InnoTech Austin 2018

Registration Today for InnoTech Austin 2018

  presented by Randstad Technologies

InnoTech Austin, a premier technology conference, is celebrating 15 years in Austin.  Here are highlights of topics and tracks for this year:

  • Full day Data and Analytics track
  • Full day Security track
  • ISSA Security Track Luncheon
  • Austin DevOps & DevSecOps Summit
  • IT Leadership & Strategy
  • Cloud Technologies and Mobility
  • CIO Gala Luncheon
  • Women in Tech Summit
  • And more!

Also, the 21st annual IT Executives of the Year Awards will be presented.  If you are interested in nominating a deserving individual, Click Here.

LOCATION:  Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX  78701 (map).

DATE:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018

For More Information and to REGISTER for InnoTech 2018 go to http://www.innotechconferences.com/Austin/

2018 SIM STEM Golf Tournament – “It’s Not About Golf”

Register Today!

Support UT STEM freshmen by participating in the 2018 SIM Austin Charity Golf Tournament!

 

Support Local STEM Education!

Please join us for the It’s Not About Golf – It’s About STEM Education Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to benefit incoming Freshman STEM students at the University of Texas.

  • Where: Avery Ranch Golf Club Avery Ranch Golf Club
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Times: 12:00 p.m. Registration; 1:30 p.m. Shotgun Start; 5:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards
  • Cost: $150 Individuals; $500 Foursomes
  • Register Today!: SIMSTEM2018

We will have special golf rules (i.e. Willie’s Rules) for both the novice and experienced golfers making this an afternoon of unparalleled fun for everyone. We have the six best rules ever invented by a committee of one which will give everyone a chance at both our fabulous and average prizes!

A special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, The Judge Group, for hosting this event!

SIM Austin September Meeting – Smart City Hacking

Smart City Hacking


Smart City


Smart city technology is becoming ubiquitous as cities deploy a rapidly growing array of internet-connected sensors to monitor and control factors, such as traffic, environmental variables, the electrical grid and more to help manage infrastructure and improve public safety. Smart city growth continues to expand, with 66% of U.S. cities investing and 25% exploring. Worldwide spending on technologies that enable smart cities is projected to reach $80 billion in 2018 and will grow to $135 billion by 2021,


In early 2018, as part of an ethical hacking project, IBM X-Force Red and Threatcare discovered 17 zero-day vulnerabilities in smart city sensor and control devices currently deployed across the globe by various municipalities.


Join us to explore these risks and discuss the roles of government and technology partners in combating them. Our conversation will be led by Daniel Crowley, research director for X-Force Red at IBM, and Jennifer Savage, security researcher at Threatcare, fresh from their standing-room-only presentation at Black Hat.


Thanks to our host and sponsor, IBM X-Force Red


IBM X-Force Red

SIM Austin Top Golf Happy Hour – Sponsored by Victory Karma

Austin technology leaders – join the SIM chapter for a summer happy hour at Top Golf!


Dust off your game and prepare for our 2018 STEM Charity Golf Tournament while enjoying food, drinks, and great conversation. We’ve reserved several bays for unlimited play, and will have free surface parking and complimentary valet on site.


Invite a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM chapter. Thanks to Victory Karma for sponsoring this special event. 


Top Golf


 


VICTORY Logo


Victory is the world’s leading Hypernetic Solutions Consultancy for Fortune 500 executives, innovation teams and operationalized technology groups. Multi-disciplined industry expertise coupled with market awareness ensures VICTORY executes outcomes focused technology, process and human capital solutions for their partner businesses.


Work with Victory’s top-tier talent to build data driven strategies for success, understand technical hurdles, and minimize risks. Victory can expedite a single project or collaborate with your team to build complete product roadmaps, accelerating project execution and scale through the Victory Karma practice.


Learn more at https://victorycto.com/, and join us at the event!

SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter July 2018

July SIM Austin Meeting: AI – Beyond the Hype at Chez Zee

We hope you were able to join us on July 12th at Chez Zee and take part in the discussion on AI and it’s potential to disrupt our businesses and entire industries. We were fortunate to have Sridhar Sudarsan, CTO for IBM Watson, lead the discussion and guide us on what we can do to prepare for AI.

