Oracle Discusses the Technology Challenges Facing Fast Growing Companies at San Diego T3 Symposium

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Oracle is the leading sponsor of the T3 Symposium, a new event series which provides a forum of dialog on the expanding role technology plays in growth whether it relates to a cutting edge company, or a regional government agency

We don't implement technology strategy to grow revenue or make government bigger; instead we use it to provide broader services to an increasing number of constituents in a way that is often transparent to them. It's about growth of efficiencies not growth of revenue…but it's still growth.

What's the recipe for a fast growing company?

Experts will tell you "a great product or service", "sound management principles" and "innovation", but for many of the country's fastest growing organizations, achieving rapid growth isn't a concern; maintaining it is. Fast growing smaller companies and regional governments experience a host of unique and potentially threatening issues that can derail productivity and momentum.    

Those unique challenges will be explored on Tuesday April 1, 2008 at the San Diego T3 Symposium when Mark Johnson, Oracle Vice President of Applications Marketing delivers the keynote address, "Sustaining Profitable Growth: The Phases of ERP in a Growing Company" to more than 200 IT leaders from the region's fastest growing organizations.

"High-growth companies often face business hurdles that cause them to lose sight of their strategic objectives, creating a negative impact on profitability and weakening relationships with customers," said Mark Johnson. "This is a natural progression that many companies go through as they grow, but these challenges are not insurmountable. The sooner organizations start recognizing the symptoms and addressing the underlying causes, the better off they will be in both the short and long terms."

Oracle is the leading sponsor of the T3 Symposium, a new event series which provides a forum of dialogue on the expanding role technology plays in growth whether it relates to a cutting edge company, or a regional government agency. The T3 Symposium represents a national technology think-tank made up of luminaries, experts and trendsetters from the nations' fastest growing midsize companies and regional governments.

"T3 is the culmination of three years of thought and development on what type of technology event was missing from the landscape," says Jeff Gordon, CEO of Amplio Consulting Group, the producer of the T3 Symposium events. "Major solution providers are targeting midsize organizations with some intensity. T3 is simply a reflection of market trends," adds Gordon.

The events are designed by CIO's, VP's and top technology decision makers and the event discourse is led by select IT leaders from the host community. Sponsors are hand picked by the event advisors and compliment the event dialogue without dominating it. The series aspires to offer the attendee and sponsor a more honest and intimate exchange on the special challenges that face the IT leader in a fast growth environment.

These types of challenges are second nature to VACO Technology, one of the leading sponsors of the T3 event. VACO is a national company that partners with clients on critical projects and strategic talent acquisitions in the areas of technology as well as finance, accounting, and administration. VACO was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as the 33rd fastest growing company in the U.S. VACO has grown to 18 offices and $100 million in revenue since it's inception less than 5 years ago.

"T3 is an obvious fit for us," says Chip Murphy, Partner at VACO Technology. "We are a fast growing company and we service fast growing companies. We understand how to help organizations that are experiencing rapid growth, and that gives us all a strategic advantage. Information technology divisions rely on us to aid in their continued growth and success. We know how important technology is to the equation and we take pride in our flawless execution."

Corporations aren't the only entities that struggle with issues related to growth, however. City and regional governments can mirror many of the same growth trends of the private sector and be challenged with the same IT infrastructure expansion issues.

"For government the objective is different but often methodology and strategies are the same" says City of San Diego Chief Information Officer, Matt McGarvey. "We don't implement technology strategy to grow revenue or make government bigger; instead we use it to provide broader services to an increasing number of constituents in a way that is often transparent to them. It's about growth of efficiencies not growth of revenue…but it's still growth."

This idea was best tested during the San Diego firestorms where McGarvey was at ground zero coordinating massive communication efforts that linked fire, police, military and other government agencies in a concerted effort to save lives and property of San Diego residents.

"The fires were an instance where we utilized some technologies that were in place but had never really been tested in a real world environment before. You learn real quickly how sound your infrastructure is or isn't in a natural disaster like that."

McGarvey will discuss his experience with the San Diego fires as a discussion leader of the "Data Infrastructure Round Table" that is one of four categories explored at the event.

The San Diego T3 Symposium will be held on April 1-2 at the Spectrum Business Center Campus in San Diego. There is no charge to attend for qualified applicants who are involved in technology review and purchase in regional companies and appropriate government agencies. Go to http://www.T3SanDiego.net for more information and to register.

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