Huntsman Post

Partners In Business Event to Feature Leading IT Professionals

By Rob Goates

Information professionals will be exploring the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing, where vast amounts of information are stored online, when they gather at the 28th Annual Information Technology Conference Feb. 8 at Utah State University.

The conference, hosted by Partners In Business at the Eccles Conference Center, will also explore a number of other trends in information technology, and will also feature a speaker who will talk about Google Streetview.

Tom Bittman

Tom Bittman, of Gartner Research, will be a featured keynote speaker at the conference, said John D. Johnson, Management Information Systems department head at USU.

“We are fortunate to have Tom join us at this year’s seminar speaking on the ‘Current State of the IT Nation,’” John said. “He has years of experience in the IT industry, and those who want to understand the latest developments in IT will benefit greatly by taking in his presentation.”

Tom has served as Gartner’s lead analyst covering IBM and Microsoft. He has also served for three years as a Gartner’s Senior Research Board member. In 2005, he earned Gartner’s Analyst of the Year Award. Tom recently co-authored "Predicts 2012: Cloud Computing is Becoming a Reality."

“Another cloud expert who will be joining us is Peter Coffee,” John said. “He is the lead cloud platform developer at, which is one of the best examples of outsourcing applications. He will discuss ‘The Cloud: Today, Tomorrow, and the Future.’”

Other keynote speakers at the conference include Niel Nickolaisen, CIO of the Western Governors University, and CIO of the Utah Association of Information Management; Carl Allen, corporate IS security Intermountain Health Care; Jeremy Pack, senior software engineer for Google Streetview; David Berg, Whitesands Technology business consultant, and Michelle Kolbe, senior business intelligence developer for IHC.

Partners In Business is a management and educational organization in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at USU. The event is open to the public and the cost to attend the conference is $325.

For more information on Partners In Business or to register for the conference, visit