Save the Date

August SIM Austin Top Golf Happy Hour – Sponsored by Victory Karma

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Join the SIM Austin chapter for a summer happy hour at Top Golf!  Dust off your game and prepare for our 2018 STEM Charity Golf Tournament while enjoying food, drinks, and great conversation. We’ve reserved several bays for unlimited play and will have free surface parking and complimentary valet on site.

DATE / TIME: Tuesday, August 14, 2018; 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Top Golf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758 (map)

REGISTER at: SIM Austin Top Golf Happy Hour

FEE:

  • Current Paid Members: Free (included in membership dues)
  • Guests of Paid Members: Members have the opportunity to introduce prospective members at no charge. Please register your guests through the Eventbrite invitation and they will be included at no cost.
  • Friends of SIM – $25.00

Invite a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM chapter. Thanks to Victory Karma for sponsoring this special event.

SIM STEM Golf Tournament – September 20, 2018

Support UT STEM freshmen by participating in the 2018 SIM Austin Charity Golf Tournament!

 

Support Local STEM Education!

Please join us for the It’s Not About Golf – It’s About STEM Education Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to benefit incoming Freshman STEM students at the University of Texas.

  • Where: Avery Ranch Golf Club
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Times: 12:00 p.m. Registration; 1:30 p.m. Shotgun Start; 5:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards
  • Cost: $150 Individuals; $500 Foursomes
  • Register Today!: SIMSTEM2018

We will have special golf rules (i.e. Willie’s Rules) for both the novice and experienced golfers making this an afternoon of unparalleled fun for everyone. We have the six best rules ever invented by a committee of one which will give everyone a chance at both our fabulous and average prizes!

Registration is Open for InnoTech Austin 2018 – October 2, 2018

InnoTech Austin, a premier technology conference, is celebrating 15 years in Austin.  Here are highlights of topics and tracks for this year:

  • Full day Data and Analytics track
  • Full day Security track
  • ISSA Security Track Luncheon
  • Austin DevOps & DevSecOps Summit
  • IT Leadership & Strategy
  • Cloud Technologies and Mobility
  • CIO Gala Luncheon
  • Women in Tech Summit
  • And more!

Also, the 21st annual IT Executives of the Year Awards will be presented.  If you are interested in nominating a deserving individual, Click Here.

LOCATION:  Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX  78701(map).

DATE:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018

For More Information and to REGISTER for InnoTech 2018 go to http://www.innotechconferences.com/austin/

Austin SIM Membership News!

2018 SIM Members

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2018!  Soon it will be time to renew your membership for 2019. We look forward to providing more valuable programming in the coming year.

Not a Member?  Join Now!

Join the Austin chapter of SIM and collaborate with us on best practices, trends, and lessons learned.   We are interested in understanding what resources you need to be successful in your career as well so that we can align our events with the needs of our members.

Membership to the Austin SIM chapter includes membership in SIM National, the premier professional organization for top IT executives.

Join Today!

Sponsorship

If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (blake.k.holman@gmail.com)

Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert, kcalvert@austinsim.org.

 2018 SIM Austin Executive Committee:

Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Wendi White (VP Programs), Anh Sellisen (VP Membership), Robert King (VP Member Engagement), Blake Holman (VP Sponsorship), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Bart Lauwers (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

 

Support UT STEM freshmen by participating in the 2018 SIM Austin Charity Golf Tournament!

SEPT. 20, 2018
SIM STEM GOLF TOURNAMENT

Support Local STEM Education!

Please join us for the "It’s Not About Golf – It’s About STEM Education" Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to benefit incoming Freshman STEM students at the University of Texas.

We will have special golf rules (i.e. Willie’s Rules) for both the novice and experienced golfers making this an afternoon of unparalleled fun for everyone. We have the six best rules ever invented by a committee of one which will give everyone a chance at both our fabulous and average prizes!

