Written By: Lane Sorgen, General Manager, South Central District, Microsoft Corp.
One of the biggest job generators for North Texas is a resource that we can’t really touch or even see—but when we reach for it, dollars start pouring into businesses all across the Metroplex and jobs spring up as a result. That’s what a new study from Microsoft says about “the cloud.”
If you own a business, you’re likely to understand how the cloud can save you money. By relying on technology infrastructure and applications that are housed in the cloud—instead of in your own server room—you avoid many of the costs related to maintaining equipment, buying more servers when your company grows, keeping an internal network up and running, and constantly buying upgrades for software. With the cloud, your technology is always up to date, and you can expand easily as you need more capability. Continue reading →
Former Ambassador James C. Oberwetter, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber said,
“We are indeed very sympathetic with the position of American Airlines, with its people and all of those who are affected by the restructuring process.
“ We believe that the plan, which American’s chairman Tom Horton has set out, will successfully reconstitute the airline transforming it into an outstanding competitor which meets the needs for domestic and world-wide flights to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
“The airline business is a very competitive one. Other more recently formed or previously restructured airlines have had distinct advantages over American. We are confident that American’s leadership team along with those who lead and comprise its workforce will find ways to overcome the challenges in the times ahead.
“We are a region of 6.5 million people, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the fastest growing. We can be exceptionally pleased that American Airlines has announced its plan to become a profitable, growing and even stronger member of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan region and a great global world-class airline.”
(Aside: DRC President Oberwetter serves on the board of the Greater Dallas Workforce Solutions board.)
Erica Flores, Industry Clusters & Economic Development
On December 2nd, Ford Research & Innovation’s Chief Technical Officer and VP, Paul Mascarenas will host a private members-only CIO Roundtable to discuss how Ford keeps pace with consumer technology as well as Ford’s research initiatives including: the cloud connected car, in-car health and wellness technologies and car-to-car communications.
The Dallas Regional Chamber invites all member-company Chief Information and Chief Technical Officers to participate in this exclusive event, being held in conjunction with our 11th Annual State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase on December 2nd. Continue reading →
Author: Lane Sorgen, General Manager, South Central Enterprise District , Microsoft
For businesses, Dallas boasts a host of competitive advantages, including a central location, low cost of living and a skilled workforce. What’s more, it’s becoming an increasingly telework-friendly city, according to a recent survey commissioned by Microsoft. The survey assessed the attitudes and opinions of information workers across 15 major U.S. metropolitan areas and found that Dallas ranks second in terms of telework adoption.
Fifty-seven percent of Dallas information workers surveyed report that their companies provide formal remote working policies. Seventy-six percent of these respondents say their companies supply the technology needed for working remotely.
By Lauren Parsons, Managing Director, Communications
Dallas Regional Chamber President & CEO Jim Oberwetter has fielded a call from the President of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Dick Fleming. Fleming wagered a case of Anheuser Busch products (made in St. Louis) to celebrate a World Series victory by the Arlington-based Texas Rangers or a case of Tums (whose global production is made next to Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis by GlaxoSmithKline) if the Texas Rangers lose.
Oberwetter countered with a case of Kimberly- Clark Corporation’s (headquartered in the Dallas area) Kleenex ™ facial tissues for all the tears to arrive when the Cardinals lose and a case-equivalent of 7-Eleven, Inc.’s (headquartered in Dallas) Slurpee® drink should the Cardinals pull off a victory. Continue reading →
By Shannon Nail, Managing Director, Member Engagment
The 2011 Women’s Business Conference is Tuesday, November 8th at the Sheraton Dallas (400 N. Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201. 8 AM – 2:00 PM). It is a day-long professional development conference and networking opportunity for businesswomen and men – professional, corporate and entrepreneurial – at all levels in their careers, created to enlighten, educate, inform and inspire attendees.
This year’s conference will open with breakfast keynote speaker, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. As one of the National Football League’s most innovative and versatile front office executives, Anderson’s 20+years of experience with the Dallas Cowboys have enabled her to assume a leadership position among women in American professional sports. As the organization’s primary brand management executive, Anderson oversees all strategies and applications surrounding the identity of the Dallas Cowboys as they are presented to a global fan-base.
The luncheon keynote, Jean Chatzky, Financial Editor for NBC’s Today Show and Best-Selling Author, started her career in 1986 at Working Woman, rising from editorial assistant to assistant editor. In 1989 she left journalism and joined the equity research department of Dean Witter Reynolds, returning to journalism two years later as a reporter/researcher at Forbes. She moved to the Dow Jones/Hearst start-up SmartMoney in 1992, rising from staff writer to senior editor. After a five-year run, Chatzky joined Money Magazine in 1998. Chatzky has appeared on Oprah, Live With Regis and Kelly, The View and other programs. She has written for Parents, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, was a staff writer for SmartMoney and a fact checker for Forbes. Continue reading →
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Southwest Airlines and the Dallas Regional Chamber celebrated two incredible occasions, first, Southwest Airlines’ 40-year anniversary and second, a 40-year relationship together.
L to R: Mike Baggett, Bob Montgomery, Jim Oberwetter and Ed Bowman
In honor of the celebration, Southwest hosted a Business After Hours exclusively for Dallas Regional Chamber members at Southwest’s Headquarters in Dallas. “We could not have asked for a better day or a better location to commemorate this event,” said Jim Oberwetter, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. The event was on Southwest’s Deck overlooking downtown Dallas and Love Field to the east; all the while watching a beautiful Texas sunset to the west. Continue reading →
Posted by: Kelle Marsalis, Small Business Initiative
Everyone has heard… Bags Fly Free at Southwest Airlines. Chances are you’ve heard that sentiment via television and print advertising, but it’s probably become a staple in your mind because of the company’s social media channels as well.
We recently sat down with Beth Harbin, Senior Director of Communications for Southwest Airlines, and discussed the fourth largest airline’s approach to social media.
Is social media part of your marketing budget? While our Marketing department allocates buget toward online advertising and promotions for the corporate Facebook page, the majority of our social media resources are funded through our Communications department. We feel this is appropriate as our focus on social media is developing relationships, as opposed to direct sales, through our channels. Continue reading →
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