• 28 Aug 2019 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    Santana Mariscal, who serves as Vice President of Programming for Execs in Tech, presented a case study on using Business Architecture to Drive IT Investment. The Execs in Tech August luncheon held at Liberty Kitchen in Houston and was attended by 25 Execs in Tech members and guests. Santana’s case study highlighted how a Houston energy firm used Business Architecture as the foundation to identify $3.5 million in savings and help manage application portfolios.

    Software portfolios can get messy when the software is purchased without a clear understanding of how it will impact the entire Enterprise. Enterprise Architecture and specifically Business Architecture can be used to help create a common language that the IT and Business stakeholder can use to correctly drive innovation and operational improvements. Without Business Architecture software redundancy, siloed systems, and technical debt is more likely to grow. Also, the “business-as-usual” mindset can lead to legacy applications that are end of life and expensive to maintain.

    Business Architecture is about aligning the strategic objectives of the company with tactical demands, said Santana. Establishing Business Architecture by aligning applications, information, and technology will help organizations better understand business value and underlying technology health. Using agreed upon metrics to illustrate the impact of each application, organizations can decide which technologies to continue to invest in and which new high-impact applications need to be acquired. Further the exercise identifies redundant and low-impact applications can be decommissioned.

    Santana also presented The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) which was the framework that his team followed during this Business Architecture exercise. The result, besides a slimmed down software portfolio, was a software roadmap aligned with the firm’s growth strategy, it also produced an ongoing governance model that can manage current software lifecycles as well as drive new application investment.

  • 13 Jun 2019 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Houston, TX, June 13th, 2019 – Execs in Tech announced they will begin enrollment in their LeadIT program at their Houston chapter monthly member meetup luncheon. The LeadIT program is a self-paced, mentor lead, curriculum of “on-the-job” projects that IT professionals complete to help them be better in the job that they are in, while preparing for the job that they want.

    “Execs in Tech is passionate about helping IT Leaders reach their fullest potential of their careers” said Brian Gendron, Execs in Tech Founder & Executive Director. “LeadIT is our unique way of giving IT professionals access to the resources they need to succeed.”

    The LeadIT program has three learning tracks aligned to how much career experience the candidate has called Emerging Leader (EL), Advanced Leader (AL), and Business Leader (BL.)  The Emerging Leader Track is for an individual contributor up to new managers seeking to sharpen personal and team leadership skills. The Advanced Leader (AL) Track is for experienced managers and directors looking to improve on their management skills at the divisional or departmental level. The Business Leader (BL) Track is for aspiring Executives looking to understand the business side of IT.

    Each LeadIT track has three milestones: Journeyman, Professional, and Mastery. Each milestone is estimated to take the average person 3-6 months to complete and the entire LeadIT track over 12-18 months, however each leader can develop at their own pace.

    Enrollment is currently open for the Emerging Leader and Advanced Leader tracks, the Business Leader Track is expected to be released by the summer of 2020. For a limited time, the cost for the LeadIT program is currently included with a basic Execs in Tech chapter membership which is $250 annually.  

    Upon the completion of a LeadIT track a graduate would receive a certificate of competency, an acknowledge letter to their employer, join the network of other gradates, and the opportunity to request letters of recommendation from their mentors and other Execs in Tech leadership.

    About Execs in Tech: ( The shared goal and purpose of Execs in Tech is to advance the careers of the next generation of IT leadership. We do this by fostering meaningful connections, providing advocacy for the Information Technology field, exploring industry trends, and administering continuing education. 

    The first chapter was chartered in Houston, TX on October 10th, 2018. As of the writing of this press release, the chapter has 56 members and continues to grow. Execs in Tech has a local elected leadership board and holds monthly member meetups the second Wednesday of each month.

    Houston will continue to serve as the Execs in Tech global headquarters for the organization supporting chapters across the United States. The concept of Execs in Tech was created by Brian Gendron, President & CEO of NocserV. Brian leverages his talents for both business networking and IT consulting to provide leadership and strategic direction of the organization.

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    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brian Gendron at 281-529-5487 or email at

  • 13 Jun 2019 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our June Execs in Tech Monthly meetup was tremendously successful. We had two passionate and credible speakers in James Morrison of the FBI and David Morgan CISSP, CNSS NSA Security, GSLC Vice President and Information Security Officer of Prosperity Bank and former FBI. They each shared stories and advice on how to create a culture of Cybersecurity from their real world experiences

    Bottom line there will be 2 Trillion dollars in loss this year due to hackers and ransomware and Small and Medium-sized businesses have the most to lose. "There are two types of companies, those who have been hit and those who have been hit again" James Morrison said when talking about how much of a problem this is in today's business world. Key takeaways: give your employees the right tools, make a solid plan, test it, and have a roadmap. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

    Additionally we opened enrollment to our Execs In Tech LeadIT programs which will officially begin in July (Learn moreExecs in Tech is the best place to work on career advancement for IT professionals. The LeadIT curriculum is designed to help you excel at the job that you are in, while preparing for the job that you want. You will hone your skills in leadership, management, communication, conflict resolution, business acumen, and more. The best part about the LeadIT program is that it is at no additional cost with basic chapter membership.