Avery Ranch Golf Club
12:00 Registration
1:30 Shotgun Start
5:30 Dinner & Awards


CONTESTS & PRIZES
Closest to the Pin
Longest Drive
1st Place
Last Place
Shankapotamus and
The $50,000 Four Shot Shootout


$150 INDIVIDUALS
$500 FOURSOMES
DON’T HESITATE
REGISTER TODAY!
https://austinsim.org/jkrh

SIM July Meeting – AI: Beyond the Hype

AI: Beyond the Hype



Artificial intelligence has the potential to disrupt our businesses and entire industries. As technology leaders, we must guide our organizations’ strategic leverage of AI, understanding the effects on our customers, partners, and workforce. Join us to discuss the impacts of AI across industries and what you can do to prepare.


UPDATE: Our conversation will now by led by Sridhar Sudarsan (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sridhar-sudarsan-278603/), CTO for IBM Watson! He and Dr. Porter have collaborated on the topic, and we’ll be in great hands. 


Our conversation will be led by Dr. Bruce Porter (https://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/porter/), two-time Chair of the University of Texas Computer Science Department and Chief Science Officer at SparkCognition, where he leads the company’s many R&D initiatives. Currently, as University Professor, Dr. Porter’s research focuses on machine reading, a technology that holds tremendous potential for capturing knowledge for automated inference, question answering, explanation generation, and other AI capabilities. Dr. Porter also directs UT’s Knowledge Systems Research Group, an AI organization with the goal to develop methods to build knowledgeable computers. He has won the Best Paper Award at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.


Bring a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM chapter, and enjoy catering by Chez Zee.


Please note the date – due to scheduling conflicts, we will be meeting on a Thursday, rather than Tuesday evening.

SIM Austin June Happy Hour – Sponsored by Cigniti

Abel's on the Lake




Join us for a summer happy hour at beautiful Abel’s on the Lake. Enjoy food, drinks, and Lake Austin views while networking with your peers. Invite a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM chapter. Thanks to Cigniti for sponsoring our June event.


Cigniti Logo


Cigniti is the world’s first Independent Pure Play Software Testing Services Company to be appraised at CMMI-SVC v1.3, Maturity Level 5, and is also ISO certified. Cigniti Technologies, Global Leaders in Independent Software Testing Services, is headquartered at Dallas, TX. Cigniti’s service offerings include Quality Engineering, Advisory & Transformation, Digital Assurance, and Quality Assurance solutions.


Thrice in a row, i.e. for 2015, 2016, & 2017, while Gartner positioned Cigniti in its Magic Quadrant for Application Testing Services Worldwide. Over the last decade, Cigniti has helped Enterprises and ISVs build quality software while improving time-to-market and reducing cost of quality. Cigniti has translated its R&D into BlueSwan, the next generation and proprietary test platform that comprises of 5 elements – Verita, Velocita, Cesta, Praxia and Prudentia. These elements complement the existing QA and QE tools of enterprises.

SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter May 2018

May Austin SIM Meeting: Data Privacy and GDPR – Are You Ready?

Thanks to everyone that attended the May meeting on May 15th.  Tony Howlett, CTO of Codero and Past President of the Austin (ISC)2 Chapter, lead an outstanding discussion on the impact of GDPR on your organization and what you can do to prepare.

A special THANK YOU to Bridgepoint Consulting for being such a generous host.

Save the Date

June Austin SIM  Happy Hour at Abel’s on the Lake  – June 12, 2018

Abel's on the Lake

What can be better in the heat of the summer than a relaxing Happy Hour at a beautiful setting, Abel’s on the Lake, enjoying networking with your peers?

Join us and bring a friend or colleague to introduce them to the Austin SIM Chapter.

DATE / TIME:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CDT

LOCATION:  Abel’s on the Lake, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin, TX  78703, (map)

FEE:

Current Paid Members – No fee plus the opportunity to introduce prospective members at no charge. Please register your guests through the Eventbrite invitation, and they will be included at no cost.

Friends of SIM – This year we are introducing a fee of $25.00 to attend SIM’s monthly meetings with Friends of SIM to ensure we can continue to provide the strong base of programs,

REGISTER @ SIM Austin June Happy Hour

SPONSOR:  Thank you to our sponsor, Cigniti.

