proud to partner with the National Flight Academy to support its STEM Satiurday program. This donation was made possible through the proceeds received from last year’s ITEN Wired summit. IT Gulf Coast is committed to supporting educational initiatives that will foster the growth of the future STEM workforce. The programs offered by the National Flight Academy are truly unique in their approach to teaching these disciplines using an immersive and fun environment. More information about the STEM Saturday program can be found here.

IT Gulf Coast Opens 2016 Lunch and Learn Series

IT Gulf Coast held its first Lunch & Learn of 2016, giving the forty attendees a better understanding of the world of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS’s), more commonly known as drones.

Alan Gray and Chris Tonn, owners of Pelican Drones, gave an engaging presentation on the application, restrictions and potential for UAS’s in supporting the ever-changing business environment. Because their use by the public is relatively new a lot of mysteryAlan Gray (left) and Chris Tonn of Pelican Drones. still surrounds the issue. Alan, a certified community planner, and Chris, an entrepreneur and drone enthusiast, started their venture in January 2015. At that time, Pelican Drones was the only Federal Aviation Administration certified commercial use drone providers from New Orleans to Tallahassee. Since then, the number of drone service providers has exploded over 25 in the Pensacola region alone.

Training and a respect for the rules is foundational to running a UAS-based business. Early on, Chris went through rigorous instruction similar to pilot training. Adhering to the “rules of the road” for flying were paramount: Stay below 400 feet, do not fly at night, no flying over people and no flying through airport control zones.

Although never an issue with their company, the growing popularity of drone technology and several high profile near misses with commercial aircraft brought about a move late last year by the FAA to register all drones sold. Chris and Alan pointed out that the industry had already been moving to develop better firmware that would limit the chance for airborne encounters by incorporating, amongst other things, restricted airspace programming.

Used properly, drones have opened a new world of visual imagery and commercial application. In one example, Alan showed an 18 acre construction site. High resolution cameras allows the client to see detailed tractor treads in the dirt. What’s more, using digital elevation modeling, clients can analyze the slope of a property or the quantity of landfill brought on site.

“By identifying dimensions of a mound and applying simple volumetric calculations, the client can determine if, for example, the 410 trucks of fill were deposited on site or if it was 205,” noted Alan Gray. “There is also the ability to overview the work site progress on a regular basis defined by the client.”

By far, the most interesting aspect of drone services is the ability to provide more visually stimulating video for production and advertising. An excellent example shows the stunning beauty of Pensacola Beach, a production that has been viewed over half a million times and shared by over 7,000 Pensacolians.

Both owners pointed to a future that is wide open. “Companies are experimenting with delivering products to the home using barcode technology. In Germany, there is a move underway to ship emergency medical supplies, such as blood, using drones. Their use avoids the problems of being stuck in ground traffic when moments count.” Other applications are being considered every day.

Although the weather did not cooperate for a short demonstration, the presentation was a rousing success to the audience. Special thanks to Southern Light for its generous donation in covering the cost of lunch for the attendees and the Argo Athletic Club for use of their facilities.

Upcoming events

27 Jun 2016 (CDT) • GBSI 2400 W Michigan Ave # 4, Pensacola, FL 32526
20 Jul 2016 12:00 PM (CDT) • Bldg. 2 Room 250, 1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504

Early Bird Registration For ITEN WIRED '16 Is Now Open!

Early bird registration is now open for the Gulf Coast's premiere technology summit. This year's event has been expanded to 3 days, October 12-14th. As always, expect a stellar lineup of speakers, opportunities to network with peers and our great sponsors, IGNITE ITEN, and a few new additions to this year's program. Oh, did we mention that this is all happening at the Hilton on beautiful Pensacola Beach?

Charter, Gold, and Student members receive $25 off their admission. Look for the discount code in a special email sent out to paid members on May 16th.

Not a member of IT Gulf Coast? Consider joining today. The membership almost pays for itself immediately with the discount you receive on your ITEN WIRED admission.

Sign up for the ITEN WIRED newsletter and stay updated on the latest announcements as we draw closer to the October 12th kick-off.


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