Jasmine Noel has 10 years experience helping clients understand how adoption of new technologies affects IT management. Noel served previously as director of systems and applications management at Hurwitz Group, where she formulated and managed the company’s research agenda. She was also a senior analyst at D.H. Brown Associates, where her responsibilities included technology trend analysis in the network and systems management space. Noel is regularly quoted in publications such as CIO Magazine, eWeek, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, and NetworkWorld. She also has contributed articles to several leading publications on various IT management topics. Noel holds a bachelor of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of science from the University of Southern California.
Richard Ptak has extensive experience working closely with Fortune 50 companies in developing product direction and strategies at a global level. Rich has held positions as senior vice president at Hurwitz Group and D.H. Brown Associates. He has held engineering and marketing management positions with Western Electric’s Electronic Switch Manufacturing Division and Digital Equipment Corporation. He is frequently quoted in major business and trade press such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, eWeek, InformationWeek, and Computer World. He is author of "Manager's Guide to Distributed Environments," (John Wiley & Sons, 1998). In addition, Ptak was technical editor of Cisco Internet Architecture Essentials Study Guide: Cisco Internet Solutions Specialist by Recore, Laurenson, and Herrmann (Cisco Press, 2002). Rich earned his MBA from the University of Chicago, and his MS in engineering from Kansas State.