Technology in sports has evolved from fixing employees’ desktop computers to becoming a major player in business strategy, fan engagement and player performance. This in-depth profile on Phoenix Suns Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Reese discusses his unique role with and goals for the organization, and notes that CDW is the team’s go-to player for technology solutions and services.
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Educating students on the opportunities that exist in the field can encourage them to graduate high school and get involved in careers in in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to the author, executive director of Lumity, a Chicago nonprofit that provides financial and technology consulting to other nonprofits. Businesses can get involved in a number of ways – for example, CDW recently led a group of 18 students through its warehouse and data center and exposed them to the sales department, where they saw individuals working directly with customers.
The average school now supports three platforms for instruction and two for administration, according to CDW-G’s “Surviving & Thriving in a Multi-platform Universe” infographic, which examines how multiple platforms affect K-12 students and educators. The diversity of platforms poses big challenges for developers and publishers, as schools want assurances that instructional solutions will work on all major platforms.
The Chicago Tribune
The National Endowment for the Humanities selected CDW coworker and artist Paul Balan’s design for the new National Humanities Medal. Balan moved to Chicago from the Philippines in 2001 with $5 in his pocket and has since developed a reputation as an artist through his medal and coin designs for the U.S Mint. “It’s a reminder that there is talent in all of us, and if you invest in talent and individuals, extraordinary things like this are bound to happen,” said Max Reed, vice president, program sales, CDW.
The Washington Post
The Montgomery County Board of Education (Md.) approved a bid from CDW-G to provide 40,000 laptops and tablets to students, as part of the county’s major technology initiative in its public schools. The initiative is an effort to bring technology into the classroom and fuel student engagement and creativity.
CDW coworkers praised their positive work environment, helping CDW achieve the No. 5 rank on GetVoIP’s list of the top 10 data centers to work for in 2014. Coworkers described CDW as a “large company that has the perks of a close-knit, smaller company,” thanks to its benefits, knowledgeable management, learning environment and development opportunities.
Folds of Honor, in collaboration with CDW and Microsoft, presented more than 100 Surface Pro 3 tablets to the dependents of military servicemen and women at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament. This Golf Channel Morning Drive segment highlights the presentation, in which PGA TOUR professional and CDW ambassador Gary Woodland personally thanked the military families, and features an interview with CDW Senior Vice President of Product and Partner Management Matt Troka, Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Device Sales Jane Boulware and Folds of Honor ambassador Sarah White.
American City & County
Knox County, Ill., won a $20,000 grand prize from the Win a Technology Center Sweepstakes, sponsored by CDW-G and the Center for Digital Government. Scott Erickson, Knox county clerk, discusses how the complete interactive technology package awarded in the sweepstakes will enable the county to keep voting records to increase government transparency and accountability.
Fortune selected Paul Balan, mail room associate, CDW, as one of 50 people for its Heroes of the 500 2014 list, which honors extraordinary people who work at 2014 Fortune 500 companies. Balan is not only a CDW coworker, but also a talented artist whose designs have been featured on a medal honoring Native American code talkers and the National Humanities Medal.
Based on feedback from its own employees, CDW ranked No. 3 on Business Insider’s list of 10 best tech companies to work for that are not in Silicon Valley. CDW coworkers praised the company for promoting and encouraging a positive work/life balance.
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The Tampa Bay Business Journal awarded CDW the top overall spot in its 2014 Best Places to Work ranking. Based on employee surveys, the ranking measured 10 key engagement categories focusing on items such as team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation, benefits and more.
Lauren McCadney, senior manager of social media at CDW, is recognized as one of FierceCMO’s “2014 Women to Watch” in business-to-business (B2B) marketing. In an interview, McCadney highlights her proudest achievement in the past year, what she likes most about her job and offers insight and advice for other women B2B marketers.