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Cigniti is the world’s first independent Pure Play Software Testing Services Company to be appraised at CMMI – SVC v1.3, Maturity Level 5, and is also ISO certified.

InnoTech Austin 2018 – Registration is Open!

InnoTech Austin, a premier technology conference, is celebrating 15 years in Austin.  Here are highlights of topics and tracks for this year:

  • Full day Data and Analytics track
  • Full day Security track
  • ISSA Security Track Luncheon
  • Austin DevOps & DevSecOps Summit
  • IT Leadership & Strategy
  • Cloud Technologies and Mobility
  • CIO Gala Luncheon
  • Women in Tech Summit
  • And more!

Also, the 21st annual IT Executives of the Year Awards will be presented.  If you are interested in nominating a deserving individual, Click Here

LOCATION:  Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX  78701   (map)

DATE:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018

For More Information and to REGISTER for InnoTech 2018 go to http://www.innotechconferences.com/austin/

Committee Updates

Austin SIM Membership News!

2017 SIM Members

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2017!  If you have not renewed your membership, we would love to have you back as a member of our SIM family so you can continue to receive year-round benefits (free monthly programs with speakers/panels, CIO Roundtable Breakfasts, SIM Lunch Events, SIM Women’s Luncheon,  InnoTech discounts, access to regional and national SIM events and programs, and more.)

To renew your membership, visit simnet.org/members/membership.asp

Not a Member?  Join Now!

Join the Austin chapter of SIM and collaborate with us on best practices, trends, and lessons learned.   We are interested in understanding what resources you need to be successful in your career as well so that we can align our events with the needs of our members.

Membership to the Austin SIM chapter includes membership in SIM National, the premier professional organization for top IT executives.

Join Today!

Sponsorship

If you know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please contact Blake (blake.k.holman@gmail.com)

Other:

SIM IT Trends Study – Deadline June 11th!

SIM Austin Members – we need your help!  The Austin SIM chapter is currently in 6th place in the SIM chapter challenge, and the deadline is less than two weeks away, June 11th @ 11:59 p.m.

The IT Trends Study only takes a few minutes to complete, and you will be helping the Austin SIM Chapter increase our STEM scholarship funds.  Chapters with the highest percentage of members completing the study in each category (large and small chapters) will win $5,000 for first place.  Second and third places receive $2,500 and $1,250, respectively.

DEADLINE:  Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 11:59 p.m.

TO COMPLETE: THE STUDY  go to http://www.simnet.org/IT-Trends.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Galen Metz, a former Austin SIM Board Member, has published a new book!

If you are interested in retiring, or perhaps you have already retired, you may want to check out a new book by Galen Metz, “Unlock the Secrets of Retirement: How to Plan and Achieve a Fulfilling Life in Retirement”.  It’s available on Amazon.

Have ideas for the newsletter or other news? Send any ideas, promotions, article links, book reviews, etc. to Karen Calvert, kcalvert@austinsim.org.

 2018 SIM Austin Executive Committee:

Vijay George (President), Jim Keeler (President-Elect), Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer), Wendi White (VP Programs), Anh Sellisen (VP Membership), Robert King (VP Member Engagement), Blake Holman (VP Sponsorship), Karen Calvert (VP Communications), John Burgtorf (Trustee), Bart Lauwers (Trustee), and Eric Hungate (Past-President)

Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

SIM May Meeting

Data Privacy and GDPR: Are you ready?



Data privacy is already a top concern for all companies, but the challenges are about to increase. On May 25th, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect. The GDPR applies to all companies worldwide that process personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. This means that any company that works with information relating to EU citizens, regardless of their physical location, will have to comply with the requirements of the GDPR. This effectively makes GDPR the first global data protection law.


Join us to discuss the impact of GDPR on your organization and what you can do to prepare. Our conversation will be led by Tony Howlett, CTO of Codero and Past President of the Austin (ISC)2 Chapter (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-howlett-a517b03a/). Tony returns by popular demand after sharing his eye-opening and actionable insights in our preliminary discussion last September.


Thanks to our generous hosts, Bridgepoint Consulting.