Employee Spotlight – Drew Fernandez

Drew Fernandez Turns One!

Congratulations to one of the BDR team’s favorite sons, Drew Fernandez on his one year CDM Media anniversary.

Drew joined the organization as we were first building out the BDR team. Strong-willed and a quick learner, Drew has developed into a solid contributor on the Business Development team. The team can always count on Drew to take early morning shifts to call on European accounts/contacts or pick up the slack in countless other ways. Drew is a pace setter when it comes to effort, challenging others to keep up when he’s on form. We’ve known Drew to stay determined, creating quality opportunities where others were afraid to put in the tough work. Drew is a true believer of the phrase “shooters shoot.” Over the past year, Drew has developed the skills and instincts that has helped him achieve the success he’s experienced. These traits will serve him well as he grows into a BDM, as he is on the verge of achieving that benchmark.

While folks may question his karaoke skills after last holiday party’s performance, and as much as Nelson may challenge his focus through trash talking during shuffleboard matches, the sales team is undoubtedly better for the efforts Drew has brought to the organization over the past year. Winners always seem to want to have the ball in their hands when the clock is winding down and it’s winning time. As we make our way into our last Quarter 4 push, we have no doubt that you’re going to take things to the next level. Congratulations again on all your success thus far. CDM Media thanks you for all you’ve done and continue to do.

The Decentralized Web: Where Are We?

Earlier this month, Zoë Corbyn from the Guardian, wrote a piece focusing on decentralization of the internet. Per that post, Corbyn approached talked about the untapped potential for digital transformation and disruption, but asked the question, “where are we headed next?”

As the news broke in late July that Google would run a censored version of their search engine in China, 800+ web builders gathered to discuss a completely decentralized web and what the specifics would look like.

If the decentralized web (or DWeb) is done correctly, consumers will have direct access to their encrypted information as well as a public digital ledger of transactions, tracking ownership securely in an environment without trust. Security breaches would become a monolithic as it takes sensitive information out of the hands of these internet-gatekeepers like Google or Facebook. As revolutionary as this sounds, it will not happen overnight nor will it happen without growing pains. The DWeb would completely disrupt our internet experience, but with any groundbreaking technology, it was many hurdles to overcome. It is difficult to construct a decentralized internet because everything is not stored in a central repository. “Right now humanity lives at Facebook,” says Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation. Many apps designed for the decentralized web are still clunky and unrefined, limiting the user experience.

For the DWeb to gain traction, it must focus on its advantages over the internet we use today. As each user would have their own ledger updating in real-time, this decentralized internet would in theory but much faster than what currently exists. In addition to an increase in speed, the DWeb protocols use links that identify information based on its content: this content-focused approach allows computers to pass and store information as opposed to being held on a single server.

There are very few companies that are actively investing in blockchain and other decentralized applications, with the lion’s share being IBM at around 32 percent. Find out more on why IBM chooses to partner with CDM Media to find exclusive and congruent one-on-one meetings with the industry’s top solution providers.

The Original Guardian Article

CIO & CISO Florida Summit Recap

September 11th, 2018 – The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida

September 11 will forever be a day to remember in American history as well as a day of remembrance of those who lost their lives in that tragedy. In efforts to remember those, William Dayhoff – Former Director, Virtual Threat Analysis Center with the FBI during the 9/11 attacks, opened the day commemorating individuals that lost their lives.

After Dayhoff’s opening remarks, the day kicked off with a keynote from Greg Wolford – Solutions Architect at Imperva (formerly Prevoty, Inc.) focusing on protecting applications and their sensitive data. The remainder of the day was focused around the topic: Digital Transformation is a Journey, Not a Destination.

We also want to thank all our speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our lunch panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer:

  • Alfred McBean – Former VP – Porfolio Architecture at Bank of America
  • Brent Lane – CTO at Vaso Technology
  • William Dayhoff – VP at Ameris Bank
  • Kay Redlich – CTO at CNL Financial Group
  • Mark Crandall – CIO at Consulate Health Care

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help their achieve your goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon.