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MRIS Cloud Computing and Mobile Solutions

July 5, 2012  |  by MRIS_CIO_Michael_Belak

I recently participated on a panel discussion at the World Business Process / Information Technology Forum in New York City with the CIOs of NASA and Conde Naste. The topic for the panel was: “Key Challenges for Global Sourcing: Integrating Enterprise IT to Leverage Mobility; Cloud Computing and Social Networking”. After some fascinating panel discussions, I wanted to share with... Continue Reading

Conference Recap: MRIS CIO “Powers Up” At Executive Leadership Summit

May 8, 2012  |  by MRIS_CIO_Michael_Belak

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the 2012 Washington DC CIO Executive Leadership Summit.  This conference featured Chief Information Officers and business leaders from around the Mid-Atlantic region including many larger well-known firms such as Marriott, IBM, Comcast, etc.  It was uplifting to see most companies were emerging from the worst economic downturn in a generation preparing... Continue Reading

Shuttle 2012

Space shuttle Discovery takes off on final flight to museum

April 18, 2012  |  by John Heithaus

I know I’m showing my age, but I remember crowding in a hallway with 200 or so grade school schoolmates watching in awe (on a single black and white TV — probably 17″ in screen size) as Apollo Mission astronauts lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. About 5 or 6 years later, we then witnessed Neal Armstrong’s steps on the... Continue Reading


The Surge: Smartphones, Tablets and all Things Mobile

November 3, 2011  |  by Anne

The trend is clear, mobile devices and tablets are here to stay. See what the surge means for real estate professionals and how day-to-day business practices are improving.  MRIS CIO Mike Belak joins the panel of experts to discuss the “full steam ahead” future of mobile and what you can do to protect your devices.

Is Your Firm Ready to Manage Mobile Devices Containing Corporate and Personal Data?

October 11, 2011  |  by MRIS_CIO_Michael_Belak

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday Sept. 30, 2011 that Research in Motion, the manufacturer of BlackBerry, has been struggling with how to market their new tablet device. RIM only shipped 200K PlayBooks for the three months ending in August, Apple shipped 9.3M iPads. Winner: Apple. To increase sales, RIM was trying to decide: was the PlayBook a mobile... Continue Reading

IT check up

Have You Had Your Annual IT Checkup?

July 19, 2011  |  by MRIS_CIO_Michael_Belak

If you weren’t able to attend last month’s MRIS Real Estate Technology Conference, in Silver Spring, MD, I’m sure you heard that you missed a great show. We saw the latest technology products, heard thoughtful ideas from great speakers and learned about upcoming MRIS product enhancements. An important question to ask yourself after this conference is:  When is the last time you had an information technology (IT) check-up for your company? Just as... Continue Reading

Global Tech Trends

Top Technology Trends to Watch in 2011, part 3

June 13, 2011  |  by MRIS_CIO_Michael_Belak

Global Collaboration. Are you looking for ways to get more value from each dollar you spend? Why not let technology help you get the value you need? Enhanced collaboration tools and global services are creating new capabilities for brokers and agents.  Collaboration tools such as video conferencing, telepresence and shared electronic workspaces are growing in importance.  Still require your staff... Continue Reading

mobile on the rise

Top Technology Trends to Watch in 2011, part 2

May 31, 2011  |  by MRIS_CIO_Michael_Belak

Technology Trend #2:  Mobile Devices Stage Fast Growth. The age of desktop computers is going the way of the dinosaurs.  Just like in earth’s evolution millions of years ago, a similar Cambrian explosion has occurred with mobile technology.    Most individuals think of smart phones when they hear mobile devices.  The mobile device market is much larger than that.  The first mobile... Continue Reading

Top Technology Trends to Watch in 2011

May 6, 2011  |  by MRIS_CIO_Michael_Belak

Technology products continue to emerge at an ever increasing rate.    The key question(s) I’m often asked is:  Which of these new technologies will be the most helpful to my business?  How do I know which products will actually increase revenues?  Will this new product really help me be more efficient and lower my costs?   While reviewing specific vendors and products can be helpful, MRIS also believes it’s... Continue Reading

Can a New Real Estate Technology Standard Help Grow Your Business?

April 27, 2011  |  by MRIS_CIO_Michael_Belak

The Real Estate Standards Association (RESO) held their Spring 2011 Conference earlier this month.   This group manages the Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS) that MLS, brokers, vendors, etc. use in our industry to exchange information electronically.   The event was well attended by real estate industry vendors, MLS and NAR staff.   I’d still like to see greater broker or agent participation... Continue Reading

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