June 16, 2009 Martinsville Inn
Project of the Year & Student Paper
PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-16062009
Program Title: "Project of the Year & Student Paper" 
PDUs: 1.5 
Category Type: 3 
Subject Areas 
Knowledge: 10 
Process: 06
Application/Specific Interest Groups: 30 
Activity Sponsor: NJ/PMI Chapter

There is an issue with the activity in the system for Jun 09.  Instead of trying to report PDUs the normal way:

  • After you login to report PDUs and pick Category 3
  • On the second pull-down, select ‘Report a Component 1-2 PDU event’
  • Click Next
  • Enter C020 for the Component ID and Click Search
  • When the information for the chapter appears, Click the C020
  • Enter the activity date (6-16-09), title (Project of the Year and Student Paper), meeting number (061609), contact (Linda Glickman), email (programs@pminj.org) and verify email.
  • Click Next
  • Enter the PDUs claimed (1.5)
  • Click Next
  • Confirm the information and Click Submit

Project of the Year

MLB Network
Launch of the Back Office/Broadcast Backbone LAN and Network Deployment
Presented by Cindy Cortell, Major League Baseball Network

Cindy Cortell is representing the Major League Baseball Network IT Department.  Through this project, the team was able to successfully launch the Major League Baseball Network on January 1, 2009 in about 50 million homes, making it the largest single network deployment in cable/satellite televison history.  The project team was given the exciting challenge of building a network infrastructure from the ground up following the acquisition of MSNBC’s former studio in Secaucus.  The former MSNBC building required a complete overhaul to replace the antiquated broadcast equipment and cabling with state of the art, high definition broadcast systems and a fiber optic cable infrastructure utilizing a 10 gigabit fiber backbone.  In addition, there were no existing studios to retrofit or IT infrastructure.

The team had a very aggressive and definitive timeline for setting up the broadcast and back office backbone.  Design, build, and implementation were accelerated.  Work that normally would take two months was completed over two weekends.  As you may imagine, this presented various challenges which are addressed in the presentation.

POY handout can be downloaded.


Student Paper

Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (Student Paper of the Year)
Presented by Paola Gutierrez, Deborah Sgro, Linjun Zhang, Tom McCaffrey, and Thomas McCarthy

Although the current economic conditions have made many of us more conservative when buying and selling stocks, no matter the size or breadth of our portfolios one concern remains constant – the need for secure financial transactions.  The Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) project was designed and created to be the financial industry’s most secure and resilient network for electronic trading, connecting financial markets across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  With SFTI, customers of the New York Stock Exchange Euronext will be able to communicate and trade electronically with their customers, suppliers, and business partners in a safe, secure, reliable and efficient manner.  These needs have taken on added dimensions in the post-911 world.

The team being recognized today was one of many submitted from Dr. Aaron Shenhar's Project Management and Leadership class at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Student Paper handout can be downloaded.

. Networking Program:  Is Your Networking Not Working?

Networking well is an art.  Participate in a facilitated session of networking.  We continue with our fast-paced program to teach networking, expose you to career/business opportunities and then allow you to practice what you have learned.   Whether you are looking to land your next job, advance your current career or simply meet new people, mastering the art of networking is very important.  Come and practice your networking skills! 

No handouts for this meeting.


Updated: 17Jun09