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CIPS Vancouver Jan 30 Event Report - “BC’s Dynamic CG Entertainment Industry: Collaborating with the Competition”

CIPS-BC rolled out our 2014 Vancouver Speaker Series with a reception at the Terminal City Club on January 30.  “BC’s Dynamic CG Entertainment Industry: Collaborating with the Competition”

Guest speaker Ron Stinson, Director of IT & Operations at Rainmaker Entertainment, gave attendees an insight into the exciting business of animation and the challenges faced by the industry in Vancouver.

His multi-media presentation described how Rainmaker collaborated with digital media “competitors” to successfully address resource challenges common in the industry.  The resulting consortium – the Vancouver Studio Group - worked with partners to establish a shared high-performance server farm with the power, security, high-speed communication links and flexible processing power required by this cutting-edge industry.  Processing costs have been reduced from $15/server/day to just $7/server/day... cost savings which have allowed VSG members to be much more competitive in the industry.  At the same time, members are able to easily “rent out” unused processing capacity during some parts of the production cycle – achieving even more savings in overall production costs.

Attendees enjoyed a networking opportunity afterwards over refreshments.  CIPS member Dodii Villareal was the lucky winner of the draw prize – an iPod Nano.

Wednesday, March 26 will be the second in the Speaker Series. Sherry Smeaton, Associate Partner, IBM Business Analytics and Optimization will present "Big Data: a practical guide to the challenges and opportunities of the data deluge”.

(photo: CIPS-BC Secretary and event emcee Ian McLeod presents an iPod Nano to draw prize winner Dodii Villareal)

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