VAISEF IT Planning Seminar

VAISEF is hosting an IT Planning and Infrastructure Seminar!


This event has been cancelled due to low registration. RAFFA will be presenting a breakout panel at the VAISEF Spring Conference on April 7 and we are tentatively saving the date for May 23 to reschedule the seminar. Our apologies for any inconveniences.


Have you complained about your technology recently?

Are you sure that technology could serve your school better, but unsure how?

If you or your faculty members have contemplated the role of technology recently, you are not alone.  VAISEF is frequently asked to present on topics concerning technology and related functions.  We have heard your concerns and have responded with our March 14th symposium.

Start off 2017 with a decision to reconnect with your colleagues in technology at other schools.

On March 14, our special guests will be the Technology Practice of Raffa, a Washington, DC based consulting firm.  The topic is IT Planning and Infrastructure. 

Many technology professionals have inherited systems from previous administrations.  How do you determine which applications to keep and which to change or upgrade?  How relevant is your old legacy system, and how do you justify an expensive migration? What are other schools using for e-learning and other applications?

The IT Management team at Raffa will explore these topics and several more.  Come and learn from these experts and your colleagues in the industry.  The format will include open discussion and Q&A.

Our IT Seminar will provide an overview of what is needed for our facilities in terms of IT Planning. We will look at the infrastructure needed to support IT development and how to make it work for your programs. We will also be given a glimpse of different software and hardware needed to support our school and all of the data that these programs will help us collect. Long term IT planning is also important as we all know that this field is always rapidly changing and learning ways to stay up with what is going on is essential. The purpose is also to create a well thought out IT plan for your facility so that we can use this knowledge to better serve our facilities, staff, and students.

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM and the Seminar will begin promptly at 9:30. Lunch will be served at 12 noon and there will be opportunities to meet and hear from other IT professionals and vendors in attendance.

RAFFA, an accounting and technology consulting firm is providing experts in the field to guide attendees through planning for IT. The speakers will be Nate Solloway and Paul Williams.

Nate Solloway is the IT Outsourcing Manger at Raffa. Nate brings with him over 12 years of service to nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC region, providing IT strategy consulting and technical support to mid size clients. The primary focus of his work is ensuring that IT infrastructure and network support services meet the organizational needs of each client he serves with emphasis on efficiency and customer service. He is well-trained in Microsoft software and server technologies, virtualization (VMware and MS Hyper V), security, cloud computing, disaster recovery, WANs, LANs, “green” technology solutions, and several other technology platforms. Nate is very adept in understanding organizational goals and turning these into viable technology solutions.

Nate leads the Network and IT Services practice within Raffa. He regularly runs educational seminars that review current trends in the Information Technology landscape. This includes hosted solutions, remote and on-premise server configurations, backup and recovery services, major cloud offerings, mobile and tablet device solutions, and recommended cost saving IT strategies. He is an exceptional service provider to his large client base.

Nate received his Bachelor of Arts at Austin College in Sherman, TX. He is a Microsoft certified professional and holds the MCSE certification.

Paul Williams is the Lead of Raffa’s CIO for Hire practice and supports Information Technology services.  Paul is a Chartered Accountant, certified Prince II Project Manager and Total Quality Management Instructor.  His specialties include strategic planning, acquisitions/integrations, business transformation, process optimization, ecommerce, turnarounds, project management and enterprise solutions.  Prior to his CIO experience, Paul ran a boutique consulting firm, specializing in support for major system acquisitions and implementations.  He has over 20 years of experience in health, retail, leisure and professional services as a senior leader or CIO.  He has run presentation series on Project Management for ERP systems and specialized in project remediation for high stress and ‘in crisis’ projects.

Most recently Paul was Interim CIO for Bowlmor-AMF, integrating three business units following AMF’s emergence from bankruptcy – building their future state IT team, consolidating their systems and refreshing the corporate infrastructure.  He also implemented Hyperion, replaced the POS fleet and restructured the IT Department, including building a formal PMO and governance process. Paul also worked with a major US retailer as VP of IT, where he implemented SAP, replacing Lawson and a variety of other subsystems.

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