The official opening Monday of OmniSystems’ offices on St. Thomas also kicked off a three-day expo that gave participants the chance to learn about technology advances dealing with everything from cybersecurity to public access.
While the offices may have officially opened, OmniSystems has had a presence in the territory for years, with some employees working for more than a decade on island. Monday’s event gave OmniSystems a chance to introduce its employees, and also representatives from major corporations, such as Dell and MicroPact, that they work with regularly.
Meeting before the official opening ceremonies, attendees for the expo, which runs through Wednesday, addressed concerns such as the “vulnerability” of cell phones, especially those that may be connected to a work network that could be compromised with bogus links sent through emails. Company representatives said that many people don’t realize how easy it is to affect an entire network. The solution, they said, would be to educate employees about unknown emails and “constantly” monitor what they’re viewing.
Others, such as Anita Davis from the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, also asked about the evolution of local public computer centers into access points for residents and how businesses could become more integrated. Davis’ question raised questions about licensing and training. Other people attending the event discussed customer service issues, such as doing warranty work and repairs locally for such companies as Dell.
The solution is getting more representatives on island, company officials said.
“There are also people on island, technical people on island, that can do this work and if we can shepherd them along, that would be an important step,” said Reginald Vigilant, OmniSystems’ co-founder.
This week’s expo also will give attendees the chance to learn about the latest Thin Client technology from Dell, virtual desktop infrastructure from companies such as Jentu Technologies, systems for business process management, and real time cloud and mobile communications tools.
The expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday.
OmniSystems, owned and operated by Vigilant and fellow Virgin Islander Ian Tomlinson, is headquartered in northern Virginia with a team of more than 70 engineers. For more than 20 years OmniSystems has provided expert service in systems engineering, software development, and information technology consulting to clients in the public and private sector, according to a release from the company.