|By An Bui||
|July 1, 2014 08:05 AM EDT||
Something in this title seems out of place, but that definitely wasn’t the case this past weekend when DocuSign joined the Fraternal Fires & BBQ Charity Fundraiser as the platinum sponsor of the event. The Knights of Columbus Council #2951, out of Florissant, Missouri, has hosted the event the past two years. After two years, the event has grown to be the second largest St. Louis BBQ Society event.The funds raised support local emergency responders, Backstoppers, and Knights of Columbus Charities.
So how did DocuSign become involved? The primary organizer, James (Jim) Zak is the Director of Global Procurement at MetLife, and has been using DocuSign for about a year. Jim attended DocuSign Momentum 2014 and was very impressed with our products and our commitment to support charity causes. Jim asked his DocuSign account manager, James Cooper, if we could be involved in the charity fundraiser in some way. DocuSign viewed this as an ideal opportunity to support a great cause, spread the word about DocuSign, promote Free the Children, and invite clients from the St. Louis area to the event.
Despite the summer heat and humidity and the threat of thunderstorms, there was a great turnout. More than 38 barbeque teams competed as part of the St. Louis BBQ Society’s competitive circuit. With team names like Roadkill BBQ, A Pig’s Worst Nightmare, 2 Greasy Sicilians, Two Butts and a Ham, and Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em, you could clearly see that there was going to be some fierce competition and a lot of humor involved. In addition to more than 20 award-winning teams in the competition, the event featured cooking demonstrations from grill masters who have been showcased on The Travel Channel and Pit Master BBQ. I was able to taste numerous samples, and the different flavor combinations were out of this world.
During the event, DocuSign promoted and collected donations for Free the Children’s “We Create Change” program, which is an education-focused initiative for improving access to education in developing communities around the globe. The program’s goal is to build 200 new schools. Funds are collected through school-shaped coin collection boxes. Each $20 donation provides one brick for construction of a new school, giving children a chance to learn and help a generation enact change for themselves.
Jim Zak has a special connection with The Backstoppers organization, which is a greater St. Louis-area charity that provides financial and emotional support to the families of Police Officers, Firefighters, and publicly-funded paramedics or EMTs that have died on duty. Jim had a family member who was killed in the line of duty, and his family was assisted by the program. The organization makes mortgage and car payments, pays off debt, and covers other expenses. In addition, each family receives a “friend of the family” volunteer who stays in touch.
In the future Jim is hoping to utilize DocuSign to help with the event. “DocuSign would definitely be extremely helpful with managing the agreements and contracts used in putting on the fundraiser,” Jim said. “There is a large amount paperwork involved between vendors and contestants when putting together an event of this size,” he added.
Upon departing the Fraternal Fires & BBQ Charity Fundraiser I had full belly of BBQ and was happy to help out a great cause.
Howard Berg is a Field Marketing Manager for DocuSign's Real Estate Vertical.
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 30, 2016 05:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,462
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Jul. 30, 2016 05:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,704
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
Jul. 30, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,463
IoT is rapidly changing the way enterprises are using data to improve business decision-making. In order to derive business value, organizations must unlock insights from the data gathered and then act on these. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, and Peter Shashkin, Head of Development Department at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how one organization leveraged IoT, cloud technology and data analysis to improve customer experiences and effi...
Jul. 30, 2016 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,122
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develo...
Jul. 30, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,642
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device.
Jul. 30, 2016 02:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,488
The IETF draft standard for M2M certificates is a security solution specifically designed for the demanding needs of IoT/M2M applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Romansky, VP of Strategic Technology at TrustPoint Innovation, explained how M2M certificates can efficiently enable confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity on highly constrained devices.
Jul. 30, 2016 02:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,186
“delaPlex Software provides software outsourcing services. We have a hybrid model where we have onshore developers and project managers that we can place anywhere in the U.S. or in Europe,” explained Manish Sachdeva, CEO at delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 30, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,688
Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage. Most enterprises combine cloud and on-premise storage, resulting in blended environments of physical, virtual, cloud, and other platforms, which justifies more sophisticated storage analytics. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Peter McCallum, Vice President of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor, discussed using predictive analytics to mon...
Jul. 30, 2016 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,133
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
Jul. 30, 2016 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,346
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. He cited examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He also highlighted how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable ...
Jul. 29, 2016 10:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,079
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simp...
Jul. 29, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,292
"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 29, 2016 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,506
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
Jul. 29, 2016 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,749
We all know the latest numbers: Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from last year, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. We're rapidly approaching a data production of 40 zettabytes a day – more than we can every physically store, and exabytes and yottabytes are just around the corner. For many that’s a good sign, as data has been proven to equal money – IF it’s ingested, integrated, and analyzed fast enough. Without real-ti...
Jul. 29, 2016 07:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,193