Register NOW for TechMixer 4.0 in November ’07

October 18, 2007

If you weren’t one of the lucky thousands who got a direct email invitation last week to the upcoming TechMixer, then this posting is for you!  You are all invited to attend our fourth TechMixer event on Tuesday, 6 Nov., where Birmingham’s technology and creative class get together to mix it up.  This time there are no booths, just good old fashioned mixing at the Innovation Depot.  The traditional format event will return in February 2008.

In the meantime, we need you to register to attend by clicking on the link below and submitting the form:

REGISTER NOW for TechMixer 4.0


Systems Alliance Hires Veteran Software Sales Executive Patrick Crawford to Lead New Birmingham Office

October 10, 2007

BIRMINGHAM — Systems Alliance, Inc., a regional systems integrator providing high-value IT and business consulting services, today announced it has opened a new office in Birmingham, Alabama. The company has hired veteran software sales executive, Patrick Crawford to lead its business development efforts in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

With over 14 years of experience selling enterprise software and services, Crawford joins Systems Alliance after seven years with Computer Associates (CA), where he was consistently ranked among the company’s best-performing regional sales executives. Based in Birmingham, Crawford is a graduate of Athens State College in Athens, Alabama.

Systems Alliance’s entry into the Deep South marketplace follows its expansion last year into Raleigh, North Carolina, and continues the company’s growth strategy of deploying sales and delivery staff across the southeastern United States. Site selection and recruiting activities are underway in multiple markets.

“Robust economic growth in the southeast is evident in every sector of our business: commercial, higher education, healthcare and government,” said Ric Hughes, president and CEO, Systems Alliance. “For Systems Alliance, the region is alive with opportunity, as clients recognize the value of IT as a strategic differentiator in their enterprise and seek solutions for increasing their return on IT investments.”

Hughes added, “As we expand our business across the south, we are delighted to welcome Patrick Crawford to our team. His strong local roots, relationships with many of the region’s IT executives and deep technical knowledge will prove invaluable as Systems Alliance establishes itself as a partner and trusted advisor to the region’s IT decision makers.”

About Systems Alliance, Inc.
Systems Alliance, Inc., founded in 1993, is a Maryland-based company that provides business and technology consulting services to leading corporate and public sector clients, including Condé Nast, Johns Hopkins Institutions, Random House, Inc., Baltimore County Government, Loyola College in Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Transportation. To learn more, visit

Barn Raising for Techies

September 18, 2007

You are invited to the Birmingham Startup project!  Join the technology community in building a new tech company over the course of two weekends.  Using the concept of “barn raising“, we are going to convene to see if we have what it takes to build a company in a compressed timeframe. On the first of two weekends we’ll work through the business planning for any number of business concepts.  At the end of the first weekend, all participants will be invited to participate on a web conference to hear the presentations of 3 finalists.  A majority vote will choose the winning project and everyone will come to the Innovation Depot on the next Friday to build the company over the weekend.

You’ve even got the chance of having YOUR idea built.  Just add your idea/concept to this web page and add your name.  If you are an entrepreneur seeking the next cool idea, there are several items listed on that same page which are seeking partners/leaders.

Why the Self-Imposed Short Time Frame? Like a diamond, great things happen under pressure. Too many efforts fall apart when given too much time. This focused effort will ensure that we narrow our focus on the singular outcome of building the company.

What’s in it for you??  Here are a few answers:

  • Entrepreneur – Highly-compressed development time, Jumpstart in marketing exposure, free entrepreneurial startup coaching, peer validation of idea plausibility, and VC visibility opportunity… even if you don’t make it out of the first weekend, your idea will be much further along towards reality than if you wait for the ‘right time’ to get started down this path
  • Manager/Director – Exposure to local talent, networking opportunities, bragging rights, free entrepreneurial process coaching, and a free t-shirt
  • Programmer – Bragging rights, talent exposure (show off skills), job/networking opportunities, free entrepreneurial process coaching, challenge of limited-time problem solving, free development software, and free t-shirt
  • Graphic Designer – Bragging rights, talent exposure (show off skills), job/networking opportunities, free entrepreneurial process coaching, challenge of limited-time problem solving and a free t-shirt
  • SEO/Marketer – Bragging rights, talent exposure (show off skills), job/networking opportunities, testing ground for new and/or creative marketing ideas, media networking opportunities, and a free t-shirt

So, how can YOU get involved?  Join the Birmingham Startup wiki today and add comments and/or edit pages with your suggestions/questions/observations.  We’ll soon have an application process announced on the website.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s plan to build that barn!

