Feb. 25, 2016 TCC Sessions
(2017 Sessions Coming Soon)

Patrick Schwerdtfeger

The ICQ instant messenger platform was launched in 1996, Skype began facilitating international calls in 2003 and the iPhone was launched in 2007. As trivial as these milestones seem today, they sparked a revolution in communication technology that persists to this day. Technology is advancing along an exponential curve, allowing businesses to increase productivity and optimize production. Facilities management lies at the center of this process. In this 40-minute session, Patrick Schwerdtfeger will highlight the trends in communication technology as well as the disruptive innovation they cause. There are many challenges ahead but also opportunities for leadership and business success. This session will provide perspective on the revolution we're all already a part of.

Track A: Data Centers/Facilities Case Studies

Chris Feduniw

Geary Johnson

In August 2015, Samsung consolidated its America's headquarters from four separate sites into a brand new, state-of-the-art, 10 story building. This new building includes all the amenities you'd expect to see at large Silicon Valley corporate headquarters, including a broad range of smart, connected appliances, a highly collaborative and innovative workforce environment, and a 9100 Sq. Foot data center

This insightful presentation will review the overall scope of the project, and will be divided generally into 3 topics:

  • Goals - What were the business goals when designing the building?
  • Process of the Move - With the complexity of the move from four locations to one new location, how was this achieved, and how did we stay on schedule? (i.e. how we conducted the data center, R&D lab and people moves)
  • Lessons Learned from the Project - From and IT and facilities management perspective, what did we do right, and what were the lessons learned?

Brian Donathan

Kristopher Sims

Dan Madrigal

Dean Nelson

Why do companies choose to have their data center in-house vs. colocation vs. on the cloud? This panel discussion will highlight different scenarios, with case studies shared by eBay, Gilead Sciences and Sysorex, as to what decision they made, why they made the decision, how they made it happen and what they learned in the process.

Crestron Platinum Sponsor Presentation

Crestron Fusion

12:20 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

By understanding how people work, the places in which they, and the tools they use to accomplish their jobs, Crestron FUSION Cloud provides the information you need to optimize your biggest investments: people, spaces, and technology.

TELADATA Presentation

True Confessions of an AV Consultant

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Info Coming Soon!

Mark Honer

Richard Donaldson

Dan Lunderville

Orlando Castro

This panel will cover recent challenges seen in data center operations, including:

  1. Capacity planning and monitoring - Avoiding running out of power, space and cooling.
  2. Equipment utilization tracking - Hunting zombie machines in the data center.
  3. Budgeting and funding projects - Challenges and techniques to get your management to fund infrastructure upgrades.

Lou Gregus

Glyn Banks

We will tell the story of Fidelity's journey through data center consolidation, and the development and deployment of our novel modular data center solution - Centercore. We will look specifically at implementing capacity in an agile way. Driven by the pace of growth and migration, Centercore has enabled agile, on-demand capacity.

Bruce Myatt

Greg Bush

Mukesh Khattar

Henry Wong

Water in the West has become a scarce and expensive commodity with the draught we have endured over the last several years and, in some areas water treatment plants cannot provide the capacity that our larger data centers demand. This panel discussion will reveal new technologies and describe new methodologies, already in practice, that minimize the use of cooling water in the data center and that recover and reuse water that would otherwise be discharged from the data center for treatment by public facilities. It is about time that we pay more attention to Water Utilization Effectiveness (WUE)!

Back to Top

Track B: Converging Technology Topics

The Future of Audiovisual

10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Cory Schaeffer

Travis Reed

Kenneth Bolden

Today, many company AV design schemes involve using a proprietary box for every function, in every room. In this presentation, we'll first briefly explore why this design scheme has evolved over the years, and its origins.

Next, well take a look at modern AV design schemes, as well as future implementation types and integration methods. We'll also look at how the use of network technology, centralized processing, centralized or cloud-based storage, and non-proprietary technologies can enhance the capabilities of AV systems, all while reducing capital expenses, and shifting them over to operational expenses.

Michael Charney

Ned Fennie

Ed Pate
Dan Hoffman

With commercial real estate currently in high demand, expensive and companies growing at a rapid pace, how do we solve the problem of creating enough seating in the workplace for employees without creating a beehive. In this presentation, we'll look at solutions for density issues in workplaces from both a design and real estate point of view.

Info Coming Soon!

Connected Building

1:40 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Ned Bagno

Luis Suau

Connected building systems make the impossible possible. The more information we can gather about the spaces we use everyday the more value we can return to our customers, tenants and building owners. During this session we will explore the new use cases enabled by connecting systems including, lighting, HVAC, Collaboration and sensing.

Andy Taylor

Rick Turner

Kerry Haywood

Don Bray

Larry Owens

In the Silicon Valley many Fortune 500 companies cannot afford downtime. The lost productivity, damaged equipment, lost data and disruption to business could cost millions to an organization. The quality of service provided by the utility is a crucial factor in the uptime of critical systems. Local Power Quality Communities, also known as Share PQ, can help to reduce the number and severity of incidents and improve the power quality in the region. This case study will detail how an initiative started by Joint Venture Silicon Valley called SEEDZ was able to lower power quality incidents for NetApp using a power quality community created by APT.

John Cassise

Leading up to the events of 9/11, it was possible for individuals to copy a credential and present it as their own - it's what happened on 9/11.

These events prompted a paradigm shift, and presidential directive (HSPD-12) was issued, calling for a mandatory, government-wide, reliable and secure credential that authenticates and validates on every level of architecture that's put in place vs. multiple, disparate credential systems previously deployed.

These same issues currently plague much of the commercial sector where security is a concern, with multiple, unencrypted credentials often needed to access multiple sites within an organization. With a federated and encrypted security approach, it's now possible to dynamically manage security levels of individuals world-wide across all of an organization's locations in real-time, drastically improving security.

This presentation explores the credentials solution deployed at the Pentagon, and how these new technologies and capabilities can be applied in the commercial sector.

Back to Top

Roundtable Discussions

Crestron: Crestron Fusion

4:20 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Speaker/Host: Steve Alexander, Executive Director at Crestron NW

By understanding how people work, the places in which they, and the tools they use to accomplish their jobs, Crestron FUSION Cloud provides the information you need to optimize your biggest investments: people, spaces, and technology.

Speaker/Host: Jack Vonich, VP of Sales at Instor Solutions

This roundtable discussion will focus on Oracle as a case study for optimizing your data center in a wholesale environment.

Speaker: John Consoli, VP of Marketing at AFCO Systems

AFCO Systems will lead a discussion focused on the impact of NFPA 75 on Aisle Containment in Data Centers. We welcome participants to share their thoughts and concerns. Those who can share actual "case study" style experiences are most welcome and are encouraged to participate.

Speaker/Host: Kristopher Sims, Manager of Solutions Engineers at Sysorex

Sysorex will lead a discussion focused on Ensuring Your Application Discovery and Application Dependency Models Work Before Your Data Center Move

Speaker: Chris Reimer, Business Development Manager at Facilities Protection Systems

The purpose of the Emergency Power Shutdown Management System EPSMS system is to consolidate, control, and monitor the emergency power off circuits for a given environment that would be protected with either a Clean Agent Suppression System and/or EPO only applications. EPO Shutdown Requirements are found in NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code NEC in Article 645.

Data Center projects are to also be designed and constructed per NFPA 75, the Standard for Protection of Information Technology Equipment. The shutdown of both the HVAC equipment and power to that equipment is required and is normally provided with manual Emergency Power Off (EPO) buttons at each means of egress. Failure to properly design, install, and manage EPO controls, can jeopardize uptime and negate the entire investment made in the business continuity solutions. The application of a clean agent suppression system would also be required to be interfaced with the shutdown of these circuits.

Fortunately, how this is done and when it is done is what the EPSMS panel was designed for. It eliminates a single point of failure that the manual EPO shutdown circuit introduces to a data center. If you are accountable for your business' uptime do you want to explain to your management or customers that your department's lack of knowledge about your EPO controls contributed to a delay in returning the technology environment to full operation?

Speaker: Jawahar Swaminathan, Director of Power Sales and Sales Engineering at Raritan

Our refrigerators can let you know when you run out of milk and eggs. Can your data center alert you before running out of power and cooling? Come join Raritan for a lively discussion on how data center leaders are monitoring power, energy and environmental data to make intelligent decisions on data center capacity, growth and uptime with confidence.

Speaker: Shawn Tugwell, Senior Data Center Design Engineer from eBay

Host: Alex St. John, Regional Sales Manager at Starline Busway by UEC Corp.

Please join Shawn Tugwell, Senior Data Center Design Engineer from eBay, and Starline's Western Region Sales Manager, Alex St. John, for an exciting roundtable discussion on the benefits of incorporating Eaton's Bussmann fuses in data center installations. With arc flash and NFPA 70E concerns on the minds of many in the data center industry, providing the most safe and effective manner to deliver power to the rack is something everyone should know. The configuration of Starline Track Busway that is now standard at eBay incorporates this exact design, and has successfully reduced potential incident energy in their data center installations, providing better arc flash protection. This architecture provides a fully coordinated system that is tested and rated to 200kAIC. We are hopeful that you will attend and participate in this discussion.

Speaker/Host: Joe Reyes, Data Center Solutions Specialist, Rittal Corporation

While data centers continue to evolve and become more complex, managers are faced with a multitude of challenges to efficiently manage data center infrastructure and reduce costs. According to the NRDC, data centers are one of the largest and fastest growing consumers of electricity in the US, consuming nearly 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity - enough to power all the households in a large city twice over. Enabling the right-sizing of IT infrastructure prevents wasted capital from underutilized equipment. Rittal will present a case study that illustrates the steps one manager took to redesign his company's data center by implementing modular rack solutions and switching to energy efficient power and cooling systems. Learn how a little extra planning can help realize significant returns.

Back to Top