Your Feedback Counts

Your Feedback Counts

Anyone who has been involved in managing an event like ITPalooza understands the complex logistics that go on in the background but most visitors to events and trade-shows, are not exposed to the nitty-gritty.

I would like to invite anyone who was involved with ITPalooza at any level, either visitor, speaker, sponsor, volunteer, to participate in the short ITPalooza Survey found below in the news letter.

Your input and feedback will help us make the event even more successful in 2015.

$100K Top Job Pick – Sr Unix/Linux Administrator-Perm-Miami

$100K Top Job Pick – Sr Unix/Linux Administrator-Perm-Miami

One of our leading Miami based clients would like to add a Unix/Linux Admin who also has expertise with SAN storage.

This position will manage and maintain UNIX/Linux Server along with SAN storage equipment at various data centers as well as maintain tape libraries and devices. This position requires expertise in both these areas.
This position is an experienced position with prior experience beyond formal education is 8+ years.

• In-depth knowledge of UNIX systems, Storage Devices and Storage Data management tools
• Experience with Sun Solaris Operating systems and Windows (2003, 2008) Operating Systems
• Experience in the Netapp environment
• Ability to work with Data OnTap 7.x, 8.x
• Should be able to handle and perform upgrades of the NetApp filers
• Knowledgeable in Snapmirror, Snap Vault, Filer View, Snaphots, DFM and other NetApp software

Other knowledge or expertise required:
• 5-7 years of UNIX/NetApp Administration experience including NetApp hardware/software
• Manage the administration of the production servers in the development, production, and DR environments.
• Maintain a 99.99% uptime
• Configure and build new UNIX servers for Production, Development or Disaster Recovery
• Manage the patching / security of UNIX systems according to established schedules. This includes OS, Clusters, Teamquest applications; Veritas file systems, Veritas Cluster and NetBackup.
• Review of system logs to remediate any potential issues or problems. Knowledgeable of Fiber channel SAN concepts including Fiber switches, Cable, connectors and cards, and necessary zoning on Brocade switches. Must have good network concepts and manages multiple routes on a filer.
• Maintain and update system documentation including assisting on support contracts. Ensure that equipment is documented properly. Work with Systems Administrators on both UNIX/Linux and Microsoft Windows platforms in the configuration and maintenance of FC SAN, iSCSI, NAS connectivity and storage subsystems.
• Global maintenance of all UNIX servers, SANs, including Production, QA, and Patch.
• Assist senior management in making recommendations to improve and enhance corporate systems.
• Assist with any knowledge transfer
• NetApp/SNIA/Brocade certifications a plus
• Strong communication skills

Top of the line benefits.

This position qualifies for a bonus structure. Would prefer a local candidate but will consider a qualified candidate from out of state.

SherlockTech is happy to share our $500 referral bonus

Tag, tag, tag – ITPalooza Facebook Album

Tag, tag, tag – ITPalooza Facebook Album

Thank you very much to Kelly Boyle for managing the photo experience at ITPalooza and capturing so many great memories!

Visit the album and tag, tag, tag!!!

Do you recognize any one in these pix? Please go ahead and tag yourself or your Facebook friends, it’s a really good way to spread the love for ITPalooza.




The ITPalooza Survey – Help us do better

The ITPalooza Survey – Help us do better

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Thank you for attending ITPalooza 2014!

Your participation in this annual event brings our tech community closer together to share knowledge, learn about new technologies, and network with your colleagues.Your responses to this IT Palooza survey will give us great guidance in planning next year’s tech event.
STEM Advisory Board      Giving Back to the Community

With your help, we have a fine tradition of giving back to the community:


  • $40,000 in Toys to: The Marines Toys for Tots Foundation — which now totals over $125,000 for the past three years
  • $2,500 by Check to: NSU’s GSCIS Computer History Preservation
  • $2,500 by Check to: STEM Advisory Board, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • $500 by Check to: The Stockdale Foundation

Thank you in advance for responding to the ITPalooza survey

See you next year!

Alex Funkhouser, ITPalooza Team Leader

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Become a South Florida Code Camp Sponsor – Feb 7, 2015

Become a South Florida Code Camp Sponsor – Feb 7, 2015

What is Code Camp?

Code Camp is a FREE one day GEEK FEST held on Saturday February 7, 2015 This is the ninth year for South Florida Code Camp. The event will have speakers from the local community and beyond. Speakers will be presenting some of the most requested topics like Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, ASP.NET, Javascript, JQuery, Visual Studio 2012, MVC Framework, Sharepoint 2013 and SQL Server 2012. This event is like Tech-Ed for Free but it’s community driven by a group of dedicated volunteers and speakers. Breakfast and lunch is included!

