As the official technology partner for the Arizona Cardinals and University of Phoenix Stadium, CDW implemented a new high-density network for secure stadium wireless ahead of Super Bowl XLIX, the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl and the 2016 college football championship.
CDW in the News
CDW implemented a new Cisco-based, high-density wireless network at University of Phoenix Stadium, enabling fans at Super Bowl XLIX to share the game-day experience with faster and more secure stadium Wi-Fi.
Organizations implementing analytics plan to invest in data capture, storage and processing, according to CDW Healthcare’s Analytics in Healthcare Report. “We see endpoint virtualization and application virtualization gaining momentum, as organizations feel more comfortable storing data locally and delivering it virtually,” said Chris Haupt, mobility solutions architect, CDW Healthcare.
“The Arizona Cardinals teamed up with CDW to provide state-of-the-art networking, wireless and computing technology at University of Phoenix Stadium,” said John Drum, vice president of stadium operations. The partnership makes the stadium one of the NFL’s most technologically advanced facilities, demonstrating the expanding role of IT in major sports venues, Drum said.
Phoenix Business Journal
CDW implemented a new Cisco Connected Stadium wireless network and unified communications upgrade at University of Phoenix Stadium in preparation for the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl and any future Cardinals games and stadium activities, said Travis Bugh, a CDW senior wireless consultant.
Millions of machines are still running Windows Server 2003 despite the July deadline, said Jim Vanden Boom, senior manager, software solutions, CDW. Vanden Boom recommends that businesses concerned with the deadline should prioritize servers with the most risk to their business.
CDW led the new Wi-Fi installation at University of Phoenix Stadium in preparation for Super Bowl XLIX to support a wireless game-day demand that is second to none.
Health Management Technology
As electronic health records become more prevalent, healthcare organizations must accept that mobility and BYOD instances will happen with or without support from IT, according to CDW’s Brian Voves, principal solution architect, security, and Jeremy Weiss, senior solution architect, security. Voves and Weiss note that mobile device management solutions enable IT professionals to secure individual devices and ensure that only vetted applications are accessed. A comprehensive security response plan is also critical – before an incident occurs, they say.
Technology startup center 1871 – known as “Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Hub for Digital Startups” – is positioned to cater to the growing tech and entrepreneurial community in the Chicago area. Supported by corporate sponsors such as CDW, the center helps businesses build themselves up to the point of self-sufficiency.
CDW’s continued success landed it on this list of top performers and events in Chicago technology in 2014. CDW beat out many other contenders to occupy the “C” spot on the list, with the author noting that its stock more than doubled since its IPO in 2013. He also notes that CDW’s success is a critical part of rewriting the media narrative of Chicago as a tech hub.
Workforce Diversity for Engineering & IT Professionals
Beginning on page 22, David Tzau, senior manager, search engine marketing at CDW, discusses the skills needed for success in the IT field, as well as the positive work environment at CDW. “The company really invests in its people. I’ve been with CDW for 13 years, and it’s been great at letting me try my hand at different things as my personal career goals have changed,” Tzau said.
Mobile Sports Report
As the Arizona Cardinals prepare to host the Super Bowl this February, the IT team at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is prepared for a mobile-hungry crowd with a pervasive wireless network. of the Cardinals worked with CDW to completely replace the stadium’s Wi-Fi system, installing new Cisco gear from back end to front end. CDW is also expanding the network outside the stadium to handle additional events, the author notes.
CDW donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross as part of this year’s Chicago CBS Cares Telethon promoting fire safety and recovery efforts. In a video interview, Aletha Noonan, vice president of higher education, CDW-G, said that CDW coworkers were proud to give back to the community by donating time, treasure and talent to the cause.