A 40-year celebration
BICSI has evolved from a small, 17-member association to now serving nearly 23,000 ITS professionals worldwide.
March 1, 2013
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The BICSI 2013 Winter Conference & Exhibition was 40 years in the making, and what a great opportunity it was to take a glimpse back in time.
For many of us, it was also a time to reflect on an industry that has transformed itself several times out of necessity due to the rapid advancements in technology.
There were two museum showcases filled with nostalgic telephony and data equipment that likely left some of the younger BICSI members scratching their heads in disbelief.
A highlight at the opening general session was the BICSI 40th Anniversary Special History Celebration, a panel discussion among three of BICSI’s past presidents and a former Executive Director. It was fascinating to listen to these individuals discuss the history of BICSI and its evolution from a small, 17-member association to now serving nearly 23,000 ITS professionals worldwide.
The Winter Conference annual awards banquet was a treat. Several industry professionals received prestigious awards for their contributions to BICSI and the ITS industry. I would like to extend congratulations to those very deserving individuals. Any BICSI awards banquet would not be complete without entertainment, and this year did not disappoint. Attendees were dancing well into the night to the live performance from KC & The Sunshine Band.
Another exciting moment was the formal recognition of BICSI’s Past Presidents during the opening general session. These individuals influenced and helped craft not only BICSI as an association, but our industry as a whole.
What is important to keep in mind is that all of the past presidents and past and present board members, as well all committee members, are volunteers. Volunteers are a critical component to the BICSI association, and we have the good fortune to have many amazing volunteers amongst the Canadian membership. That said, I would like to acknowledge one such volunteer that has unselfishly given freely of his time over the past several months. Tim Lohnes, RCDD, is the territory manager and network specialist for Leviton on the East Coast. Tim realized a need in his area to create an RCDD study group that quickly grew in number. A BICSI DD200: Telecommunications Distribution Design Review course was organized and held during the first week of February in Dartmouth, N.S. followed by an exam on Feb. 9. From that exam, I am pleased to congratulate the five new RCDDs in the Atlantic area. Hats off to Tim for making the study group happen.
To all BICSI members in Canada: if you’re interested in volunteering and making a difference, please contact me, and I will help you to find an opportunity. Join us for the upcoming Canadian Region Meetings coming to a city near you. These meetings are a good opportunity to network, view informative presentations as well as visit with best-in-class manufacturers and distributors that keep you in the know as to new products and services. Make plans to attend some (or all!) of the following scheduled Region Meetings: April 23, Calgary; May 30, Moncton; Nov. 6, Mississauga; Nov. 21,Ottawa.
I was excited to walk through the Winter Conference and see so many credential holders displaying their Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) credential ribbons.
Released in 2011, BICSI created the DCDC credential to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated both the knowledge and ability to apply it over the multiple facets within data centre design. Due to the push for greater capacity, increased efficiency and higher levels of utilization, data centres have become more complex to design and bring online.
Today’s data centre designers are often required to possess knowledge in mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems, as well as being familiar with the other needs of a data centre such as reliability, security and building requirements. If you are involved in the planning, implementation and making of critical decisions regarding data centres, I would highly recommend researching and pursuing the DCDC credential. You can find out more about it by visiting www.bicsi.org/dcdc. CNS
Peter Levoy, RCDD, is the Canadian Region Director of BICSI and the vice president of Channel Sales with Anixter Canada Inc.’s Enterprise Cabling Solutions division.