Code Camp Sponsorship Levels

February 7, 2015 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 pm

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NSU’s GSCIS Carl DeSantis Building
Carl DeSantis Building
Nova Southeastern University,Davie,FL 33314

Click here to register as an attendee

Code Camp sponsorship opportunities:

Your sponsorship will help with the logistics of the event. You and your organization will be recognized for your contribution and your company’s logo will be displayed to the attendees before, during and after the event. Given the ever changing needs of IT and the trend towards empowerment of teams and employees, IT professionals have more say than ever in the products and services that their employers purchase. A sponsorship for the South Florida Code Camp not only helps local South Florida area users, it also introduces your company and products to hundreds of potential high-value customers.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Technology Leader of the Year Awards Application Deadline: February 2

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Technology Leader of the Year Awards Application Deadline: February 2

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Highlights individuals and organizations with extraordinary technological hands-on experience whose management of technology resources or technological innovations have made outstanding contributions to their organization and the community. These leaders guide the effective use of technology to improve their company’s business performance or to develop new markets or products and have made significant positive contributions to the South Florida technology community.

Contact: Maribel Pozo 305-577-5477:

$55,000 in Cash and Toys

$55,000 in Cash and Toys

ITPalooza is so important in the South Florida IT eco-system that it, along with other influential events, has persuaded Richmond Global Ventures, a top venture capital firm to expand their presence directly into our community. This is very big news indeed as it may be instrumental in persuading many start-ups to stay in the area.

This year ITPalooza gave away $55,000 in cash and toys to local charities, making the 3 year total over $121,000. We held MTA exams that enable more talented people to enter the workspace with genuine credentials. Our hiring fair was more popular than ever, indicating strong growth among many local companies.

Next year, ITPalooza will be even more successful and we are counting on you to make that happen – whether as a speaker, sponsor, volunteer or attendee, your participation is what makes the event and our community so special.

Thank you!

Startup Grind Miami hosts LiveNinja’s Will Weinraub

Startup Grind Miami hosts LiveNinja’s Will Weinraub

Born and raised in Miami, Will Weinraub first learned how to build websites at age thirteen and hasn’t looked back since. After launching two successful businesses by the age of sixteen, Will went on to attend Florida State University to study Communications and shortly after returning to Miami he launched LiveNinja, a venture backed startup in the video chat space.

  • Capital Raises: LiveNinja has raised $900K to date from mostly from angel investors in Miami such as Accelerated Growth Partners, Marco Giberti, DaDNeos, Sean Smith, Tigre Wenrich (from OpenEnglish), and more.
  • Growth: LiveNinja currently has over 4,000 experts on it’s marketplace that span topics such as fitness, medicine, education, fashion, music, language, and consulting, just to name a few. Since launch (December 2012) they’ve had over 10,000 live sessions performed on the platform. On the Katana side, they just finished developing that product and we have launched with 10 selected enterprise partners. In Q1 of 2015, they’ll be launching with a number of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Past speaking engagements: Startup City Miami, Robert Scoble’s Show, eMerge America, Refresh Miami, FIU, Web Summit
  • Notable Press: Forbes, TechCrunch, TheNextWeb, TechCocktail, MiamiHerald

In this Fireside Chat we’ll cover topics from Will’s perspective including:

  •     Raising Capital in Miami (and beyond)
  •     Competing with Mammoths Like Google
  •     Building Company Culture & Community
  •     Recruiting (how to attract great talent)
  •     Getting Through the Really Hard Times
  •     Balancing a Company and a Growing Family
  •     Keeping Employees Motivated
SFTA 2015 Holiday Party

SFTA 2015 Holiday Party

Join us for a fun time of networking and music as we celebrate the season!  The evening includes:
  • One free drink
  • Free professional head shot for your Linked In page
  • DJ with variety of music
  • Real time social media fun projected onto screen
  • Raffles – iPad Mini, 4 Google Chromecasts
  • Hor d’oeuvres, finger foods
  • Cash bar
Registration: Must register by Wednesday, December 10th. No on-site registration. Location: Cendyn Building Atrium, 980 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL

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ITPalooza Photos and followup

ITPalooza Photos and followup

A quick search though Google and it’s clear! ITPalooza has firmly established itself as South Florida’s premier user group and holiday party event. Now in its 3rd year the event captures the spirit of the South Florida IT community by donating generously to local charities.

With 2000 registered attendees, from pre-con, to hackathon, from sessions to hiring fair, everything at this year’s ITPalooza was bigger and better.

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