Once named a Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small-Business Administration, James Farhat helps companies leverage technology to reduce costs and grow market share. His rare combination of business acumen, technical expertise and gregarious nature makes him a sought-after— and trusted—strategic advisor to organizations across multiple industries and geographies.
Never one to shy away from a microphone, Farhat has spoken at Comdex, the Microsoft Global Summit, the Microsoft Ricoh SharePoint Roadshow, the Visual C++ Conference, the National Advisory Group, the National Restaurant Association Executive Symposium, the ITTA International Technology Training Association, and at multiple Microsoft TechEd events around the world, including France, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Mexico. His public lectures address the convergence of business and technology, generally focusing on SharePoint, data capture business rules, data visibility, and how they all tie together.
As a private consultant, Farhat helps companies set a broad vision for the future—as well as identify specifically what is holding them back in the present. If there is a way to improve efficiency, reduce costs or extract opportunity within an organization, Farhat will find it. He will also communicate it clearly and tactfully to those who can do something about it. That skill landed him a place on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s good government transition team, which was tasked with identifying opportunities to reduce the size of government, improve management and operating processes, and increase services levels.
Since 2002 Farhat has also been the proud founder and CEO of ACTS, a Florida-based IT consulting firm whose client roster includes Ricoh Business Systems, Cox Enterprises and Darden Restaurant. Before ACTS he founded the training and consulting firm Technology Point International, a Microsoft Certified Partner that served enterprise organizations in the area of technical infrastructure and software development. TPI experienced nearly 400 percent growth over a three-year period and was named one of Florida’s 100 fastest-growing companies.
Farhat has acted as an independent strategic technology consultant for organizations such as Microsoft, Cox Enterprises and Modis Professional Services, providing guidance on everything from CIO succession planning to budgeting and evaluation of organizational structures. Dubai’s Telcom giant, Etisalat Academy, once hired him to train its senior engineers on information governance.
Farhat has been quoted in both national and regional publications globally, including Infoworld, the Florida Times-Union, and the Australian. He also hosted a popular radio show, Tech Chat With Farhat. He is the co-author of Microsoft SMS 1.2 Administrator’s Survival Guide, which was translated into French and Spanish and sold nearly 40,000 copies, and he is currently working on a new book on operational efficiency. He is a certified NetWare engineer (CNE), a certified NetWare instructor (CNI), a Microsoft-Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Microsoft-Certified Trainer (MCT). He also received a master CNE certification.