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Recapping Venture Atlanta

on October 28, 2014

Last week, (October 22nd and 23rd) Oversight had the opportunity to present at Venture Atlanta. Venture Atlanta, for those who don’t know, is Georgia’s premier event connecting technology innovation and investment capital. The event this year was held at the Georgia Aquarium, which for the record, is a fantastic place to host a conference.

In addition to presenting, I had the opportunity to attend a variety of company presentations from both early and late stage companies alike. A few of the sessions I particularly liked: the one from Alan Dabbiere (AirWatch) and the Information Security Panel led by Tom Noonan.

In Dabbiere’s panel I picked up an interesting idea; it’s important to take time to sharpen the saw (by that I mean training).  One of the ways they do that at AirWatch is to send out 5-10 minute videos once a week to employees.  Sometimes it’s company-wide messaging and sometimes it’s role specific.  They also ask a couple of questions about the training topic to track that people are actually watching the video.

The information security panel warned of the very real cyber risks out there and how there are both criminal elements and also the nation-state actors.  For the latter they target both the state secret and economic angles.  For the economic angle they are highly capable and can very likely beat most companies’ security.  They brought up the point that companies need to keep a close eye on their assets, which is something we strive to do at Oversight.

My own panel created something of a stir because I brought along a birdhouse I built and used that to demonstrate the sophistication and necessity behind Oversight Insights On Demand™. Much like the elaborate tools that were used to build my sample birdhouse with interlocking corners and a floating floor, many companies need technologies that they don’t even know exist. They just know they need to solve a particular pain- for us it is finding fraud, waste, and misuse in corporate spending programs.

Now in its 13th year, Venture Atlanta has helped local companies raise more than $1.3 billion – a number that continues to grow. We’ll see what opportunities presenting at the conference may create for Oversight, but it was great to get out and network with others in the Atlanta Technology community.

Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor is an authority in the convergence of business analytics, information security, and the implementation of technology to boost organizational performance. An innovator in his field, Patrick founded Oversight Systems in 2003 and served as President and CEO for 15 years. In this role, he helped hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies improve financial, accounting, and auditing processes. Previously, Patrick held leadership positions with Oracle, Symantec, and Internet Security Systems (ISS). Patrick has a bachelor’s degree Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.