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Marty Puranik

CEO and President of Atlantic.Net

Marty Puranik co-founded Atlantic.Net from his dorm room at the University of Florida in 1994. As CEO and President of Atlantic.Net, one of the first Internet Service Providers in America, Marty grew the company from a small ISP to a large regional player in the region, while observing America's regulatory environment limit competition and increase prices on consumers. To keep pace with a changing industry, over the years he has led Atlantic.Net through the acquisition of 16 Internet companies, tripling the company's revenues and establishing customer relationships in more than 100 countries. Providing cutting-edge cloud hosting before the mainstream did, Atlantic.Net has expanded to eight data centers in three countries.

Steve Stover

VP of Product at Samanage

Steve Stover is an accomplished technical and product leader with over 20 years of software experience in IT service management, cloud computing, and advanced analytics markets. He has demonstrated leadership and operational success in producing market leading products at companies including Dell, Quest Software, Red Hat, and Teradata. As VP of Product at Samanage, Steve leads the product team in delivering and communicating the roadmap and strategy for products.

Dr. Jim Anderson

 

Dr. Jim Anderson has spent over 25 years consulting with a wide variety of IT firms from the very big to the very small. His insights into the leadership needed to combine the separate worlds of business and IT strategy offer hope to CIOs everywhere who are struggling with this challenge. In this blog, The Accidental Successful CIO, Dr. Anderson offers his insights on how to get business and the IT groups to work together for the betterment of the firm.

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Unstructured data can be very valuable to a business in many different kinds of scenarios. It can help organizations discover new insights by analyzing data that isn't stored in a relational...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
There are several ways IT pros and business professionals can show off their knowledge of machine learning (ML) basics in a job interview. It all comes down to explaining simply and clearly how ML...
When people use machine learning without investing enough time in planning, it’s no surprise that the results will be inferior.Project managers and other stakeholders who fall into this...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
I think I look at this a little different than most. At the very minimum, you need mid-level Excel skills, curiosity, critical thinking and the ability to learn quickly. Excel is pretty much the most...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and fake news seem to be inescapably linked together. On one hand, critics of the newest technologies claim that AI and automation processes have been instrumental in...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
The idea that “technology” may cause addiction and brain damage is likely nothing but a vastly exaggerated misconception. Although it’s not exactly a “myth” since the...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
As one of the top tools for machine learning (ML), Google's TensorFlow open-source resource pack for neural networks and machine learning projects has a lot of practical applications in this...
As one of the most fundamental questions in the technology world, this one is a little tough to answer. The long and short of it is that self-driving cars, or autonomous cars, could be safer than...
Professionals involved in working on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have been making a lot of money for a while. The reasons for the current explosion in the salaries of these tech-savvy...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
It's a big question – all over the IT industry, cybersecurity professionals are very much in demand. Companies need help circling the wagons, protecting trade secrets and sensitive data...
There are many ways that companies can use virtual machine use cases to learn more about how virtualization components work in a virtual architecture. Use cases can identify how the virtual machine...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
There are a few different reasons why people are talking about the “tipping point” of machine learning and how this type of technology will apply to future applications.First, as the...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
Natural language processing (NLP) is one of the latest applications of artificial intelligence (AI). NLP allows computers to process and understand the complexities of human language, and derive...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
Data analytics is an extremely popular topic in the tech industry, and big data professionals are in high demand. Analytics refers to the software and processes that help businesses to interpret and...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
IT security is, by nature, an intangible and hard-to-measure objective or service. It can be extremely difficult to accurately evaluate the benefit of security provisions, or to see how well security...
There are a few predominant reasons why experts in cybersecurity will talk about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining being linked to various kinds of computing power and energy theft.One of them is the...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
A virtual local area network (VLAN) is an abstracted LAN that is created to operate through the data link layer (layer 2) of the OSI network model. Unlike a physical local area network or LAN, in...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
Scaling up and scaling out are two IT strategies that both increase the processing power and storage capacity of systems. The difference is in how engineers achieve this type of growth and system...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
A: Mobile hotspots and tethering services offer similar results for users, but they work a little bit differently.A mobile hotspot is an offering by various telecom providers to provide localized...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
Car manufacturers are realizing there’s extensive untapped revenue to unlock by drawing attention to the passenger — especially when looking to the future as autonomous vehicles advance...
Answered by: Nils Wollny
CEO
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