Voice Your Opinion – Q4 2007 BLCI Survey Now Open The Business Leaders

September 10, 2007

Confidence Index® (BLCI) survey
is now open to Alabama business leaders.

Compass Bank, through the Compass on Business program, has teamed up with the Center for Business and Economic Research at The University of Alabama to create this unique economic survey.

Unlike other surveys, the BLCI reflects the views of business owners and managers within the state to provide an economic “snapshot” that is truly relevant on a local level. The brief online survey focuses on key areas such as sales, hiring, expected expenditures, and state/national economic outlook.

The entire survey takes less than five minutes to complete. Once the survey period has closed, the results are first made available to participating business leaders before being released to the public.

Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard as a BLCI survey participant. In doing so, you will be providing a valuable decision-making tool for businesses across Alabama. You can view past surveys or join the survey panel by visiting

UAB seeking Asst. VP of Information Technology

August 30, 2007

Job opening for the right person… posted 24 August 2007 on

“This individual will direct the IT Support Services department comprised of the following units: IT Customer Services, which includes the centralized AskIT Helpdesk, IT Documentation, and IT Training; IT Procurement; Instructional Support Services, which includes Classroom Support and Instructional Technology; the IT Project Management Office; and the Data Security Office. This individual also serves as the institution’s senior data security officer, and may be responsible for overseeing the most complex technical projects.”

See the full posting HERE for more details.

Nominate a Birmingham-based IT company for AITA Awards

August 29, 2007

It’s time for the Birmingham-based companies to get busy and nominate each other for the upcoming state-wide AITA awards.  Deadline is September 30, 2007.  Descriptions of the awards available for nomination are shown below.  Full criteria is posted on the AITA website.  The event will be held in Huntsville this year on Thursday, October 25th.

Make a nomination today!


2007 Technology Company of the Year
Two awards will be given in this category – one each for: Small company category – less than 15 million in revenue; and, Large company category – greater than 15 million in revenue

The two winners will have demonstrated both product and company financial strength and overall success. Mandatory criteria for nominating in this category are: Nominated Company must be headquartered within the state of Alabama; and, Company must be proven to be a successful, growing business within the state.

2007 Technology Entrepreneur of the Year
An entrepreneur whose creativity and success has spanned several years and almost surely more than one successful venture.

2007 Executive Leadership in Technology
Likely a Chief Information Officer or possibly another senior executive who has driven a culture of applying advanced technologies to solve operational problems. While this could be within a company in a technology industry, the spirit of this award is in creatively solving business problems through the use of advanced technologies and the investment in a culture of automation.

New Horizons and TechBirmingham present TechFriday at the Apple Store

August 3, 2007

BIRMINGHAM, AL – New Horizons Birmingham and TechBirmingham have scheduled the monthly TechFriday meeting to be held at the new Apple Store at the Summit shopping center, on Friday August 10, 7:45-9:00 AM.

On the program will be a presentation on integrating Macintosh computers into Windows networks, running Windows on Mac, and other cross platform implementations. The popular iPhone will also be demonstrated.

TechFriday is a TechBirmingham event that brings area IT companies together to network and share information on the burgeoning technology industry here. The breakfast meetings are normally held monthly at New Horizons Computer Learning Center on Beacon Parkway. This special meeting at the Apple Store was arranged in response to growing interest in the Macintosh OS X platform.

Technology companies and interested parties are encouraged to register to attend this limited seating event, and may do so by emailing
Breakfast will be catered and there is no charge.

New Horizons Birmingham is a part of the world’s largest independent training organization, with more than 25 million people trained in 25 years. Since 1995 New Horizons Birmingham has provided learning solutions that help organizations and individuals increase confidence, productivity, and efficiency. More specialized than a community college, we are more flexible than a technical school. With state-of-the-art facilities, and full-time instructor staff, all training is provided in a hands-on environment. We provide solutions for the varying training needs of small, midsize, and large organizations. New Horizons Birmingham,, also works with individuals on a daily basis—including displaced workers and job seekers.