Governance Update - ERAC (October '11)
The External Relations Advisory Council (ERAC) met in open and closed sessions at the Internet2 Fall 2011 Member Meeting in Raleigh. During the open meeting, an update on the Standing Committee on International Strategy (SCIS) was given by SCIS members Tim Lance (ERAC Chair) and Marilyn McMillan. A Health Sciences Advisory committee update, given by Mike Sullivan from Internet2, provided ERAC members with an update on the focus on biomedical researchers, healthcare providers in un-served or underserved areas, and the challenges regarding fostering collaborations – identifying the “right” people, the researchers and connecting them together. Industry consultant Bob Brammer talked about his current efforts regarding Internet2’s industry program.
At the closed meeting, Ana Hunsinger, Internet2 executive liaison to ERAC, talked about industry engagement and the segmentation and opportunity efforts being undertaken by Brammer. There was additional discussion about the need for building value propositions with membership not based solely on the network and planned Internet2 NET+ service offerings. The next scheduled ERAC conference call will be held October 24.