I have attended many of the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) networking events in the past. I have always enjoyed these gatherings, since I always meet interesting people. The event that took place at The Oak Barrel (@TheOakBarrel) on January 29, 2015, was a special night. Not only was NEOSA's new name presented, but also the expansion of services represented by the change.
NEOSA was started in 1998. I have attended NEOSA events since about 2001 -- before it was part of COSE. I remember first learning about and attending a NEOSA meeting at the old New Horizons Computer Learning Center (@NewHorizonsCLC) location in Independence, Ohio, where I was taking certification classes.
Over the years, whenever I told people about a NEOSA program or meeting, I would first say "NEOSA," and then say "Northeast Ohio Software Association," while explaining that it was a professional association supporting the technology field in the Greater Cleveland area. I always felt the name "NEOSA" had to be explained to those who had not yet attended a meeting. When I read the following NEOSA Tech Thursday announcement, I looked forward to a new name that would be more descriptive.
NEOSA Tech Thursday
...excited to share some important information at January’s Tech Thursday! We’ve been working on new branding for NEOSA throughout 2014 and we’ll announce our new name, share our new logo and also share information on new services coming online around business development, talent and more.
The Northeast Ohio Software Association is now OHTech!
The new name, OHTech, reflects the change in the composition that has already occurred within the membership of OHTech. No longer is the organization limited by the word "software" in its name. It is a professional association that supports the full gamut of the technology arena, not just software development.
The "OH" reflects a new strategic emphasis -- to grow to be a resource throughout the entire state of Ohio.
OHTech New Services
Wherefore art thou NEOSA?
We’ve been working on a lot of changes here, at the former NEOSA, changes that include new talent services, business development, statewide connections and more. So as part of that whole process, it made a lot of sense to re-evaluate the brand image and make changes as necessary. Hence: OHTech.
Details are still being announced, but the name change also reflects new and expanded programs. OHTech will seek out program partners throughout Ohio for its existing programs, to make it a statewide leader in technology professional services.
Watch for program developments in these areas:
Workforce Development - Coordinate technical educational to address the current labor shortage in our region.
Government Relations - Represent the interests of the technology field on statewide and federal levels.
Manager of Talent Services - A new position created to support OHTech, with responsibilities to provide talent coaching for local tech companies. Patrick M. Antos (@PatrickMAntos) is the first Manager of Talent Services. Learn more about Patrick in this article: Five Questions with Patrick Antos
Networking Events Beyond Cleveland - Not only plan networking events in neighboring cities, but possiblity broadcast presenters from one event to other locations.
What Others Shared - OHTech!
Created in 1998 as NEOSA, IT organization re-engineers itself as “OHTech”
By Brad Nellis (@OHTech_Nellis), COSE Press Release (@COSEsmallbiz). January 30, 2015.
(I have attached this press release as a PDF, which can also be found on COSE's website here)
OHTech Announcement Photos
Tweets and Retweets
Here are my @sos_jr tweets and retweets that I shared about the event. They include my photos from the event, and links from others who attended.
NEOSA hosts Tech Thursday 1/29 (THIS Thursday); join us for great tech connections & hear about new tech services http://t.co/kk1KCJiU7Q— Brad Nellis (@NEOSA_Nellis) January 26, 2015
The new name for NEOSA had better be really good. They've been teasing us long enough.— Mark W. Schumann (@MarkWSchumann) January 27, 2015
NEOSA Tech Thursday is TONIGHT, make great tech connections AND find out about our new name (walk-ups welcome) http://t.co/kk1KCJiU7Q— Brad Nellis (@NEOSA_Nellis) January 29, 2015
.@MarkWSchumann I like it. Simple and direct.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) January 30, 2015
Here are a few pictures from OHTech Tech Thursday last week http://t.co/L4y0lVEHYS— Brad Nellis (@OHTech_Nellis) February 3, 2015
NEOSA re-branding, Tech Week news, coming events and more in our recent e-newsletter http://t.co/oUUhJahUNV— Brad Nellis (@OHTech_Nellis) February 6, 2015
I look forward to watching the development of OHTech's new programs. I hope to do a follow-up blog post to report on their future progress.