    Or next meetup is July 10 at 8:30am at the Microsoft Technology Center in Houston.  Thank you to our event sponsors: Network Box USA, LLC., Netrality Data Centers, and NocserV.

    About our Speakers: 

    David Morgan - Vice President & Information Security Officer, Prosperity Bank

    David Morgan currently works in cybersecurity and has over 25 years’ experience in investigations, cybersecurity, and information technology. He has worked in the federal government (US Marine Corps, FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office), state government, and civilian sector (IT training, oil & gas, financial, and medical sectors). He also continues to teach college and IT certification training courses and has completed certification in different topics which include vendors such as (ISC)2 , Linux Professional Institute, Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA, and CNSS/NSA.

    James MorrisonComputer Scientist - FBI Houston Division

    James Morrison is a Computer Scientist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to the Houston Division. He serves as a local technical expert to the Special Agents and Task Force Officers assigned to the Houston Area Cyber Crimes Task Force. He assists in computer intrusion investigations and reverse engineers software to determine source and purpose of the malignant code. He has worked in the IT field for more than 30 years, including 21 years with the FBI.

    Prior to working with the FBI, Morrison was an engineer with Lockheed Martin at Kirtland AFB, NM and a UNIX/database administrator with the US Air Force at Falcon AFB (now Shriver AFB), CO and Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines. Morrison holds a BS in Computer Engineering degree from Colorado Tech University, a MA in US History from the University of New Mexico, and a MBA from the University of Phoenix as well as other professional certifications.

  • 9 May 2019 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (From Left to Right: Venu Madduri, CIO of Mears Group, Muru Shirahatti, CEO of InnoWise, Sada Krishnan, Assistant Vice President of IT at Situs, and Brian Gendron, Executive Director at Execs in Tech.)

    We had an incredible Execs in Tech breakfast meetup this morning on Robotics Process Automation (RPA) thank you for everyone who came out! We heard from Muru Shirahatti CEO of InnoWise who did an amazing job setting the stage of what RPA then we heard from two practitioners sharing how they are implementing these technologies and the lessons they learned from their experiences. You can download the presentation.

    Our presenters were Venu Madduri, CIO of Mears Group, Inc. and Sada Krishnan Asst. VP of IT Situs. If you are an IT leader and would like to become active with Execs In Tech please plan to attend our May 22nd info session webinar or our next meetup event on June 12th at Tony’s Restaurant with special guest James Morrison from the FBI. Register: Monthly Meetup Luncheon- Topic: Creating a Culture of Cyber Security

    Thank you to our sponsors Netrality Data Centers, i5 Networks, Inc., and NocserV. If you are interested in sponsorship please contact Brian Gendron 281-529-5487 or


  • 14 Nov 2018 9:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you for all who attended the Execs in Tech Cybersecurity

     Superheroes luncheon! It was a tremendous success. The event was moderated by Execs in Tech founder, Brian Gendron. He included three rounds of guided discussion and then opened up the floor for group sharing based on what came out of the table

     discussions. Everyone seemed to like the format and the lunch and service at McCormick & Schmick's Uptown Park in Houston was excellent as always. members and prospective members that featured a unique session where IT leaders could share strategies and ideas around cybersecurity. tremendous success. This was our monthly meetup for

    The event couldn't have take place without our sponsors. Thank you to NocserV, CSI Leasing, Netrality Data Centers, and Cyber Watch Systems for your support. 

    We hope to see all our members and any prospective members at our final meetup of the year on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 from 4-7 at the Karbach Brewing Company in Houston. This is a holiday happy hour and fundraiser

     for Casa De Esperanza. Here is where you learn more and register: Holiday Happy Hour.


    Execs in Tech 

  • 11 Oct 2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nearly 50 people joined our inaugural Execs in Tech monthly event which was our CIO Panel breakfast meetup. We held this at Kenny & Ziggy's in Houston from 7am-9am. We got such great insights from our panelists on Leading Digital Transformation: Best Practices for Driving Disruptive Change in Your Industry.

    Our Panelists included Antonio Marin, Vice President Information Systems WCA Waste and  2017 & 2015 CIO of the Year Finalist. Jeff Baker, Interim CIO at Marek Brothers Construction, and Tom Lytle Senior Director of Digital Integration at Baker Hughes, a GE Company. Our moderator was brilliant and lead a great discussion, Pamela Rucker an instructor at Harvard University and CIO Advisor for the CIO Executive Council.

    Our audience walked away with Insight from technology leaders about Digital Transformation strategies through real-world examples. Best Practices that can be implemented quickly that can have a big impact in their company's Digital Transformation journey. And Professional Networking, all attendees received a free 1-year membership to the Houston Chapter of a global network of IT professional with the mission of advancing the careers of the next generation of IT leaders ($250 value.)

    Our next event is the Cybersecurity Superheros Town hall Luncheon which will be held on November 14th from 11-1pm at McCormick & Schmit's Uptown Park (Learn more)


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