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Valerie OlagueDigital Marketing Lead
Valerie graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Mathematics. She began her career as a software development manager and architect at IBM, where she wrote and was awarded various patents in imaging technologies. She moved from a technical career into marketing while still at IBM, figuring it was much more fun working with customers to establish application requirements than it was staying up all night trying to implement them!
Valerie joined Microsoft in October 2000. She has held various marketing positions in the Server & Tools business, including Enterprise Solutions marketing and Director of Server marketing. Valerie moved from a Business Manager in the US Small, Midsize Business and Partner group to the Windows Embedded organization in 2008. For the last four years, Valerie was the America’s Business Group Lead for the Windows Embedded business where she was responsible for driving strategy and execution of Americas regional and partner marketing. Her passion is in driving new opportunities that connected, intelligent systems are enabling for Microsoft, their partners and customers.
After implementing several new marketing initiatives within the America’s, Valerie is now responsible for enabling the worldwide BG Leads with similar capabilities through global processes, tools and content. She is now also responsible for driving multi-channel customer engagement programs to better support customer interests, needs and relationships. Valerie is married and has two children, 17 and 14. She enjoys traveling to warm, sunny areas, preferably near an ocean. Valerie has a love of learning, and she enjoys reading history books with a particular interest in medieval Europe. She looks forward to someday bringing her family to Europe to explore their cultural roots and ancestral homes. Her favorite magazine is National Geographic, and her favorite movie is The Sound of Music.
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In a recent blog post, I discussed how many security breaches of healthcare data are the result of errors in manual processes—i.e. human error. In my next post, I will discuss big data in healthcare, and how advances in understanding and processing this data is leading to breakthroughs in healthcare, but in the meantime, here’s a brief preview.
Security. Big data. Both are critical concepts in and of themselves, but when combined together they become key elements of intelligent systems. Intelligent systems harness the flow of data across industry devices and the Internet of Things to back-end systems, enabling businesses to make more insightful decisions and drive revolutionary advances in healthcare. A new IDC solution brief, titled “Improving Healthcare Delivery with Intelligent Systems,” discusses the need for intelligent systems in healthcare. It defines their role in enabling new healthcare delivery systems that can bridge the gap between today’s new healthcare requirements, including support for the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and tomorrow’s innovations in the healthcare industry.
To read about some innovative intelligent systems solutions in healthcare, visit our healthcare industry page.
Posted By Valerie OlagueAmericas Business Group Lead
Only animal lovers could understand the bond I have with my dog, Charlie Brown, a pit bull/Chow mix that I found as a stray dog roaming my neighborhood eight years ago. My friends make fun of the human characteristics I attribute to Charlie, but those of us who believe in books such as The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein know that our companions are more than just pets.
So when Charlie developed a cyst on his back last month, I didn’t hesitate to pay for surgery to remove it. The veterinary clinic offered to throw in a free dental cleaning while he was under anesthesia and so it goes that during this cleaning, they found that Charlie had melanoma inside of his mouth. It turns out that the Chow genes that help color Charlie’s tongue purple also contributes to a higher rate of melanoma in canines.
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Posted By Valerie OlagueWindows Embedded digital marketing lead
Whenever I meet new people, I try to guess the part of the world that their ancestors came from. A combination of their appearance and their name leads me to a guess, and I must admit I’m pretty good at it, at least from a regional perspective. English vs. Irish vs. Scottish? Yes. Italian vs. Greek? Yes again. Chinese vs Japanese? Yes. Add in Korean and Vietnamese? Some of the time. Swedish vs. Danish? Never!
With all this guessing going on, you can be sure that I also wonder about my own roots. My maiden name, Carras, is Greek (spelled Karras in Greece, since there is no ‘c’ in the Greek alphabet). On both sides, my parent’s parents immigrated to America from Greece. But what happened 500 years ago or more? And what makes Greek people Greek? It was only a matter of time before I sent a saliva sample to a DNA analysis company to tap into the power of big data to find out more about my maternal lineage. And find out, I did.
My Americas marketing team recently worked with Intermec and Fierce Markets to create a healthcare webinar that focuses on this question, along with how mobile devices power transformation in care, both within and outside of the healthcare provider’s four walls.
As you have heard from Microsoft many times, we believe that data is the new currency for businesses, and in the healthcare industry, the identification, storage and analysis of data can mean life or death for patients. The ability to quickly access patient information can significantly reduce the time it takes for healthcare professionals to care for patients, from admittance through discharge. And today’s embedded technologies and products are what power the various tools and devices used within healthcare scenarios.
These devices are becoming a critical part of healthcare solutions, including electronic health records and patient portals, which address some of the many challenges in healthcare today. And at the point of care, there are focused healthcare data management solutions that enhance patient safety (see “Five Rights Check” below) that leverage bar code imagers, mobile computers and printers.
The Americas team congratulates four ecosystem partners who recently won Partner Excellence Awards: Bsquare, Adeneo Embedded, IntervalZero and ICOP Technology. The winners were announced at a virtual regional Gold and Silver partner event held on November 14, 2012.
The Windows Embedded Partner Excellence Awards recognize members of the Windows Embedded Partner Program that excel at driving the Windows Embedded business. Their contributions help bring solutions to market that support the development of intelligent systems worldwide.
Thanks to all the partners who submitted nominations. Below are descriptions of the contributions made by each winning partner:
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