Professor Paul Gandel, Syracuse University, NY visit - An invited speaker in CMT223/CMM311 class

Looking Forward With a Rear View Mirror. Reflections of a CIO
As technology has developed over the past years moving from the Web to Web 2.0 to the Cloud, barriers have drop and possibilities seem limitless. This presents both an opportunity and a dilemma for organizations that have to plan for this technology enabled future. How do you plan for the abundance of possibilities? How do you plan in the absence of good predictive models? Planning for the future may be as much of discovery process as a planning process. Success will be finding the right ingredients and partners.
I plan to talk and discuss from the perspective of a long-time CIO the trends in technology that will change the way we do business world-wide. I will illustrate these trends with case studies from my own personal experiences:
Green computing—Why Green means Big!
Computing clouds—Yes, they are real and will change the way we manage and think about infrastructure? Developing new models for managing and governing an IT infrastructure you may no longer own.
It may be a flat world but networks are becoming personal—why network policies are more important than network hardware!
Is social networking really just a buzz work?—Human computation
This talk is intended to be informal so bring your questions and observations about these topics so that we can all share our experiences.

Paul Gandel is Professor of Information Studies at Syracuse University. His teaching and research areas include the management of information technology systems, information management, leadership, information policy, and the visualization of information.

Previously he served as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Syracuse University. As Chief Information Officer, Gandel was responsible for all aspects of information technology and information services—computer services, voice and data networking, instructional technology services, business process improvement, and distance learning technology. During his tenure as CIO he was instrumental in modernizing the University’s technology infrastructure and IT support services to ensure that SU remains competitive with the growing demands of providing high-quality information resources for research, teaching and student learning environments.

Before coming to Syracuse University, Gandel was Vice Provost and Dean of Libraries at University of Rhode Island. Before Rhode Island, Gandel was Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer at the Ohio University, Senior Director of Academic Computing and Associate Professor of Library Science at the University of North Texas, Supervisor of the Computing Technology Group at Bell Laboratories, Head of Media Services at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and Director of the Research Library at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Gandel earned his Ph.D. in Information Studies from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.F.A. in Photography and B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo.