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Christopher Pepe to Speak at DevChatt

By Praecipio Consulting on May 24, 2011 11:00:00 AM

Christopher Pepe, head of our Atlassian practice, will travel to Chattanooga this weekend to present at DevChatt – a tech-focused conference for software developers and technology enthusiasts. His presentation – “Jira and Greenhopper for Agile Development” – will focus on how plugins are greats ideas but not the only ideas, how there aren’t any silver bullets, and how to use Greenhopper more effectively for Agile. Be sure to check it out – Christopher will knock your socks (or flip-flops) off.

Jira and Greenhopper are customizable Atlassian tools used for a variety of things. They excel at issue tracking and task/project management. If you’ve never heard of Atlassian, you should know they recently received a $60 million investment from Accel Partners, the same folks who invested in the likes of Facebook and Etsy – meaning it’s likely Atlassian will become a household name in the technology scene in the next five years.

DevChatt’s Chattanooga location is quite relevant in light of the city’s recent achievement: the fastest internet in the US. In 2010 the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga released one of the nation’s first fiber-optic SmartGrids, giving commercial and residential customers 1GB-per-second internet speeds. Because of this, there’s a wealth of opportunity and entrepreneurial spirit in the up-and-coming Tennessee city – making it the perfect place for a collaborative conference like DevChatt.

Follow Christopher on Twitter, or meet him in person this weekend. Hope you enjoy DevChatt!

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Client Spotlight: EPB of Chattanooga

By Praecipio Consulting on Sep 21, 2010 11:00:00 AM

Electric Power Board (EPB) is an electric and telecommunications company owned by the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. EPB provides electricity, cable, and as of this month, the fastest internet in the US to greater Chattanooga.

EPB has showed itself as one of the most progressive public utilities in the US by, in addition to providing 1GB internet, actively building a 100 percent fiber-optic Smart Grid. EPB had already begun their Smart Grid program before the Obama administration included billions of dollars in grands for Smart Grid projects in the 2009 economic stimulus program. EPB’s internet offering piggy-backed off the fibers laid in place for their Smart Grid.

EPB’s Smart Grid has created a platform of innovation for the city of Chattanooga as a whole. In addition to offering an array of R&D opportunities, the Smart Grid has essentially invited companies from across the US to use the grid and 1GB internet streaming to work on complex projects and develop next-generation applications – a huge stimulus for the regional economy.

We’ve been proud to be involved with EPB’s innovative efforts since 2007. We share EPB’s passion for innovation, efficiency, and sustainability; sustainable energy practices and technology are critically important for our future. During our time in Chattanooga, we’ve:

  • provided Project Management for the development of EPB’s two new websites, EPB.net and EPBFI.com
  • implemented robust Microsoft SharePoint process frameworks for managing and facilitating legal matters, RFPs, and a host of other business processes
  • developed Process Lifecycle Management methodologies that have improved EPB’s operations
  • implemented ITIL-based methodologies and best practices, making EPB’s IT processes more consistent and repeatable

…and a whole lot more. Good technology supports good processes; good processes make for good profit and reducing expenses. It’s been great to help EPB reduce expenses during a critically important (and exciting) time.

Read more about EPB on their website – and check out the cool 1GB-powered things happening in Chattanooga at ChattanoogaGig.com.

Topics: blog assessments efficiency implementation internet management optimization process process-consulting project sharepoint smart development grid itil lifecycle microsoft bespoke
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EPB Unveils Fastest Internet Service in US

By Praecipio Consulting on Sep 13, 2010 11:00:00 AM

Exciting news this morning: one of our clients has unveiled the fastest broadband internet service in the country. Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Electric Power Board (EPB) is offering Internet service of up to 1GB per second. That’s 20 times faster than the average American broadband connection.

The New York Times reported this morning that EPB’s achievement is hugely progressive, as enterprises, cities, and nations debate about how to pursue the “next generation of broadband…seen as the gateway to a new wave of Internet-based products and services.” The Times also noted that Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, points to America’s trailing broadband performance as a danger to the country’s competitiveness with other countries – placing us in a sort of “innovation deficit.”

Only Hong Kong and a few other world cities, the Times says, offer 1GB or greater service, making EPB one of the most progressive internet providers in the world. The 1GB internet service will follow EPB’s introduction of its fiber-to-the-home network, which our firm had a hand in facilitating. EPB’s fiber-optic network is the backbone of its fiber-powered SmartGrid. EPB’s SmartGrid provides increased power reliability and greater operational efficiency to its customers – an achievement that, again, is one of the first of its kind in the US.

“Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to providing ultra fast broadband,” CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Tom Edd Wilson said in ASE Labs’ take on EPB’s announcement. “By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas, Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today’s innovations and tomorrow’s companies.”

Indeed, EPB’s efforts coincide with Chattanooga’s ambitious high-tech economic development plan in recent years, aided by the federal economic stimulus program. The city is using EPB’s success to promote its development via a website released this morning: ChattanoogaGig.com. The site continues the city’s “legacy of taking bold steps that benefit [their] community.”

To learn more about EPB’s Smart Grid and EPB Fiber Optics’ services, visit EPB’s website.

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